Carson's campaign said the decision to cancel the trip was made Wednesday afternoon.
“We decided yesterday afternoon to cancel based on significant security concerns that we had to take seriously,” Communications Director Doug Watts told ABC News. “We just made a decision based on pertinence.”
Watts said there were threats, but would not comment on the nature of them. He noted that the campaign did not “make this decision lightly.”
Carson's week-long planned foreign policy trip was focused in Africa, where he was scheduled to visit the countries of Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia, with a brief stop in Israel before the Africa swing.
Carson was planning to meet with heads of state and senior government officials throughout the trip.
The retired neurosurgeon said he was making the trip for a mix of personal and political reasons, noting that he likes to hear from people first hand to get a better grasp on foreign conflicts.
He also planned to visit the Banda twins in Zambia -- conjoined twins he separated about 18 years ago.