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As the title asks, which African country is safe for visiting with peace of mind?

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@Simon lots of African countries are scene of military conflicts, so they are easily eliminated. –  All May 10 '13 at 20:07
    
Asking such a question for countries as a whole does not make sense. In south Africa there are some pretty dangerous areas. But if you do not go there, there is no "safety issue". There are places in South Africa, which are much "safer" than many places in the US or Europe. –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 10 '13 at 21:08
    
If I have to nominate one single and entire country here, it will be Cape Verde. –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 10 '13 at 21:09
    
What type of safety matters most: health, traffic, petty crime, terrorism ... ? –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 10 '13 at 21:15
    
@MarcelC. I wonder why you and others consider downvoting and closing this question, and the answer given clearly justify the question. The Canada and UK Travel Advisory sites list only one African country where one should apply normal security precautions which is the same as most of Europe, Australia and the USA. Then, it was answerable and constructive to know which African country is considered safest as suggested by travel advisories. –  All May 11 '13 at 13:54
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Botswana is generally recommended as quite safe. The UK government's travel advisory seems to support this (if it sounds scary to you, just compare it with those of some countries you know - a "general threat of terrorism" seems to be listed for every single country in the world).

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It is okay as long as you don't drive too much. Road safety is poor. –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 10 '13 at 21:14
    
+1. The Canada Travel Advisory site also lists it as the only African country where one should apply normal security precautions which is the same as most of Europe, Australia and the USA. –  Itai May 10 '13 at 22:41
    
The same can be said about Cape Verde. I would even say that from the sanitary point of view it is safer! –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 11 '13 at 9:31
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