Tanzania is an incredible destination for those seeking an adventure in the heart of Africa. The country is home to stunning wildlife, diverse cultures, and some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent. However, like any other travel destination, it is important to take some precautions to ensure a safe and secure trip. In this article, we’ll share some essential tips for traveling safely in Tanzania.
Overall Safety in Tanzania
Tanzania is a relatively safe country to visit. With almost a million tourists visiting every year, most visits are trouble-free. However, as with many third-world countries, theft, and muggings are relatively common, but most incidents are in big cities. Avoid walking alone around the city, and it is recommended to stay overnight at a reputable hotel or go on an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the town.
Here are some tips for travel safety and security in Tanzania:
Malaria Risk: Tanzania is a high-risk zone for malaria throughout the country, except in high-altitude mountains over 2000m including the Ngorongoro Crater rim, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and parts of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Most safari parks are also high-risk zones. The highest risk of transmission is in the rainy season from November to May. To avoid getting malaria, make sure to take antimalarial medication and use insect repellent containing at least 20-30% DEET.
Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions: Tanzania is known for its incredible wildlife and game viewing opportunities. When on a safari, make sure to follow your guide’s instructions and guidelines. Stay in the car during game drives except at designated areas where you are allowed to get out of the car. Don’t stand up in the car, hang out of the window, or sit on the roof. Don’t drive too close to animals if you’re on a self-drive safari. Back off if the animals seem disturbed. Don’t walk between a hippo and water, and never run or jog in a wildlife area. When camping or in a tented camp, never leave food in your tent.
General Travel Safety Precautions: Make sure to buy good travel and health insurance and check that all activities on your trip are covered. Check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting, including visa requirements, if holding a return ticket is required, etc. Get all the required vaccinations and insect repellent before you depart. Lock all bags before handing them over at check-in at the airport. Keep all valuables in your hand luggage or money belt, including your passport and bank cards. Put your valuables in the safety deposit box of the hotel and make sure to take at least one bag that you can lock.
Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions: Don’t wear valuables like jewellery, expensive watches, or money belts visibly. Only carry the valuables you need for that day and leave everything else in the safety deposit box at your hotel, including your passport and bank cards. Keep a small stash of cash at hand separately so you don’t have to reveal where you keep the rest of your money when paying for small things on the street.
By taking these safety and security precautions, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Tanzania.