7 Safest Destinations in Africa for Solo Travelers
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Traveling alone is such an adventure by itself, no matter where you’re heading, right? Well, if you agree with me you’ll also think that doing so in Africa can be one of the most outstanding plans you’ll ever do.
Africa is certainly a treasure when it comes to impressive traditions, cultures, and people to discover during your trip. However, negative representations of Africa on mass media has resulted in many travelers being afraid to travel to certain places on the continent, especially if they are traveling alone.
In this article, I’ll share with you some of the safest destinations in Africa for solo travelers in hopes that you accept the challenge to travel solo and fall in love with all these wonderful places in the process!
You may not be completely aware of how beautiful and stunning this country is until you visit it and change the way you see it. It is true that the famine many years ago brought on unfavorable problems that have lasted for an extended period of time. However, it is completely safe to travel to the capital of Addis Ababa, where most travelers usually head. A great bonus to travel to Ethiopia: The food is extremely delicious!
Mozambique is the ideal destination for travelers who enjoy spending hours surrounded by nature and pristine beaches. Mozambique is best-experienced living as a local, and not as a traveler who wants to spend every second lying in a hammock. Mozambique is a place to discover palm trees, amazing restaurants serving delectable local food and seas so rich in underwater life. It’s a great destination whether you’re a backpacker who is looking to go on wild adventures or just want to experience a wonderful country that is nowhere near as dangerous for solo travelers as is commonly thought. Just give it a try!
Rwanda is one of the most visited destinations in Africa, especially for travelers who love a good nature and wildlife trip. Incidences of violence and crime are very low and the incredible tropical forest you can visit here is going to leave you speechless. One of Rwanda’s must-do activity is to tour the Nyungwe Forest National Park, in the South Western part of the country. There, you can hike and trek through thick forests and perhaps spot primates along the way as there 13 different species of primates that you can find in the area.
Kenya is hands down one of Africa’s most visited country. The country is popular among safari lovers and also travelers in general as it is a beautiful and impressive destination. Kenya has amazing hospitality and is always enthusiastic when welcoming foreign visitors. Coming to Kenya as a solo traveler is actually safe, and while there, I recommend that you stay with a local family so you can better experience all the local wonders, which perfectly mixes both urban life and culture as well as heritage experiences. Visiting Kenya, I tell you, is a never-ending learning process.
Botswana is a country where inspiration comes out of anywhere. Botswana is unfortunately known as one of Africa’s most dangerous countries. However, the reality is far from it. As long as you exercise caution and common sense, Botswana is a welcoming and safe destination to travel to. Botswana is known for its elephant population. There are around 110, 000 in the country, the largest population of these majestic animals in Africa. Impressive, right? Moremi and Chobe National Parks are great choices for indulging in adventure activities like camping and hiking, while the Tsodilo Hills shelter some amazing cave paintings. How cool is visiting them?
Though often an overlooked destination, Gambia is ranked as one of the safest places in Africa to travel and rightfully so. The locals are very friendly and hospitable. The capital city of Banjul is known to be a safe place to wander around, even if you’re alone on your adventure. The country’s currency is relatively stable and its systems and infrastructure are highly functioning. Gambia’s best-kept secret is its beaches. If you make your way here, do visit Bijilo, a sandy piece of paradise that’s not littered with hotels or restaurants, enabling you to completely enjoy the local way of life and off the beaten path experience.
Tanzania is known for having the warmest locals and also home to the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Local customs are based on warmth and care toward each other. Showing how much you care for your neighbor is something very valuable in Tanzania, a country where all kinds of African cultures merge together to create a lovely environment for traveling. Some great destinations to visit in Tanzania includes Manyara Lake, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. There are different kinds of safaris that you can do around here that is sure to satisfy the most adventurest among safari goers!
From the bottom of my traveler spirit, I encourage you to indulge in local authentic experiences when traveling the world, especially in Africa. This is a place that can never leave anyone indifferent. Traveling like a local will give you the most out of your trip and will also allow you to make new friends along the way. This is what makes Africa so special. It is the place that you’ll always want to go back to.
Want to start your African adventure? Begin your journey on a safari in Namibia!