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  • Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award for 2022 goes to Shadows Of Africa!

    Vika
    July 21, 2022

    Some exciting news!
    We would like to share with you an achievement that we are sincerely proud of:

    We once again made Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice!

    This means that we - Shadows Of Africa - are in the top 10% of attractions worldwide on the biggest travel site on the internet. It makes us so happy that so many of our travelers consider us the best tour operator in Tanzania and East Africa.

    We have won this award for 9 years in a row now! We won Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year from 2014 to 2019, then they replaced the Certificate with the Travelers’ Choice award in 2020, and we have continued to be recognised for our service every year since.

    We were very excited to receive this message once again:

    “Every year, Tripadvisor celebrates attractions that consistently deliver amazing experiences with a Travelers' Choice Award—and this year, you made the list. That means you’ve earned positive reviews and ratings over the past year, so keep it up.
    Good job, and congratulations on your well-deserved win."

    This award means recognition for our hard work and commitment - and this means a lot to us. We are beyond proud to be considered among the best safari companies in Tanzania, and the best travel agencies in Africa!

    Thanks, Tripadvisor! And thanks to all of our travelers for joining us on so many wonderful adventures!

    We would like to share some of the sweetest and most heartwarming reviews we received recently. Reviews like these tell us we’re doing things right, and fill us with motivation to keep working hard for our travelers!

    “On our flight home, we were extremely sad to be leaving but were also already starting to plan our next safari with Shadows of Africa so we would absolutely recommend Shadows of Africa [...] to anyone looking for an unbelievable once in a lifetime trip." - [review]

    “Our safari was very customized to meet the desires of my 80 year old father's life long dream of going on a safari and I honestly can not stop thinking about this experience we had. I've never been so impacted by a trip before. Everything was absolutely incredible, the parks, the food, the lodging, the people, the animals, and our guide Loma made the trip an incredibly memorable one for my dad, brother and I." - [review]

    “All local contact persons/guides of Shadows of Africa were very friendly and seemed to be very well connected. It is great knowing someone of Shadows of Africa is always around looking after your best interest and I truly think it’s a big advantage vs lodge organized airstrip safaris." - [review]

    “Our honeymoon was really everything that we hoped it would be, and we owe a big thank you to Shadows of Africa and Loma for making it as special as it was. After this experience, we can't wait to go back!" - [review]

    “If you are considering a trip to Kilimanjaro I absolutely recommend booking through Shadows of Africa and requesting Amir and his team as your hiking group. I can assure you that you will be well taken care of and leave Kilimanjaro feeling accomplished, with many memories and new friends." - [review]

    If you haven’t yet had the chance to travel with us this year, now is the perfect time to plan for the rest of the year. The African summer is quickly approaching, so get in touch and let’s start preparing for your dream African adventure!

    We are truly grateful to everyone who traveled with us and took the time to leave a review. We truly loved hosting you and sharing the unforgettable beauty of Africa with you - each and every one of you.

  • Latest Covid Entry Requirements Zanzibar

    Vika
    August 4, 2021

    Last update: March 2022

    Looking for the LATEST COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS to Zanzibar? Shadows of Africa has got you covered. With our team living on the ground, we are always aware of the LATEST COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. For a quick overview, see below. Our safari experts are ready to give you tailored advice.

    Latest Covid entry requirement summary:

    • Vaccinated travellers no longer need a PCR Test. Travellers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those that have been approved by the URT and the World Health Organization.
    • Passengers not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country’s policy will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure
    • An online health form needs to be filled out by the traveller before travelling via this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/

    The Tanzanian & Zanzibari government is taking the safety and health of our travellers seriouslyand has implemented regulations that will help make it possible for everyone to enjoy a safe safari. Tanzania has been lucky enough to be a safe destination to visit and these new measures will ensure it will continue to be so.

    If you want to plan a safe and responsible trip to Zanzibar - don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning & dreaming.

  • Latest Covid Entry Requirements Uganda

    Vika
    July 21, 2021

    Last update: April 2022

    Looking for the latest covid entry requirements to Uganda? Shadows of Africa has got you covered. With our team living on the ground, we are always aware of the latest covid entry requirements. For a quick overview, see below. Our safari experts are ready to give you tailored advice.

    Latest Covid entry requirement summary:

    For fully vaccinated travellers:

    • NO requirement for a negative PCR test done on arrival
    • NO requirement for a negative PCR test for departure.

    Travelers with partial or no vaccination will be required to present a negative CPR test done within 72 hours of travel.

    Travelers below 5 years are not required to present a negative PCR test on arrival or departure.

    The Ugandan government is taking the safety and health of our travellers seriously, and has implemented regulations that will help make it possible for everyone to enjoy a safe safari. Uganda has been lucky enough to be a safe destination to visit and these new measures will ensure it will continue to be so.

    If you want to plan a safe and responsible trip to Uganda - don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning & dreaming.

    For the full document please click this link: Full Ugandan travel advisory

  • Latest Covid Entry Requirements Kenya

    Vika
    July 21, 2021

    Last update: March 2022

    Looking for the latest covid entry requirements to Kenya? Shadows of Africa has got you covered. With our team living on the ground, we are always aware of the latest covid entry requirements For a quick overview, see below. Our safari experts are ready to give you tailored advice.

    Latest Covid entry requirement summary:

    • All travellers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement of a PCR test
    • All travellers arriving in Kenya must have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.
      The following categories of travellers are exempt:
      • Below 18
      • Travellers with medical conditions precluding vaccination
      • Travellers who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection
    • All documents have to be uploaded pre-travel into global haven before boarding: https://globalhaven.org.
    • All travellers will be expected to fill out the traveller's locator form and submit before travel to https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration and thereafter submit daily health information for 14 consecutive days.

    If you want to plan a safe and responsible trip to Kenya - don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning & dreaming.

    For the full document please click this link: Kenyan Ministry of Health

  • Latest Covid Entry Requirements Rwanda

    Vika
    July 21, 2021

    Last update: March 2022

    Looking for the latest covid entry requirements to Rwanda? Shadows of Africa has got you covered. With our team living on the ground, we are always aware of the LATEST latest covid entry requirements. For a quick overview, see below. Our safari experts are ready to give you tailored advice.

    Latest Covid entry requirement summary:

    • Covid-19 negative test: Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the first departure.
    • All travellers must be fully vaccinated before travel
    • Health declaration: All travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form online. On completion, travellers will be given a Unique Health Code (UHC) which they must present on arrival.
    • For Departing Passengers from Rwanda, a negative Rapid Test is required, must be taken 72 hours before departure. PCR test must be presented if only it is required at the final destination.
    • The wearing of face Masks in Rwanda is no longer mandatory however people are encouraged to wear masks while indoors.

    The Rwandan government is taking the safety and health of travellers seriously and has implemented regulations that will help make it possible for everyone to enjoy a safe safari, as well as protect the endangered primates. Rwanda has been lucky enough to be a safe destination to visit and these new measures will ensure it will continue to be so.

    Note: Tourists are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to visiting a national park (except for Akagera). Tourists visiting Akagera are required to take a rapid antigen test, available at numerous walk-in clinics in Kigali (RWF 10,000). No tourist will be admitted to any national park without a valid negative test result.

    If you want to plan a safe and responsible trip to Rwanda - don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning & dreaming.

    For the full document please click this link: Latest Rwanda Travel Advisory

  • Latest Covid Entry Requirements Tanzania

    Vika
    July 21, 2021

    Last update: March 2022

    Looking for the LATEST COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS to TANZANIA? Shadows of Africa has got you covered. With our team living on the ground, we are always aware of the LATEST COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. For a quick overview, see below. Our safari experts are ready to give you tailored advice.

    Latest Covid entry requirement summary:

    • Vaccinated travellers no longer need a PCR Test. Travellers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those that have been approved by the URT and the World Health Organization.
    • Passengers not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country’s policy will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure.
    • An online health form needs to be filled out by the traveller before travelling via this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/

    Please be reminded to check the regulation of any country you might be transiting in.

    Children aged 5 years and below, travellers in transit and aircraft crew are exempted from both RT-PCR certificate and COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test.

    The Tanzanian government is taking the safety and health of our travellers seriously and has implemented regulations that will help make it possible for everyone to enjoy a safe safari. Tanzania has been lucky enough to be a safe destination to visit and these new measures will ensure it will continue to be so.

    If you want to plan a safe and responsible trip to Tanzania - don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning & dreaming.

    For the full document please click this link: Full Tanzanian Travel Advisory

  • Your guide to visit East Africa this summer

    Vika
    May 27, 2021

    Travelling to East Africa this summer - a great idea and a wise conclusion!

    To realize your great idea support your wise conclusion with updated information on pros, cons, and of course the latest Covid regulations. Daily updated and thoroughly checked information will surely help you to get an informed decision.
    Pros surely include fewer visitors, curious animals, a higher standard of service for a lower price, easily maintained social distancing, and more profound contact with nature.
    Cons may be different Covid protocols when entering each country.

    1. Tanzania


    The undisputed queen of African safaris, Tanzania, is home to the Wildebeest Migration for ten months of the year, it is where the World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater shows off the unique wildlife, where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain protrudes from the average, and the gorgeous island paradise of Zanzibar is being caressed by the sea.
    One of the advantages is "front row seats" for the great migration spectacle - dare to fight the croc for its bite? Pre-covid times witnessed rows and rows of cars waiting to catch a glimpse of nature's wonders, now great views are on display.

    Covid-19 regulations:
    All travellers are now required to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate not older than 72 hours. Upon arrival, all travellers will be subjected to rapid Covid-19 testing. The cost of this test is 25 USD and will be paid by the traveller on location. You are required to fill in the health form, available online, before travelling.

    2. Rwanda


    This green heaven in the heart of Africa invites with its unparalleled treasures. Gorilla and chimpanzee trekkings are always on the top, you can spot all of the big five here, and don't forget the amazing birdlife as well.
    Volcanoes national park, Akagera, Nyungwe, or the newest Gishwati Mukura national park all have lots to offer, Lake Kivu shares a different perspective, just as a visit to the sombre Rwanda Genocide Museum in Kigali.

    Covid-19 regulations:
    All arriving travellers are required to have a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure. Before arrival, you are required to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and attach the PCR certificate. All passengers are required to stay 24 hours in quarantine, while passengers from India are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a designated quarantine hotel at their own cost.
    All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for Covid-19. A PCR test must be performed within 72 hours before departure. The Covid-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.

    3. Uganda


    No country in Africa can offer quite what Uganda does: world-class gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, terrific game drives, all big five, bustling birdlife, and the majesty of the mighty Nile.
    Winston Churchill fondly called Uganda The Pearl of Africa, and we certainly agree with that sentiment, adding our cognition - Uganda's wild charm and variety of activities make it a great place to plan a safari.

    Covid-19 regulations:
    Arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks and will be screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health Authorities. If a passenger shows signs or symptoms of any infectious disease they will be taken by ambulance to a local isolation centre to undergo a COVID-19 test at their own cost. Test results will be returned within 24 to 48 hours; passengers will be expected to remain at the isolation centre until the test results are returned. Passengers coming from India or being there less than 14 days ago, are not permitted to enter Uganda. Passengers from certain countries will have to undergo PCR testing on the border /airport at their own costs.
    Departing passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, issued no more than 120 hours before travel. The 120 hours begin on the day the sample is collected for testing.

    4. Kenya


    Often referred to as "Africa's safari capital", home to the world-famous Maasai Mara and hosting the famed Wildebeest Migration in August and September as well as boasting the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya is also an affordable and well-developed tourism market that is great for families or people traveling on a budget. Many different options to choose from in every rank, for every taste.

    Covid-19 regulations:
    All arriving passengers must take the PCR test 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point and present the negative test. You must complete the “Travelers Health Surveillance Form” online before departure.
    Currently, flights from the UK and India to Kenya are suspended until June 2021.
    Passengers who have been to or transited through India in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Kenya.

  • Covid-19 test in Tanzania & Zanzibar

    Vika
    May 6, 2021

    Getting a Covid-19 negative certificate for your return flight from Tanzania is a simple process. There are several locations in Tanzania where you can have a sample taken. All samples (except those, taken at Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha, which has its own lab) are sent to Dar es Salaam for processing in the national laboratory. The results will be delivered to you by email 48 hours after your sample has been taken.

    There are 4 easy steps - below you will find more information per step:

    • Register online
    • Pay
    • Take Sample / Swab
    • Get the result

    Registration for your Covid-19 PCR test

    In both, Tanzania and Zanzibar, tests must be registered and paid for in advance. Online registration for a test in the mainland of Tanzania can be done via this link: https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz
    For a test on Zanzibar go to this link: https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz

    It is best to register 5 days in advance - with your phone number and passport in hand.

    Pay

    It is best to pay for a test in advance to a “wakala” based on the control number that you received by telephone or email during registration. The payment can also be made in the hospital itself, but the process will take longer. There are many officially registered “mobile money” or “wakala” points in Tanzania. Your Shadows of Africa guide will assist you, making a short stop of about 10 minutes during your safari to complete the payment. Cash payment is preferred.

    After payment you will receive proof of payment, which is also a necessary document when leaving the country, so don't lose it!

    Taking a Covid-19 PCR test in Arusha

    In Arusha, it is best to have a test taken at Mount Meru Regional Hospital or Arusha Lutheran Medical Center. The Mount Meru Hospital has its own lab, which means that the tests do not have to be taken to Dar Es Salaam. This means that results can be expected as early as 24 hours after taking the sample.

    Taking a Covid-19 PCR test in Zanzibar

    The Zanzibar Ministry of Health has currently designated three sites for Covid PCR testing:
    Emergency Operation Center in Lumumba
    Global Hospital in Vuga
    North Valley Hospital in Nungwi

    Taking a Covid-19 PCR test in the Serengeti

    There is even a test site in the Serengeti - this is located at the airport in Seronera; so in the heart of the Serengeti! Your guide will take you to the special testing station in the morning and then you can continue on a safari. With a test in the Serengeti, you can combine the pleasant with the necessary.

    Sample taking

    When you arrive at your test location, you register and show your proof of payment, and provide your personal and flight details. You should bring your passport. You will then be given a control number and when it’s your turn, your sample will be taken. The samples are taken from both, the nose and the throat.

    Test results

    It takes up to 48 hours to get the results as the samples are sent to Dar es Salaam for testing (except at Mount Meru Hospital). If your airline has strict rules regarding the validity of the certificate, make sure you take your sample in the morning so that it can be sent to Dar es Salaam the same day as the collection. The date printed on your certificate is the date the certificate is issued, not the date the sample was taken. At the airport, you will occasionally be asked for a printed version of the test - so ask your hotel if they can print it for you.

    In short, you can meet all requirements.

    Latest update / Rapid test before departure

    Since January 26, 2021, KLM requires a Rapid Covid-19 test as an additional requirement to the PCR test. This rapid test must be taken no later than 4 hours before departure. Rapid tests are performed at all airports KLM flies to and from: Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam.
    The cost for this test is USD 25 per person per test and is payable in cash at the airport. Allow enough time for this test to avoid any problems and arrive at the airport at least five hours before departure.

    If you fly with KLM, you must do this rapid test in addition to a classic PCR test - and you must therefore have a Covid-19 negative certificate + the rapid test before you can board. This is no longer applicable to passengers who only transfer in the Netherlands.

  • Personal information for your safari booking

    Vika
    February 18, 2021

    On the 1st of January 2021 TANAPA — the Tanzanian safari parks authority — has implemented new administration rules. The updated regulations require that a copy of the passport of every visitor is digitally registered before visiting. This regulation is aimed at minimizing corruption and increasing efficiency.
    This requirement is at odds with European laws on privacy and personal data — which do not allow you to send full passport copies. But of course, we want to spare you administrative delays at the park entry. Who wants to be stuck right at the edge of a National Park waiting for paperwork - while you could already enjoy a game drive?
    So, therefore, we ask only the demanded information - with unnecessary information blocked out, to spare you delays at the gate of your chosen safari park — while not jeopardizing your privacy.
    Tanzanian authorities require the following information to be visible:

    1. Passport number
    2. Age (birthdate)
    3. Name
    4. Photo

    persoonlijke-gegevens-safari

    You can make a standard copy at home and blacken all the additional data and then scan & send that in a pdf to us.
    Alternatively, we recommend this app, that works on Android supported phones:
    KopieID.
    With this app you can take a photo of your identity document, cross out privacy-sensitive information. In the picture you can indicate who the copy is intended for and for what purpose. This text and the date are added on the copy as a watermark. You can now send the copy, print it or save it safely for later use. Saving the copy is only possible if you have crossed out something.

    We want to thank you for your cooperation, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Africa!

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