ZAMBIA has been ranked as the safest country to visit this year due to its peace, a United Kingdom-based travel fare aggregator website and travel metasearch engine, has said.
Skyscanner posted on its website on Friday that Zambia, which is the only African country, is leading the top 10 list followed by Slovenia and Japan.
New Zealand comes fourth, Norway fifth, then Chile followed by Austria, Singapore, Costa Rica and Portugal.
“The US Department of State has recently begun assigning every country a travel advisory level (one-four) to help label the safest countries in the world. We’ve taken these level 1, ‘exercise normal precautions,’ countries and combined them with the Global Peace Index (GPI) from 2017 to create a list of the best and safest countries to visit this year,” the statement states in part.
The GPI is a comprehensive evaluation of each country’s level of militarisation, domestic and international conflict levels, and societal safety and security.
According to Skyscanner, the state of peace for the 10 countries are all ranked as very high or high on the GPI for 2017.
“Remember to always be vigilant no matter how safe a country usually is, these suggestions are strictly based on statistics and rankings by the GPI and the US State Department.”
The website also markets Zambia as home of Victoria Falls, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
It further states that lions and zebras and the second-largest wildebeest migration on the African continent can be found in Liuwa plain, in Western Province.
Recently, Moody’s Investors Service, a leading source of credit rating, upgraded the rating outlook for Zambia to stable from negative.
The stable outlook reflects reduced Government liquidity pressures and a slowdown in Government debt accumulation.
Last year, Standards and Poors Global upgraded Zambia’s sovereign rating from negative to positive with a stable outlook.