Can I Climb Kilimanjaro During the Coronavirus COVID-19
YES. With Coronavirus Covid-19, Our Kilimanjaro trips and Safari operations in Tanzania are going on as normal even for new enquiries and bookings.
President John Magufuli announced that there would be no more restrictions against for tourists and travelers coming into Tanzania. He called for the airlines to resume flights into Tanzania immediately. The President said on Sunday he plans to re-open universities and allow the resumption of sports and international flights if the decline in new coronavirus infections continues
Previously, the government subjected foreigners to a mandatory 14 day quarantine, effectively eliminating tourism for the East African destination for mountain climbing and safaris. This measure has now been lifted.
An assessment of Tanzania’s tourism industry after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the number of tourists visiting the country will drop from an estimated 1,867,000 to 437,000 annually, a cabinet minister told parliament.
Hamisi Kigwangalla, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said the drop in tourist arrivals followed the suspension of international flights from America, Europe and Asia in the wake of the pandemic.
He added that as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, direct employment in the tourism sector will go down from 623,000 jobs to 146,000 jobs.
Data from the African Union’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Tanzania has had 509 recorded coronavirus cases and 21 deaths, but president Magufuli said that most of the suspected Covid-19 patients have fully recovered with just a few remaining in hospitals with full hopes to recover.
Kilimanjaro Operating Procedures During the COVID-19
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism released National Standard Operating Procedures for management of the COVID-19 threat. The comprehensive seven page document detailed the rules put in place to continue operations while at the same time protecting visitors.
Some of the items included in the procedures include:
- Thermal screening for arriving passengers
- All contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis
- Staff members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending to guests and servicing guest areas
- Hand washing and sanitizing facilities must be provided to guests and staff
- Staff members should maintain a distance from one another and from guests
Safety is our Number one Priority Especially During covid-19
Our Kilimanjaro and safari staff are required to take extra precautions when packing, transporting, and preparing food and equipment for climbers. PPE will be worn by staff when interacting with guests.
The number of staff who interact with guests and the frequency of those interactions will also be limited accordingly.
In this video Imani Kikoti explains how Kilimanjaro National Park managing during the Covid-19 pandemic
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can the coronavirus be spread through food?
Transmission of CORONAVIRIS COVID-19 through food, food packages or even food handlers has not been identified as a risk factor for this illness.
Can the coronavirus disease spread through water?
There hasn’t been any evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread through drinking water or use of pools or hot tubs, according to the CDC.
Which are the most common symptoms of the coronavirus disease?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia.
Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?
The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat and headaches.
What happens if I get the coronavirus disease?
People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days). Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover.