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Coronavirus message from Karibu Africa Safaris

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For close to 20 years, Karibu Africa Safaris has been led with a desire to introduce people to the beauty of Africa. We have always looked forward to carrying out safaris that make a genuine difference in the lives of both our guests and the communities hosting the safari destinations. We, therefore, care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests, staff and the communities where we work. This important value has always guided us in our operations.

In the current environment that the world finds itself, we feel it is the best time to practice this value. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. To face this challenge, the WHO and various health authorities have advised various guidelines and policies, and some countries have put in place travel restrictions and travel policies. As always, the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. As a tour company, we are monitoring the situation and intensifying our measures. We have ensured that all our staff have the necessary information and follow the latest guidance from the WHO and the Tanzania Ministry of Health to protect themselves and our guests. Our health and safety measures cover everything from handwashing hygiene to the disinfection of our safari vehicles. We have also been in constant communication with the various accommodations that we use to ensure they are following the required measures to combat the virus.

Your health

Our top priority is everyone’s health and wellbeing. We highly recommend people everywhere to follow the relevant travel advice by relevant authorities like the WHO and their countries’ health authorities.

Your travel with Karibu Africa Safaris

We are getting a number of inquiries and in return have to check policies with our various suppliers in order to give you a valid response. We and appreciate your patience while we assist and attend to your case by case.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on how we work, socialize, and travel, where a travel ban prevents you from leaving your home country, or from traveling into Tanzania and/or Kenya, we are looking into possible options; the best suggestion right now being postponing your trip and you can continue to look forward to an incredible safari.

We understand the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situations may have caused you to worry about your travel plans and future travel options. Whether you have a safari booked or planning an upcoming trip, we promise to do our best to support you and we all look forward to welcoming you on safari with warm hospitality. For any inquiry regarding your safari to Kenya and Tanzania, kindly feel free to reach out to us.

Please stay safe and follow the guidelines offered by the authorized health authorities.

Hassan Msanga

Director

Karibu Africa Safaris

The things you need when on safari in Tanzania

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WHAT DO YOU NEED WHEN ON SAFARI

Planning a holiday to a destination that is foreign to you can be confusing. Planning a safari is not different, especially if it’s your first time. You have already done the essentials: getting a visa, medical checkup from your doctor (very important, and should also be done, especially if you are going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro), bought an insurance package (this is very important, a top-of-the-list item), and you have your plane ticket at hand. All that is left packing, and you start scratching your head. You don’t know what to pack and how much you should pack. You want to pack light, but you don’t want to leave behind something you may need. 

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Always remember a safari in just like any other holiday. The aim is to relax and have a good time.  The first thing you should remember is to pack light. You don’t want to be hurling around a heavy suitcase, full of things you probably don’t need.

So, what are things to pack for a safari in Tanzania? Below is a guide that you can add or deduct depending on your preference.

 

  •    Head torch

Weird, right? If you are going to visit parks like the Serengeti, Tarangire, and Selous; or your itinerary states that you will spend some nights inside a park, then a head torch can be your best friend. There are no power lines inside the parks for obvious reasons. You are in the African bush. The only tall things are giraffes’ necks. Many of the lodges and tented camps inside the parks, therefore, rely on generators and solar panels. To conserve energy, lights and electrical sockets are used under a strict schedule. Electricity is usually only supplied during dinner time and extends to a certain point of time during the night. African nights are dark – It’s always great to have a personal torch. 

 

  •    A good book

A safari in East Africa, especially Kenya and Tanzania is very different from the one in the southern parts of Africa. Here the parks are far from each other. Moving from one park to the other can involve a journey that can take up to 5 hours. A good book is a welcome relaxation between the adventures. 

 

  • Footwear

Remember your feet. They also need some loving as there’s a lot of sitting for long periods of time. Pack comfortable footwear for those long game drives and journeys between parks. While at the camps and lodges, the most comfortable shoes are flip flops, or trainers, or sandals. If you will go on a walking safari or a cultural tour, comfortable footwear is hiking boots and gym shoes respectively. 

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  • Camera

Safaris are meant to be remembered. What else is better to help you reminisce about the experiences than the good old photos. Pack your camera to capture the moments. Remember to pack as many batteries and memory cards than you think you will need. Many moments have been missed because the camera shut down at the most beautiful moment. If you are using a rechargeable battery, take note that Tanzania uses the three-pin UK power outlets. 

But, remember not to be too involved in taking great photos and forget to relax and enjoy the magic before you.

 

  • Wind jacket/raincoat

Tanzania is a tropical country, characterized by a warm climate. But, there are cold periods, especially in the morning and evening and during the cold season that you shouldn’t underestimate. As you are packing, remember to include warm clothing for the cold mornings and evenings especially if you are visiting Ngorongoro Crater. 

 

  • Sweater/fleece jacket

What is a safari without sitting around a campfire in the evening sharing stories? In the Tanzania wilderness, we call it “sitting around a bush t.v.” It’s just fun to sit together with friends or family after a delicious hot dinner, sharing a drink as you watch the t.v and tell stories under the African stars. Imagine all this goodness being spoiled by feeling cold. For these beautiful nights, pack a sweater/fleece jacket to make yourself comfortable around the campfire. 

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  • Comfortable safari clothes

When on safari, comfort is key. This should also be expressed in your clothes. Different periods of the day require their own clothes. Lightweight long trousers and long sleeve tops for early mornings/evenings and Shorts/T-shirts/skirts for the rest of the day. Colours also matter. Avoid white because of the dust from the savannah, and also avoid dark colors especially dark blues. Biting insects seem to like these more than other colors. 

 

  • Sunscreen, sun hat & sunglasses, sun cream

The African sun is strong. Remember to take care of your skin.

 

  • Insect repellent and Antihistamine

Flying insects can be a bother especially when the weather is warm. Bring an insect repellent for your own comfort and an Antihistamine.

 

  • Use a solid, soft bag

As you have gone through the list, you have noticed not a lot of things are needed. Now, the question is where to put them in. Follow the principle of light packing by packing your belongings in soft bags, and avoid hard suitcases. Not only does it make it easier to stack in safari jeeps, but also on small airplanes if your itinerary demands it – Remember maximum luggage weight for domestic flights inside Tanzania is 15kg. Also pack a smaller bag in which to carry your cameras, a fleece, and personal effects. This will make it easier to access them when the need arises.

 

  • Reusable water bottle

It can get hot during the day, especially during the dry season. It is therefore very important to stay hydrated while on safari. At Karibu Africa Safaris, we are very conscious of our environment and try as much as possible to be sustainable when it comes to safari tours.  To minimize the use of plastic bottles and protect the environment, we would like to encourage you to use a reusable water bottle. 

 

Always remember safaris are meant to be enjoyed, the experiences cherished. What you pack or don’t can have an effect on the whole adventure.

 

HAVE FUN PLANNING YOUR SAFARI AND SEE YOU SOON.

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