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The 10 Safest Countries in Africa to Visit? (2021 Global Peace Index)

This list of 10 Safest Countries in Africa to Visit, includes travel advisory info from the US Department of State, the UK Government, and the Government of Canada, as well as advice from travel safety specialists.

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It is best to speak to a professional travel advisor for more localized, up-to-date information and expert travel advice before deciding where to go in Africa and when. Contact us for advice from one of our knowledgeable Africa travel experts.

Safest Countries in Africa vs Other Countries on the GPI

Before we dive into the list of safest African countries, here’s how some internationally well-known countries rank on the GPI for comparison (for more about the GPI, see What’s the Global Peace Index?)

Canada ranks #10, Australia #16, Germany #17 (with Croatia), and the Netherlands #21. The United Kingdom is at #33. The United States of America ranks #122, followed by South Africa at #123 (hence travel advisories factor into our list of safest African countries).

The three most peaceful countries in the world are Iceland (#1), New Zealand (#2), and Denmark (#3). The three least peaceful countries on the 2021 Global Peace Index are Syria (#161), Yemen (#162), and Afghanistan (#163).

No destination on this planet is completely safe and travel always comes with risks. Even in New Zealand, petty crime is common and there are warnings about crime targeted at tourists, even in rural places. So, as with any country you visit, anywhere, you always need to be aware and take sensible precautions, even in the safest countries in the world.

10 Safest Countries in Africa to Visit in 2022

10. Zambia

At position #71 on Global Peace Index, Zambia is one of the safest countries in Africa to visit. It is also one of the best African safari destinations.

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Zambia Safari, South Luangwa Leopard by Richard Toller

Zambia is safer to visit than its position on the GPI suggests.

That’s because its tourist attractions are located in the south and its drop in the GPI rankings is largely due to border conflicts with the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the north. As the 39th largest country in the world, at 752,614 km² (290,586 sq mi) the problem areas are easily avoided and far away from Zambia’s safari destinations and tourist attractions.

Top Safari Destinations: Victoria Falls & Livingstone (southernmost Zambia), South Luangwa National Park (southeast Zambia, near Malawi), and Kafue National Park (central Zambia).

  • Budget-friendly Zambia Safari Tours


The UK government states most visits to Zambia are trouble-free. The U.S. Department of State categorizes Zambia as a Level 1 country (least security risk) and advises travelers to “exercise normal precautions in Zambia”. The Government of Canada advises normal security precautions and a high degree of caution in certain border areas.


As of November 2021, the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) “no longer advises against all but essential travel to Zambia, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”.

9. Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is #70 on the 2021 Global Peace Index. This unique and largely undeveloped island is one of the most off-the-beaten-track places to visit. High in biodiversity and largely undeveloped Madagascar is an ideal destination for adventurous travelers and nature lovers.


Madagascar Safest African Countries to Visit

Madagascar is relatively safe to visit, but you need to be aware of the risks and follow travel advice. For example, avoid walking in Antananarivo after dark. Madagascar is not the most politically stable country, and crime (theft and robbery) is on the increase in both urban and rural areas so visitors need to be careful. It is quite safe, but not as safe as its GPI ranking might suggest.

It is best to visit Madagascar with a trusted tour company or registered guide (ask our travel consultants for free advice). The Broke Backpacker confirms, “many people would recommend that you only travel the island with an organised tour company or hire a guide to take you around”.

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According to the UK Government, most visits to Madagascar are trouble-free. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises visitors to “travel with established organizations or travel companies who know the terrain and have the capacity to warn of potential hazards and local customs”. The U.S. State Department and the Canadian Government warn travelers to avoid Batterie Beach (north of Tuléar), and exercise increased caution due to crime.

An excellent resource for detailed info about Madagascar Travel Safety: Is Madagascar Safe for Travel in 2021? (The Broke Backpacker).


Madagascar is open to travelers from countries on their green list. Flights to Nosy Be Island (off the coast of Madagascar) resumed in October 2021 and borders to the mainland are now opening up. Contact us for the latest updates to Madagascar’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.

8. eSwatini (Swaziland)

Ranking #69, eSwatini (formerly called Swaziland) is one of the smallest and safest countries in Africa. It is a mountainous landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered by South Africa and Mozambique.


Safest African Countries, eSwatini (Swaziland)

The Kingdom of eSwatini, once the Kingdom of Swaziland, is “. by-and-large, a safe country in which to travel. Indeed, hospitality is a cornerstone of Swazi culture and the average visitor’s experience is overwhelmingly a friendly and relaxed one” (Bradt Guides 2021).

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eSwatini is generally a safe country to visit although civil unrest does occur from time to time. The UK Government currently warns travelers to “. avoid protests, demonstrations, or marches. Stay alert for signs of disturbances”. This is due to pro-democracy demonstrations currently taking place. The Candian Government is also advising a high degree of caution in eSwatini at the moment (November 2021) due to civil unrest.

Although eSwatini is one of the safest countries in the region, petty crime (theft and pickpocketing) is widespread, especially in the capital, Mbabane, and Manzini.


There is currently (November 2021) a curfew in place in eSwatini and other travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, contact us.

7. Namibia

Namibia is one of the most peaceful and safest countries in Africa to visit at #65 on the 2021 Global Peace Index. One of the most politically stable countries in Africa, Namibia is also one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.

Namibia, Safest Countries in Africa for Safaris

Namibia’s infrastructure is generally good and the tourism industry is well-developed. Recommended by solo female travelers, Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa to visit on your own. Avoiding dehydration and desert critters is more of a concern in this arid southern African country than crime, in general.

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Although Namibia is generally a safe African country to visit, there is some crime. That said, crime is mostly a concern in Windhoek and the problem is largely that of non-violent petty crime.


Namibia is open to travelers. The Hosea Kutako International Airport (serving the capital, Windhoek) is open and flights are operating. There are however Covid-19 travel restrictions and regulations in place in Namibia. The U.S. Department of State advises travelers to practice increased caution due to Covid-19.

6. Malawi

One of the friendliest and safest African countries to visit, Malawi ranks #59 on the Global Peace Index (together with Moldova). Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” because of the warmth and friendliness of the Malawian people.

Malawi takes second place on the list of the safest countries to go on safari in Southern Africa.


Malawi, Safest Countries in Africa

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Malawi is, for the most part, a safe country to visit. Petty street crime is however a problem, mainly in Lilongwe and other urban areas (like most cities across the planet).

The UK Government advises that “[m]ost visits to Malawi are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag-snatchers. Most thefts from visitors take place around the main bus stations in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Avoid walking around quiet areas, especially after dark.” Canadian Government advice is to exercise a high degree of caution due to crime. The Mulanje district is a high-risk area for crime.


Malawi is not open for travel at the moment, although certain visitors are allowed to enter the country. The US Department of State currently lists Malawi as Level 3 (reconsider travel) due to Covid-19. This is however the advice for many countries including Italy which is also on Level 3 (Reconsider travel) due to COVID-19.

5. Tanzania

Coming in at #58 on the Global Peace Index, Tanzania is one of the 10 safest countries in Africa to visit in 2022. It is also one of the very best places to go on safari in Africa and has a well-established tourism industry.

Tanzania is the safest country to go on safari in East Africa, based on the 2021 Global Peace Index and travel advice.


Tanzania, Safest Countries in Africa 2022


According to Lonely Planet, Tanzania is generally a safe country, and “[w]hile solo travelers may be a minor curiosity in rural areas, especially solo women travelers, there are no particular issues with traveling solo in Tanzania”. Travel Safe Abroad advises that “Tanzania is mostly safe to visit, though caution is recommended especially in tourist areas such as Arusha, Stone Town (Zanzibar), and Dar es Salaam”. In summary, they say “chances are you will have no negative experiences or incidents” when visiting Tanzania.

The UK Government states that about 75 000 British nationals visit Tanzania per year and that most visits are trouble-free. They do however advise travelers to “take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings” and warn of an increase in crime. The Candian Government is presently advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the border area with Mozambique (Mtwara Region) and the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) with certain exceptions.

As with Zambia, you can safely travel to the best Tanzania safari destinations without going anywhere these trouble areas. Top Tanzania safari destinations include Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, in northern Tanzania, near the Kenya border.

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Tanzania is open to travel and commercial flights have resumed. There are Covid-19 entry requirements in place in Tanzania and according to the Canadian Government, the global travel advisory for Tanzania has been removed. The UK Government recommends that travelers visiting Tanzania “continue to take sensible precautions and preventive steps to reduce the risk of infection”.

We have had several clients visit Tanzania during the Covid-19 pandemic and all have reported a positive travel experience. Thus, in our experience, we highly recommend Tanzania as a safe African safari destination. For more information about traveling to Tanzania in 2022 and beyond, talk to one of our travel experts.

4. The Gambia

#53 on the Global Peace Index, The Gambia, is the fourth most peaceful country in Africa. The Gambia is a safe county to visit. Most visitors enjoy a trouble-free travel experience throughout The Gambia, which is the smallest country in Africa.

The Gambia, Safest Countries in Africa


The Gambia is generally safe to visit. The UK Government states most visits to this African country are trouble-free, “although independent travelers are at increased risk due to the lack of local support in an emergency”. The U.S. Department of State warns travelers to exercise increased caution in “The Gambia’s southern border area adjacent to Senegal’s Casamance region due to the potential presence of landmines.”

It is important to note that in The Gambia homosexuality is illegal, so it is unfortunately not an LGBTQ-friendly destination.


The Gambia is open to travel. There are limited commercial flights operating and the land borders with Senegal are open. Covid-19 safety protocols are in place including entry requirements. The U.S. Department of State has a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) in place for The Gambia, due to the high level of Covid-19 in the country, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) findings.

3. Botswana

Botswana is the third safest country in Africa to visit, based on the Global Peace Index Report of 2021. The report ranks Botswana at #41 according to its 23 indicators. Travel Nomads also rates Botswana as one of the safest countries in Africa.

Botswana wins the prize as the safest country in Africa for a classical African safari.

Botswana, Safest Country in Africa for Safari

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In addition to being ranked as the safest African safari country, Botswana is also one of the most rewarding safari destinations. Although it is not the cheapest country in African for a safari, it is also not the most expensive. There are plenty of fantastic, budget-friendly Botswana safaris to choose from, with over 170 Botswana Safaris on African Budget Safaris alone.


When the Canadian government advises that you take normal security precautions, as it does for Botswana, then you know a place is pretty safe!

Travel safety specialists (Travel Safe – Abroad) go so far as to describe Botswana as “possibly the safest country in entire Africa”. The UK Government is less optimistic and warns that although tourists are rarely attacked, petty and serious crime is on the rise in urban areas such as Gaborone and Francistown.


Travel restrictions have been lifted and Botswana is welcoming tourists. Covid-19 global travel advisories for Botswana have been removed. Entry requirements and precautionary measures are in place in Botswana.

2. Ghana

At #38 on the Global Peace Index, Ghana is the second most peaceful country, and thus one of the safest countries, in Africa to visit. Sometimes called ‘Africa for beginners’ Ghana is recommended for first-time visitors to Africa because it is exceptionally friendly and safe. The Ghanaian people are known for being welcoming and very helpful, as well as easy-going and on “African time”.


Ghana, Safest Countries in Africa to Visit 2022


The West African country of Ghana is stable with low crime rates (particularly for this region of Africa). According to the UK Government, about 90 000 British nationals visit Ghana per year, and “most visits are trouble-free” although Ghana is not crime-free.

The US Department of State warns travelers of an increased risk of crime in certain areas. Authorities advise travelers to “exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular, the northern border” and increased caution in “[p]arts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East regions due to civil unrest.


Ghana is open to travel and the global travel advisory due to Covid-19 has been removed (according to the Canadian Government). As with all travel increased caution is advised in Ghana due to COVID-19.

1. Mauritius

Ranked #28 on the 2021 Global Peace Index, Mauritius is the safest country in Africa to visit. In fact, this peaceful African country outranks Spain (31), Italy (32), and the United Kingdom (33). This gobsmackingly beautiful Indian Ocean island is very safe to visit.


Safest country in Africa to visit, Mauritius

The idyllic island of Mauritius is not a budget African travel destination or an African safari destination, so we at African Budget Safaris don’t feature any trips there. The island does, however, boast rich bird and marine life, from whales and dolphins to Mauritian kestrels, as well as giant tortoises.


The crime rate is very low in Mauritius and it is a very low-risk travel destination all-round. Even the Candian Government only advises ‘normal security precautions’. Yet, the UK Government warns travelers of petty crime and advises them to “[t]ake care of bags and valuables in popular tourist areas including Port Louis, Grand Baie, and Flic en Flac”.


Mauritius is open to travelers. There are safety protocols in place, including Covid-19 safety requirements that need to be met upon arrival. As with travel to any foreign country, increased caution is advised when visiting Mauritius due to Covid-19.

What’s the Global Peace Index?

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an internationally recognized report published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It is a benchmark study that measures national peace levels across 163 countries. The report thus covers about 99.7% of the world’s population (according to World Population Review).

The study uses 23 indicators of peace to determine the rank of countries on the index. These indicators are split into 3 broad categories: 1) Ongoing International and Domestic Conflict, 2) Societal Safety, and 3) Security, and Militarization. The latest GPI report was released in June 2021.

For more details see the 2021 Global Peace Index Report by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP).

3 Safest Countries in Africa to Visit (based on travel advisories, not the GPI)

1. Rwanda

Although it only ranks #83 on the Global Peace Index, Rwanda has long been considered one of the safest countries in Africa to travel to. The GPI report also states that “Rwanda has the largest proportion of people globally who feel safer today than they did five years ago at 67 percent”.


Safest African Countries, Rwanda

The UK Government advisory states that “Rwanda is generally safe and crime levels are relatively low”. The US Government advises increased caution in Rwanda due to COVID-19. Increased caution is also advised in the border areas with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

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2. Morocco

Morocco ranks #79 on the GPI but is often considered one of the safest countries in Africa to visit. It has a good track record in terms of travel safety and is politically stable. Most travelers have trouble-free visits. There is some petty crime but the tourism industry is well-established and few tourists experience serious crime.

The UK Government states that of the almost 700 000 UK nationals visiting Morocco every year, most visits are trouble-free. The U.S. Government currently has Morocco on Level 3 (reconsider travel) due to Covid-19. The Canadian Government warns against all travel to border regions of Western Sahara and advises a high degree of caution in Morocco due to the threat of terrorism, as with France.

Please note, Morocco is one of many African countries that are not LGBTQIA+ safe travel destinations.

3. Seychelles

Seychelles was not featured in the GPI 2021 report. It is considered a very safe travel destination and is always rated as one of the safest countries in Africa to visit. Seychelles also has a well-established tourism industry as a long-standing tourist destination.

A green flag for travelers wanting to visit Seychelles, the Canadian Government advisory is to take normal security precautions. The UK Government states “Most visits to Seychelles are trouble-free” and the UK’s FCDO “no longer advises against all but essential travel to Seychelles, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”.

Other African Countries that Can Be Visited Safely

In addition to these three safest African countries, we consider the following countries in Africa reasonably safe to visit with several caveats. If you follow travel advice and avoid certain areas and behaviors you should have a trouble-free travel experience, as millions of other travelers do each year.

For more information and advice about visiting these African countries safely get in touch with us.

Top GPI Countries Not Listed in Our 10 Safest Countries in Africa


Although Senegal is #54 on the GPI for 2021, it is not one of the safest countries in Africa to visit. It has high crime rates, including violent and petty crimes.

The Candian Government advises a high degree of caution in Senegal due to levels of crime. The UK Government however states that most visits are trouble-free and the U.S. Department of State has Senegal listed as Level 1 (Excercise normal precautions) with increased caution advised for the Casamance region due to crime and landmines. But according to Travel Safe – Abroad “[a]part from the fighting going on in the Casamance region of Senegal. which is why it would be wise to avoid this area, there is serious reason to be extremely vigilant on the streets of Senegal, as petty theft and violent crime are a severe issue in this country”.

Sierra Leone

#46 on the GPI has been removed from the list of safest countries to visit in Africa as it is a ‘medium-security risk’ travel destination. Despite Sierra Leone’s rank as #46 on the Global Peace Index for 2021, it is not rated as one of the safest countries in Africa to visit due to crime (robbery and assault).

Equatorial Guinea

#62 has also been removed due to travel advisory warnings. The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Equatorial Guinea. The US Department of State also advises travelers to reconsider traveling to Equatorial Guinea due to COVID-19. The Canadian Government warns travelers to “exercise a high degree of caution in Equatorial Guinea due to crime” and Travel Safe – Abroad warns that Equatorial Guinea is “a country with extremely high crime rates, corruption, and diseases” and “the rates of petty crime are among the worst you can expect when traveling, so this is definitely a country where you shouldn’t let your guard down.”

Other African Countries in the top 120 of the Global Peace Index

Liberia (76), Morocco (79), Angola (80), Rwanda (83), Guinea (92), Gabon (93), Benin (96), Tunisia (98), and Guinea-Bissau (99).

Mozambique ranks #103, Lesotho #112, Uganda #114, and Kenya #116.

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Need help planning your travels to Africa in 2022 and beyond? Talk to one of our travel advisors specializing in African travel.


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If you’re considering a safari for 2022 and beyond, we want to provide you with the best information on how you can book that trip. With health and safety on the top of everyone’s mind, travellers are looking for new and safer ways to see the world.

Although there’s nothing new about an African safari, it has always been one of the safest ways to travel. But will it be safe to travel to Africa in 2022? And can you travel if you are not vaccinated? We answer these questions and more, so you can make a safe and informed decision about travelling in Africa during COVID-19…

Is it safe to Travel to Africa in 2022?

Africa remains a safe holiday destination, especially for safari. Unlike train travel, a resort or cruise vacation, you will not come into close contact with large numbers of travellers – social distancing is inherent in the African bush. Not only does safari travel keep you away from crowded places, but it also provides you with the healthiest natural air to breathe, far from big cities and pollution.

Despite the initial dire predictions, Africa has managed the COVID-19 pandemic very well. The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Africa has remained significantly lower than most other countries in the world. This chart from Our World in Data shows the seven-day rolling average of new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people:

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Africa?

Although most African countries are starting to require COVID-19 vaccination certificates, visitors who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to undergo PCR testing prior to departure or on arrival. Visitors who are not vaccinated, however, are required to undergo the necessary PCR testing prior to departure.

See our handy resources to stay up to date with COVID-19 travel requirements:

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Do I need special COVID-19 travel insurance?

Comprehensive travel insurance cover is essential during any vacation in Africa. Your travel insurance should protect you against cancellation and curtailment costs if you cannot travel, or must cut your vacation short because of an unexpected event like:

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  • Losing your job or experiencing a terrorist attack.

Travel insurance also gives you peace of mind while you travel, covers emergency medical expenses, and provides a 24-hour hotline.

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What preventative measures are taken in Africa to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmissions?

Very strict health and safety protocols are adopted throughout East and Southern Africa: hand sanitiser stations, temperature checks, social distancing in public spaces, and the wearing of masks are not only standard practices, but also respected by all.

Travellers coming to East and Southern Africa are expected to abide by the COVID-19 regulations at all times.

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What can I do to ensure my safari has minimal COVID-19 risk?

We recommend planning a single destination holiday to avoid multiple connecting flights at different international airports, numerous customs facilities, crowded places, and sundry COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

There are countries in Africa that offer visitors way more than just game viewing. Countries like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania deliver a variety of experiences from seeing incredible wildlife and landscapes, enjoying world-class services and cuisine to basking on exquisite beaches – without having to cross international borders.

Also, some safari camps and lodges can be booked exclusively. That’s right, you’ll have it all to yourself – ideal for families or a group of friends. Private safari villas and suites are also available, and more suitable for those who want the privacy and exclusivity that comes with a sole use accommodation, but have a considerably smaller entourage.

While you’ll always have a clean and secure stay on safari, booking an exclusive-use property will eliminate any lingering worries and doubts. You will have no contact with outsiders besides your personal staff (housekeepers, butlers, guides, etc.) who remain the same throughout your stay. All frequented areas like lounges, bedrooms, and vehicles are regularly and thoroughly cleaned to always ensure peak hygiene.

Most safari camps and lodges also provide guests the option to book a private safari vehicle for the duration of their stay. Not only does this allow you to enjoy game drives without other guests on board, but you’ll also be able to decide your own safari schedule.

Our Africa Safari Experts can tailor-make an itinerary around your travel wishes and ensure that the timing is right – so you can spend sufficient time in certain areas and complete your COVID-19 PCR test (if required) before continuing to your next destination or returning home.

Safe Travel to Africa

African Safari Experts can assist you with safe travel to Africa today!

As we ride the storm of this global COVID pandemic, safe travel to Africa has been uppermost in our minds. Nearly every industry, no matter where you are, has been severely financially impacted in the last few months. Airlines are no exception.

Ethiopian Airlines was one of the first airlines to resume flights to Africa followed quite quickly by Emirates and several others. Brooke Berlin, a US marketing executive for Africa reported that travelers to Kenya are in very safe hands. She interviewed Simon Penfold of Scenic Air Safaris who said that Kenya is very serious about their safety protocols. All safari lodges must undergo a health certification process which includes a health official in residence. Standard Operating Procedures for health and safety are only valid for 3 months when the official will return and conduct another inspection. This is reassuring for safe travel to Africa.

The WTTC or World Travel and Tourism Council represents tourism globally and the experts there have assisted African countries to keep guests safe while traveling. The council carefully researches the measures in place within each country and when the health and safety measures are in place the country is awarded a Safe Travel Stamp. This stamp applies to every facet of the experience from airports to vehicles, light aircraft, the lodge kitchen, guest accommodation and much more.

The following countries have been awarded Safe Travel Stamps: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia. Zimbabwe is currently being audited and will soon receive her Safe Travel Stamp.

COVID Testing at Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport announced on 14 September 2020 that travelers can take a COVID PCR test at the airport before departing. The test is internationally recognized and the test center is operated by Ecolog. It is open daily from 03H30 to midnight. Travelers can register at the test center or make an appointment online before departing their homes.

Most African safari travel experts agree that with a bit of planning and good on the ground arrangements guests will enjoy some of the most desirable game viewing ever. Your safari to Africa in 2020 will also give you a great sense of well being knowing that you are making an incredibly positive impact on the rejuvenation of the tourism industry. Each guests stay, anywhere, supports conservation, anti poaching and directly benefits local communities.

Heathrow Airport

There is additional monitoring in place for all flights and this includes written information, social distancing, hand sanitizer stations and the wearing of face masks. Doctors are on site at Heathrow as has been the case for many years and all passengers will be temperature screened as well. If you do not have a face covering when arriving at Heathrow, one will be given to you on entering.

All flights are operating out of Terminals 2 and 5.

John F. Kennedy Airport

A face covering is required for any person entering the airport, making use of buses or the AirTrain. Only ticketed passengers may enter the airport terminals unless you are accompanying a passenger that requires special assistance. Passengers are required to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from one another.

The airport recommends you check in prior to arriving making use of touch less technology such as your mobile device. If possible, make payments for anything else in the airport with the same technology.

The airport has increased the frequency of their cleaning on all touch points such as hand rails. Protective plexiglass barriers have been installed throughout their facilities.

Kenya Passenger Entry Requirements

For passengers arriving in Kenya the following entry requirements are in place:

1 – A body temperature not above 37.5°C or 99.5°F

2 – The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty with breathing or other flu-like symptoms

3 – The passenger has a negative PCR based COVID-19 test result conducted within 96 hours of arrival

4 – Complete a Travelers Health Surveillance Form prior to entering the country available here.

Kenya Airways and Emirates Airlines are currently flying to Nairobi. Lodges that our African safari experts recommend are Loisaba Star Beds, Kicheche Mara Camp or for a luxurious safari camp book at Mahali Mzuri.

Tanzania Passenger Entry Requirements

For passengers arriving in Tanzania the following entry requirements are in place:

1 – A body temperature not exceeding 37.5°C or 99.5°F

2 – The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty with breathing or other flu-like symptoms

3 – The passenger has a negative PCR based COVID-19 test result conducted within 96 hours of arrival

4 – Complete a Health Surveillance Form on the aircraft and present this to immigration officials

Airlines flying to Tanzania are KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Emirates Airlines. In our expert opinion a safari to Africa and Tanzania would not be complete without staying at The Emakoko close to Nairobi, Sarara Treehouses or Mahale Lodge for some incredible experiences with the forest chimpanzees.

Namibia Passenger Entry Requirements

All passengers arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of boarding the aircraft. You will be required to submit your full itinerary on arrival to immigration officials.

You will need to be available to health officials on day 5 of your holiday for a swab test and then be contactable on day 7 to receive the results. If this test is negative you are free to continue with your holiday. However, if the test result is positive you will be treated at an isolation facility that has been authorized by the Ministry of Health and Social Services at their cost according to the Namibian national case management guidelines.

The following airlines are flying to Namibia: Ethiopian Airlines, Air Namibia, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Qatar Airways. Namibia is famous for her deserts and dunes and our expert African safari planners can booking you in at Little Kulala, Desert Rhino Camp or Sossusvlei Lodge.

Zambia Passenger Entry Requirements

All international tourists entering Zambia will be screened on arrival. Should you show any symptoms of COVID-19 you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

All passengers are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 14 days of arrival.

Airlines currently flying to Lusaka are Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Emirates Airlines with ProFlight being the preferred domestic airline for flights to Livingstone.

Zimbabwe Opens for tourism on 1 October 2020

Zimbabwe will reopen her borders on the 1st of October 2020. On arrival at any of her international airports you will be asked to present a COVID-19 PCR clearance certificate that was issued 48 hours prior to departing your home country. You will also undergo health screening and a temperature test and face masks, distancing and hand sanitation are required.

As this time of year is ideal for a safari to Mana Pools, make your booking now for Kanga Camp, Ruckomechi Camp or Nyamatusi Mahogany. These are great destinations for safe travel to Africa.

South Africa Opens for tourism on 1 October 2020

South Africa has recently been moved from a high to medium risk and has been taken off Switzerland’s mandatory quarantine list. The health and safety efforts by South Africa’s tourism industry are being internationally recognized.

Where once the tourism industry was witnessing extensive forward planning by travelers, the norm now seems to be travel decisions being made in shorter time periods. This bodes well for South Africa as her peak summer and tourism season is fast approaching! South Africans typically live outdoors and this has been crucial in mitigating the spread of the virus.

Health officials the world over have agreed that being outside in open spaces is one of the safest places to be and more so in sparsely populated countries.

As it has now been made official that South Africa will open for tourism at the beginning of October we are feeling very positive about safe travel to Africa.

The following countries citizens will not be allowed into South Africa until further notice, the United States, Great Britain, Spain and Italy. These countries are considered to be very high risk and the government of South Africa has learned that a resurgence of the virus is possible if proper caution is not exercised. Should you begin to show symptoms during your visit you will be required to quarantine at your own cost.

Passengers will have to present a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of arriving in South Africa. Temperature monitoring will also take place.

Before making any flight bookings please make sure you are aware that your country is not one of those banned from entry into South Africa. Only three airports will be open being O R Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport outside Durban.

Safari 2020 Experiences

Despite all that has happened, we at African Safari Experts have seen some of our clients travel this year. Tanzania was first to open followed quite quickly by Kenya. By the end of August and early September we had been receiving some very encouraging news on the experiences our guests had. From leaving their homes, arriving at the airport, boarding, flying and arriving at their destination has been super easy. And safe!

We had constant contact with these guests via instant messaging as I was somewhat concerned but I also wanted to be supportive of their bravery in this difficult time of travel. Well, it was seamless for them. From the moment they entered the airport at JFK they found the experience to be very reassuring. Contact less check-in’s, masks everywhere and hand sanitizer available at nearly every step of the way.

At Heathrow Airport four of our guests experienced similar COVID health and safety protocols. Their conclusions were unanimous – the process was smooth, safe and very reassuring. Our guests also reported that their aircraft were only booked at about 40% of the total capacity making physical distancing on board the flight very easy.

Considering that all aircraft are fitted with highly sophisticated HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filters the chances of inhaling any sort of airborne virus is extremely small.

Several of these couples were elderly – over their 60’s – and I was amazed at their courage. This trip to East Africa had been a safari in the making for several months now, it was their dream safari to Africa and the Great Migration. While many of my clients postponed to next year, these eight people chose to stick to their plans and forge ahead.

And they are so happy they did. They have experienced Africa and the migration like no other in many years. The wide open plains of Africa were all but deserted save for the wildlife. Where migration river crossings could be lined with vehicles, theirs was the only safari vehicle on the river banks.

Staff at each and every camp were wearing safety masks, instead of the large communal evening dinner table guests had separate tables. Though, this did not stop some lively conversations over the days game sightings. As the camps have been closed for so long the wildlife have literally taken over and Elephants were in camp – all the camps – nearly every single day.

At Namiri Plains the local Lion pride – that has some 20 odd cubs – could be heard roaring late into the night and fresh kills were easily found in the morning.

Our guests had all booked a three week safari and at the end, on boarding their flights back to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, reported that the aircraft were cleaned and sanitized before they boarded. Both airports were ever easier than before to navigate, check in and with their boarding. Once again their flights were not full and one of my clients, Dorothy, could even stretch out over three seats and sleep.

It’s now clear, from first hand reviews and experiences that we have resumed safe travel to Africa. The world of travel to Africa, safari experiences, camps and lodges, light aircraft, boats, vehicles and guest accommodation has adjusted to the new normal of travel in Africa.

Come and experience Africa for yourself now. You have been confined and quarantined enough, spread your wings and book your dream safari to Africa today. Contact the African safari experts.




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