The Impact of Corona Virus on Mount Kilimanjaro tourism in Tanzania
Corona Virus Mount Kilimanjaro tanzania
As Tanzania confirmed the first case of Coronavirus on March, 16th, 2020, a lot has happened since. Many Mount Kilimanjaro climbing companies have since shut down and sent most of the employees home to self isolate and work from home or stop working altogether.

Is there any confirmed coronavirus on Mount Kilimanjaro?

So far no case has been confirmed on any climbers trekking Mount Kilimanjaro but Tanzania, in general, has confirmed additional cases, becoming one of at least 30 countries across Africa to have confirmed cases of coronavirus, making Tanzania and Somalia the latest East African Countries to have confirmed cases alongside Kenya with neighbors Tanzania to the North.

According to the Tanzanian health minister, Ummy Mwalimu, the first confirmed coronavirus patient in Tanzania is a 46-year-old Tanzanian woman who arrived in Arusha, at the Kilimanjaro International Airport from Belgium on March 14th, 2020.

Is it still safe to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Coronavirus has become a global pandemic as labeled by the WHO on March 11th, 2020, it is advisable to go into self-isolation and postpone any travel arrangements if possible. Even though the confirmed cases in Tanzania are very few and none confirmed on Mount Kilimanjaro, the tests and reports are not conclusive, you never know.

Many countries are enforcing strict travel restrictions or travel bans, as they come up with new daily implementation policies.

Most commercial airlines from many countries especially the ones affected more like Italy, Spain, China, United States, and other European countries have reduced or suspended routes to and from the most affected areas as well as a significant reduction due to less air traveler traffic.

As new country lockdowns and travel restrictions are being introduced daily, it is advisable to check with your country’s travel advisory and air carrier before flying. In addition, many restaurants and attractions in Moshi Town, Arusha and new Mount Kilimanjaro have closed to avoid social gatherings.

If you have jetted into Tanzania or started climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and symptoms do occur, you are advised to report to your mountain guide immediately for assistance as we have helicopter rescue available on Mount Kilimanjaro then seek medical care and inform healthcare providers of their symptoms and their travel history.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus and how do I protect myself?

Common signs of COVID-19 infection may include running short of breath, having difficulty breathing, fever and cough. In more serious cases, it can lead to pneumonia, organ failure, and even death.

Who is at more risk of the coronavirus

The most affected persons who are at most risk of death or severe infection are the elderly people and people who are suffering from certain life-threatening illnesses and medical conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, asthma, cancer, and high blood pressure.
Very few children have been diagnosed or suffered serious cases.

How does one get infected of COVID-19

COVID-19 is mainly passed from one person to another through respiratory droplets by coughing, sneezing at close range of withing 6 feet, about 2 meters as advised by the WHO.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also cautioned people that it is possible for the virus to infect people by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their facial features like mouth, nose or eyes.

Is there a Coronavirus vaccine?

At the moment of writing this article, there is currently no breakthrough in finding the vaccine against COVID-19 yet but scientists and researchers are still doing their best.

How to protect yourself from Coronavirus Infection

To protect yourself against the COVID-19 infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends:

  • Washing your hands and sanitizing thoroughly and regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, or simply with soap and water
  • Maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing as directed by the WHO
  • Avoiding touching your face including eyes, nose and mouth
  • Seeking medical care a soon as possible if you are showing symptoms

For more information on COVID-19 and Mount Kilimanjaro climbs, you can contact us here.

What countries have reported cases of COVID-19?

Most countries on all continents have reported COVID-19 cases apart from the extremely cold continent of Antarctica.

You can track the disease globally in real-time with this interactive map from John Hopkins University.

How will it affect Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Ruwenzori, Oldonyo lengai and Mount Meru Climbing?

Resources for following COVID-19’s impact on transportation:

Most travel insurance will not cover cancellations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Tranquil Kilimanjaro will understand of you postpone your mountain climbing trip rather than canceling it.

How can I learn more?

Here’s a list we made for reference from  government, academic, non-profit, and news resources for learning more about COVID-19:

Global advice:
World Health Organization
News coverage

By region and country:

United States

European Commission
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
News coverage

Tripadvisor Forum thread for travellers to Europe

United Kingdom
New Zealand
Thailand Department of Disease Control
Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom
News coverage

Below is an interactive live map reporting coronavirus cases.


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