Regrettably, Africa continues to grapple with outdated stereotypes and misconceptions, particularly in terms of safety. Contrary to popular belief, statistics indicate that you are more likely to encounter petty theft in Barcelona or Paris than in Tanzania. For instance, during each visit to Paris, either I or someone in my group has encountered incidents of theft, in plain sight.

Drawing upon extensive travel and research, I have compiled a list of the safest African countries as follows:

  1. Tanzania
  2. Uganda
  3. Kenya
  4. Rwanda
  5. Ghana
  6. Senegal

Remarkably, many East African countries feature prominently in this list. This can be attributed to the region's rich history of tourism, with East African safaris serving as a longstanding attraction. Governments in these countries dedicate substantial efforts to ensuring the safety of tourists, recognizing their significant contribution to the economy.

However, it's crucial to address certain considerations when visiting Africa. Physical safety is generally not a primary concern; instead, the threat often revolves around theft, particularly of small objects through pickpocketing. While locals in most African countries are generally non-threatening in terms of physical harm, the issue of theft remains prevalent, especially for items like mobile phones, cameras, wallets, sunglasses, and watches. Female travelers, in particular, need to exercise vigilance.

For those planning a trip to Africa, considering the following precautions is essential:

Choose a Reputable African Travel Company

Research and select tour operators with a solid reputation, particularly those with an online presence. Companies invested in their online image are likely to prioritize customer satisfaction.

Airport Transfers & Taxis in General

Arrange for airport pickups through a reputable tour company or your accommodation. While haggling for a better deal may be tempting, safety should be prioritized over potential cost savings.
In case you require a taxi on short notice, ensure to negotiate and establish the final fare before boarding the car. This precautionary measure helps prevent overcharging upon reaching your destination.

Negotiating Prices

Understanding and embracing the local culture of negotiation is important. Negotiate prices for various services and goods, as this is a common practice in many African countries.

If you agree to the initial price offered, you may later discover that the identical item is being sold by another vendor for half the cost. This situation arises because locals anticipate a negotiation process. A practical approach is to feign disinterest in purchasing the item and begin to leave; at this point, sellers are more likely to provide a fair and realistic price.

Safari Safety

Experienced tour guides, regardless of the country, ensure safety during safaris. Adhering to guidelines, being vigilant, and taking necessary precautions contribute to a secure safari experience.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Avoid drawing attention to yourself with flashy accessories. Maintain a low profile, be self-aware, and keep a lookout for your belongings.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Excessive drinking makes tourists vulnerable. It's advisable to avoid walking around at night, especially for solo travelers, even in the safest African countries.

What to do if you get robbed

In the unfortunate circumstance that you find yourself a victim of street robbery, it is crucial to swiftly attract the attention of those around you. One effective way to do this is by raising your voice and screaming for assistance. For instance, if your phone is being targeted, loudly proclaim, "He stole my phone!" This vocal urgency not only alerts nearby individuals to the crime in progress but also prompts them to take immediate action.

The act of screaming not only serves as a signal for help but also has the potential to mobilize others in the vicinity. In the case of a phone theft, for instance, your vocal call for assistance can spur people into action, with some likely to give chase in an effort to apprehend the perpetrator.

Moreover, it's important to note that theft is widely regarded as a reprehensible and dishonorable act in many African countries. The stigma associated with theft is not only a matter of legal consequences but is also seen as a source of shame for the community and the nation as a whole. As a result, when individuals witness a theft taking place, they often feel compelled to intervene and assist in capturing the thief.


I go back to my initial point, I got robbed multiple times in Paris, and I have never been robbed in Africa. Therefore, if you're contemplating a trip to Africa, my advice is to pack your bags, remain vigilant, and embrace the adventure with enthusiasm!

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