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In particular, travelers should remain vigilant when choosing their transportation.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to use taxis or hired drivers from a reputable source for in-town transportation. U.S. citizens have been victims of robberies when using unlicensed taxis in Dar es Salaam. In these incidents, once the victims have entered the car, they have been held against their will for up to several hours, and taken to several different ATM machines through out the city to liquidate their accounts. In these instances, U.S. citizens have also been forced to surrender their belongings under the threat of violence. A current scam exists where a U.S. citizen is approached by a Tanzanian man (usually dressed in western style clothing– baseball cap, jeans, t-shirt, sneakers) who appears to speak very good English. He sees that the U.S. citizen is waiting for transportation and offers to have his friend, who is a taxi cab driver, take the U.S. citizen to their destination. Once in the vehicle, the U.S. citizen is threatened by the Tanzanian man and driver to give them money from their bank accounts as well as personal belongings. These nefarious characters are prevalent at bus stations and crowded areas (particularly the Ubongo bus station) where people are waiting for transport. Read more…
Traveling to a new country is an amazing experience, but it comes with an obligation to understand the differences you may encounter while overseas. If you are visiting Zanzibar, be sure to respect the Muslim values and dress modestly. Knowing these aspects will keep you safe and allow you to freely explore all that Tanzania has to offer.
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