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We wish all of our partners and clients all the very best of health in this new world that we are navigating and a massive thanks to all the safari camp staff and management for keeping the faith and working so hard to prepare the safari environment to keep our guests safe.

In addition, and, perhaps more importantly, an incredibly massive thanks to the companies that have gone above and beyond to put boots on the ground to patrol the precious wild spaces and protect the wildlife during this time when the lack of tourism presence has made the threat of poaching much more real. Asante Sana!

    Collected here are a sample of the measures some of our favorite partners are implementing in order to keep you safe

Nomad Tanzania

Asilia Africa


Camps & Lodges

While it is difficult to be sure of truly accurate figures of the incidence of Covid-19 throughout East Africa the overall indications are that the incidence rate has remained relatively low in comparison to Europe and USA.

Current Entry requirements - updated 28th January 2021


  • Only IF REQUIRED BY HOME COUNTRY OR AIRLINE travelers entering Tanzania will be required to present, upon arrival a valid negative COVID-19 certificate tested within 72 hours before travel.

  • There are no self-quarantine requirements for travelers arriving into the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms;

  • All arriving passengers will undergo screening and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry;

  • All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport;

  • Sanitizers are placed throughout airports and all airport staff are to be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19;

  • Hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place;

  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and

  • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.


Testing In Tanzania

  • PCR testing is available in various locations - Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Karatu

  • Results times are variable 48 - 72 hours.

  • Testing in Serengeti looks like becoming possible in due course this space


  • All arriving passengers on international flights must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel 

  • Departing passengers will only need a negative COVID-19 test if their onward destination or airline require it.


Transiting through Kenya

  • All airline passengers transiting through Kenya/Nairobi must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours 

Testing in Kenya

  • Efficient testing is available in Nairobi - results within 24 hours

  • On-location testing is already available with some camps and is expected to increase in availability to more - results within 48 hours


  • All travelers arriving in Uganda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival

  • All travelers departing Uganda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure

  • Visitors are required to keep separate from the general population wherever possible.


Testing in Uganda 

  • Efficient testing is available in Kampala/Entebbe with results within 24 hours.


  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours of arrival, complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate, please see the passenger locator form link on;

  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test done prior to arrival, and the test is to the cost of the guest, at USD 50 per person per test;

  • All travellers are required to complete 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test, the designated hotels are available at a discounted rate and we recommend accommodation in the following hotels:

    • Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

    • Kigali Marriott Hotel

    • Kigali Serena Hotel

    • Park Inn by Radisson

  • Following 24 hours, guests’ results will be received via SMS or email. In the event of a negative test, guests will be invited to check out and proceed on their Rwanda safari. In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.

  • Visitors must have a negative test valid within120 hours of departure (often the test on arrival will satisfy this requirement)

Testing in Rwanda

  • Efficient testing is available in Kigali and Musanze with results within 24 hours.

Transiting through London Heathrow or Amsterdam Schiphol

  • All airline passengers transiting through UK airports must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 72departure hours of departure.

  • All airline passengers transiting through Amsterdam Schiphol must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 72 departure hours of arrival in Amsterdam AND a negative rapid test* carried out within 4 hours of flight departure.

      ** the 4 hour rapid test requirement is a developing situation and it may be that KLM and/or departing airports will facilitate this test          for passengers

Re-entry to USA

  • All international passengers arriving by air into US (INCLUDING US CITIZENS) must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours of departure of first flight on USA-bound journey.


Travel Updates

For more information and any questions ....

The Safari Specialist is a proud and committed supporter of

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

the Jane Goodall Institute


Cradle of Love Baby Home, Arusha




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