Many parts of Africa are stigmatized as being too dangerous, deadly, expensive and well, underdeveloped. While this may hold for just a few countries in Africa, it doesn’t for Tanzania.
Tanzania is a safe, developed and beautiful country that you should visit if you’re planning a trip to Africa. We’ve dispelled 7 common myths about traveling to Tanzania below!
- Myth # 1: You’ll get attacked/eaten by wild animals there.
This myth is so common among the general population that it’s one of the only things keeping tourists from visiting Tanzania. Well, it’s not true! Tanzania does have many wild animals, but it’s a perfectly safe place for you to travel if you use common sense and obey instructions. Even safaris are safe, though. Just get yourself a good guide and learn how to behave near the animals! Yes, the animals are wild, that is the point of going on safari.
- Myth # 2: You’ll die of Malaria after being bitten by mosquitoes.
While Malaria is prevalent in many parts of Africa and Tanzania itself, there are many precautions that you can take so that your chances of getting malaria are negligible. You can even take prescription drugs to prevent yourself from getting malaria before you start! So, the situation isn’t as bad as people make it out to be and this shouldn’t stop you from traveling to Tanzania!
- Myth # 3: Tanzania isn’t a developed country,
As soon as you get off your plane in Dar es Salam, you’ll realize how wrong people are when they say Tanzania isn’t developed. Soaring buildings, an impressive metropolis and huge shopping malls are common sightings in the main cities of Tanzania!
- Myth # 4: It’s not a safe country and has a high crime rate.
While many countries in Africa do have a high crime rate, Tanzania is not one of them. It’s a safe country but a poor one, with a much lower crime rate than that of South America! That being said, use common sense, don’t flash money and jewellery, don’t leave valuables unattended, don’t travel alone at night or on the beaches.
- Myth # 5: Solo traveling to Tanzania is a bad idea, especially if you’re a woman.
While you do need to take a few precautions like not walking out at night alone or not getting too drunk, solo traveling is safe and when the locals find out you’re traveling alone, you’ll be even more looked after by them!
- Myth # 6: Tanzania is too hot a country to visit!
While summer temperatures are high in Tanzania, during the winter months, the weather gets nice! The exact weather depends on your exact location in Tanzania because the weather can vary considerably within the country. However, generally speaking, the winter months are nice and cool!
- Myth # 7: You need to get a yellow fever vaccination before going to Tanzania, or else you’re doomed!
The CDC doesn’t recommend getting a yellow fever vaccination if you’re traveling to Tanzania, so you’re safe to go even without one because the chances of you getting this viral infection are pretty low! The exception to this is that if you are entering Tanzania directly from, or have recently been (seek professional advice on what ‘recently been’ means) a known, and listed, Yellow fever risk zone, you have to have the vaccination. This is because the country doesn’t want the disease brought into it.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your vacation mode on and explore the beautiful country of Tanzania!