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Safest but Less Traveled Countries in Africa

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You are either visiting some chaotic African metropolis or cooling off somewhere in the safest but less traveled countries in Africa.

The safest African destinations depend largely on tourism, avoid getting lulled into a false sense of security in any case.

A large number of candidates (prospects) from the nineties have slipped down tourists’ bucket lists. That’s the difficulty with keeping up with the ever complex tourist demands. So, there couldn’t have been a conclusive list of the safest but less traveled countries in Africa. By the time you decide to visit the continent, which country would you rather visit without having to watch your back?

1. Ghana

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Ghana is an Emerging African Destination for Tourists. Image Credit: Michal Vogt

Ghana is an oasis in a region that has witnessed its fair share of unrest. Ghanaians have had peaceful democratic election since 1992. They are hospitable, peaceful and interesting people. Investors have found a pot of gold in its diverse natural attractions, rich heritage and cultural identity. Hospitality business in Ghana is among the best in sub-Saharan Africa. More visitors are trolling the Cape coast, the surf beaches of Busua, the oil and port city of Takoradi, Accra and Kumasi in search of pleasant year-round climate for relaxation, wildlife and great falls.

2. Morocco

Civil War: Once (1666)


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Top

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Arts of Essaouira is Among the Best in Africa. Image Credit: Andy Nash

In a region that’s witnessed insurgency and political instability, look no further than Morocco for a budget-friendly alternative to Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Its closeness to Spain, Portugal and Madrid attracts European travelers, yet most Africans are less knowledgeable about the country. Morocco is a land of diverse culture and affordable standard of living. As a precaution against the political situation in neighbouring countries, it has intensified security since last year

3. The Gambia

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Accommodation is Stupidly Cheap in the Gambia. Image Credit: Tjeerd Wiersma

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The Gambia has shown great prospect despite lacking in rich natural resources as other African countries. You’ll find tourists in one small area by the beach. Progressing inland, their presence diminishes. The exceptional weather, luxury resorts available at giveaway prices, bird watching, fishing and boat trips draws visitors to this part of West Africa. In spite of social problems, Gambians are really friendly people – guess why they are the ‘smiling coast of Africa’.

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4. Seychelles

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Very Low

Tourism: Advanced

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

The Seychelles Wants to Adapt Its Offers for Every Travelers Budget. Image Credit: IWRM AIO SIDS.

The Seychelles was long seen as a getaway destination for the affluent. Since the start of her “luxury within reach” slogan, there’s been packages for every budget. It’s national career, Air Seychelles, plays a pivotal role in selling its well-kept natural and marine heritage. And the Seychelles continue to attract major hotel chains. Government, private sector and the island community are bent on preserving its larger islands, turquoise sea water, white sandy beaches and beautiful sceneries.

5. Zambia

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Low

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Victoria Falls Near Livingstone, Zambia. Image Credit: Marc Coooper

There are vast tourism opportunities in Zambia. With 20 wildlife parks, rivers, heritage sites, prospect for ecotourism and the mighty Victoria Falls, Zambia has a lot to offer travelers. As much as European travelers, Zambia is fast becoming a popular destination among nationals of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), who do not require visa for immigration. However, its popularity outside this region is still low.

6. Ethiopia

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Dusk Falls on the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Image Credit: Rod Waddington

Ethiopia – aka the ‘cradle of humanity’ – is an exotic holiday destination with diverse attractions. Its government have set out to preserve her majestic landscape and great variety of flora and fauna, but nothing is more reassuring than the deep-rooted culture of the people, history, natural and archaeological wonders of the land. You mustn’t miss its market squares, delicious cuisines and the famous Ethiopian coffee. It has some unsettled borders, which are safe for visitors.

7. Mauritius

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Advanced

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Tourism Contributes Greatly to the GDP of Mauritius. Image Credit: Stuar Richards.

With paradise beaches, luxurious hotels, rich culture and entertainment, Mauritius has long cemented her place among Africa’s foremost tourist destinations, offering high-end products and activities. Perceived corruption and insecurity have impacted on the numbers of foreigners visiting the Indian Ocean island nation. Tourism is a major contribution to her GDP, and the Mauritanian government would go all the way to maintain its growth.

7. Botswana

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Tented Camp at the Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve in Duma Tau, Botswana. Image Credit: Brian Lauer.

Botswanans have had to agree they don’t get as much tourists as should. This is as a result of inadequate campaign around tourism sanctuaries like the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, places you’d find a good concentration of game in Africa. Gaborone offers variety of activities to tourists, from luxury accommodations, shopping to casino. Kalahari Fishing Club and the Gaborone Dam.

9. Namibia

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: High

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest but Less Traveled Countries in Africa. Image Credit:  Walter Scharer

Ngoma Safari Lodge in Namibia. Image Credit: Walter Scharer

Plans to diversify Namibian tourism away from adventure, safari and hunting packages are underway. There would be more resorts and infrastructures along its underdeveloped shores when it starts to materialise. Despite her exotic weather conditions, Namibia might continue to hide under the shadow of other African countries if her airports are not revamped to standard. The good news is that their youths are beginning to see job opportunities in online travel and hotel booking.

10. Senegal

Civil War: None


Crime Rate: Moderate

Tourism: Emerging

 

Safest But Less Traveled Countries in Africa.

Approaching the Point of No Return in Gorèe Island. Image Credit: Antonin Remond.

Attractive beaches, lively nightlife, good weather, and different internationally-recognised cuisine are just to name a few of the draws to Senegal. Business tourism is likewise a thriving section in the industry. Political stability in the French-speaking African nation is satisfactory, compared to other African nation. There is still more to do in terms of infrastructure.

 

It’s your turn to share with us the 11th Safest but Less Traveled Country in Africa. Drop your comments below if you want to own up to something for use in a possible follow-up article.

References:

Euromonitor
Travelrisk Map
Numbeo

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1 Comment

  1. Michele

    September 2, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I lived in Senegal years ago, glad to see it on your list but thought it would be higher on your list

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