Paleoanthropology and Geology in Tanzania
health and safety

Safety and Security: Tanzania has a long history of political stability and is a safe country in which to travel, work or study. The Department of State website provides detailed information about travel to Tanzania (safety, health, travel in the country etc.).

Tanzania is currently not on the US State Department Travel Alert or Travel Warning List. However, all students will be required to enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) prior to their travel, in case of emergency situations.


in case of emergencies

Health insurance: all students will carry the IU group insurance, which is included in the field costs.

Emergency medical services: the AMREF flying doctors provides air ambulance evacuation and emergency medical service in Tanzania. The charity organization has many years of experience in medical emergency evacuation in very remote areas of Africa. In case of emergency a patient will be evacuated to the nearest referral hospitals in Nairobi, Arusha or Kilimanjaro as recommended by the flying doctors crew. There is an airstrip in Ngorongoro that is accessible by car (˜35 minutes drive from Olduvai).

We have established a layered system of communication that can be used to effectively act on emergency issues. For life-threatening emergencies we will contact the flying doctors by satellite phone.

For illness or injuries a patient will be rushed to the FAME Medical clinic in Karatu (a small town located approximately 1 hour and 45 munutes away from the basecamp) where the doctors on staff can assess the risk of illness and whether it needs medical attention back home.

Each field school participant is required to subscribe for membership in AMREF before leaving home. This is NOT included in the field costs. The membership is $16/month for a package that includes 2 air ambulance evacuations.



The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide recommendations for travel to Tanzania. Consult your doctor to determine your immunization updates, discuss malaria prophylactics and other necessary prescriptions. A list of malarial prophylactics is available on the web site of the CDC, with country-specific information on malaria in Tanzania at the link below.

The use of malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. It is encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves during the night to protect you from mosquitoes.

Health hazards may include injuries resulting from falling due to rough terrain, malaria (if bitten by mosquitos), or stomach discomforts due to different food or water. Also some plants, insects and other creatures may be hazardous. There will be a first-aid kit at camp with basic medicines for insect bites, snakebite, fever, stomach upsets, rubbing alcohol, bandages (blisters, wounds).


contact information

dr. jackson njau | dr. jim brophy
department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-856-3170 | 812-855-6417

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