Women going on solo or group adventures is a life-changing experience, offering the freedom to explore many parts of the world. The many perks of packing your bag and taking a trip include immense personal growth together with memorable adventures.
In Tanzania, experiences might include witnessing the great wildebeest migration, exploring national parks for superb wildlife, learning about Tanzania’s fascinating culture and meeting the welcoming locals. As well as exploring the scenic wonders and wealth of wildlife Tanzania is home to, you may well meet like-minded women travellers and make some new friends on your trip to Tanzania.
One of the essential steps of planning a safe Tanzania safari includes choosing a reputed travel partner and safari package. Doing some research and reading customer satisfaction reviews and ratings can help you ensure the travel partner is the right fit for your safari adventure and safety during the trip.
1. Is Tanzania safe for women travellers?
Visiting any foreign country requires you to, firstly plan ahead to help you identify issues you might face on your travels, enabling you to take steps to avoid them, and secondly, be alert when you are there. Joining a group safari is a good option for women to feel safer and enjoy shared experiences with others.
Tanzania is culturally diverse. For example, Zanzibar has a predominantly conservative population, so women travellers should dress modestly. It will help you focus on the local attractions and have an enjoyable experience. We’ll share some more tips for solo women travellers who plan to visit Tanzania, but before that, let’s explore why Tanzania is such a great women-friendly safari destination. In addition, check out our tips for solo travellers.
2. Why is Tanzania such a great place for women travellers?
- When travelling to Tanzania alone, you’ll have the opportunity and the freedom to explore as many destinations as you want. You can choose to go on a dedicated wildlife safari exploring some of Tanzania’s best wildlife parks, for example Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in the northern circuit or Mikumi and Selous National Parks in the southern circuit.
- The great wildebeest migration is one of the greatest natural spectacles that takes place between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Each year, millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelopes migrate in a circular route as they follow the rains in search of food. It is a race for survival during which at least 500,000 wildebeest calves are born in the Serengeti between January to March.
- On Tanzania’s northern safari circuit, you’ll have the chance to witness around 2 million flamingoes on Lake Manyara and tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park. While you might be lucky to see the endangered African wild dogs at Selous Game Reserve on Tanzania’s southern safari circuit.
- Apart from wildlife adventures, there are also many other activities women travellers can experience: a hot air balloon safari for a bird’s eye view of the wildlife below, becoming one with nature on a walking safari, uncovering the fascinating history of the region or getting to know the locals on a village visit.
- Women travellers with an interest in mountain climbing can explore Mount Kilimanjaro, located near Kilimanjaro National Park. Mount Meru, another safari attraction located 70 kilometres west of Mt Kilimanjaro, is smaller and can help you prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb. While reaching the Mount Meru summit typically takes 3 days, it takes around 5-9 days to reach the top of Kilimanjaro.
3. Tanzania safety tips for solo women travellers
- One of the most important tips is to learn a few basic phrases in the local languages. Many safari packages include a local guide who can translate, but if you want to explore Tanzania on your own, learning a few basic Swahili phrases can help you go a long way.
- On a Tanzania safari, you’ll be moving around a lot, visiting wildlife parks, beaches or climbing mountains. Pack your luggage accordingly and keep it light – it would be a chore to drag around heavy bags throughout your journey. Our safari guide on must-have items to pack for your first safari should help you with planning on what to pack.
- As a solo traveller, we advise you to keep a charged phone on you at all times. Make sure that the phone supports all service providers. Purchase a local sim and get an internet package. Before you go on a trip, share your number and live location with your friends.
- Dress modestly. Wear trousers and skirts that reach below the knees. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing items. Pack your beachwear for a visit to one of the many tourist-friendly beaches.
- We advise you to be cautious and avoid going out alone at night or travelling to remote locations alone. Avoid taking local transport late at night and for any unlikely reason you have to travel at night, travel in groups.
- Avoid wearing flashy jewellery or showing off your valuables in public places. Instead, have them safely stored in the hotel safe or avoid bringing them along. Only carry what’s essential for your trip.
- The locals, both men and women, are respectful of women travellers. Elderly women in the community are very well-respected. Women travellers who want to experience the local public transport should find a seat next to local women, you may be able to strike up a conversation with her.
For more safari advice, refer to our guide: things to know before going on a Tanzania safari.
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