What immunizations and health precautions should I take for Tanzania?
We suggest that you consult your personal physician or travel clinic at least 3 months prior to travel to Tanzania. Generally, lower areas of Tanzania have malaria and a prophylaxis is recommended. Cholera, typhoid and hepatitis occur in some areas. Modern health care facilities are very limited. If you are coming from a yellow fever endemic area you may be required to show proof of immunization. It is a good idea to be up to date on common vaccinations such as tetanus, polio and hepatitis A & B. Your physician may recommend others.
For minor medical needs during your travels, there are many hospitals and clinics around the country that will care for you and prescribe the medicine you may need. For emergency or out-patient cases, Dar es Salaam's new Aga Khan Hospital provides excellent care, as does the Nairobi Hospital and the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
African Air Rescue (AAR) has clinics and out-patient care in both Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Major lodges may also have doctors 'on-call' to assist travellers.
Is the water safe to drink?
As with visiting many countries around the world it is advisable to drink bottled water that is provided at lodges, hotels and shops throughout the country. Tap water is safe for showering and brushing teeth but as a safety precaution should not be used to drink.
Do you have any advice pertaining to personal medication whilst in Tanzania?
If you are taking prescription medication you should bring enough for your trip as the particular medication may not be available in Tanzania. It is important to bring the prescription form in case of emergencies - if the particular medication is unavailable a health care official will be able to advise on a suitable replacement.
What safety issues should I consider while traveling in Tanzania?
Because the lodges and camps are in remote areas of the country, theft is not usually an issue. It is important to keep copies of all travel documentation in case of emergencies. Keep your property safe and be aware of your environment. Even though crime is not very bad in Tanzania it's best not to walk around at night. At your hotel there are safety deposit boxes in your room or in the managers' office, use them.