More than 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania each year. Note that Tanzania has experienced an increase in crime as well as piracy being a problem. Road travel long distance as well as the use of ferries are not advisable. Ferry disasters have occurred in 2014. If you are in need to assistance then contact the British High Commission in Tanzania for assistance.
There has been an increase in violent and armed violent crime is increasing in Tanzania. There has also been an increase in mugging, bag snatching (especially from passing cars) and armed robbery. Walk far away from the road with your bag facing away from the road. In Dar es Salaam, British tourists had been kidnapped, robbed and forced with the threat of violence to withdraw cash from ATMs. On the 25 July 2014, a group of British citizens were the victims of an armed robbery while traveling by bus in the Tabora region and on 10 November 2014 two British nationals were involved in a violent robbery on a stretch of beach between Bahari hotel and Kunduchi hotel. Zanzibar has also seen an increase in violent crime.
- 1. Don’t accept lifts from strangers or use unlicensed taxis.
- 2. Avoid walking alone, particularly in isolated areas and on beaches.
- 3. Use only a reputable travel company
Ensure that your accommodation is safe and ensure that your security insists that visitors show an ID card. In August 2012 a Swiss national was murdered in his home on the Peninsula area of Dar es Salaam. In June 2012, a Dutch national was murdered while camping in the northern Serengeti. In August 2013, two British women were the victims of an acid attack in Stone Town, Zanzibar.