The Most DANGEROUS Countries in Africa

African continent house some of the riskiest places to visit in the world. At the moment, below are some of the most dangerous countries in Africa to visit. These lists are likely to changes if security etc. improves in these countries. We have used various reports from the US government  and the present  level of crime and insecurity of these countries to reach our conclusion.  We have also use  Global Peace Index. This measures the comparative environments of countries for their peacefulness. 

There is no doubt that Africa is a stunning continent that attracts travellers looking for adventure, unique events, and enlightenment. Tourists visiting Countries in Africa are generally looking for once-in-a-lifetime views and experiences. However, if you visit the wrong location, your vacation will turn ugly.



Somalia is a country in Africa's Horn of Africa. It is bordered on the west by Ethiopia, on the northwest by Djibouti, on the north by the Gulf of Aden, east by the Guardafui Channel and on the Indian Ocean southwest Kenya.

Somalia's government is weak, and the country has a history of famine. Piracy, starvation, and war are all things that come to mind when one thinks of Al-Shabaab is a terrorist organisation. Some areas are under the control of AU troops, while others are under the control of terrorist groups.

Somalia has a long history of being connected with piracy. Off the Horn of Africa, pirates are active, particularly in international waters.

The US State Department warns that in Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland, there is a risk of kidnapping and murder and that travellers should expect to encounter illegal roadblocks.

Terrorism is also prevalent in Somalia, with terrorists planning and carrying out kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in high-traffic areas such as airports, seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other gathering places. Terrorist groups often target Westerners, including Americans.

Schools that serve as "cultural rehabilitation" centres have been used to detain people against their will around Somalia.

Cross-border violence has also been a threat along the land border between Somalia and Kenya. Al-Shabab, an insurgent group, has been known to target aid workers and civilians in large-scale attacks.

Al-Shabab has hundreds of members, and the US has targeted the group with dozens of airstrikes in Somalia in recent years.

The FAA has issued a "Notice to Airmen" flying civil aircraft at lower altitudes over Somalia, similar to what it has done in Libya and Mali, due to the high risk of terrorism and militant activity.



Libya used to be one of the few stable countries in Africa, but not anymore after president Gaddafi was ousted.

Terrorism is now a concern in Libya as the violent extremist activity is widespread in the country, with groups regularly making threats against the United States. Terrorists have been known to attack tourist destinations such as hotels, shopping malls, and transportation hubs. 

The country's general civil unrest is also a source of concern for visitors. Armed conflicts and terrorist attacks have occurred frequently in Libya's major cities, such as Tripoli and Surman.The most severe threat in Libya may be an assault on commercial transportation. Some airports in the country have been closed completely, and flights out of others could be cancelled at any time. T

With its ancient sites and exotic scenery, Libya would still be a popular tourism destination if it weren't for the country's current instability. However, several Libyan tour companies have ceased operations as a result of the conflict. 



Mali is a West African country with a significant landlocked population. With just 19.1 million people and capital in Bamako, Mali is Africa's eighth-largest country. In 2001, a whopping 67 per cent of the country's population was under 25.

Mining and agriculture are the backbones of the country's economy. Gold and salt are two of the most valuable national resources. Mali is, in fact, the continent's third-largest gold producer today.

Since January 2012, Mali has been engulfed in armed conflict. Tuareg rebels took control of a region in northern Mali that year. By April, they had proclaimed Azawad as their own country. Due to a military coup in March of the same year, the struggle became even more intense.

Fighting broke out between the Tuareg and various rebel groups. Mali requested assistance from its former colonial masters, the French. By January 2013, France had dispatched a military expedition known as Operation Serval. French-led Malian national forces retook the majority of the northern rebel territory in less than a month.



Nigeria is a dangerous place to visit because of its high crime rate. Here are six key points to remember more about the risks of travelling to Nigeria.

Criminal activity on a small scale

Nigeria's political and economic instability allows for a wide range of criminal activity, from simple thievery and pickpocketing to home invasions, robberies, abductions, and carjackings. Robbery and kidnapping are most common in the country's south, while terror activities are more prevalent in the north.

Thieves often target tourists, so keep your money with you at all times and avoid holding your credit or debit card. Credit card fraud is rampant in Nigeria, which is why most companies refuse to accept it as a form of payment.

Scams in Nigeria

Fraudsters and forgeries involving money can be found on the internet. Nigerian marriages are another type of criminal activity that targets foreign visitors. Many of these crimes start with an email message, and any questionable messaging should always be reported to the police. In Nigeria, fake ebony is also a popular souvenir item.

Shady characters often prowl the airport, looking for someone to defraud or steal. According to reports, these crooks regularly pose as cab drivers.

While at the airport, keep in mind that some customs officers may be breaking the law. That could be the case if you have a suspicious feeling about something. If you're unsure, ask for help from management.

Nigeria is experiencing civil unrest.

In September 2019, unrest in South Africa spread to Nigeria, prompting residents to attack south African-owned businesses. Threats forced the closure of the South African embassy in Nigeria. If you're planning a trip to Nigeria, here are some suggestions for what to do if you find yourself in a country that is currently facing civil unrest.

Nigerian terrorism

Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere around Nigeria, and the country is home to many terrorist groups.The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Ansaru (Jamaat al Ansar al Muslimeen fi Bilad al Sudan), Boko Haram, and Islamic State West Africa are among the terrorist groups (ISWA).

MEND is an oil-focused group that aims to seize control of the country's products and natural resources, such as gas, especially in the Niger Delta region.

"The majority of attacks take place in northern and north-east Nigeria," according to the UK Government advisory, "but there have been a large number of attacks elsewhere." Travelers should always be aware of their surroundings and remain alert. Pay attention to local news reports, and avoid crowded locations or large gatherings during times of civil unrest.

No-entry zones

Due to terrorism and criminal activities and attacks, most Nigerian provinces are considered no-go zones.Due to a high risk of terror attacks, both the British and US governments advise against travelling to Borno, Yobe State, and Northern Adamawa State.

Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, and Kano states, as well as the coastal regions of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states, should be avoided (with the exception of Port Harcourt).Travelling anywhere in the world should be done with great caution.

Lagos has a high level of crime.

Travellers should be careful on the streets and driving in Lagos because it is considered a high-risk area. Avoid walking alone at night, even if in a group, because nighttime poses the greatest danger to both locals and visitors, with most attacks occurring after 10 p.m.

Robberies and kidnappings

Robberies and kidnappings are common in the states of Anambra – particularly along the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha expressway – Kogi, Abia, and Edo. To prevent injury, survivors should immediately give in to a thief's demands. In these areas, particularly outside of cities, road travel should be restricted. Anyone who wishes to travel in these areas during the day should do so in convoy.


The DRC is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and the continent's second-largest. This Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is also the world's 11th largest land area. With an estimated 84 million people, it is the continent's largest French-speaking country and fourth-largest by population. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is also the world's 16th most populous country. Since 2015, there has also been a constant military conflict in Kivu's eastern region.

The Congo River Basin underpins the DRC's vast territory. Despite many centuries of colonial exploitation and robbery by the Belgians and their imperialist King Leopold, this country has been unable to capitalise on its abundant natural resources due to terrible infrastructure, political instability in government, heavy corruption, and little growth.

Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Mbuhi-Mayi are the three largest cities, with the latter two being mining towns. Raw minerals are the DRC's most important export, with China receiving more than half of it in 2012. The low nationwide 176 ranking (out of 187 total) on the Human Development Report reflects the affairs' appalling state.

As of 2018, approximately 600,000 Congolese natives had fled conflict in the country's east and centre to more peaceful neighbouring states. A shocking two million children are at risk of starvation, and the war has caused over 4.5 million people to flee their homes.


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