As the world emerges from the peak of the pandemic and begins to ask whether it is safe to travel again, we will be outlining what safaris will look like post-COVID here.
So far, the virus has not taken hold in African safari destination countries to anywhere near the extent expected or that of the US and Europe. Countries like Tanzania have already opened up again for tourism with a new range of health and safety procedures in place. International airlines are beginning to bring back their flights.
Of course, COVID is not going away, this is the new reality and safaris will work differently from now on. We rescheduled almost all of our 2020 safaris to 2021, a big thank you to our guests and partners who made this possible. What we learned was that faced with such a situation, our guests didn’t want to cancel or get a refund. A safari is a trip of a lifetime for most after all.
As a small, independent operator with great relationships with our suppliers, we act as the principal for your safari. Meaning that we take full responsibility for making sure your safari goes ahead successfully, you deal with us and we do the groundwork for you, not a series of agents and separate bookings.
If you book a safari with us and there is a COVID related complication in the lead-up, for example a travel ban, we will reschedule it up to 12 months ahead. Your deposit remains and the balance is paid in time for the new dates. If you switch from low to high season, you will have to pay the difference. The more warning you can give us, the better. Re-scheduling within 30 days may incur a charge
E.g you book a safari for December 2020, and there is a COVID spike and a travel ban in your country in September, you let us know and we reschedule within 12 months free of charge.
In-country, there are a host of health and safety procedures in place to keep you safe at the airport, at the hotel and out on safari. We will brief you thoroughly on these before you go so you know what to expect. Staff are thoroughly trained, deep cleaning throughout camps, temperature checks on arrival, no more buffets, limits to the number of people on a game drive. You will be in small camps, outside, isolated from the world, especially so on privately guided safaris.
Lots of camps and lodges are offering low season prices for the rest of 2020 and holding prices for 2021. There are great deals to be had, it’s never to early to start planning your safari!
For the latest on the Covid-19 situation in African safari destination countries:
WHO Covid-19 interactive map page
US Department of State foreign country directory travel advice