The continent with the most countries in the world 54 sovereign states, Africa is a very diverse continent, with each country, and sometimes even each part of a country having its own unique culture. From the wildlife watching safaris of Kenya to the dunes of the Sahara, Africa has a lot of experiences to offer to its adventure-seeking travellers.
But Africa is also a region of ever-lasting conflicts, high crime, natural disasters, and health hazards. Safe around has compiled information from numerous sources to offer advice to people travelling in the region, but always check the latest news coverage before travelling to Africa to get the latest safety advice.
The Dangerous Places In Africa
The Level Meaning
Level 1 is “exercise normal precautions”
Level 2 is “exercise increased caution,”
Level 3 is “reconsider travel”
Level 4 is “do not travel”
For more information about the circumstances that inspire individual travel warnings, consider checking the advisories issued by other governments, including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Current U.S. Travel Advisories for African Countries
Below, we have listed all current African travel advisories ranked Level 2 or higher.
28. Burkina Faso
25. The central African Republic
23. Côte d’Ivoire
22. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Level 3 travel advisory issued due to crime and terrorism. Violent crimes are common, while terrorist attacks and kidnappings target foreign and local government facilities and areas frequented by tourists. In particular, avoid travel to the border regions – especially the Diffa region, the Lake Chad region and the Mali border, where extremist groups are known to operate.
11. Republic of the Congo
10. Sierra Leone
8. South Africa
Level 2 travel advisory issued due to crime. Violent crimes, including armed robbery, rape and smash-and-grab attacks on vehicles, are common in South Africa, especially in the central business districts of major cities after dark. However, most other country areas are considered relatively safe – especially the rural game parks and reserves.