Is a Safari a safe travel option for 2021?

Admittedly 2020 was a challenging year for the world, and it was quite a shock when everything came to a global standstill. But with that in the past and with the knowledge that has been gained, we can put that behind and look forward to a new year with hopefully many travels to look forward to.

First and foremost, you can Discover Africa the best by doing an authentic safari, and Africa is the place to be. A safari will take the top spot for being the safest post corona holiday.

Our traveller safety is our top priority, and we would like to ensure your peace of mind before you decide to lock down your trip.
Intrigued, but cautious?
If you have been thinking about an African safari or started planning, but put your plans on hold due to the pandemic, we understand that. However, to note that this too shall pass. With hopeful predictions of a vaccine being made available soon.

Planning a safari is an already daunting task, but it is worth mentioning the best trips are planned well ahead of time. Currently, safari deals are going at incredible deals with great benefits such as the exchange rate favouring most international travellers. Thus, there has not been a better time to book.

Further relaxed term and conditions have been made available to ensure you are covered in postponing your trip if travel is halted due to a covid related incident. Secondly, some lodges have to cut capacity with social distancing regulations, leading to an even more private, secluded safari experience. Another added benefit!

The cherry on top is that your input and safari travel option will directly impact the local communities and wildlife. There is a tremendous effort to protect wildlife, conservation habits and providing work, whilst educating children across the vast African continent.
Are people currently on safari?
Oh yes! Very much indeed – there are already a significant number of travellers on safari, planning to be here soon and in the future.

Africa’s current stance is that most destinations are open for all travel, except for specific internal restrictions. At the forefront of it all, tourists have been travelling to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana and South Africa since the last few months of 2020.

There has also been positive feedback regarding excellent service, comfort and assurance that health and safety protocols are being adhered to. There has also been an influx in bookings of safaris. So, space is already limited. Best get setting a date to contact your local tour operator before missing out.
Is it safe?
Yes! An African Safari is not just the best choice but also the safest.

Many African lodges and accommodation have implemented new travel regulations since the start of 2020 and the pandemic’s arrival. We all want to be healthy and have peace of mind that our loved ones aren’t at risk of contracting the disease.

Without saying – safari camps, lodges, hotels, public spaces have implemented safety protocols. Stringent regulations have been put in place. It is well known that safari’s do take place in wide-open grasslands, with limited travellers. Social distancing will not be an issue.

Flights and Covid-19
This is very important, particularly with the pandemic. This will also add to peace of mind when getting on your plane coming to Africa.

Many other safety protocols have been implemented with a high concentration on airport and travel.

Most international airlines request travellers to produce a PCR certificate. A COVID-19 PCR certificate indicates that a test was done to confirm that you are COVID – negative. This must be conducted 72 hours before departure.

The same might be required when arriving at a transit airport or back in your own country. Luckily most travel partners can arrange in-lodge Covid tests, alternatively, they will transfer you to an authorised testing facility.

With a new way of travelling, we believe that the luxury of wide-open spaces and the chance to explore vast wilderness areas in private make a safari the best and safe travel option in 2021 and 2022.

If you are still concerned about travel plans and booking your safari, then reach out to a tour operator who works closely with all travel partners and can help you make informed decisions.

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