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COVID 19 - YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED

There is no doubt that the world has changed as a result of Covid-19.  Its impact has been far-reaching and it is difficult to find anyone who has not been affected in some way.  For Tanzania, the hardest hit area has been tourism.  At Wipa Tours and Safaris, we continue to take every possible measure to help support our clients, staff and their families.

The Government of Tanzania continues to implement measures towards controlling Covid-19.  Many people in the world have been vaccinated but at the same time, there are new variants of the virus still emerging.

The best option is for you to postpone your trip. Clients can postpone their travel plans without any penalties providing travel is within 24 months of the Safari start date. You will need to inform us of this in writing, via email. Any deposit made may be used for the amended /postponed booking.  The final cost of the amended booking may reflect any changes in rates e.g. accommodation, park permits etc. that are applicable on the new dates. If you are unable to re-book within 24 months, or have any further questions about current or future bookings, please do get in touch with one of our Tour Consultants who will be happy to help you

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Unfortunately, we are not able to refund your deposit, as stated at the time of booking.  The deposit is used to secure accommodation and goes towards on-going operational costs.  The majority of accommodations are not able to accept cancellations, only postponements. We sincerely hope that you don’t cancel, but fully understand that postponement may not be an option.  If this is the case and you have insurance, your losses may well be covered. We are happy to provide any information needed by the insurance company.  We are able to keep your deposit as a credit note for future bookings, as detailed above.

Like many other countries in the world, it is difficult to know the exact numbers of Covid-19 in Tanzania. Testing is not widely available for Tanzanians and the Government has been inconsistent in its reporting.

The most recent Travel Advisory from the Tanzanian Government was released on 24th December 2021 and important information is reflected here:

 

 

  • All travellers, whether foreigners or returning residents will be required to present a negative Covid-19 certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival.  The only accepted test is RT-PCR or NAAT using a sample tested within 96 hours before ARRIVAL to Tanzania.  The test should be done at a nationally approved laboratory.

 

  • All travellers arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern /variants of interest, highest number of COVID-19 cases based on WHO epidemiological updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall be subjected to Rapid Tests at Points of Entry at their own cost (Mainland Tanzania U$D 10  / Zanzibar U$D 25).

You can come on safari any time.

For many of our clients, you will be rescheduling a safari that had already been booked. We offered to do this free of charge; using the deposit towards your new booking.  It is important to note that whilst every effort will be made to replicate your itinerary and accommodations, it is possible that some places may not have availability on your chosen travel dates, or may not have re-opened after the pandemic.  If this is the case, we will book you accommodation of a similar standard and location.  We will, of course, consult with you every step of the way if there need to be any changes

This is normally required. Please check to see if the airline you are travelling with, or the country you are returning to, requires it. We strongly advise contacting the relevant authorities before you travel. It is possible to get a Covid-19 PCR test in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Karatu, Ngorongoro & Serengeti.  It takes approximately 24-48 hours to get your result and costs are approximately U$D 50-100 per person, depending on where you get tested.  If your home country or airline requires you to have a Covid-19 test, please tell your Tour Consultant and s/he will advise you on the best way to plan this into your itinerary. Some countries now require Rapid Tests which can be done at the International Airports, but you will need to arrive 4 hours before your scheduled departure time.

If you need to isolate for any period of time, we will help you to find a suitable hotel which is within your budget and will manage all communication with the hotel staff. If you receive a positive RT-PCR test whilst in Tanzania, the official time needed before you can re-test is 7 days from the date you receive your test results.  Some airlines / destination countries are now accepting negative Rapid Antigen Test Certificates for boarding / entry.  If this applies to you (please check carefully), you may be able to leave as soon as you get a negative Rapid Test result.

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Arrival in Tanzania

  • Please observe physical distancing of at least 1m whenever possible, throughout your time in Tanzania
  • Upon arrival in Tanzania, your temperature may be checked by airport staff using a non-contact thermometer. Any client showing signs or symptoms of Covid-19 may be directed to a medical team for consultation
  • Your driver will be wearing a mask when you meet
  • Please observe physical distancing and do not shake hands
  • You will be asked to clean your hands before you get into the vehicle
  • You can decide whether or not you wish to wear a mask inside the vehicle and whether or not you wish your driver to

Safari Vehicle

  • Your vehicle will be sanitized daily using approved cleaning products
  • You can decide whether or not you wish to wear a mask inside the vehicle and whether or not you wish your driver to
  • Please keep a window open at all times to increase ventilation
  • Replace mask and sanitize your hands when leaving the vehicle
  • Please do not share binoculars with your guide. You will be given your own to use
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Based on 9 reviews
Jesus C
Jesus C
2021-06-19
Amazing experience with Wipa Safari It was the good experience I got during my trip in Tanzania,i did safaris for 5day,it was amazing safaris with wipa safaris visited tarangire national home of elephants saw alot elephants and baobab trees also went Serengeti home of cats we are very lack to saw lions,leopard on tree,cheetah and great migration cross the river and went ngorongoro creater final we saw black rhino so I recommend to book with wipa safaris in order to get new experience.
Laura
Laura
2021-06-18
Unforgettable Experience Our Safari with Wipa Safaris was amazing. We were extremely satisfied by the exceptional treatment by our driver/tour guide Benson Moses. He was very respectful, patient, understanding, friendly, helpful, and professional. We had the chance of seeing practically all the animals that we were looking for. Benson definitely went far and beyond in order to satisfy us, he worked extremely hard to make sure that our experience was as great as possible. Even during his free time he spent some time with us chatting and teaching us about their culture and making sure we made the most out of our time in Tanzania.
Marcos A
Marcos A
2021-06-17
Great Adventure It was the best choice that we could have for holiday. Safari is the best experience that we ever had. Our guide Benson, was incredible, would never rush towards an animal , make noise or go to areas with many other cars. Just that alone makes all the difference. We felt we had a much exclusive experience. Benson answered every question about animals, birds and plants with in-depth knowledge. Everything was extremely organised and efficient. Well worth the tour and the money!
Curious232638
Curious232638
2021-06-13
Nice an adventure in africa Our experience with Wipa Safaris was everything we could ask for. The operations were smoothly managed so that we could focus on the wonderful wildlife. Our guide Benson was friendly and professional, and not only acted the dutiful host and driver, but also enriched our safari by taking us to the right places and pointing out every animal and bird in his guidebook.Highly recommend this company for anyone looking to book a safari in the region.
Nathaniel H
Nathaniel H
2021-06-12
Wonderful experience Our guide Benson has an extraordinary knowledge of the wildlife in Tanzania. I take great care because we had an unforgettable experience in each national park that we visit. He was very patient in hoping that we could have the wonderful experience of seeing the migration. He was attentive to every detail of our trip. He really is an excellent guide. Highly recommended travel with Wipa Safari.
Raimundo I
Raimundo I
2021-06-10
Amazing Safari I went with my family for an experience that would affect us all. We did a 5 days safari in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire, followed by a week of fun and relaxation in Zanzibar. We loved every moment of it, and the divine vacations in Zanzibar were amazing, but nothing was as good as the safari experience. Everything was organized to the smallest detail, from picking us up in the airport. And our guide Benson made sure we'd have the best experience possible and that we experienced the wildlife in all its magnificence. Oh, and to add up to this, we managed to see the big 5 life and at a short range!
Hello Tanzania Safari
Hello Tanzania Safari
2021-06-04
The most unforgettable African Safari to Tanzania We booked our African Safari in Tanzania for 3 weeks in late September, early October. It was an experience of a life time with Benson Moses as our tour guide in a modified Toyota Land Rover thru the Serengeti, Ngorangoro Crater and National Game Park. There were 3 of us: my wife and I, plus our adult son. Benson was so accommodating in every respect. His expertise allowed of to see and photograph not only the "Big Five" -- Elephants, Hippos, Water Buffalo, Lions and Leopards -- but also Giraffes, Monkeys, Baboons, Crocodiles, and birds. Not once, but every day!. He also made arrangements for us to visit 3 African tribes along our journey: the Masaai Tribe of warriors, the Hadzabe Tribe of hunters (who took us on a hunt for a small donation to the Chief), and the Datoga Tribes, metal workers who make the arrow heads for the Hadzabe Tribe and also make exquisite jewelry which is for sale. Benson also arranged for our Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti early one morning to see the game running below us as we glided over the landscape. The climax to this balloon ride was a Champaign breakfast with the balloon captain in the Bush. In the evening Benson took us on a "Sun Downer", when he drove us to a high point in the Bush and we had drinks and snacks as the sun began to settle. Benson Moses made our Safari experience a memory that surpasses all our 30 trips to Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. We certainly recommend Benson Moses and his tour company, WIPA Safari, for an unforgettable experience.
Lisa
Lisa
2021-05-27
Safari at Ngorongoro and Tarangire I have been with Benson at WIPA safari several times. With family, friends and students. It has been a great plesaure.
Dmitry Nik
Dmitry Nik
2021-02-15
Tanzanya Travel It was an exciting trip! We visited the national parks of Manyara, Ngoro-Ngoro, Serengeti, Lake Natron. Thank you, Benson!
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