As the fight for slowing down the coronavirus pandemic and probably putting it in total control through vaccines continues all over the world, we think the following questions & answers regarding your safety during a Tanzania safari should be handy in planning your lifetime safari;-
Qn 1. Is there a quarantine after entering Tanzania prior to safari?
Ans; the answer is NO, there’s no quarantine, however, the following should be met;
- Visitors must have Covid-19 PCR tests negative certificates prior to arrival, those that do not will be subjected to testing on arrival.
- If a visitor is found to be positive arrangements will be made at the advice of the Rapid Response Team
- All visitors shall be subjected to screening by public health officials to detect high body temperature and other Covid– 19 symptoms
Qn 2. How safe are the vehicles & driver/guides?
Ans. National Standard operating procedures for managing Covid– 19 strictly requires the tour operators;
- To 14-day quarantine their staff members including the tour guides to be quarantined 14 days or tested before going to do provide any tourism-related service to the visitors.
- To ensures the guides maintain a distance of not less than one (1) meter from a visitor
- To make sure each guide exercises and adhere to the best sanitation practices.
- To assert that all staff use recommended protective gears e.g. masks when attending guests and servicing guest areas.
- To arrange that all vehicles get sanitized with recommended solutions and sprayed between each transfer.
Qn 3. What are the procedures around accommodations I will be staying at?
Ans. National Standard operating procedures for managing Covid– 19 has laid down the safety measures and in combination with your own self-awareness in protecting yourself, a safe trip is more than possible. Below are the accommodation facilities safety measures;
- Screening at hotel facilities for temperature done at points of entry
- Accommodation staff should wear protective gear including face masks and gloves.
- Accommodation staff should make sure they don’t come 1 meter less close to the guests
- All accommodation facilities should frequently clean surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, light switches and doorknobs
- Dining and breakfast facilities should limit the number of guests to adhere to the safety distance required with tables also hosting a limited number of seats.
- Buffet style meals should be avoided
- Guests should be managed to be spread out at all times.
- Items that guests handle regularly must be sanitized regularly.
Qn 4. Is there any rescue plan by Earthlife expeditions?
Ans. YES, in fact, we’re members of AMREF Flying doctors in case of emergency.
On the other hand, every tourism entity is required to have in place an insurance mechanism for assisting guests to reach a designated hospital as approved by the Ministry of Health or to enable evacuation arrangements. I am happy to assure you that we already have that plan in place.
Qn 5. What are the safety measures at Tanzanian Airports?
Ans. National Standard operating procedures for managing Covid– 19 requires the Airports Authority to assure that;
- Screening for temperature is done at every entry & exit points.
- Check-in distancing should be observed
- All protective measures like; distancing, sanitization, a number of people in the lounge area should be exercised for both visitors and staff.
Qn 6. What is the best decision, cancelling or postponing my trip?
Ans. We strongly advise that our customers who are not in the position to travel in their initial booking time POSTPONE their holidays rather than cancelling. We’re dedicated to assisting with postponements of bookings for up to 12 months
Qn 7. What is the current Covid– 19 situations in Tanzania?
Ans. Following the peak period in the country which appears to be between April and the first week of May 2020, the situation seems to cool now with very few patients in the hospitals at the moment.
Qn 8. What is the monitoring plan?
All tourism entities will be monitored by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Health and together they will ensure;
- Each facility, car, the entity has on public display contact numbers of the Rapid Response Team.
- Guests and residents are encouraged to contact the Rapid Response Team on any occasion should they feel that a person, facility, or entity is not adhering to the safety measures.
- Each tourism entity should have the protocol in case of an emergency. This should explain if anyone becomes ill for example, – where does he go if high fever, or if tested positive, etc.
Qn 9. What if I book and fail to travel due to different reasons?
Ans. Alongside the discount, we have also made our deposit terms more flexible.
That way, you can make just a deposit of not more than 25% so that in case you’d have to cancel your trip due to any unforeseeable circumstance, processing you a refund will be much quicker since it won’t be a huge amount of money.
A final word,
As Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner is quoted saying
“We all need a break, especially after this confinement, we want to enjoy summer holidays, we would like to see our families and friends even if they live in another region, in another country”
We wish you all the best and let’s get through this together.