CLIMBING KILIMANJARO DURING THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

CLIMBING KILIMANJARO DURING THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

What is Corona virus?

Corona viruses are a family of viruses that can infect the respiratory tract and cause symptoms like a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever. Corona viruses are common. In fact, almost everyone gets infected with a kind of corona virus at some point. Usually, the symptoms are mild and last for just a few days.

According to Arnaud Fontanet, head of the department of epidemiology at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, the new strain is the seventh known type of corona virus that humans can contract. Fontanet said the current virus strain was 80% genetically identical to SARS, which also causes severe breathing problems.

Corona viruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Experts believe the source may have been animals sold at the Wuhan market that passed to the human population.

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill. According to a recent WHO report, the most common symptoms include:

  • Fever (88% of cases)
  • Dry cough (68%)
  • Fatigue (38%)
  • Sputum production (33%)
  • Shortness of breath (19%)
  • Muscle or joint pain (15%)
  • Sore throat (14%)
  • Headache (14%)
  • Chills (11%)
  • Nausea or vomiting (5%)
  • Nasal congestion (5%)
  • Diarrhea (4%)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

The mean incubation period is estimated to be 5.1 days, and 97.5% of patients who have symptoms do so within 11.5 days of infection.

Spread is by contact with infected secretions or by large aerosol droplets, so close contact increases risk of transmission. Corona viruses are more easily spread among hospitalized or institutionalized populations or others in closed conditions. It is believed that COVID-19 is more contagious than the typical flu.

“Most recent estimates put the fatality rate for COVID-19 to be between 0.27% to 1.0%, mostly affecting those with underlying, high risk conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and COPD.”

Those with compromised immune systems should be wary about traveling during the pandemic. However, the prognoses for those will no health conditions and those under 60 years of age appear very good. Up to 50% of all cases may be asymptomatic.

Tanzania Joy Tours is fully operational at this time. We have put reasonable and practical safety measures in place.

As long as our clients feel comfortable to travel here, we are prepared to serve them. We believe that the new standard operating procedures will be effective in minimizing the risk of infections on the mountain and during safari.

For clients who would like to follow social distancing with other climbers, we offer single tents on the mountain and single rooms on safari or in town. Meals can also be eaten in the sleeping tent versus the community mess tent if desired.

 

Standard operation procedures

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism released National Standard Operating Procedures for management of the COVID-19 threat. The comprehensive 16 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

Our staffs on Mount Kilimanjaro are required to take extra precautions when packing, transporting, and preparing food and equipment for climbers. Personal protective equipment 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.

 

Our clients should expect the following:

  • Tourists will be subjected to a temperature check on arrival at the airport, park gate, and hotels. Individuals showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Tanzania will be directed to a medical team for further consultation.
  • All mountain crew will wear masks when they are in vehicles, at the park gate and while they are at camp. Hotel staff will wear masks when interacting with clients.

Below are the general operating procedures that we will implement as well as procedures surrounding transfer vehicles, camping equipment, mountain dining, trip briefings and health checks, and hotel stays.

 

General Operating Procedures

1. Tanzania Joy Tours will ensure that staff and clients are aware of precautionary measures and will be reminded to adhere to best protective and preventative practices.

2. All staff will be trained on required safety measures and the correct use of PPE.

3. All staff will wear masks when they are in vehicles, at the park gate and while they are at camp.

4. Hand sanitizer will be provided to clients in transfer vehicles, mess tents and toilet tents. It is required that all clients also bring their own supply of hand sanitizer to carry with them.

5. Any staff experiencing any respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19 while on duty will be notified to the healthy authorities and their immediate evacuation implemented.

 

Vehicles

1. All vehicles used for transfer will be sanitized with recommended disinfectant between each transfer. Hand sanitizer will be available in every vehicle.

2. All staff and clients will be required to wear a mask when traveling in vehicles.

 

Equipment

1. All camping equipment will be disinfected prior to use.

2. All crew packing up the equipment will follow recommendation for hand washing and sanitizing while handling the equipment.

3. All equipment and facilities used for packing food will be cleaned with a disinfectant that is approved for use with food.

4. Fresh food received from the market will be washed with disinfectant before packing.

5. Clients will always have the same tent to sleep in each night.

6. Only two porters will be responsible for erecting the sleeping tents at each camp. They will sanitize their hands between handling each tent. Tents will be placed 10 feet (3 meters) apart.

7. All clients will be required to pack their equipment bag each morning and leave it outside the tent so that it does not have to be handled by the tent crew before dismantling the tents.

8. All camping equipment (tables, chairs, toilet tents, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

 

Dining

1. Only the cook and his assistants will be permitted in the kitchen tent. Only the appointed waiter(s) will serve food in the mess tent. All staff involved in the production and serving of food will be required to wear masks and disposable gloves.

2. We will practice social distancing as far as is practicable in the confines of the mess tent. For larger groups, we may use two mess tents.

 

Briefings and Health Checks

1. All crew and clients will be screened for temperature at the park gate by the park authority. Anyone exceeding the normal body temperature (37.5) will be required to seek medical advice before being allowed to enter the park.

2. Guides will maintain a distance of at least three feet (one meter) when interacting with guests. All guides will wear face masks when the group is congregated together (i.e. briefings).

3. Under certain medical circumstances, it may be necessary for the staff to come closer to clients than three feet (one meter).

4. All clients will be required to sanitize their hands before and after using the pulse ox meter.

 

Hotels

1. Staff will be required to use recommended protective equipment when attending to guests and servicing guest areas.

2. Clients will be required to undergo thermal screening when arriving at the hotel.

3. All accommodation areas will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.

4. Dining facilities will limit the number of guests to adhere to safe physical distance requirements. Guests may be allocated a time to visit the dining area in order to avoid congestion at busy periods.

5. There will be no buffet-style meals. All meals will be plated service

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Maryam E
Maryam E
2023-08-06
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Serious company and friendly people Tanzania Joy tours is really a serious company. They were here whenever we had any question when preparing our trip to Kilimanjaro. We did lemosho route in 8 days. Our guides Calvin and Levin and their team of porters was incredible. We spent memorable days. The whole trip was exceptional. The guides are amazing persons, very friendly and this is important since we spent a lot of time together. At the final ascension to the summit they were very motivating and never let us out. The team of porter are also very nice and helpful. Really amazing people that we will never forget on this incredible experience.
Solène L
Solène L
2023-08-01
Verified
What an amazing experience So an amazing experience with this local agency to climb the Kilimandjaro. It was initially planed to make it in 7 days by the Machame route but after some days, our chef guide Patrick propose us to make it on 6 days without risk of bad acclimatization and it was successfully ! He is a very professional guide, attentive, with a big knowledge of the mountain. We were also accompagnied by Maiko, also an incredible guide, always here to encourage us, discuss about Tanzania, life, everything. Jeremiah, the cook, made us so good meals during this 6 days. And to finish, a dream team of porters was here to help us, of course to relieve us physically but also with good attentions on the camps and some of them to the top, always in an incredible atmosphere. Nothing would have been possible without this team. I really recommand this agency if you want to success your climb, in security, with a dream team.
Camille M
Camille M
2023-08-01
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Un immense merci à toute l’équipe pour cette expérience inoubliable! Un immense merci à toute l’équipe pour cette expérience inoubliable! Nous avons emprunté la route Machame en 6 jours (initialement prévu en 7 jours mais après proposition et discussion avec notre guide nous avons finalement condensé deux journées en une) Nos guides Patrick et Maiko nous ont permit d’atteindre le sommet grâce à leur professionnalisme, leur gentillesse et leur motivation. Ils étaient accompagnés d’une équipe incroyable avec un cuisinier, un serveur, des porteurs dont deux sont venus avec nous jusqu’au sommet, un responsable des tentes : rien n’aurait été possible sans eux. La nourriture était excellente, nous avons été dorlotées par toute l’équipe pendant ces 6 jours. Encore merci pour ces souvenirs gravés à jamais!
Maggie A
Maggie A
2023-07-23
Verified
worth more that 10 stars! It was a second time I went with this agency and experience is just unbelievable! Guides, hotel, food organisation - top notch. Emmanuel is just great and very responsive and adaptive to all the needs of the group. Our guide - Patrick and his team - did everything for us to succeed and to make an experience unforgettable. Big thanks to everyone. If I could give 10 stars I would!
Misty T
Misty T
2023-07-14
Verified
Two day to Horambo Hut Guide Ringo was amazing. He had local knowledge of the mountain habitats and terrain. This was a two day overnight from base to Horambo Hut. 19 km each way. Our crew prepared great meals and were amazing supports on such an extensive hike. I would ask for this crew again if hiking over more days.
Martin V
Martin V
2023-07-06
Verified
Succesfull Kilimanjaro climbing - Lemosho route with TJ Tours Just completed Kilimanjaro climbing 7 days Lemosho trek with Tanzanie Joy Tours, the successful summit. Our lead guide Patrick has helped us a lot. Incredible staff - guides, cooks, porters, etc. Everything came off without a hitch. Clients well being/safety is foremost as well as exceeding expectations. Always a great equipments tents,campsite, friendly staff and eager to make your climb the best possible experience. I would strongly recommend this local company Tanzania Joy Tours as a highly professional, quality services and supportive team.
Steffi F
Steffi F
2023-07-06
Verified
Unforgettable experience Very good experience with Patrick and his team. They were professionals and very helpful. We reach our goal and they contribute to it. I recommend TJ Tours to everybody!
Cian L
Cian L
2023-07-02
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An incredible experience Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Tanzania Joy was a wonderful experience. Ringo and the team were fantastic, every day they went above and beyond to provide a world class experience and make the trip feel like a balance of adventure and fun. I chose the Lemosho Route as a solo trip, and felt like I was travelling with a group of friends once I met the team. From the first day I emailed Emmanuel, I received quick, detailed replies that made planning the trip a breeze. Once I arrived in Tanzania, my guide Ringo made sure I had the right equipment and prepared for the trip ahead. The entire team worked extremely hard every day to make camp lodgings feel comfortable, providing all the necessities and then some. On the trail Ringo was an amazing guide, providing encouragement and insight at every step. I ended the trip due to a bad bought of altitude sickness and struggled to breathe, and Ringo and the entire team went above and beyond to help me get to safety. Ringo even came and visited me once I got back to Moshi to make sure I was okay, and made sure I was able to get home safely. This is a genuinely great organisation with a fantastic team. Happy to recommend this group to anyone, Tanzania Joy is a very professional
Monika Va
Monika Va
2023-06-27
Verified
We recommend this company 100 percent We had a great experience with TJ Tours. Our team leader Kelvin and his assistant Hassan were knowledgeable, patient and very encouraging. Our cook made us wonderful meals and Leavy catered to all our needs. Everyone on our team did their best to help us reach the Uhuru peak!
Elżbieta W
Elżbieta W
2023-06-11
Verified
Great experience with professionel company❤️ Very professional and friendly team. They always help you when you need help. They always think positivley and believe in you. They take care of you. They explaine everythink and are very patient with you. With whole heart i recommend this company ❤️