Self Driving in Tanzania
If you decide to self-drive within urban areas, you should know the rules of the road (or lack-there-of), parking regulations and potential risks. Car jacking is uncommon, but thieves have stolen valuables from unlocked vehicles and opened windows at traffic stops, so keep your windows closed and doors locked while driving.
For cross-country driving, it’s highly recommended to get a 4×4 vehicle with rental insurance and a local SIM card for outgoing calls in case your vehicle breaks down. Stretches of road between towns can be extremely isolated, so try to stay off the roads at night and plan accordingly with food, water and petrol.
Be aware that buses may attempt to pass you, and oncoming vehicles will come into your lane to pass other cars. In the event of an accident, drive to the nearest police station to report the incident.