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Are Luxury Safaris in Africa Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
When the global coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, many people were forced to abruptly cancel their travel plans, hoping it would only be for a short time. As the duration of lockdowns and quarantines stretched on, the travel industry took a hard hit. Once the restrictions finally began to lift, socially distant outdoor activities were deemed safer than other options, prompting stir-crazy people to look for ways they could enjoy themselves outdoors.
During the lockdowns, tourism to Africa suffered along with travel to other locations all over the world, but interest in exotic destinations like Africa grew as potential travelers wondered if it would be safe to finally go on their dream safari to the Serengeti Plain or another wildlife-filled African destination. A luxury African safari gives adventurers an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world on their home turf. It’s a thrilling, one-of-a-kind experience, and you would mostly be outdoors — but does that actually mean it’s safe during a pandemic? Here’s what you need to know about the impact the pandemic has had on the safari industry and whether it’s safe to finally take that trip.
How Has the Global Pandemic Impacted the Safari Industry?
When the pandemic hit the world hard — and caught everyone off guard — in early March 2020, many safari companies had to abruptly halt operations . As countries around the world remained on lockdown through the rest of the spring and into early summer, the safari business virtually came to a complete stop. Despite the challenges, the owners of safari companies didn’t give up hope.
While some companies did offer refunds, many guests chose to postpone and reschedule their safari trips for later in 2020 or farther out into 2021 or 2022. Although these delayed safaris are certainly better than outright cancellations for safari companies, those bookings are taking up future slots that could have gone to completely new bookings. Additionally, some people who would have traveled in the coming months are still too intimidated to book trips. As a result of these issues, the industry is still in a tight spot.
How Are Different Countries Responding to the Pandemic?
If you do decide to travel abroad during the pandemic, be aware that not all countries are open to visitors from foreign nations. Some countries, such as Botswana and Seychelles, have imposed restrictions at different points that prevent non-residents or those from a particular nation from entering the country. It’s important to thoroughly research travel advisories and restrictions for your destination before making any plans. Quarantine policies, which often require anyone entering the country to self-quarantine for 14 days, may also be in effect in some countries.
These policies can — and probably will — change over time and could even change suddenly. Even if you get the all clear when booking, be sure to check for policy and procedure updates all the way up until your departure. Once you arrive, make sure you have a plan in place to keep up with the news for updates that could occur while you’re traveling — both those related to Africa and those related to your home country. (You also need to go back home!)
If you can’t find updated information about your destination for some reason, talk to your travel agent or booking agency. They should be able to provide up-to-date information on travel restrictions, the number of current COVID-19 cases in the destination country, and information related to rescheduling your travel plans, if necessary.
Keep in mind that it’s possible countries with bans on travel may be experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases. However, most bans are initiated to keep the virus from spreading due to travelers bringing it into the country. If you’re from the United States or another country that has been hit particularly hard with virus cases, you may not be allowed to enter some countries, even if their borders aren’t completely closed. For the current status of travel to African countries, visit the African Travel Inc. website .
Is It Safe to Travel at All?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends asking yourself a few questions before you travel. Are you willing (and able) to stay 6 feet away from anyone you may come in contact with on your trip? When you return home from your trip, are you willing to self-quarantine for 14 days to ensure you don’t inadvertently pass the virus to anyone else in your home or community? If you can’t answer all these questions with a confident yes, then you are advised not to go.
If you or any of your travel companions are older than 65 years old, obese or have a chronic lung condition, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or any other condition that compromises your immune system, you are advised to stay home. Take into consideration how many other people are likely to be with you on the safari and the conditions when making a decision.
If you do travel, don’t forget to continue following best practices for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if you can’t get to soap and water and avoid touching your face. Keep your face covered with a mask when you’re out in public and cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough when you’re not wearing a mask indoors. Definitely avoid crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation, as those types of spaces have been linked with the spread of the coronavirus .
How Has the Pandemic Affected Prices?
The good news starts with cheap flights that are likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, although finding flights to locations that aren’t in demand can be a challenge. Additionally, the steep loss of tourism money across the African continent — almost $55 billion in three months, according to some estimates — means that many vacation opportunities may cost much less than normal, including safaris. In addition to discounts, you’re likely to see a freeze on 2020’s prices as well as more flexibility when you book.
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The Safari Blue experience is an unmissable day tour of the protected waters around the islands of Zanzibar.
Sailing in one of our traditional Dhows , beautifully constructed from African mahogany by Zanzibari craftsmen, you will have the opportunity to see and feel the magic of the African Spice Islands up close and personal. Our tour is packed with activities for all tastes; so whether you want to unwind and watch nature or snorkel with tropical fish or feast on local delicacies, we have you covered!
We have been operating Safari Blue since 1995 and we are the only operator in Zanzibar licensed to use the name ‘Safari Blue™’. We are the original and the unmissable!
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For your reassurance, our new Covid-19 safety measures include reduced numbers on every trip, trained staff, protective measures and thorough cleaning procedures. For more detail you can read our measures here .
What to expect
- A magical day exploring the Menai Bay Conservation area in a traditional wooden dhow.
- Guided snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
- Watching dolphins at play
- Going ashore on the powdery sandbank
- Swimming at our secret spot in the hidden mangrove lagoon
- Feasting on our delicious Swahili seafood barbecue followed by exotic island fruit tasting. (Food service and seating in our tented restaurant will be altered to allow for social distancing.)
- Enjoying a nip of local Amarula Liqueur with your coffee
- Drinks and snacks throughout the day are included. Guests are advised to bring their own refillable water bottle but during Covid we are also providing plastic cups if needed.
- For your continued safety we have locally sourced hand sanitizer on sale and locally-crafted hand washing stations at on Kwale Island.
- You might also like to enjoy cocktails from our new Sand Bar on Kwale Island.
$70 PER PERSON
For an extra fee, we can also arrange transport to pick you up from and return you to your hotel in Zanzibar, just remember to add transport for one or both ways to your booking on our booking platform. Everything paid & organised in one place.
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Safari Blue trip is a full day tour along Menai bay, which is one of the best coral reefs in Zanzibar. Main activities in the tour includes visit to naturally occurring sandbanks, Swimming & Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, visiting Kwale island with its natural green lagoon and Climbing the old Baobab tree for spectacular view of the Island.
If you love ocean, this tour for you. You will witness countless colourful fishes and other sea creatures that survive among the coral reefs and underwater plants which together form the barrier reef ecosystem in the bay.
During the tour enjoy the fresh seafood barbeque; Octopus, Lobsters, squids, Calamaris, Fishes. Exotic fresh fruit tasting like Banana, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mangoes. This will be the best adventurous day for your stay in Zanzibar Islands, and you will understand why we call this “Blue Safari”
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Safari Blue Highlights!
- Swimming and Snorkeling around Menai Bay area
- Seafoods BBQ Lunch; Octopus, Lobsters, Squids, Prawns, etc.
- Tropical Fruits; Mangoes, Bananas, Pineapple, Watermelon etc.
- Sailing with Traditional boat
- Visit Kwale Island, natural Lagoon & Sandbank
NOTE: These prices excluded transport costs because it depends on the location of your Hotel. Please reach us and we will provide you full price based on your Hotel location!
Price per person
Price per person; for group of above 25 person please contact us.
- English Speaking Guide
- Sailing Boat
- Snorkeling Equipments
- Lunch (Seafood BBQ, Chicken, or Vegetarian options)
- Tropical Fruits
- Soft Drinks
- All government fees
- Hotel Pick up/ Drop-off; for extra charge.
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Safari blue is one among the best enjoyable things you can do in your Zanzibar vacation. It is called Blue Safari because of the ocean blueness that you feel during the tour.
It is totally a whole day playing with the ocean in Menai bay conservation area. The Menai Bay Conservation Area is located in Menai Bay, west south coast of Unguja Zanzibar.
This is the largest marine conserved area with 470 square kilometres (180 sq mi), comprising extensive coral reefs, colorful tropical fish, a lot of sea creatures, and mangrove forests.
All together make the best tourists experience when they visit Zanzibar islands.
Safari Blue Trip FAQs
Exactly, we do provide transport from and back to any Hotel in Zanzibar.
Very simple! Please contact us vi Whatsapp or tour booking form.
Swimming clothes, Water shoes, and Towels.
Prices for Safari blue vary based on the number of people, or whether private or sharing. Actually, the higher the number of people the less the price per person.
Yes, we accept card & cash payment.
Safari blue takes approximately 6 hours to complete the trip.
The tour is normally ends around 15:30 – 16:00. Its difficult to do another tour.
If you would like to go somewhere after the tour, then we would recommend you have a Sunset dinner at Cape Town Fish Market Restaurant in Stone town.
Swimming & Snorkeling, Sandbank relaxing, Testing tropical fruits, Fresh seafood lunch, learning the history of a big baobab tree, swimming at the natural swimming pool, visiting and shopping at souvenirs shops in Kwale island.
Absolutely, the Menai bay conservation area is where we do Safari blue. This is the place with thousands of sea creatures which serve the best experience for the snorkelers.
Safari blue, comes with two options; Private or Sharing depending on your interests and budget. If you are a family, we can recommend you to take a private boat.
Nearly all days you can go Safari Blue Trip, just check the weather for a specific day. Windy day is not good for snorkeling.
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Safari blue trip
Safari blue trip in Zanzibar is one among the best sea adventurse in the Zanzibar island, not only sailing along with the traditional dhow but also you can have snorkeling, swim, and relaxing on a white sandy beach on a sandbank. In addition to all, there are plenty of sea foods whom are all waiting for you to be tested, The dhow departs from the fumba beach at 08:00 and we get back around 16:00, with your Safari Blue guide, you will explore the mangrove lagoon hidden inside the Kwale island. Swimming into the protected mangrove forest at high tide is an unforgettable experience. This mangroce lagoon is famous known as natural swimming pool.The 200 year baobab tree is another attraction you just come and climb it and get a great view from the top!
Morning we set down on one of the beautiful sandbanks where one can relax, swim or snorkel. There are plenty of good quality snorkeling equipments and the experienced snorkeling guides will show you the pristine coral reef, which teems with tropical sea life. Instruction is also available for beginners, fresh coconuts and local snacks are available through out the day.
After snorkeling we go to Kwale island where we have our “Desert Island” restaurant. The buffet lunch includes fish, slipper lobster, calamari, rice and sauces all served hot from the grill. The crews also prepare and present a gastronomic fruits tasting with a large selection of delicious tropical fruits, ice cold sodas, mineral water and sidas, a delicious Zanzibari seafood lunch with grilled fish and slipper lobster, and Soft Drinks
- Mineral Water and Sodas
- Sea foods Lunch
- Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)
- English Speaking Guide
- Shared Boat
- Tropical Fruits and water
- All government fees
- Hotel Pick up/ Drop-off from your hotel
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👤 Live tour guide
👥️ Big and Small Group Avaliable
🚘 Pickup included
Please wait in your hotel lobby for your driver/guide.
✔️ Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to your trip date
When the captain confirms your trip, zanzibar star will charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.
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Safari blue trip in Zanzibar is a full day sea adventure tour with lots of fascinating things including swimming, snorkeling, sea foods testing and sailing on a traditional dhow.
full day Day $ 50 pp
The Safari Blue Zanzibar is yet another popular tour that we have been organizing for quite a while. This tour is the perfect option for sea lovers, and those who would like the opportunity of experiencing the sea and sea creatures in a unique way. This tour is in fact not only about a traditional boat trip or swim, as you will be able to do more than that.
First of all this is a full day tour. Consequently you are going to have the opportunity of spending a full day packed with different options. As a full day sea safari, this tour is very popular considering that it is only offered at the price of $50 per person. The dhow departs from Fumba Beach at 9am, and generally we get back at around 3:30pm.
Zanzibar Island is known for its beautiful sea and you simply cannot visit Zanzibar without making sure to enjoy its seas. This Safari Blue Trip in Zanzibar will give you a great possibility to do just that.
One of the main attractions of this tour is the 200 year old baobab tree. Many try to climb this tree so as to try to reach the top and enjoy the spectacular views from up there. Within its hollow trunk there are also coconut crabs living, so you might even be able to see one of these gigantic crabs.
During this tour you will also be given a guided tour of the well known mangrove lagoon. This is practically hidden away in Kwale Island, and if it were not for this tour you will not be able to visit this marvellous place. Being able to swim in this protected mangrove forest is quite simply an unforgettable experience, and many refer to it as a natural swimming pool. During high tide the experience is even more memorable.
You will also be able to see the naturally occurring sandbanks which the Menai Bay Conservation Society has said to be safe for swimming. So you could also take a dip there. Many tourists commented on the great time they had simply relaxing in gorgeous natural settings which are not to be easily found in many countries. The turquoise waters are crystal clear and you could easily manage to see dolphins swimming around the area.
This is simply quite like heaven on earth – ever imagined swimming in blue waters, or sunbathing on the white sandy beach with coconuts all above you – well, this is what it is like during this tour. We organize several different tours in Zanzibar but the full day Zanzibar blue safari trip is quite simply one of the most memorable ones. No wonder it is so popular! It is the kind of tour that allows you to truly relax and have the time of your life. You will simply forget all about your worries and the hectic life you lead because once you are able to indulge in such beautiful settings you will simply be living a dream. However, this is not a dream as it can be a reality. And visiting Zanzibar without booking this unique Zanzibar safari blue tour would be a pity as it can be one of the main highlights of your vacation.
This is a group tour, and in most cases it starts at 9am. If you are staying outside of Fumba Village, there will be extra costs associated with transport. For more information do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you with the booking process, as well as to answer any queries you might have about the Safari Blue Trip in Zanzibar or any other tour that we organize.
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* Is a full day sea adventure trip
* starts from 9:30am and ends by 4pm
* The tour is group-shared trip with other
* come with beach costunes and get ready get wet
* snorkeling activity is not much longer
* It has no restrictions to any age
* You may not combined this tour with other
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Transfer from and return to your hotel is available only for the additional costs
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Safari blue trip in Zanzibar is one among the best sea adventures in the Zanzibar island, not only sailing along with the traditional dhow but also you can have snorkeling, swim, and relaxing on a white sandy beach on a sandbank. In addition to all, there are plenty of sea foods whom are all waiting for you to be tested, The dhow departs from the fumba or kikungwi beach at 09:00am and we get back around 04:30pm. With your Safari Blue guide, you will explore the mangrove lagoon hidden inside the Kwale island. Swimming into the protected mangrove forest at high tide is an unforgettable experience. This mangrove lagoon is famous known as natural swimming pool,
The 200 year baobab tree is another attraction you just come and climb it and get a great view from the top! If you are lucky you can find massive coconut crabs living inside its hollow trunk. Menai bay conservation society has several naturally occurring sandbanks with safe swimming and from where you can enjoy great snorkelling, relax under the shade and enjoy fresh coconuts and local snacks in paradise while you are surrounded by turquoise waters. there is 50% of seeing the dolphins around the area.
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The Menai Bay Conservation Area, to the south of Zanzibar, is an area of outstanding natural beauty just waiting for you to discover…
Our aim is to provide our customers with a truly memorable experience using the best Zanzibar has to offer, while making a positive difference to Zanzibar and it’s people. This trip starts from the village of Fumba in South West Zanzibar and we will take you to see the dolphins , sandbanks , islands and coral reefs of Menai Bay, a beautiful conservation area.
In the morning we set down on one of the beautiful sandbanks where one can relax, swim or snorkel. There are plenty of good quality snorkeling equipment and the experienced snorkeling guides will show you the pristine coral reef, which teems with tropical sea life. Instruction is also available for beginners, fresh coconuts and local snacks are available through out the day.
After snorkeling we go to Kwale island where we have our “desert island” restaurant. The buffet lunch includes fish, slipper lobster, calamari, rice and sauces all served hot from the grill. The crews also prepare and present a gastronomic fruits tasting with a large selection of delicious tropical fruits, ice cold sodas, mineral water and beer, a delicious Zanzibari seafood lunch with grilled fish and slipper lobster, coffee and Amarula liqueur.
The dhows are traditional sailing boats, hand-built from African mahogany and finished to the very highest standards. They are comfortable and well equipped with outboard engine, VHF marine radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladder, waterproof bags and first aid kit. We hold marine and public liability insurance.
Safari Blue explores the Menai Bay Conservation Area, which is home to two different species of dolphins, the Indo-pacific humpback and the bottlenose. We are lucky enough to see dolphins on 85% of our excursions.
Menai Bay has been designated as a Conservation Area since 1998 due to its outstanding natural beauty. The bay has a number of pristine sandbanks, naturally carved by the sea, wind and waves. The sandbanks and uninhabited islands that litter the bay are perfect stepping stones to explore the area.
Depending on the wind, we might return back to Fumba village by sailing using dhows.
Please note: Safari Blue is a sharing trip at the tour place in Fumba, you will be sharing a boat and all other activities with other tourists there, but private transport from your hotel to Fumba and back.
No of people: 1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax ++
Price per person (US$): 115 90 75 70 65
Note: The above prices are from Stone town hotels, contact us for the prices from any beach hotel.
Pick up from any Stone town hotel is at 08:30am and from beach hotel is at 07:00am.
Similar private trip to Safari Blue is Unguja Ukuu boat trip , this is a private trip, private boat and private location, and avoid overcrowding
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