Covid-19 Update

Due to the impacts that COVID19 has caused globally, it has highly affected Tanzania’s tourism industry at large but the safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and informs all our decisions. In today’s uncertain landscape, we understand that travelers are more careful when managing their travel plans and may have a few more questions. We are here to support you every step of the way.

We continue to monitor the local and global impacts of COVID-19 and are updating our policies and actions accordingly following up with the accommodation’s policies that are quite changing from day to day for which we are also flexible and go hand in hand so as to ensure that we are sure of the terms to discuss with our clients as all our staff are very keen and concerned about this situation.

We are aware that guests have a lot of questions that arise due to COVID-19 and we are here to make sure that we answer all your questions but there are common questions that are frequently asked and we are here to share them with you.

How safe is it to Travel to Tanzania?

When the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the tourism industry in Tanzania became apparent, TATO and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of the Government of Tanzania set out to identify and mitigate the concerns that may be felt by international tourists considering a visit to Tanzania in this time of heightened medical safety concerns.

It was assessed that Tanzania’s wild areas present low risk to possible transmission of COVID-19 due to extremely low human population density, abundant fresh air and a warm, sunny climate. However, tourists would have to pass through higher risk situations such as international and local air travel and transit through cities and other areas of denser population.

Thus, the government of Tanzania has provided different measures so as to ensure safety during your visit to Tanzania.

These measures seek to ensure that tourists who enter the country do not bring the virus into the country and do not contract coronavirus while in Tanzania. The policies are designed to ensure that Tanzanian service providers remain safe, whilst not negatively impacting on your holiday experience.

Our teams on the ground in Tanzania have assured us that they are adhering to the Covid-19 safety policies and view these as the ‘new normal’.

They have used the lockdown period to properly prepare their accommodation. All their teams have been carefully trained on the policies and procedures. Working through the procedures our partners have developed for the lodges, our team can see that many are even going beyond what is recommended by the Government to ensure the well-being of all visitors and staff.

What are Tanzania’s Covid-19 tourism safety guidelines?

In essence, what you need to know is that an enhanced screening policy is in place for all incoming tourists.

This includes a health questionnaire and temperature checks upon arrival. When in Tanzania you will be required to wash your hands frequently, stay at least 1-metre away from others, and wear face masks. Tourists are also asked to give information about their accommodation during their stay so that should the need arise you can be contacted. All tour operators have to follow the policies as part of their license to operate.

For more information read the detailed government document about health and safety for tourists and tourism providers.

Here’s a safety short summary:

  • All visitor transport vehicles (airport transfer vehicles and safari vehicles), accommodations and other facilities used by visitors must be cleaned and sanitized before and after service in an acceptable manner
  • At the borders, airports, banks and national parks, every person has their temperature scanned with a thermal scanner and must wash or sanitize their hands before gaining entrance.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory where indicated.
  • Social distancing rules apply.
  • Medical clinics have been set up with facilities specifically for tourists. Mobile and tented health centres have been established in the national parks and along the main tourist routes for the potential quarantine, isolation and initial treatment of any traveller if required.
  • Dedicated Covid-19 ambulances are stationed in tourist hotspot locations.

Things you should consider before Travelling to Tanzania:

  • Before you hit the road, it is important to take out travel insurance that covers you for Covid-19.
  • We also recommend booking flexible flights so that you can adjust your travel dates.

When should I book my safari?

  • If you have already booked your safari and not able to travel on the dates booked, the best option is to postpone your trip rather than cancelling your trip. We will keep your deposit as a credit note until when you are ready to travel within 24 months from your initial travel dates.
  • If you are on the planning process keeping in mind that since 28th May 2020, the government of Tanzania officially announced the opening of tourism activities within the country and also operation of flights from 1st June 2020, the dates are quite flexible for you to plan your safari to Tanzania and we are well equipped to ensure your safety. Upon arriving in the country, you won’t be quarantined for 14 days and you will also be able to return back home once the trip is over without any problems. If you have available flights to reach Tanzania, you can start your planning procedures from this point onwards.

For more information please contact us via this email info@africanbigcatssafaris.com

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