Is Tanzania Safe for Travel?
One of the factors that led us to develop tours to Tanzania was the fact that it is a relatively safe nation for tourists. We go through with you the security of Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, and wildlife parks, as well as the security of cities and towns, malaria, and the security of Tanzania as a whole.
We are frequently questioned about the safety in the nations where we arrange travel. Completely comprehensible.
We’re delighted to reassure you that we likely share your worry for safety. We put a lot of effort into ensuring the safety and security of our local leaders and travelers at all times. Furthermore, we have no doubt that Tanzania is a safe place to live and travel in. We plan excursions there because of this. – Let’s address a few more of your concerns, from general ones about safety in Tanzania to more focused ones like the safety of going on a safari, to offer you more certainty before you decide to book a vacation there.
Is Tanzania a safe country?
Tanzania is a rather safe country, indeed. It’s one of the most secure nations in Africa, both for citizens and visitors. Tanzania is the seventh-safest nation in Africa, per the 2019 Global Peace Index.
Most tourism hotspots are extremely safe
There are a few areas inside Tanzania’s borders that periodically face certain difficulties, as is the situation in many nations. To avoid problems, you should stay away from these.
The good news is that popular tourist destinations like Mount Kilimanjaro and the well-known Northern Circuit wildlife parks—which include Serengeti National Park—are very secure.
Off the country’s east coast, the Zanzibar archipelago is a little less secure. Over the years, there have been a few cases of crime and terrorism there, but not enough for us to designate it as a no-go area.
Potentially unsafe regions we recommend avoiding
We advise travelers to stay away from two locations in Tanzania.
First off, we advise against traveling to the southernmost region of the country near the Mozambican border. Because of recent cross-border terrorist activities there, this is the case. Fortunately, the majority of the nation’s tourist destinations are located far, far north of this area, so visitors don’t need to be concerned that these issues will affect them.
The commercial capital of the nation, Dar es Salaam, is another potential source of safety and security concern. Given the size of the city, common crimes like theft, assault, and vandalism may be an issue. However, the good news is that few visitors need to pass via Dar es Salaam.
For instance, you can fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport in the north or the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. The latter serves as a starting point for both Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris on the Northern Circuit. Totally avoid Dar es Salaam, in our opinion.
Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?
Yes, it’s safe to travel to Tanzania in our opinion. We’ve never had any issues in terms of taking clients on safari and Kilimanjaro climbs there.
We deal with incredible local leaders like Kazi, Robert, and Chris, who are constantly concerned with our travelers’ safety and security, which is one of the reasons our trips have been trouble-free.
You won’t ever be alone when traveling to Tanzania with us, unless you wish to be, of course. Before transporting you back to the airport, we pick you up at the airport and chauffeur you while you’re there. You are always taken care of in this way by people who are familiar with the nation and know how to keep you secure.
Common sense safety guidelines
Of course, you should always use common sense wherever you go. We advise adhering to the same kinds of rules you would observe anyplace else in the globe, especially if you are traveling alone (versus with a tour operator). For illustration:
- avoid deserted stretches of beach and other isolated places
- take a taxi at night instead of walking
- don’t show off your valuables or leave them in an empty vehicle.
Also, when on safari, don’t try to cuddle a baboon, ride an ostrich, or feed the crocs grapes. (But seriously, no selfies with the wildlife.) Be sensible, stay inside the 4×4, and always, always listen to your safari guide’s instructions and advice.