Should You Buy Anti-Malaria Tablets? Is it Safe to Drive at Night? – Travel Safety Advice for Tanzania

18 September 2013

Tanzania is a major draw for travellers in search of natural splendour, incredible wildlife and of course Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is also one of the most peaceful countries in East Africa, although if you’re planning a trip there, whether for business or solely for pleasure, there are a few travel safety tips to bear in mind. Below we’ve clarified what you should do to stay safe before and during your trip to Tanzania – from whether you need to buy anti-malaria tablets, to how to carry your money.

1.     Buy anti-malaria tablets

Tanzania is a malaria affected country and as such you need to take certain precautions before you even start to pack for your trip. You’ll need to buy anti-malaria tablets to suit you, and then start your course of medication before you depart. Thankfully this can all be done online these days with an online anti-malaria tablets consultation, where you can buy anti-malaria tablets and have registered doctors on hand to answer all your questions. Along with taking anti-malaria tablets, you should also invest in some preventative measures to protect yourself from being bitten, such as a quality mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

2.     Get the right vaccinations

The yellow-fever vaccination is no longer officially required when entering Tanzania, yet because the disease is endemic, many doctors will recommend it as a precaution. Other vaccinations you may need to get up to ten weeks before travelling to Tanzania include typhoid, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, and tetanus. For more information, consult directly with your doctor or travel clinic.

3.     Be careful with food and water

You’re probably already aware that drinking bottled water is advisable for visitors to Africa. In addition, it’s best to avoid salads and juices from street stalls and any food that isn’t piping hot. In fact, it’s advisable not to eat any food from a street stall where you are unable to see it being cooked. Most standard and high-end restaurants and hotels in Tanzania prepare their food to required hygienic standards, so less caution is required in places like these.

4.     Keep your valuables safe

Credit cards are only usually accepted at major restaurants, hotels and travel agents, so you’ll need to carry some local currency around with you while travelling in Tanzania. Always ensure your money is secured in a money belt and only carry the minimum amount of cash you need for each day. It’s also a good idea to make a copy of your passport and keep it in your main luggage, and to avoid wearing jewellery and carrying expensive camera equipment around with you – especially in the major cities.

5.     Keep yourself safe

While Tanzania is a relatively peaceful country, it’s wise to exercise caution by not travelling alone at night. If you’re hiring a car, avoid the risk of car-jacking by always keeping the doors and windows locked while driving in major cities. Most of the tourist areas in Tanzania have police posts close by if you should get into any trouble and need some assistance. Bear in mind too that Tanzania’s roads are often full of potholes and road blocks – not to mention people and wildlife sometimes! Avoid driving at night as that's when most accidents occur.

While it’s one of the most picturesque and peaceful countries in Africa, you can further increase the chances of your trip to Tanzania going without incident by taking the above safety precautions. Ten weeks before departure ensure you buy anti-malaria tablets, stock up on insect repellent and get any necessary vaccinations.  After that, much of keeping yourself and your valuables safe while on your trip will come down to straight forward common sense, along with a healthy dose of traveller’s vigilance.

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