What is Coronavirus

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What is Coronavirus?

What is Coronavirus?

“Coronaviruses” are nothing new. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).  This specific strain started being called “2019-nCoV” and is now designated “COVID-19”.

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by aerosolized droplets (e.g. the droplets you release when you cough or sneeze), much like the flu or a common cold.   It may also be transmitted via fecal matter (even very small/invisible amounts). The virus can survive for some amount of time outside the human body, although the specific parameters are not yet known, so the transmission can occur by touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your eyes/nose/mouth.

According to a study by the CDC in about 80% of cases, symptoms are mild and look a lot like the flu. These cases generally self-resolve with little to no medical intervention. About 13% of cases develop severe symptoms (including pneumonia or shortness of breath). This category of cases will require medical care, but probably not intensive care. About 5% develop critical symptoms (shock, respiratory failure, etc). This category of cases will require care in an ICU or similar.  Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

What can I do to protect myself?
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of infection.  These practices will also help flatten the curve of infection rate and prevent area hospitals from hitting capacity. 
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth. 
– Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue that is disposed of immediately.
Keep your distance!  Staying 1-2 meters away from other people reduces the likelihood of transmission.  Avoid large gatherings.
If you feel sick, stay at home. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call your doctor and follow the advice of your local health authority. 
Source World Health Organization (WHO)

Where to Stay in Ngorongoro Crater

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Where to stay when you visit the Ngorongoro crater?

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the pioneering experiment in multiple land use. The park has the multiple purposes of integrating the protection of the local people with that of wild nature, The area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and, to the northwest, adjoins the Serengeti National Park and is contiguous with the southern Serengeti plains. These plains also extend to the north into the unprotected Loliondo division and are kept open to wildlife through transhumance pastoralism practiced by the Maasai. The south and west of the area are volcanic highlands, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater and the lesser-known Empakaa Crater. The southern and eastern boundaries are approximately defined by the rim of the East African Rift wall, which also prevents animal migration in these directions.

If you plan to visit Ngorongoro or any other destination in Tanzania no need to fear about where to stay. There are many camps and lodge in and outside the Ngorongoro crater range from budget, midrange to Luxury. There are two campsites inside the Ngorongoro crater being Simba A and Simba B campsite.

Simba A campsite is a public campsite inside the Ngorongoro conservation area located in the South-East of the crater rim. This camp has two dinings, two kitchens and two sets of toilets. The Simba A campsite is the largest and most useful than Simba B by being closer to the crater and Loduare gate where most tourists come from. For those planning to visit Olduvai Gorge, there is no long-distance from the road. Remember to bring warm clothes because of the camp being cold during morning and night. 

Simba B campsite is one of the public campsites in Ngorongoro located on the South-Eastern rim of the Ngorongoro crater. This camp is next to an airstrip with an amazing view of the crater. For anyone who needs to use this camp, must do an earlier booking. Simba B is a location of the tented camp, so you can also book for. 

There are are also enough lodges inside Ngorongoro. It just depends if you want a mid-range or a luxury one. Not only lodges but also luxury private camps. You will always feel at home in the wild! No fear about the wild especially during the night hours, there is enough security at the campsites and lodges. If you want a memorable tour book your holiday with reputable Companies. Be aware of online scammers, who are promoting some of Tanzania destinations, spend your time researching the reputation of these companies by considering their legality especially certification to operate (Licences). Expect to meet many of them offering a very low price. Remember cheap is cost full. Despite online scams, believe you can still meet many best tour companies which will offer you the best service at the best price. Tanzania is the country with good people, friendly and helpful don’t hesitate to visit Tanzania. Hakuna Matata _Karibu Sana 

What to Know About Zanzibar

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Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.

Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibar is one of the World Heritage Site with its capital in Zanzibar city.

Portuguese invasion and control of the Swahili Coast in the late 16th century ended the golden age of the archipelago, although the Omani Arabs returned to power less than a century later. Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city. Day-long spice tours to working plantations offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous.

Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.

The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast, and although the beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bububu are less than half an hour’s drive away, a night or two spent on the east or north cost is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there. That said, the Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city.

On the south coast of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island. Roads to the southeast coast take visitors through the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species. 

What to do
There are a lot of things to do on Zanzibar Island. It just depends on your interests 

Spice Tour
Zanzibar is known for its spice trade, so what better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than learning about its wealthiest and most profitable industry? Tourists can choose from a variety of tours and explore the winding streets with expert tour guides who will inform you of the origins of the industry, as well as teaching guests about the wide variety of spices that Zanzibar produces and trades in.

Stone Town
Stone Town is the heart and soul of the island. An incredible mash-up of winding alleys and old Arabic-style buildings, you can temporarily lose yourself (both physically and mentally) in the town’s magic. Soak up the local culture by sipping a cup of coffee from a local vendor or just keep on wandering through the streets, discovering unique little spots at every turn.

Jozani Forest
A vast and scenic spread of green, Jozani is the last indigenous forest left on Zanzibar. Located inland from Chwaka Bay the area often floods, which luckily nurtures a unique swamp forest of many amazing looking trees and ferns.

Forodhani market
A spectacular night-time food market, Forodhani opens in the late afternoon in Stone Town. The buzz and energy of this market are spectacular, and here you can find fresh local produce as well as freshly grilled fish, meat and vegetables. The seafood options are by far the most popular and the fish is served with fried potato balls, naan bread, and samosas.

Visit Prison Island
A half-hour boat trip from Zanzibar, Prison Island provides a fascinating glimpse into the island’s slightly dark past – this land was once used as a place where slaves were detained and, when slavery was abolished, it functioned as a camp where people with deadly diseases were sent. Fortunately enough, that is all in the past and today the island is a nature reserve for giant tortoises and a place to see the ruins that once functioned as the prison.

Nungwi beach
Nungwi is a village found on Zanzibar’s North West tip. This is a popular place yet it’s not overrun by tourists, and it’s one of Zanzibar’s top beaches as the tide doesn’t head out too far. This is a great beach for those looking to just soak up some sun and dip their toes in the sea but who don’t need the luxury of a fancy hotel on top.

Palace Museum
Commonly know as the Sultan’s Palace, The Palace Museum is perhaps the most historic building in Stone Town and is a must-see for any tourist. The Palace Museum is located in the waterfront, overlooking the ocean, and was built in the 19th century as a home for the Sultan and his family. After the 1964 revolution, the site was used as a Government building and was renamed as The People’s Palace. Today it serves as a museum that showcases relics of the past Sultan family.

House of Wonders
The House of Wonders is a hugely important and visually stunning historic building in Stone Town. It hosts a highly interesting exhibition and offers a brilliant insight into Zanzibar and Swahili culture. The House of Wonders is the grandest and tallest building in all of Stone Town and is found in a prominent location in front of the Forodhani Gardens on the old town’s seafront, in Mizingani Road.

The Old Fort
The oldest building in Stone Town, the Old Fort is located on the seafront, right in front of the famous Forodhani Gardens. Originally built in the 17th century with the purpose of defending the island from attacks from the Portuguese, nowadays the Old Fort is one of Stone Town’s main sights. Visitors can admire the remains of the former fort and amble around the courtyard in the center, where sellers have local produce for sale. An old amphitheater still hosts events and functions in the fort.

What is the best time to visit Zanzibar?
There is no bad time to visit Zanzibar, however, the best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool season. December to February is hot and dry it is another popular time to visit Zanzibar especially for those who dream of indulging in some water activities in the ocean.

Important Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro

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Jambo! World !.This article will help you to get some answers to your questions about Mount Kilimanjaro.

1: Where is Mount Kilimanjaro located?
Mount Kilimanjaro located between 2°50′-3°10’S and 37°00′-37°40’E in Tanzania. Tanzania is an East African country situated South of the Equator, It is well known for its vast wilderness areas like Serengeti. The country got independent since1961 it was known as Tanganyika before. In 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined together as a sovereign state and formed Tanzania.

2: How high is mt Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world raised at 5,895 meters or 19,340 feets above sea level. The mountain is one of the seven summits with three volcanic cones/peaks known as Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. Shira and Mawenzi peaks are extinct while Kibo peak is dormant. 

3: How many days take to climb Kilimanjaro?
Depending on the route, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro from 5 to 8 days. 
Marangu route takes 5 to 6 days
Umbwe route takes 6 days
Rongai route takes 6 days
Machame route takes 6 to 7 days
Lemosho route takes 7 to 8 days
Depending on the route, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro from 5 to 8 days. 
It is recommended to take the long days on any route you decide to use for better acclimatization. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get acute mountain sickness so take your time and enjoy the nature. 

4:How many people climb Kilimanjaro each year?
Due to its popularity, many people have climbed and many still plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year. Standing to the highest point in Africa is the real adventure! It is one of the trips you will never forget in your life. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year.

5: What is the Kilimanjaro summit success rate?  
It is advised to spend more days on Kilimanjaro for a high probability of summit success since you will get enough time for acclimatization. The following are the success rate figures according to Kilimanjaro National Park.
The summits success rate for all climbers through all routes 45% The summits success rate for all climbers through all 5 days routes 27%
The summits success rate for all climbers through all 6 days routes 44%
The summits success rate for all climbers through all 7 days routes 64%
The summits success rate for all climbers through all 8 day routes 85% 

6: What is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
It is possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year round, however, it is better during the dry season from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and from late June through the end of October, June to December. 
The peak season is from  August to September and the heavy rainy season is from the end of March to the middle of May.

7: How long do I walk per day? 
The distance differs from one camp to another, it also depends on the route and your pace. Expect to walk less or more than 5 hours per day. Your guide will set you a comfortable pace so that you enjoy your holiday. 

8: What should I pack for Kilimanjaro? 
In order to have a comfortable trip to Kilimanjaro ensure that you are well equipped. You need rain gear, warm clothes, waterproof boots, daypack, duffle bag, walking poles, sleeping bag, water bottle, matres, sunglass, suncream, camera, spare batteries, snacks, headlamp, sunhat, towel, buff, balaclava, mask, poncho, gaiters, passport and visa .Read more 

9: What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?
The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is unpredictable, sometimes cold, sometimes hot, sometimes rain, sometimes wind, sometimes snow, etc. It is advised to be well equipped and to be ready for any kind of weather at any time. The weather also depends on zones, sometimes the temperature is up to 27 Fahrenheit at the base of the mountain but decreases as you go high to the different zones. At Uhuru peak, the temperature goes down to -20F

10: How long can you stay at the Kilimanjaro summit? 
It depends on your current situation at Uhuru Peak, however, it is not recommended to spend a long time at Uhuru peak due to a very high altitude and too much cold. 10 minutes or less is enough to take some photos and descend quickly as soon as possible. It is better to follow advice from your guides

For anything feel free to ask Blessing Safaris team. Hakuna Matata

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