Update: Old Boma response to Corona Virus

To All Old Boma Customers,,

Firstly, we wanted to say thank you to all of you for your continued support. To all the donors of Trade Aid’s charitable projects, and to all Old Boma customers who remain as gracious and giving as ever we thank you during this difficult time for your donations or your continued support of The Boma and our teams. 

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Covid-19 has been a challenge for all industries, but hospitality and travel are taking a particularly large hit at the moment. Our charitable and community projects rely on The Old Boma to support its income. Trade Aid & The Old Boma continue to follow government advice from both the UK & Tanzania and will be constantly updating and reviewing its position, but we hope to keep our community activities as active as possible until we advised otherwise.

Unfortunately, Trade Aid has taken the decision to suspend its vocational training programme at The Old Boma in line with the school closures ordered by the Tanzanian government. We are a training organisation working with a vulnerable rural population and cannot take risks at this time. The health of our trainees is paramount.

However, government advice has not yet requested the closure of small businesses. The Old Boma Hotel will be keeping its doors open and will continue to welcome guests. We have a stringent prevention plan in place and are following the best advice to reduce the risk of infection and will be practicing social distancing and increased hygiene procedures.

The Makumbusho ya Mikindani will also remain open at this time. This position will be constantly reviewed and we will inform you of any changes should government advice in Tanzania alter. However, we have taken the decision to close both Afya Spa and cancel all excursions from The Old Boma Hotel. This is in line with our new procedures to increase social distancing and for the protection of local communities.

With the announcement of all travellers coming from outside of Tanzania being mandated to undergo self-funded quarantine for 14 we expect the number of cancellations, but will continue with our contingency planning for our community projects and will be thinking of ways to re-direct resources into helping the vulnerable communities in which we operate wherever possible.

For those who support a GEP student, we will be checking on their and their families health regularly. Schools are closed for 30 days from the 17th of March and we will update you on the situation as it progresses. 

We understand that times are difficult for everyone, but if you are able to spare anything, perhaps some of the money spend on your commute, then any donation would be incredibly valuable to keeping all our programmes funded and keeping our work in these vulnerable communities alive. If you would like to donate please visit tradeaiduk.org for more details.

We hope you are all keeping safe and want to wish you well during this difficult period.

If you have any questions regarding the hotel please direct them to our Project Manager Tanzania, Emmanuel Mwambe on or if your question relates to Trade Aid please contact our Project Manager UK Alex Cole on

Thank you again for your support, kindness and understanding at this time.

Asante sana.

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