Potential for Terrorism in Tanzania

We want to bring to your attention the official advice regarding terrorism in Tanzania. This advice comes from the British and US governments. It is not meant to scare you or to put you off going to Tanzania. However, you should be aware of the risks in certain regions of Tanzania and follow the advice given. The world is a risky place both at home and overseas.

Terrorism in Tanzania is of concern to Volunteer Africa and all our volunteers. Volunteers will spend several days in Dar es Salaam but the majority of their time will be at the project site in the rural Singida region, which is well off the main tourist routes. Volunteers will be at less risk in Singida than in Dar es Salaam or in other places, more commonly frequented by tourists, such as Zanzibar.

Tourists are generally advised to avoid political rallies and related public gatherings, which have the potential to turn violent. Some Zanzibar newspapers have warned that women who dress immodestly may be subject to harassment. Dressing modestly is thus advised, as well as refraining from intemperate public behaviour. Travellers should maintain a high level of security vigilance at all times, particularly in areas frequented by tourists.

The advice is not saying to not travel to Tanzania. Rather, it is meant to make you aware of ways of minimising risk. As government travel advice is updated regularly, for the most up-to-date information please consult the government websites listed to the right.