Thers is nothing more interesting than when backpacking to Africa whether you going as a sole traveler orr as a group , trust me you will get all waiting for you upon your arrival.. The most fascinating continent that leaves us asking “ooh mama Africa.
Going solo shouldn’t stop you from experiencing it as it would be highly rewarding for anyone to explore deeply and understanding this fascinating continent. And encounter wide landscapes, unique cultures, wild animals, and friendly communities and new amazing nice foods .. just act like a local inorder to understand more about this continent
Sadly the main stream media potrays that it can be nearly impposible to backpack travel in Africa as a solo traveller which i have found due to my 2year backpacking all African countries wrong , trust me on this you will feel safe ,even more than in your home country because these people a so lovely and welcoming to foreigners.
Why? It’s because you are more likely to find new friends along the way who a coming from all over the world. Africa has the nicest and friendliest people in the world on that i bet you will see the same by the end of your trip. Actually, most countries in Africa pride themselves on their kindness and friendliness to foreign visitors. forexample, Kenya who are so hard working, welcoming a they a always there to give you a hand, South Africa,Morrocco,Malawi,Bukina faso,and many more.
Whether you’re on the bus(matatu), train to your next destination, taking a sip of a warm tea at a coffee shop, or simply wandering around the town, expect to meet curious locals wanting to talk to you. And honestly, spending some time with locals and learning different cultures,and languages through them is definitely one of the best things you will experience when traveling here.
Before I make my trip to around Africa , i had a stereo type thinging that what if something goes wrong during my trip,how will i survive,how will i make friends and also was worried about crossing African borders due to stories that flow on interent but wow it was the opposite .
I wasn’t afraid because I thought Africa was a dangerous place, but only because it was my first time to there and even though I had traveled alone by myself before, I was clueless about what to expect this time.
WHERE TO START EXPLORING AFRICA?
Probably the best time to visit Africa is when you feel ready to experience its wilderness. But of course, a rough adventure does not mean you have to sacrifice your safety only for you to enjoy what the continent has to offer.
You must keep in mind that, only because Africa has some of the poorest nations in the world, doesn’t mean that it is a dangerous place to travel especially for those who are going solo. Here are my top picks in terms of the safest African countries.
Botswana being once a British Colony, since it gained its independence , Botswana got the steadiest democracy in Africa which makes the place an ideal destination for any kind of traveler.
Exploring the country is safe and easy. Actually, you wouldn’t have a problem getting around here as almost everyone speaks English. During your stay don’t forget to try a “mokoro” ride to have a unique canoeing experience!
Another incredible thing to do here is to watch the everyday life of the zebras, elephants, and hippos in their natural habitats!Report this ad
Next to Botswana, this is another safe destination for solo travelers due to its good governance. Namibia will not fail to offer you an adventure of a lifetime as it is also one of the most stable countries in Africa.
When visiting the country, don’t forget to check out Etosha National Park where you can see 114 families of mammals and over 300 species of birds!
Hire a truck that will make you have closer wildlife encounters and get ready for some epic adventures.
Another Marvelous country to add to your African itinerary is Ghana. No matter what time of the year you decide to visit, you may expect to enjoy the beauty of its spectacular beaches with the company of friendly locals. It’s not surprising how this nation has progressively become a first point destination for many foreign tourists who are looking to get away from their stressful day-to-day life.Compared to other countries in West Africa, Ghana is a very safe, stable country. Due to its lower crime rate, the number of annual tourists visiting Ghana is roughly 950,000 and is expected to grow to 1.5 million by the year 2024. Tourism is a real contributor to the country’s growing and developing economy.
Not even a decade ago, Malawi wasn’t a good place to travel for foreign adventurers, but because of the new-found government and economic boom, this country is now one of the best African countries to visit.
Most travelers go to the rural parts of the country as getting along with and getting to know the local Malawian can be a one of a kind experience.
Seychelles is another must-visit gem in Africa. The country hardly delivers bad news on TV and the internet and it has beautiful and peaceful places to go like Petite Anse and Mahe where you are able to experience an easy-going lifestyle. Seychelles has converted many of its small islands to national parks. This is the way of their government to keep the picturesque beauty of the country while allowing travelers to see it for themselves!
If you are visiting Africa in hope to spend some time laying down on white sandy beaches, enjoying hammocks, getting shades under the palm trees, sipping fresh coconut juice, and just enjoying the #beachlife, then Mozambique is for you.
On the other hand, you should not expect to ride jet skis, fancy restaurants, and lively nightlife, this is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature as a backpacker. You can, however, enjoy discovering underwater as the country has a rich marine life, so make sure to pack your goggles and snorkel!
Kenya has always been in the spotlight for the last decades, mainly due to bad news caused by terrorism and natural disasters. But now, with improved security – normally done with a genuine smile – traveling to this place as a solo traveler is pretty safe.
Just like any other country, it is important to look after your valuables as petty crime is still widespread. While in the country, you will feel overjoyed with the kindness Kenyans will offer you during your stay.
Rwanda should be topping this list due to its very low terrorism and crime rates.
This country had a rough and tear-jerking history but eventually, the country thrived into one of the amazing sights in the entire continent. Rwanda also prides itself on having one of the biggest tropical forests in Africa which you can explore for days.
Madagascar is known for its wildlife, thanks to the animated movie of the same name. The animals in the movie including the cute but wild lemurs are seen here.
It is not very likely for you to experience real physical danger when traveling to Morocco, but like other places in the world, it is important to stay vigilant against harassment and petty crime.
Morocco is a country of contrasts – from the bust Djemaa el-Fna Square to the High Atlas Mountains, deserts, and the friendly Berber people, the safety it offers is not the only reason travelers must visit this country. Here’s an article on why it might be the best place to live in Africa. The Travel Benefit I Wasn’t Expecting
If you are a solo traveler looking for a country with a mixer tessing locals, Tanzania is yours to go it is mainly composed of 55% muslim religion ,40% christians and 10% others. Tanzania is probably the place you are looking for. “Ujamaa” or communism saves the country from horrible and negative crimes. It is that mentality what helps it to be the perhaps the safest place to travel in Africa these days but be warned Dar es salaam is too hot during summer season so when going there put that in mind.
Tanzania is also the home to one of the most beautiful islands in the world called Zanzibar , the Island lies 35 km (22 mi) off the coast, and Pemba Island is about 40 km (25 mi) to the NE . The former has an area of 1,657 sq km (640 sq mi), and the latter 984 sq km (380 sq mi)
If you are a brave heart looking for some challenges, make sure not to miss climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.