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News For Agents

July 1, 2013: Updated Completion Date – Crater Ascent Road
Due to both the scope of the project and challenging work environment, NCAA has extended the completion date for the western ascent road to the Crater from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. This means all tourist vehicles must continue to use the Sopa road on the eastern rim for all ascents until December 31, 2013.

  • Guests using a lodge located on the western rim will continue to exit the Crater floor no later than 4:00 pm to drive out and around the rim to their accommodations before the 6:00 pm curfew. This means at least 1-1.5 hours less time on the Crater floor. If the conditions of the rim are poor, it could mean needing to leave a little earlier as well, but hopefully not.
  • Guests staying on the eastern rim may exit at 5:45 pm if they have an overnight on the eastern rim.
  • Guests travelling from the Crater to the Serengeti may still enjoy a last early morning game drive on the Crater floor before going to the Serengeti, but will need to exit on the Sopa road and add about two hours of drive time to that day.
  • The western ascent road remains unchanged.

NCAA will continue to push in order for the project to be completed by December 31, 2013. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive updates from NCAA.

June 28, 2013: Dengue Fever
It has come to our attention that there is some information on the internet about a recent outbreak of Dengue Fever reported in the coastal region of Dar es Salaam. The outbreak is small and has not been identified as a health concern for tourists right now; however we are providing this information to you in the event any of your clients ask questions about it.

Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne disease that differs from malaria in that it is caused by a virus instead of a parasite. It is spread by mosquitos that have bitten infected humans. There are currently no cases of Dengue Fever reported outside of a limited number of coastal areas in Tanzania. This means there are no cases reported on the northern safari circuit in Tanzania.

Like most viruses, Dengue Fever runs its course. And like most viruses, there are rare complications.

For more information on Dengue Fever, visit www.cdc.gov/dengue/.

If you have additional questions, please send us an e-mail.

January 28, 2013: Coastal Aviation Announces Flight Adjustments in Response to British Airways Flight Cancellations
An announcement was made by British Airways to cancel all flights to and from Dar. Coastal Aviation has announced the following to their flight schedule.

  • The 08:30 daily flight, from Dar to Selous, with continuation to Ruaha remains unchanged; it will continue to depart at 08:30 and returns to Dar at 13:50.
  • The 08:30 daily flight from Dar to Selous, returning back to Dar at 10:30, with morning flights to Pemba and Mafia, remains in place: no changes.
  • A new late morning Selous flight, especially designed for BA passengers moving to KQ or QR will begin. It will leave Dar for Selous at 10:45 and will depart from Selous at 13:15 returning to Dar at 13:50 (on time for afternoon flights to Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia).
  • A new and direct flight from Dar to Arusha at 10:30 will wait for guests arriving from abroad (on KQ or QR for example) as well as guests flying out of Selous and going to the North. It will reach Arusha on time for a short break and continuation to anywhere in the Serengeti.

Unique Safaris will keep you posted on any other changes.

July 12, 2012: Closure of Ascent Crater Road
As an update to our announcement about the closure of the ascent road on the western rim of the Crater, NCAA has deliberated further options (due to tourist, TO and lodge concerns) and has reinforced their decision to only use the Sopa road on the eastern rim for all ascents. The western ascent road was closed July 4, 2012 and will likely last until at least July 2013.

  • Guests using a lodge on the western rim will need to exit the Crater floor no later than 4:00 pm to drive out and around the rim to their accommodations before the 6 pm curfew. This means at least 1-1.5 hours less time on the Crater floor. If the conditions of the rim road are poor, it might mean needing to leave a little earlier as well, but hopefully not.
  • Guests staying on the eastern rim may exit at 5:45 pm if they have an overnight on the eastern rim.
  • Guests traveling from the Crater to the Serengeti may still enjoy a last early morning game drive on the Crater floor before going to the Serengeti, but they will need to exit on the Sopa road and add about two hours of drive time to that day.
  • The western ascent road remains unchanged.

If anyone would like to change accommodations during this time period, please let me know and we will do our level best to facilitate.

June 2012: TANAPA Park Fees Increase
Well, it has been over six years without any park fee increases, so this is not unexpected. The good news is TANAPA has provided the required one year notice and new park fees will go into effect for safaris that begin July 1, 2013. Although the park fees were only raised $10 per person per day (pp pd), there are other increases the government is imposing on accommodations and tour operators to pay for guide fees, vehicle fees, supply vehicles, landing fees and various extra activities such as walking and night drives. Not all accommodations have adjusted their rates yet for July 1, 2013, but we are working to inform you as soon as we are informed ourselves. Everyone is working hard to absorb as much of the increase as they can and minimize the impact on our clients. Do call or write to me with any questions or concerns this raises for you.

  • Park fees on the northern circuit will be $60 pp pd in Serengeti $45 pp pd in Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha and $70 pp pd in Kilimanjaro.
  • Park fees on the southern circuit are also increased and are available by request.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area is not a national park and they have not raised permit or Crater Service Fees…yet, but we anticipate increases in 2014.
  • Children 15 and under will be charged $20.
  • There are other increases that impact lodges, camps, airlines and tour operators, so we also need to allow for these vendors to absorb this information and determine if any other increases might be incurred.

As usual, Unique Safaris will keep you informed, but we wanted to at least share the $10 pp pd increase in park fees ASAP so there is no confusion and all pricing can be amended to include this increase and provide you one year’s notice on this increase. We feel it is important to share this information and remain transparent in our sales and service.