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Tanzania is an East African country that is known for its endless plains of national parks, beautiful sceneries, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes. It’s home to the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and to the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. 

So, is it safe to travel to Tanzania? What level of safety can you expect in the country?

Well, when it comes to coronavirus transmission, Tanzania is pretty safe because it doesn’t have as many active coronavirus cases as in other parts of the world. It hasn’t been hit by the pandemic severely, with only 66 active cases being reported in mid-June. The numbers have decreased since then.

However, you should still take all the necessary precautions and follow all S.O.P.s while you’re traveling to Tanzania. 

General Health Safety

Tanzania is known for malaria and other diseases like yellow fever. However, you can get yourself vaccinated against yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and many others before you enter the country. Make sure all of these vaccinations are up-to-date before you travel to Tanzania. 

There isn’t any vaccine for malaria but you can take prophylactic medications. You can also use other methods of protection against mosquitoes like mosquito repellents, nets, and coils. 

Thus, if you take precautions, Tanzania isn’t an unsafe country to travel to. Just make sure you don’t drink any tap water and avoid eating unhygienic street food!

Personal Safety

Tanzanians and Zanzibaris are amongst the most generous, friendly and welcoming to be found anywhere in the world. Poverty and unemployment are unfortunately always present.

Tanzania does have some personal safety concerns but it’s nothing that should stop you from going. Low levels of employment, low wages make petty crime commonplace but only affects those ignorant enough not to do some absolute basics; using a money belt, not ‘splashing the cash’, not wearing expensive jewellery, don’t leave anything unattended traveling in groups and avoiding deserted areas during the night. Common sense rules.

If you’re a female solo traveler, personal safety might be another issue for you. However, if you avoid the odd dodgy place by asking the locals and follow basic safety rules like avoiding going out alone at night, you have nothing to worry about!

Protect your electronic devices and don’t flaunt unnecessary devices, protect your money from pickpockets at crowded markets and avoid going outside at night. Whenever you want to go to a village, ask a local guide to accompany you. That’s all! 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have the vacation of a lifetime! It’s pretty safe to travel to and you should explore the beautiful country. After all, life is short and you need to make the best out of it! 

Don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve while you’re there!

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