Heading to an unfamiliar country is always a daunting prospect, and when the reason is to create lasting memories in a wilderness teeming with the wild and untamed; the thought of securing our safety and health looms large. How are you going to create memories if your health and safety are compromised? And how can you best safeguard them? The answer is not difficult to seek. Adhering to precautions and procedures can reduce your risks and accord to good protection.
Vaccinations- Be a responsible tourist and get the vaccinations
Ensure you have all the necessary and mandatory vaccinations
Vaccines recommended by WHO-
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis; Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR); Hepatitis A; Polio; Typhoid
Boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, and measles are recommended if already vaccinated
Mandatory vaccines- Rabies, Influenza, Cholera, Hepatitis B.
Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent throughout Tanzania. Carry anti-malaria tablets and take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Visitors may use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets.
Avoid drinking tap water and ice in drinks. Use bottled or filtered water to drink and brush. Carry water purification tablets,
Do not bathe in rivers or lakes – there is a significant danger from wildlife as well as water-borne diseases such as bilharzia.
Always follow your driver or guide’s advice when on a safari or around wildlife.
Don’t venture out on your own in the safari
Don’t annoy, provoke or attract the attention of any wild animal. They are called wild for a reason. Never lose sight of that
Steer clear of Hippos and have your boots on a walking safari
Use a hat, good quality sunglasses and sunblock lotion chapstick with SPF to protect yourself from sunburns and sunstrokes
The equatorial sun is fierce. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, good quality sunglasses, and chapstick with SPF to protect yourself from sunburns and sunstrokes
Guard against altitude sickness. Remain hydrated and follow the pole-pole and climb high/sleep low principles
Be discrete with cash and valuables, as muggings and pick pocketing do occur. Avoid less frequented areas and do not venture out alone or at dark.
Tanzania’s are friendly but extremely conservative. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour in areas away from tourist resorts to avoid offending local sensitivities. In Zanzibar, women should avoid skimpy outfits and beachwear and men should not venture out bare torsoed
Self-driving is not advisable, especially at night. Restrict your commuting to the day.
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which includes any activities you will be participating in (climbing, diving etc). Ensure this covers emergency medical repatriation. This will cover all your risks just in case