Things you must know
When driving in Tanzania...
- Driving is on the left
- Most roads outside the city have no lighting, same goes for other vehicles
- Use landmarks to find your way since road signs are often faulty or not there at all
- Cities often get jammed by traffic, especially during rush hours
- When driving through rural areas you always need a good 4x4 car
- Please keep your distance from lorries, daladalas and tankers since their cargo may not be secured properly
- Please drive carefully and watchfully when driving at night
- Approaching vehicles often have flashing headlights, flashing signal lights, flashing emergency lights or all three. Stay calm. The right hand signal can mean: the car will turn right in front of you / it will swing right to avoid danger / it is unsafe for you to pass on the right. Assume all three. The left hand signal means that it is safe to pass, but never be too sure.
- Motorcycle drivers can be a bit rough on the road, so keep your eye on those
- There are speed bumps on each road so watch out, there may be no warning signs
- Signs of on-going construction work may not be as clear
- Always park on an authorized parking spot
- Always lock your car and have your windows up/closed
- Make sure your car is always equipped with a spare tire, wheel spanners and triangle
- Drive your way in Tanzania: adventurous and safe!
Rent a reliable economy car
- Stop unless signed by (traffic) police or when there is no clear reason why to stop
- Leave any belongings inside the car, not at any time
- Take a picture of a person unless you have asked for their permission