“It was so exiting watching thousands of wildebeest crossing the serengeti, it was an experience of its own, never seen such a thing before, just in Tanzania, just with Ipam Safaris.”
--- Colms Coleman---
CEO Ceba Company
Health and Safety
If you are going on a Tanzania holiday the best thing to do is to contact your GP about eight weeks prior to you trip to discuss specific vaccination and other preventive medical treatments. There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the UK but some may be advisable. Malaria is still common in Tanzania and so discusses the proper precautions with your health care provider as they best apply to you.
Those on African safari in Tanzania should be aware of the fact that outside Dar es Salaam medical facilities are quite limited, so making sure that you do have adequate travel health insurance that will not only cover immediate medical treatment but also possible repatriation is important. The national medical emergency telephone number in Tanzania is 112 and from a call to that number an ambulance may be dispatched in the case of a severe medical emergency.
The people of Tanzania are generally warm friendly and welcoming to tourists and the majority of those who visit the country enjoy a trouble free Tanzania holiday. As is the case in many parts of the world though the incidence of muggings, especially in more urban areas have increased so visitors need to exercise common sense to stay as safe as possible. As a general rule you should never walk by yourself, something that is especially true for females and if you are walking on the road walk towards the traffic whenever possible and carry bags facing away from the road at all times.
You should not make yourself an obvious target for pickpockets or others by carrying large sums of cash, wearing expensive jewellery or displaying a lot of cameras or electronics. If possible only use transportation arranged by your local accommodations staff and avoid unlicensed taxis. Licensed taxicab drivers in Tanzania carry official identification and licensing and you should always ask to see that before accepting the transport.
Driving can be difficult in Tanzania as the road conditions are often less than perfect so considerable care should be exercised if you chose to drive rather than using a local driver. The conditions in certain areas of the National Parks can be particularly hard to navigate for a first time visitor, so there you may be best leaving most of the driving to those who have traveled the roads before! if you are stopped while driving at any time ask to see official identification immediately as there have been cases where persons posing as police officers have collected 'fines' from unsuspecting tourists.
Weather and Seasons
As it contains both the lowest and the highest points in Africa the fact that the climate in Tanzania varies a great deal should be no surprise to those on holidays to Tanzania and Zanzibar. The beautiful coastline of Tanzania, including the exotic Zanzibar is almost always hot and a little humid while the higher elevations of the Central region can bring much cooler temperatures.
Between June and October, the average temperatures in Tanzania can range from about 68F (10C) in the northern most highlands to around 73F (23C) on the coast. From December to March, almost every day dawns warm and sunny and there is often not a single cloud to be seen in the sky.
Tanzania's proximity to the Equator famously brings two rainy seasons to the land every year. The long rains – known locally as the masika – fall from the middle of March until the end of May. The land then dries up again until the vuli – the short rains – begin to fall, intermittently most of the time, through November and December.