News of political instability, civil wars, drugs-related violence and social upheaval leading to massive turmoil has become a daily affair around the world. Tourists’ hotbeds are in the grip of violence and are off-limits for travelers, now. However, if you are the daring, adventurous types, and have the heart of a lion and a hefty insurance policy to back you, we dare you to visit the world’s most dangerous countries in 2015!
HolidayMe Recommends: Use your common sense, prefer to travel in groups, have trusted travel agents and pray for luck as you visit these dangerous countries.
Spiralling drug-related violence in the Central American country has been a massive cause of concern for the government. Mexico’s military and civil law enforcement agencies are trying to maintain the fragile law and order but are ineffective due to corruption and targeted killings. Mexico though still remains a popular tourism destination in the North America but a cause of concern is the targeting of foreign tourists by gangs.
What to see: Mayan Riviera (Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen), Chichén Itzá, Mexico City, Copper Canyon, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Oaxaca and Acapulco.
The West African country of Sierra Leone has suffered a bout of deadly endemic Ebola outbreak. The country along with its regional neighbours were worst hit during the outbreak which dominated the world news. United Nations and several other NGOs worked hard to contain the Ebola but after the loss of several lives. Enter the country at your own risk, the disease may have been contained but there is chance of relapse.
What to see: Banana Islands, Loma Mountains, Lake Sonfon, Tingi Hills Forest Reserve, Kambui Hills forest Reserve, Gola Forest Reserve and Yawri Bay.
One of the most out-of-bound countries on the planet, North Korea is a closed secret with very few having the knowledge of what is going inside. The Western media paints it as having a totalitarian government, rouge military, alleged nuclear arsenal and an efficiently civilian control programme. It is also in a state of undeclared war with its rich neighbour – South Korea. Travelling is mostly arranged in groups by registered North Korean travel agencies.
However, word of caution, it is alleged that arbitrary arrests are common in the country over minor and flimsy issues.
What to see: Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom, Myohyang-san, Kim Il-sung Square, Tower of Juche Idea, Koryo Museum, Mangyongdae Residence of Kim Il Sung and Tower of Juche Idea.
An ongoing civil war, factional governments and terrorist outfits have led to a massive humanitarian crisis in the country. Several droughts have prolonged the pain for the civilians and sheer lawlessness has led to piracy in the Indian Ocean. A transitional government, with the support of UN and European Union is trying to wrest back the control from the rebel areas, resulting in more violence.
What to see: Laas Geel, Lag Badana National Park, Bakara Market, Daloh Heritage Reserve and Sinbusi Beach.
Despite the creation of South Sudan as an independent country, Sudan remains in turmoil. Decades of civil strife, military coups, terrorism and lack of law enforcement agencies have led to complete lawlessness in the country. Sudan has become a hotbed of illegal smuggling, piracy and human trafficking. Tourists are often robbed and kidnapped and suffer heinous acts of crime. The newly independent South Sudan is already embroiled in a civil war over power sharing agreements.
What to see: Khartoum, Pyramids of Meroe, Jebel Barkal, Dinder National Park, Wadi Al-Ubayyid Cave, Farafra Oasis and Gebel Barkal.
The gap between the rich elites and poor masses of the country is increasing, leading to strife among the masses. Besides that, a communist guerrilla insurgency in the south of the country has created a volatile situation in the country. Columbia also serves as a key hub of drug and human trafficking and an industry of extortion. Foreigners are often targeted, kidnapped, murdered or forced into trafficking business.
What to see: Bogota, Medelin, Tayrona National Park, Caño Cristales, Cartagena, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Lake Guatavita, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Tequendama Falls, Lake Otún, Azufral, Los Katíos National Park and Aburrá Valley.
Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire is the continent’s most rich country in terms of natural resources. However, this country is in the grip of a deadly and on-going civil war since 1997. Frequent protests, sieges, raids and attacks on civilians are a common phenomenon throughout the country. International peacekeepers are struggling to contain the ever spiralling violence and cutting down the influences of many small and fragmented groups involved in power struggle.
What to see: Congo River, Virunga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo, Livingstone Falls, Boyoma Falls, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Lukaya River and Lola ya Bonobo.
The Central American country is struggling to keep a check on its spiralling crime rate. Honduras, like the entire Central American region is in the grip of drug gangs, turf wars, human trafficking, kidnappings, homicide and targeted killings. Tourists are often targeted and mugged in the country and it’s purely on luck, if you survive.
What to see: Copan, Roatan, Utila, Lago de Yojoa, Punta Sal, Guanaja, Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Rio Cangrejal and Cayos Cochinos.
Another dangerous Central American country with its same typical issues. Law and order problem, political instability, aftermath of a bloody civil war and drug wars have made this country a nightmare for tourists. Blessed with rich natural landscape and plenty of hidden trails to Mayan archaeological sites, Guatemala has enough to charm the tourist. However the risk of being caught in drug wars, kidnapping and robbery runs very high.
What to see: Tikal, Lago de Atitlan, Santa Catalina Arch, Chichicastenango Market, Monterrico, Volcan Pacaya, Parque Central Quetzaltenango, Livingston and El Mirador.
Oil-rich Nigeria is in the grip of insurgency. Dreaded terrorist outfits have disrupted the life in the northern region of the country with frequent bombings in the capital city, Abuja. The country has recently undergone a transfer of power in a democratic manner however tackling Boko Haram (terrorist outfit) and curbing radicalism is proving to be a tough problem for the administration. Tourists are in danger in the norther parts where a multi-national campaign featuring Chad, Niger and Nigeria are pounding the terror strongholds in the northern region.
What to see: Yankari National Park, Cross River National Park, Zuma Rock, Lagos Island, Oguta Lake, Aso Rock, Lagos, Abuja and Calabar.