All travel comes with some risks, but many African countries are far safer than people might imagine.

1. Rwanda

Safety: In 2017, Rwanda was listed as the ninth safest country in the world. Rwanda’s response to the genocide of 1994 was to pull the country together, rather than further dividing it. June to September is the dry season, though you can travel to tropical Rwanda at any time.

2. Botswana

There is little corruption and the tourism industry is well-established. Wildlife viewing in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park is during the dry months of May to October.

3. Mauritius

It’s a multicultural country where people live happily side by side. When to visit: May to November are the driest and coolest months. December to April is hot and humid, with most rain falling between January and March.

4. Namibia

Namibia is free of conflict and politically stable. For Etosha wildlife viewing, visit in the dry winter season from July to October.

5. Seychelles

Safety: The government is stable, and tourism is an established industry. April/May and October/November are best.

6. Ethiopia

The tourism industry has grown in recent years, which has led to an easier experience for travelers. The driest months of October to April are best.

7. Morocco

Safety: A stable government and lack of conflict within the country helps keep crime in Morocco to a low level. Morocco gets blazing hot over the summer, so visit in April/May or September/October for some relief from the heat.

8. Kenya

Safety: the only risks are associated with wild animals (and with a good guide, these risks are minimal). Wildlife is best viewed July to October when it’s dry, which also coincides with the wildebeest migration arriving in the Masai Mara.

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