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Walking at night?

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Walking at night?

I am confused. I am reading conflicting reports about walking in Stone Town at night. Is it safe or not unsafe. Or does it just feel unsafe because of the narrow streets and walking in a foreign land thing? This may effect my decision on what hotel I choose to book.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Walking at night?

Tanzania is a very poor country. When some locals see Westerners they sometimes think that they are all rich and to the vast majority they are. Being very poor some will try to get to the rich people. That creates petty thieves out of some. Thus, walking about at night is sometimes very risky. There are taxis everywhere so it only makes good sense to not walk about after dark and take the risk, take a taxi instead. It is cheap. I would advise this anywhere in Tanzania, and it's what I do.

Does everyone do this, no. So some fall victim to petty thieves, yes. Will the police assist you if you become a victim, probably not. So, you decide what you want to do and do it; you are free to do what you want to do.

Having said all that, you should know that Tanzania is perfectly safe to be in and the chances of something happening is slim; but there is a risk. If you want to reduce your risk to something like this happening, then don't walk about at night, especially by yourself, and take a taxi if you need to go someplace after dark.

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2. Re: Walking at night?

Thanks.

So if I were to stay at Zanzibar Palace Hotel and wanted to walk be from lets say Tembo Hotel, I my wife and I should not this alone?

Regards.

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6. Re: Walking at night?

Often, the hotels in Stone Town will provide an escort at night. From one hotel to another, a restuarant to your hotel, etc. Just ask.

Whether you go on your own or with an escort, don't be wearing flashy jewelry, carrying your expensive camera, or handbag. Put a few local Shillings and a credit card in your pocket and just be aware of your surroundings, as one would do in any foreign city, anywhere.

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7. Re: Walking at night?

I am not a fearful person; but I'm not foolish either (at least I don't think so). I don't walk about most anywhere in Tz after dark, to do so is foolish. This is not based upon a single incident or visit; rather it is based upon more then a decade of experience.

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9. Re: Walking at night?

It's been a long time since I was in Zanzibar and I always felt happy walking around at night, so am quite sad to hear things have got that bad.

Saying that I always used to feel perfectly safe in Kampala walking around at night and last time I was there I got mugged so maybe things are getting worse all over East Africa. At least Nairobi has always been dodgey!

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10. Re: Walking at night?

Ditto what others have said... Stonetown is unsafe at night. In fact, the 'tourist' part of stone town is actually quite small and I would be careful walking around all areas even during the day. Many of the taxi drivers have told me they have noticed an increase in petty crime...mostly around the dock area, but it can happen anywhere around stone town. So be smart and use a guide, or just take a taxi - they are cheap.