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The 10 safest countries in Africa

The safest countries in Africa were revealed based various factors that influence the overall safety in the region.

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People often refer to Africa as the most poverty-stricken continent globally. Many countries in Africa are striving for development, while others are under the control of extremist governments. These factors greatly influence the overall safety conditions in the region. Mauritius has been identified as the safest country to visit in Africa by the Global Peace Index.

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The Global Peace Index (GPI) named Mauritius the safest country to visit in the whole of Africa. The GPI is an annual report that measures and ranks the peacefulness of 163 countries to determine the world’s most peaceful countries. It is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

The main criteria that the GPI uses are grouped into three categories:

  • international and domestic conflict,
  • safety and security, and
  • militarisation.

Mauritius is an island nation that embraces diversity and is suitable for families. It is located in the Indian Ocean. It is a safe place to visit and explore. According to Travel Safe – Abroad, it is a very safe country and, on the whole, its crime rates are very low. What little crime there is, usually tends to be just petty theft and non-violent.

Mauritius was Flight Centre’s SA travellers’ most popular international destination in 2023.

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Overall, as per the latest GPI report, these are the 10 safest countries on the African continent:

  1. Mauritius
  2. Botswana
  3. Sierra Leone
  4. Ghana
  5. Senegal
  6. Madagascar
  7. Namibia
  8. Gambia
  9. Zambia
  10. Liberia


Other African countries that did not make the GPI top 10 list but are considered safe are (in order, highest to lowest safety rating):

  1. Malawi
  2. Tunisia
  3. Equatorial Guinea
  4. Morocco
  5. Angola

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