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I am considering my first trip to Africa. It probably won't happen until 2010, but it cannot hurt to start thinking.

I understand normal safety precautions, etc., but given this, which countries are among the safest in Africa to visit? I am interested in seeing wildlife (i.e. safari).

I would also want to see Victoria Falls. I guess whether Zambia or Zimbabwe is safer will depend on the political situation in Zimbabwe then.

For those that have traveled to Africa, I look forward to your insights.

Thank you.

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