As we prepare for a new travel landscape after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, our first priority is to the safety and well-being of our guests. We will continue to update this page to address common concerns and we welcome you to reach out to us directly with any questions pertaining to your trip.
TREND’S WE’VE NOTICED
Our key partners in Africa have been proactive in their approach to COVID-19 with improved health and safety guidelines designed to keep you safe when you do make it back out on safari. We’ll be able to share a specific list of safety precautions for the airlines you’ll be flying and the properties you’ll be visiting once we begin working on an itinerary for you. In the meantime, here are a few trends we’ve noticed:
- Adherence to the World Health Organization’s recommended safety guidelines
- Improved disinfecting procedures for flights as well as providing masks to guests which are required onboard
- Temperature checks
- Staff using gloves to handle luggage and to wipe down luggage handles with alcohol wipes
- Camps stocking masks and hand sanitizer to have available for guests
- Family-style meals and snacks being replaced with individualized plated options to avoid cross-contamination
SAFER ON SAFARI
The allure of safari is being in a far-away place in an exclusive setting, which makes it the perfect location for a socially distanced getaway. In addition, most safari properties have open-air walkways with rooms that are spaced well apart and allow for natural airflow.
If you’d like to completely avoid crossing paths with anyone outside your own travel party, we recommend focusing on exclusive-use accommodations. This will eliminate any common areas that could be shared with other guests. You can view a complete directory of Africa’s Private Safari Lodges & Villas here.
There are a number of ways to enhance the exclusivity of your experience on safari, such as upgrading to a private game drive, organizing a private charter, or booking a private tour.
WHAT IF PLANS CHANGE?
If you find yourself a few months out from your intended departure date and you are still not comfortable with the thought of traveling due to COVID-19, we will go above and beyond to help you postpone your trip. This is where the power of relationships comes into play. We will negotiate with our partners on your behalf to score the best possible outcome for you.
Should you choose to cancel your trip, our normal payment terms will apply:
|Cancellation Penalties Per Person|
|90+ days prior to travel||Deposit Paid (25% of land costs + 100% of internal|
airfare + 100% of insurance)
|61-89 days prior to travel||50%|
|0-60 days prior to travel||100%|
In Africa, an average of seven people are dependent on one salaried family member to sustain them. Imagine the ripple effect of the loss of employment due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The lack of activity within camps and their surrounding wildlife reserves also makes it easier for poachers to move through normally protected areas without being noticed. This has resulted in a spike in poaching incidents within Africa in recent months. While this is certainly sobering news, it is not irreversible.
One of the greatest ways you can have an impact on Africa’s wildlife and its people is simply by traveling and being aware of where your money goes and what it supports. If you are interested in contributing directly to staff members or to anti-poaching initiatives, we invite you to make a donation to our nonprofit, Alluring Impact.
We are forever grateful for the generosity of our guests and we look forward to welcoming you back to Africa soon.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PER COUNTRY
We will continue to update this section as countries reopen and developments occur.