Here are the ten most peaceful countries in Africa, according to the 2021 GPI.

Africa is indeed an amazing place to be in. Did you know that The Factionary is from Africa? Of course, where else. The continent has a lot to offer — natural resources, tourism, agriculture, and now making a huge presence in the technology industry as well. With all that said, Africa still faces challenges that hinder its progress, but let’s save the depressing stories of Africa for another day. Dear friends, if you’d ever like to visit Africa, then here are the ten peaceful countries in Africa to visit, according to the Global Peace Index report (2021).


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#10. Zambia 🇿🇲 

Location: Southern Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #71 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Lake Victoria, Zambia

Zambia is one of the best safari destinations to visit in Africa. Due to border conflicts with the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo up north, Zambia could have ranked higher than its current position. It is much safer to visit Zambia than its position, the GPI suggests. However, there are several reasons for travelers to avoid areas far away from Zambia’s safari destinations and tourist attractions. Zambia is noted as a trouble-free country, and ranked as a Level 1 country by the United States Department of State, and advises that travelers are more than secure to visit the country.

Top places to visit includeVictoria FallsLivingstoneSouth Luangwa National Park, and Kafue National Park.

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#9. Madagascar 🇲🇬 

Location: Southeast Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #70 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | a pack of lemurs, Madagascar

Madagascar is unique and largely an underdeveloped island, highly rich in biodiversity, it accounts for nearly 70 percent of all newly discovered species. It is an ideal vacation for adventurous tourists seeking to be mesmerized by nature. However, visitors ought to be aware of crime in the streets of Antananarivo after dark. The country isn’t politically stable, and several travel agencies “recommend that you only travel the island with an organised tour company or hire a guide to take you around,” according to the Broke Backpacker.

Top places to visit includeBatterie Beach (north of Tuléar), and Île Sainte-Marie — where there is the world’s only known pirate cemetery.

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#8. Eswatini 🇸🇿 

Location: Southern Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #69 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Valley of Ezulwini, eSwatini

The Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland, and not to be confused with Switzerland in Europe), is one of the smallest countries in Africa. Landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique, it is another safari destination. eSwatini is pretty safe to visit, however, civil unrest does occur from time to time. Travelers are advised to “avoid protests, demonstrations, marches, and alert for signs of disturbances.” Especially in the capital, Mbabane, and Manzini.

“Indeed, hospitality is a cornerstone of Swazi culture and the average visitor’s experience is overwhelmingly a friendly and relaxed one,” according to Bradt Guides.

Top places to visit include

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#7. Namibia 🇳🇦 

Location: Southern Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #65 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Namibia is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. However, avoiding being dehydrated in the country’s arid desert landscapes is more of a concern than facing crime, in general. The country has a well-established tourism industry, and travelers are more secure than worried amid these arid challenges. Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa to visit on your own. There are petty crimes in the streets and alleys of major cities, so be cautious about items like your jewelry and smartphones.

Top places to visit include

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#6. Malawi 🇲🇼 

Location: East Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #59 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Mulanje mountains, Malawi

Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi is one of the friendliest countries in Africa. And the second safest country to visit on a safari in Southern Africa. Malawian culture is known for being friendly, however, petty street crime is a problem for travelers. Especially in the capital Lilongwe, Blantyre, and other urban areas. Most theft cases happen around busy centers such as local markets and bus stations. And also avoid walking around quiet areas, especially after dark. The Mulanje district is noted as a high-risk area for crime.

Top places to visit include

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#5. Tanzania 🇹🇿 

Location: East Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #58 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Mountain Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the very best places to go on safari in Africa, with well-established tourism industry. It is generally a safe place for visitors, and solo travelers, especially women, are advised to be extra cautious in rural areas. Although there are no particular issues with traveling in Tanzania, according to Lonely Planet. Protect your personal belongings, as petty theft is still an issue in tourist areas such as Arusha, Stone Town (Zanzibar), and Dar es Salaam. There are chances are you will have no negative experiences or incidents while in Tanzania.

Top places to visit includeMountain Kilmanjaro, Lake TanganyikaZanzibar IslandSerengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater, in northern Tanzania, near the Kenya border.

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#4. The Gambia 🇬🇲 

Location: West Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #53 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | sunset at a beach in The Gambia

The Gambia is arguably the smallest country in Africa and a trouble-free destination. The British government states that The Gambia is a trouble-free country to visit, although visitors are warned about the lack of local support in case of an emergency. Travelers are advised to stay clear of the southern border area adjacent to Senegal’s Casamance region due to the potential presence of landmines, according to the US Department of State. The Gambia is indeed a traveler’s haven, but not an LGBTQ-friendly destination, as it is labeled a Level 3country, by the department.

Top places to visit include

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#3. Botswana 🇧🇼 

Location: Southern Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #41 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Safari drive tours somewhere in the Kalahri, Botswana

Botswana is ranked as the third safest country in Africa not only by the GPI. It is the safest country to go on safari in Africa, and one of the most rewarding destinations as well. However, it is not the cheapest and neither is it the most expensive. There are plenty of budget-friendly safaris to choose from, with well over 170 Botswanan safaris on African Budget Safaris alone. Crime is of your least concern amid the arid Kalahari Desert, the driest place on Earth where the nomadic Bushmen thrive. Travel safety specialists say Botswana is “possibly the safest country in entire Africa.”

Top places to visit include

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#2. Ghana 🇬🇭 

Location: West Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #38 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | an aerial view of Cape Coast Castle, Ghana

Popularly known as “Africa for beginners,” Ghana is arguably the safest, peaceful, friendliest country in Africa. Its often recommended for first-time visitors to Africa because of the country’s exceptionally friendly inhabitants. Ghanaians are best known for being hospitable, friendly, and warm-welcoming people to visitors. Cases of crime are very low, amid being a political and democratically stable country in Africa, and much of the world. However, authorities warn that travelers are to stay clear of borders in the north, where civil unrest is likely. Ghana is even known as “The Oasis of Peace.”

Top places to visit includeCape Coast CastleElmina CastleKakum National ParkKwame Nkrumah MausoleumKintampo WaterfallsMole National Park, and so much more. You can even visit us.

(Fun fact: Did you know that The Factionary is proudly made in Ghana?)

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#1. Mauritius 🇲🇺 

Location: offshore East Africa;

Population: … million as of 2021;

Global Peace Index Rank: #28 as of 2021;

Image: Shutterstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus | Mauritian beaches, Mauritius

Mauritius is ranked the #1 peaceful country in Africa, and the safest to visit. In fact, Mauritius even outranks Spain (at #31), Italy (at #32), and the UK (at #33). This idyllic Indian Ocean island is very safe to visit by all standards. There are no travel safaris regarding destination trips, however, the island boasts of a variety of marine and avian species — from whales and dolphins to Mauritian kestrels (a … native there), and even giant tortoises. Well…, your safari got better. Mauritius is arguably low on crime, and it’s indeed a high-income earning country.

Top places to visit include; the capital city of Port Louis, Grand Baie, and Flic en Flac.

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What’s even more? 

Have you ever been to any African country before?

Source: 2021 Global Peace Index Report


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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Mon, May 09, 2022.

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