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Africa Travel: 8 Safest Countries to Travel to in 2022

Botswana is among the safest countries to travel in 2022
Written by See Africa Today

Do you ever wonder which are the safest countries to travel to in 2022? Moreso those in Africa where leisure and business travellers is a key tourism aspect.

According to a new report by Global Peace Index (GPI), ten African countries spread throughout the continent make it to the list.

Some African countries rank higher than others in terms of tourist attractions in 2022.

So, which are the safest countries to travel to in 2022?

Rwanda

Since 1994, Rwanda hasn’t been on many people’s bucket lists because of the horrible genocide.

But, Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 24 years, and it’s clear to see. It is definitely among the safest countries to travel to in 2022.

Since the genocide of the Hutus and Tutsi in 1994, Rwandans have turned their attention to conserving the country’s natural resources and wildlife, which have helped the country move on from its dark past.

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Bisate Lodge in Rwanda. [Photo: Expert Africa]

Most tourists to Rwanda come to see the mountain gorillas. Despite its small size, though, this country in central Africa provides a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Geographically, Lake Kivu, a mountain-ringed freshwater lake, the Virunga Slopes, with their nearly flawless volcanic cones towering over it at about 4,000 metres, and the seemingly endless series of steep farmed mountains are all reasons for its nickname, “The Switzerland of Africa.”

But, it is more famous for its many hills which is why it is known as the land of a thousand hills.

Tanzania

The fact that Tanzania has some intriguing safaris across the country makes it a top tourist destination in Africa. The Serengeti, one of Africa’s most recognized national parks in Tanzania.

You may wonder why this is the only reason making Tanzania among the safest countries to travel to in 2022. The truth is that there are more reasons.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. [Photo/Tanzania High Commission In Nairobi]

From awe-inspiring game reserves to pristine beaches, opulent accommodations, and world-class culture and cuisine, Tanzania has something for everyone.

Tourism is an economic powerhouse for Tanzania with Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Zanzibar being the pillars being the crème de la crème of this vibrant sector.

Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s renowned wildlife sanctuaries with thousands of game spread across the grass-ridden plains of the park.

It’s history dates back to 1952 when it was established and is today’s home to the big five and a wildebeest migration spectacle in the world.

Wild animals in their thousands cross over to Serengeti from Maasai Mara in Kenya between July and October. It has a population of two million animals.

Mauritius

Mauritius is a perfect example of heaven on earth. Its miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, which are nearly completely enclosed by coral reefs, provide a haven for beach bums.

You may go diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, and so much more in the crystal-clear seas.

The island nation of Mauritius stands out because it offers so much more than just sandy shores. You may go skydiving, hiking in the mountains, or just relaxing and taking in the scenery. This is a vacation for everyone.

This Caribbean island has a distinct European, African, Indian, and Chinese flavour that is reflected in its colonial palace and botanical gardens as well as its welcoming locals of African and Indian descent, who are known for their sashaying style.

Ghana

In addition to being the safest countries to travel to in 2022, Ghana is also known for its residents’ optimism and delight.

Tourists will enjoy Ghana’s beautiful beaches, busy cities, friendly people, and convenient ways to get around the country.

With its lush woods, a wide variety of wildlife, a beautiful coastline, and kilometres of sandy beaches, Ghana is also noted for its rich history and as a fascinating repository of cultural artefacts.

Botswana

The vastness of Botswana’s environment is the country’s main draw. The Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi region provide a wide range of untouched landscapes, from palm-covered islands to moonscape saltpans.

In Africa, Botswana’s dedication to protecting its wildlife is unrivalled. There are 581,730 square kilometres in the country, and about 40 percent of it is designated as a wildlife conservation area. It is here that the world’s highest concentration of elephants and other endangered large species, like the black rhinoceros, African wild dog, cheetah, and lion are protected.

Gambia

Tourists flock to The Gambia, Africa’s west coast, because of its pristine beaches and river environment that is home to more than 560 bird species.

To put it another way, tourism accounts for more than 20% of GDP in a country with the highest emigration rates in the world.

Malawi

There are few people in Malawi, so you can take in the country’s breathtaking scenery without being overrun by tourists.

Even Lilongwe, the country’s capital, exudes a sense of calm and spaciousness. Those who appreciate cordial encounters should make a point of stopping by.

People in Malawi are so friendly which is why “Malawi” translates into Chichewa as “the warm heart of Africa.”

As a major tourist destination, Lake Malawi, an expanse of water that covers nearly the entire nation, is surrounded by the Great Rift Valley peaks.

There are beaches all around the lake where you may rest or participate in watersports like stand-up paddleboarding and jet skiing.

Scuba diving and boat rides to the lake’s uninhabited islands are two other options. Every year in September, the shores of Lake of Stars host the Lake of Stars Festival, a three-day cultural and musical extravaganza.

eSwatini

ESwatini is among the safest countries to travel to in 2022

ESwatini is among the safest countries to travel to in 2022. Photo/Getty

As the continent’s last remaining monarchy, eSwatini is a lush, mountainous kingdom. A hiker’s paradise of emerald mountains, rivers, ravines, rolling hills, and cascading waterfalls it is.

This little but stunning country is a must-see for nature lovers – it had to be among the safest countries to travel to in 2022.

Namibia

There is no better place to see the diversity of Africa’s cultures and wildlife than this huge and untouched region.

Whether it’s the red undulating dunes of the Kalahari, or the desert-adapted elephants and black rhino of the northwest, or the shifting sand dunes of the Namib and the desolate and lonely coastline, or the colourful Herero and their nomadic cousins, the Himba, Namibia is a truly fascinating country.

The Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, the Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari Desert, the Etosha National Park, and the Caprivi Strip are just a few of Namibia’s many natural wonders. Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and Swakopmund, a beach town, are both highly recommended stops on any trip to Namibia.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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