Is Africa safe to visit?
Residents of East and Southern Africa are generally friendly, warm and welcoming people. Most visitors find that they have very positive experiences and feel very safe on their travels. That said, as with all international travel, caution is recommended.
Valuables: Keep your money and passport with you at all times. Use caution at ATM’s. Leave your expensive jewelry at home; don’t check valuables in checked baggage.
Cities and Towns: Never walk anywhere at night—even a few blocks. Do not walk unescorted into remote or dangerous looking areas. Women, especially, should be careful to dress conservatively, carry little money or equipment, and to use caution. Be wary of people who try to help you too aggressively.
In the Bush: Never walk unescorted, especially in tented camps and lodges, especially at night. Wildlife could be anywhere. If you are camping in a tent with no toilet facilities, consider keeping an empty bottle or container and toilet paper in your tent for those late night emergencies.
Everywhere: Use caution and leave an area if you feel uncomfortable. If any disagreements arise with hotel staff, taxi drivers, locals, etc. do not raise your voice as Africans do not generally respond well to this. Be persistent and polite and remember that sometimes, things take a lot longer to get accomplished in Africa than they do where you are from. For added security, the State Department recommends registering your travel details with them. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency: https://travelregistration.state.gov/.