On the other hand, if you'd like to see it up close and personal, there are some easy introductions.
You can, for example, make friends with a camel in Djibouti; the little ones are polite enough. And with a little coaching, you can travel safely for a large part of the country.
There are places with stunning vistas, like the (only) road going north from Doraleh. It ends at a nice beach and bar area which tourists will never find unless somebody tells them about it.
It is Africa, and it's often hot, but it's a dry heat. :) Carry a case of bottled water with you when you wander around outside the city. Bring small money for the kids, too. Most of them will ask very politely for a donation to their family.
There's a stoplight in the city now. Nobody really pays attention to it, so be careful.
Djibouti is pretty safe, especially if you're in a group of two or more, but don't go to the slum areas after dark. Driving? It is easy to get comfortable in the moderately paced traffic. They're a bit imprecise when it comes to staying in their lane, but they're more polite than in D. C.
Do go see the wildlife. Hippos are incredible as are the giraffes.
In the mostly-undiscovered Sao Tome & Principe, children play at one of dozens of nearby beaches. Most beaches are gorgeous and undeveloped. It's the only country in Africa where you cannot get lost, no matter what. (It's very small.) They speak Portuguese and perhaps a few words in English, but that somehow doesn't seem to be a problem for visitors. A little Spanish is fun; they pretend like you're intelligible, and somehow it works out.
Of the countries in Africa, this is among the safest and perhaps the friendliest as well. Nice folks, and driving is fairly normal, sort of, if you're careful.
If you're very polite about taking pictures, folks usually will play along. Kids love to pose for pictures; adults not so much, perhaps. If you carry a camera you can let the kids use, they'll take fun pictures of all kinds of things that you otherwise wouldn't see and certainly not get photos of.
If you go slow and take the time to talk to folks, some may invite you home for coffee and conversation. These are friends in Ethiopia, a neighborhood I've visited several times. They took me home for coffee with mom and dad. Their English is quite good. My Amharic is non-existent, but no problem.
If you'd like to understand the world you live in, it takes a little thought and effort. Just a little is a fine beginning.