Southern Africa’s Population Densities and why this should be where post Covid travel is reignited

According to, the population density of Southern Africa in 2021 is 25 per Km² (66 people per mi²). Research conducted by, suggests that the ideal population density for a county to be ecologically stable is 50 -100 people Km².

In South Africa, we have a population density of 47 per Km² and broken down into its individual Provinces, the Northern Cape has the lowest and Gauteng the highest populations.

Tswalu Kalahari in the Northern Cape
Infographic with maps showing the population density of South Africa and each of South Africa’s nine provinces, and comparing it to population density in Brazil, China, Kenya, Nigeria and the UK.

Further afield, our surrounding Southern African countries are even more sparsely populated. With 4 per Km² in Botswana, 38 per Km² in Zimbabwe and 25 per Km² in Zambia, these are some of the least populated countries on the planet!

Botswana aerial view

Comparing these figures to some of the larger countries of the world like the United Kingdom (274 per Km²) and Germany (232 per Km²), South and Southern Africa would be an ideal first choice for a destination to travel to post Covid-19. With its lower population densities and travellers looking for wide open spaces and safe ways to travel, South Africa receiving the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Safety Stamp of Approval together with other surrounding destinations such as Zambia and Namibia, further cements the destination as ‘safe for travel’ and should encourage and promote global confidence in travellers coming to this beautiful part of the world.

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