COVID-19 Update – Wanderful Tanzania

With the Covid-19 Pandemic’s far-reaching impact on our world, it is understandable that nothing is normal, especially travel.  Travelers these days are much more cautious and concerned when making plans to resume travel.  We understand this and want to help.

Wanderful Tanzania urges everyone to take all of the recommended precautions to avoid contracting Covid-19, whether in your own neighborhood or halfway around the world on safari.   And, we are doing our part too. 

All of our employees are following the advice of the WHO and CDC to make safety our top priority.

Here’s how we are tackling this:

  • We are practicing social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing surfaces with greater frequency.
  • We routinely use protective equipment masks and gloves
  • It will be necessary for each guest to produce proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. We do not honor rapid testing, as it is not reliable enough at the present time.   If the airline or another government along the travel path has more strict requirements, we will adhere to those requirements. 
  • Any guest who becomes ill or has a positive test is required to stay home, and will not be allowed on the safari.
  • Upon arrival in Tanzania, each guest will be required to provide contact information for their stay (which we will provide for your information prior to your trip).
  • Each guest will be asked for a health declaration stating that they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and have not been knowingly exposed to someone with Covid-19.
  • Emergency medical evacuation coverage is now required by the Tanzanian government for all visitors. There are local emergency options available to ensure a timely response. Wanderful Tanzania can provide those referrals.  It is worth noting that this is not “Travel Insurance” that takes care of travel disruptions, lost luggage, trip cancellation, and the like.
  • Temperature checks are a strong possibility at the various airports you will pass through on your journey.

TRAVEL TIPS TO STAY SAFE:

  • Have an ample supply of sanitizing wipes with you at all times. Use them during your time in airports and on airplanes.   Be sure to wipe down everything in your seating area on the plane, including seatbelt straps and buckles, tray tables, armrests, and reclining buttons, seating surfaces, seatback in front of you, TV screens, and remote controls, etc.
  • Wear 2 masks at all times throughout your journey. Think of adding a plastic face shield as well for extra protection.
  • Turn on the air vent and have it blowing at your face at all times, to keep particulates away from your nose and mouth. Airplane air is highly filtered, so it is safer to have that blowing on you than to breathe the ambient air in your seating area alone.
  • Consider purchasing a Seat Cover from Amazon and covering your airline seat with your own covering for extra protection.
  • Bring more masks and wipes with you on the trip than you think you’ll need!

OUR ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS:

  • We are only allowing 5 guests per vehicle in order to provide the best viewing, relaxation, and social distancing throughout your trip unless otherwise arranged in advance of the trip.
  • Frequent hand sanitizing will take place each time you get in or out of the vehicle.
  • All vehicles will be sanitized at the end of each safari day.
  • For larger groups, it will be required to assign vehicles on the first day. That vehicle will be yours for the rest of the journey.  This essentially creates a pod that will remain together throughout the trip.

TENTS AND LODGES

  • Reception desk, room keys, and other surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout each property.
  • Routine temperature checks may be performed by staff, applicable to all guides, staff, guests.
  • Rooms will be sanitized prior to arrival, with special emphasis on high-touch areas such as handles, switches, zippers, etc.
  • Mask wearing will be strongly recommended for all staff and all guests.

ON SAFARI:

  • Once in the bush, mask-wearing is optional. Check with your fellow travelers for their comfort level before removing your mask.
  • When passing through park gates or other public areas where the human density increases and the chance of interactions are heightened, you will be reminded to wear your mask and practice sanitary measures.