Where is the safest safari in Africa today?
In November 2019, news broke out that a place in China called Wuhan was reporting a surge of victims and deaths caused by a new kind of sickness called COVID-19(Coronavirus disease of 2019). In the twinkle of an eye, this disease became a global pandemic, sweeping across continents far and wide, wreaking havoc across the poor to the most developed nations, in manners never seen before.
COVID-19 brought about a shockwave of negative impacts on global markets across many industries as tourism and aviation suffer the biggest hits. With government-imposed lockdowns and restrictions in travel, the whole world experienced a total standstill at some point.
No one had imagined that such an ordeal could have ensued in our lives so fast so soon. Countries that depend on tourism for more than half of their GDP suffered significant blows on their employment and economic overview. With almost 0% tourist arrivals, Tanzania came up with a different approach to tackling the issue to ensure safaris kept on running.
2. Where is Tanzania?
Tanzania is a country on the shores of the Indian Ocean in East Africa, with a population of over 55 million people in the space of over 900,000 square kilometers. More than 28% of its land was set aside for natural resources and wildlife conservation and tourism, which is over 12% of the country’s total employment, which is around 1 million jobs, with over 450,000 of these jobs been directly into the tourism sector.
These people pump over $7 billion (USD) into the country’s GDP(15%), with a projected steady 6.6% increase every year. Being a peaceful and resourceful nation, Tanzania was dubbed the safest safari destination in Africa.
3. Impact of Coronavirus to the Tanzanian tourism industry:
From tour companies, hotels, transport services to local food vendors in the local markets, the impacts of the coronavirus was perceived from around March to June of 2020. There were almost 100% cancellation rates from international tourists’ arrival, which are the key players in the tourism business in Tanzania, with over 80% of the market. Many firms and hotels had to close their doors to both clients and employees, as the multiplier effect was felt across different industries, like food and transportation, as airports closed worldwide.
4. Measures were taken by the Tanzanian Government to combat Coronavirus:
Tanzania has millions of people that live below a minimum wage of $5 per day which means that they have to work every day to feed their families, hence imposing a lockdown might have backfired, with possible riots and revolts.
Thanks to the President of the Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli’s decision to leave the country open while mandating people to observe cautious and optimistic health practices like social distancing and sanitization.
Tanzania has been able to keep the economy running with healthy people on the ground. With nationwide campaigns to teach people about the novel coronavirus and how to avoid it, the government has been able to tackle the issue, currently with minimal numbers of reported cases which encourage tourist to search for the safest safari in Africa through Tanzania.
The airports are open, receiving international flights almost daily with accredited international recognition as one of the safest destinations to visit in Africa in 2020. With proper imposed rules and regulations for tour companies and hotels in terms of codes of conduct, towards hygiene and sanitization, social distancing, and masking, many companies are back in business.
5. International recognition of Tanzania’s positive stance:
With no reported new cases and many tourists are enjoying and experiencing the Tanzanian award-winning and legendary safaris once more. Recently, the World Travel and Tourism Council(WTTC), awarded Tanzania a Safe Travels Stamp to recognize the potential and viability of its fantastic destinations in providing a safe refuge, retreat, and refreshing hotspot to tourists, away from the turmoil and dark times that almost fully enveloped the whole world.
At the same time, the United States of America government has shortlisted Tanzania as a destination that Americans can visit this summer to experience the safest safari in Africa.
Tour guides practice safe, no-contact tours and handle tourists in a professional and health-conscious way. Safari jeeps are required to have sanitary masks and hand sanitizers at all times to ensure the safety of tourists. At the same time, lodges and hotels practice no-contact services in their day to day operations to ensure the safest safari in Africa for all tourist arrivals.
Tanzania’s approach proves to the world that neither imposing a lockdown nor closing businesses is not necessarily the answer to solving this crisis. With many tourists arriving daily, this confirms the acceptance and appreciation of the global community towards this endeavor.
Conclusively, Tanzania has proved to be a safe destination for the safest safari in Africa with an ever-increasing allure and charm always to excite and amaze tourists. With 1. Open airports and borders 2. Proper rules and regulations for safety 3. No restrictions or lockdown, and 4. No reported cases; Tanzania is the place to be.
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