Health & Safety
As with any travel, but especially to developing nations, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. Dar es Salaam has a number of good pharmacies and the Aga Khan Hospital, but outside the main cities, quality emergency medical care can be a very expensive helicopter flight away.
Crime in Tanzania is relatively low, but still exists. Especially be aware of opportunistic thieves if you are visiting a market or busy area and avoid showing off valuables or carrying a lot of cash. Be street-smart and avoid isolated places and travelling after dark. Also, while most Tanzanians are welcoming, warm and friendly, some might take advantage of tourists, so be wary if someone pretends to know you (and you really don’t know them), tries to help with your bags (unless you’ve arrived at the hotel) or insists on an unexpected charge on your bill. Double check if in doubt.
Guests travelling out of the city, especially those travelling into more isolated game parks, should ensure they find out more about malaria risk, prevalent diseases and options in case of a medical emergency.
Always check with the relevant foreign office for up to date travel risks, especially if you are travelling out of Dar es Salaam.