Tanzania - Profile
- In line with a general opening up of the country to tourism, cruising yachts are now welcome to all parts of the country and even areas which were closed in the past, such as Pemba Island, are now accessible by sea. The underwater scenery and marine life are of comparable beauty to the spectacular interior of the country.
- The main attractions inland are the game parks, such as the Serengeti or Ngorongoro, which can be visited by leaving the yacht in the care of one of the yacht clubs. Both the Dar es Salaam and Tanga Yacht Clubs are particularly welcoming to visiting yachts.
- Theft is a problem and a yacht should be properly watched at all times. In Dar es Salaam this applies during the day as well as at night and it is not recommended to stay in the inner harbour longer than it takes to complete clearance.
- Provisions are sometimes in short supply. Occasionally there are temporary water shortages due to power failures and all water should be treated and possibly filtered as well. Some simple repairs are possible in the bigger ports, but any spares must be flown in from abroad.
It is advisable to get travel advice from a government website such as the UK FCO.
There is an increasing risk of violent and armed crime, mugging and kidnappings.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and has occurred as far as 1,000 nautical miles from the coast. Pirates are increasingly attacking smaller vessels. Sailing vessels are particularly vulnerable to attack.
Last updated November 2015.
The climate depends on the altitude, being temperate in the mountains and tropical along the coast. The rainy months are April, May, November and December. The coast is very hot and humid especially during the NW monsoon which lasts from December to April. The SE monsoon is from May to October.
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