Over a million people from around the world visit Tanzania annually, for business and pleasure. This should be evidence enough that Tanzania is among the safest countries in Africa to visit. Yet, some people are apprehensive when planning a safari there. Why give up the chance to visit Mount Kilimanjaro and check out the different scenic locations and the thriving wildlife of the region because of misconceptions. Let’s evaluate the different factors based on which you can make an informed decision regarding whether or not you should plan a trip to Tanzania:
Tanzania is exposed to the diseases and illnesses which are common in Africa, including Malaria and Hepatitis A and B. The great thing is that the country has managed to resist Ebola despite the region being plagued by the disease for a long time. You will have to check online about the vaccines you need before you leave on your trip. To be on the safe side, here are some of the common diseases in Tanzania that you should be vaccinated for before leaving:
Hepatitis A and B
As long as you are vaccinated, you are at minimal risk. Of course, if you take a walk through a jungle, the risk increases. But on a safari, where you spend most of the time in a vehicle, the risk is negligible. It is a good idea to purchase health insurance before you leave.
There are isolated incidents when it comes to crime. Most of the muggings and theft occur in areas which are frequented by tourists. But they are too few to keep you from visiting Tanzania. As long as you keep your valuables out of view and don’t go out after dark alone, you are safe. There is some unrest in a few cities due to the recent general elections but that will die out in the weeks to come. In any case, when going on a safari, you can stay away from the cities.
The weather in Tanzania is great around the year, the monsoon being the exception. But the monsoon season ends in October, giving you the perfect opportunity to visit the country over the next 6 to 8 months without any weather or climate hazards. Check the weather forecasts when planning your trip to be on the safe side.
One additional factor you need to keep in mind is that the population in most parts of the country is predominantly Muslim. So, you should be careful when going out, i.e. avoid drinking in public. The people in Tanzania are generally hospitable and will do their best to make you feel at home. You can expect to have a great time.
So, if you are wondering whether or not you should go to Tanzania on a safari or for a vacation, decide based on the factors listed above. As you can see, the country is safe to visit. Still, it is better to be cautious so book through a reputable travel company and plan your trip well in advance.