We know you’re looking forward to your safari–we’re looking forward to hosting you! But naturally, you may have concerns about how to stay safe and healthy during your trip. We share that concern and have always considered guest safety and well-being our top priority.
Brenda Kimaro serves as our company’s COVID-19 Liason Officer. She stays in regular contact with designated government and health officials regarding best practices and government requirements for protecting guests and local staff from COVID-19 infection. If you have health-related questions prior to your arrival, you can reach Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Whatsapp at +255 689 470 449.
During your safari, please speak directly to your Tanzania Choice Safaris guide if you have any questions or concerns and he will assist you.
It is important that you understand the specific COVID requirements for your home country and what will be required for you to return after your safari. We will design your itinerary to accommodate any testing needs you have but each traveler is responsible for clearly understanding what their home country requires and sharing that with us early in the planning process.
Tanzania's and Zanzibar's Ministries of Health advise travelers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, no travelers will be required to present a vaccination certificate, RT-PCR results, or take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival. Download the respective current Travel Advisory below for full details depending on whether your first port of entry will be Tanzania's Mainland or Zanzibar. We do encourage you to still carry your vaccination certificate with you while traveling in case any changes in requirements occur on short notice.
Thermal and physical health screenings may be done on arrival. Port Health Officials may randomly select travelers to take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at no charge to the travelers. Please expect some extra time at the airport when you arrive to complete the screenings.
Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to your arrival, and your guide will sanitize high-touch areas in the car at least once a day. Hand sanitizer will be stocked in the vehicle for your use, but we also recommend you bring your own travel-size sanitizer to carry with you throughout your travels.
All of our safari guides have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Since your guide and vehicle will be for your exclusive use, you will come into close contact with very few other people while on safari. At park entry gates, picnic sites, public restrooms or visitor centers we encourage you to maintain a distance of at least one meter from other travelers. Wash and/or sanitize your hands after touching door handles or other surfaces.
Our accommodation partners have all implemented safety protocols according to the layout and logistics of their particular property. These efforts may include:
- training staff on prevention of the spread of infectious diseases
- enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures for rooms and public areas
- hand sanitizing stations throughout the property
- health screenings of staff prior to reporting to work
We trust our accommodation partners to take great care in protecting your health and well-being during your stay with them. Many of them have outlined their protocol on their respective websites for your reference.
Some countries require travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding flights home. Please let us know the specific regulations for your home country as they do vary. We will design your safari itinerary to ensure you can take the test in time to get the result before departure, and we will assist you in navigating the testing process. In the unlikely case that your test comes back positive, you will not be allowed to board your flight and must self-quarantine in Tanzania at your own cost.
PCR testing is available in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Serengeti National Park. The base cost for the test is $50 USD in Mainland Tanzania, $80 USD in Zanzibar; other charges may apply depending on where you need to take your test.
You will need to register online in advance to take the COVID-19 PCR test. We can assist you with the information you'll need to complete the online registration process.
- To register for a test in Mainland Tanzania go here: https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking
- To register for a test in Zanzibar and pay online go here: https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/app/home
Rapid Antigen Testing
Rapid Antigen Testing is available at Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar airports. Plan to arrive at least 4 hours prior to departure. The test is $10 payable in cash. No pre-registration is required.
See the Downloads list below for sample COVID certificates issued in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.
While Tanzania Choice Safaris and all of our tourism partners take your health and safety seriously and have implemented protocols to protect you and us, it is important to understand the contagious nature of COVID-19 and accept that we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected during your travels. Please carefully consider your comfort level with the risk associated with travel before booking your safari.
We also strongly encourage you to purchase cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance coverage to protect your investment in your safari.