Tanzania

 

Climate and Seasons

Safety

Safety is an important area of concern for all travellers, particularly when considering a developing country. And so it should be, that’s why the team at Water Aid Matters take it just as seriously as you do. We have a section in our Volunteer handbook (available upon placement deposit) devoted to Safety in Tanzania along. In addition, you can rest easy knowing that the Water Aid Matters team are in Tanzania offering support and ensuring the overall safety of volunteers for the entire duration of their placement.

Tanzania is known for its political stability and the Tanzanian people for their hospitable and kind hearted nature, making it a wonderful country to travel. That said there is a certain degree of common sense required to ensure your have a safe and hassle free visit.

Here are a few pointers:

1. Don’t openly display cash, jewellery or other valuable items

2. Keep limited amounts of cash on you and carry it securely close to your body (money belts under loose fitting clothing are a great idea)

3. Lock your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe where possible

4. Keep your mobile phones and cameras in locked/zipped pockets (thieves are rife in some parts of town, and very good at what they do!)

5. Have a lock on your bags/backpacks (and use them)

6. Avoid giving money to beggars or street kids in the street (buy them some food or a juice from the local store instead or donate to a local NGO)

7. Never buy tickets or pay for safari adventures from touts at bus stations, do your research and book with reputable and trustworthy companies (in their offices)

8. Ensure you keep your luggage close at hand and refuse ‘kind’ offerings to have it carried for you

9. Catch a Taxi after dark and never wait in the street on your own

10. Dressing conservatively will help reduce the risk of unwanted attention and show respect for the Tanzanian’ culture

11. Don’t accept drinks from strangers

Keep in mind that while Tanzania is generally a safe place to travel, it still remains a less economically developed country with levels of desperation quite unlike that of the western world. Tourists are viewed as wealthy and so they need to be mindful of their actions (and their belongings).

For more extensive information on safety whilst in Tanzania check out lonelyplanet.com

Climate and Seasons

Most of Tanzania is tropical. Generally the temperature becomes cooler and not so humid the further inland you go. In these parts the evenings, especially in the mountainous areas, are so cool and comfortable. June until October are a lot cooler than December through to March. The two rainy seasons fall during November and December and then again from March to May.

There are times known as high season and low season. December until February then July until August are known as high season. This is when everything for tourists becomes more expensive. Despite that there are however more of them. March until May is known as low season where everything for tourists becomes cheaper and there are less of them. June until July is cooler as well but there is an increase in tourists at these times. October and November welcome the short rains and see the crowd masses dwindle prices come down and the landscape ripens to a beautiful green once again.

Low season has some considerable advantages. Your natural surroundings will be lush and green during this time and dust is at a minimum.


 

LINKS

Tanzania Water - Further Information
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Water Aid Matters in Africa Organise trips in Africa and help fund water projects, we are a UK based charity that is helping bring water to african people.