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Safety Tips for LGBTQ+ Travelers in Tanzania

by Benjamin Kerns

Sep 17, 2019

Tanzania © Moizhusein | Dreamstime

Destinations / Africa

Tanzania took a step back into the dark ages last year when the government attempted to crack down on homosexual activity in the country. Efforts to ban LGBTQ+ get-togethers, including closing down clubs and PRIDE events, left many people in fear. Homosexuality has long been illegal in the country, which is why travelers should take precaution when visiting.


If your travels take you to Tanzania it’s important you let others know where you’ll be at all times. Give detailed information to family and friends back home, and even consider letting the local embassy know you’re in the area. The country sees 1.3 million tourists annually, and a foreigner being arrested is not commonplace. However, it’s best to avoid open displays of affection with same-sex partners and you might consider staying in separate rooms to avoid suspicion. Open displays of sexuality are considered taboo whether you’re gay or straight here.

It would be unwise to seek out any LGBTQ+ bars or nightclubs while visiting the country. Instead, enjoy the main attractions in the region or city and save the partying for elsewhere. Stick to the most popular tourist-friendly hotels in each area, as they’re accustomed to entertaining people from all walks of life and are less lightly to cause a scene.


While Tanzania sounds like a horrible place for LGBTQ people — and it many ways it is — the country does offer some incredible sights and culture to explore. Be wary of your surroundings and you should get by just fine.



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