Dawn’s FAQ of the Week: Is Tanzania a Safe Place to Visit? What Safety Measures do you Have in Place?
Regarding the question of security and safety, you can rest assured you are in good hands with Africa Dream Safaris! We’ve never lost a client yet! (ha)
Seriously, your safety is of ultimate importance, as well as your comfort and peace of mind. We have offices both in the U.S. and Tanzania to support all segments of your trip, and all safaris are 100% escorted and chauffeured from arrival to departure. Every vehicle is equipped with a long distance radio. These radios are used for communication between other driver-guides for game reports and with our main operational office in Arusha. If there is any problem on safari, your driver-guide can immediately handle the situation as he is trained and has the experience to handle any problem. He also can use his long distance radio to communicate with our operational office in Arusha. As part of our standard procedure, we also lend all our families or groups a “local” Tanzanian company cell phone during their time in Tanzania so they have a way to contact our staff in the event of an emergency. The phone comes pre-loaded with approx $10 worth of “time”, which is plenty of credit to make several calls within Tanzania. The lodges and camps each have guards that watch over the property at night, and whistles or radios in the tents to get a guard’s attention if you have any urgent concern.
In terms of politics and national security, Tanzania is a VERY safe place to visit! Although many of the people in Tanzania still live a very simple life in rural villages and may not have a lot in the way of material possessions, Tanzania is inherently a very PEACEFUL country. To go back into Tanzania’s history would allow one to understand how early government policies encouraged the various tribes to intermarry and mix together years ago, thus creating a melting pot of cultures and dissolving any of the tribal tensions that one might hear about in other African countries. All the people of Tanzania are united by a common language of Swahili, which has encouraged communication and cooperation between the different tribes as well. Everyone here just ‘gets along’, literally. I have traveled to Tanzania all by myself on a number of occasions, and never once have I felt unsafe in any way. You can check for yourself and see that there are no warnings issued for Tanzania on the Government’s Travel Warning website.
It’s our job to look out for you and help you make the right decisions, and of course safety is our #1 priority for all our guests, always. The local Tanzanian people are extremely gracious, polite, conservative and just a wonderful culture overall. Guests are always overwhelmed with the warm smiles and general hospitality that immediately envelops them upon arrival, and just seems inherent to the local people of Tanzania in general. You will see!!!