Safety is an important area of concern for all travellers, particularly when considering a developing country. And so it should be, that’s why the team at KATz take it just as seriously as you do. We have a section in our Volunteer handbook (available upon placement deposit) devoted to Safety in Tanzania along with a risk management plan to cover the ‘what if’ situations. In addition, you can rest easy knowing that the KATz team are in Tanzania offering support and ensuring the overall safety of our volunteers and clients for the entire duration of their stay.
Tanzania is known for its political stability and the Tanzanian people for their hospitable and kind hearted nature, making it a wonderful country to travel. That said there is a certain degree of common sense required to ensure your have a safe and hassle free visit.
Here are a few pointers:
1. Don’t openly display cash, jewellery or other valuable items
2. Keep limited amounts of cash on you and carry it securely close to your body (money belts under loose fitting clothing are a great idea)
3. Lock your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe where possible
4. Keep your mobile phones and cameras in locked/zipped pockets (thieves are rife in some parts of town, and very good at what they do!)
5. Have a lock on your bags/backpacks (and use them)
6. Avoid giving money to beggars or street kids in the street (buy them some food or a juice from the local store instead or donate to a local NGO)
7. Never buy tickets or pay for safari adventures from touts at bus stations, do your research and book with reputable and trustworthy companies (in their offices)
8. Ensure you keep your luggage close at hand and refuse ‘kind’ offerings to have it carried for you
9. Catch a Taxi after dark and never wait in the street on your own
10. Dressing conservatively will help reduce the risk of unwanted attention and show respect for the Tanzanian’ culture
11. Don’t accept drinks from strangers
12. KATz does not recommend the use of Motorbikes as taxi transport
Keep in mind that while Tanzania is generally a safe place to travel, it still remains a developing country with levels of desperation quite unlike that of the western world. Tourists are viewed as wealthy and so they need to be mindful of their actions (and their belongings).