It’s Not Safe Out There!

T Minus 105

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

With all the news from Nigeria and South Sudan recently; with stories of terrorism in Kenyan Shopping Malls, unrest on the streets of Egypt and Tunisia making the headlines in recent years, Africa does seem a little risky.

You might be forced to conclude that It’s Not Safe Out There!

The truth is a little more complex. Africa is a big continent: You could fit all of Europe into the North of Africa with room to spare – the whole continent is approximately 3x the size of Europe.

Tanzania is much larger than the UK.


We don’t assume Europe is dangerous because of the events in The Ukraine. However, Mwanza is about 2000 miles from Nigeria which is further than from Milton Keynes to troubled Eastern Ukraine.

Even South Sudan the nearest trouble spot is 500 miles from Mwanza.

Mwanza is about 700 miles by from the capital Dar es Salaam and 400 miles by road from Nairobi in Kenya. Of course the roads in Tanzania are not Like the UK and so travel times are significantly longer.


Tanzania is a stable country with little historic unrest since independence. It has had a democratic government since 1995.

Having written all this it is true to say it is a poor country with a third of people below the poverty line, nearly half the population don’t have access to clean water.

A ‘rich’ westerner does need to take precautions and overt signs of wealth may attract the wrong attention and make you a target. Tanzania Travel advice from the UK Government

around 75000 British Nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free

but ……

Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings

Tanzanians are welcoming and well disposed towards visitors, but you should be sensitive to local culture.

Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions…… dress modestly

All very sensible stuff. Let’s face it there are dangerous places in the UK too.

On balance I conclude that with sensible precautions IT IS SAFE OUT THERE!


2 responses to “It’s Not Safe Out There!

  1. I think you’re right, it is very easy for people to jump to conclusions of danger based on hazy and incomplete information, I went on holiday to Bosnia and Herzegovina a few years ago and when I told people where I was going they looked at me in horror as they thought I was going on holiday to a war zone…


  2. Sound logic. I like the way you think!


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