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Zanzibar Travel warnings

Dealing With Touts in Tanzania

Africa is a continent where poverty is very common and many people turn to selling to keep food on the table. Tourists are usually the recipients of this forceful, often quite annoying form of selling, so don’t think

Tanzania Disease

Tanzania like most countries in East Africa is a hot bed of disease. Like anywhere in Africa take precautions before and during your travel. You’ll be happy you did, when you aren’t lying in a Tanzanian hospital bed

Bribes & Corruption in Tanzania

Tanzania, like many developing countries, suffers from corruption; so don’t be surprised if you’re asked for a payment to make something run smoother or to make a problem go away. Some travellers are averse to payi

Is Crime A Problem in Tanzania?

Tanzania is one of East Africa’s true gems. It’s a large, spacious, wilderness that holds some of Africa’s best natural wonders and friendliest people. But along with tourism (perhaps because of it) there comes a

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Recommended vaccinations for Zanzibar

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    HIV in Africa

    109 Danes were infected with HIV in Africa between 1991 and 99. Africa is the continent with most HIV infected people. Overall about 8% of the population is infected with infection rates reaching up to 80% in risk groups like prostitutes.


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

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I am travelling to Zanzibar in Tanzania in January 2013 with GIVE. Will I be safe?

I've never heard of GIVE either, perhaps it's a typo? Do you mean GIVIT? Zanzibar is not especially dangerous, and you'll need tio use the usual precautions.... read more »
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