COVID-19 Safari Update

5 May 2020

As all our lives are turned upside down, we understand you are likely also severely affected and we hope you and your the family are doing fine in these scary times. Who would have imaged this could happen to the world just a few months ago.

Corona Status per Country as at 17 September 2020


  • South Africa: The borders are opening on 1 October for all travellers with some restrictions for travellers from certain countries with high infection rates. The list to be published soon. On arrival travellers need to present a negative COVID test done within 72 hours from departure. Travellers will be able to use King Shaka, O.R Tambo and Cape Town International airports. One land border post will also be open. South African missions abroad will open for visa applications. Everyone arriving will be screened, and those who show any symptoms of COVID-19 will also be required to stay in quarantine until they test negative for the virus again. Travellers will be asked to instal the Governments contact alert app.
  • Botswana: Borders remain closed and no indication when will be opening.
  • Namibia: The international airport is open to travellers and airlines are re-establishing service. Travellers must show negative PCR COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure for Namibia and must complete a health questionnaire before departure. Additional testing may be required throughout the stay in Namibia.
  • Zimbabwe: Borders remain closed.
  • Zambia: Borders are open and new tourist visas are being issued.
  • Tanzania: Airports and borders are open; mandatory Health Surveillance Form and COVID-19 screening upon arrival. No standardized self-quarantine procedures.
  • Kenya: International airports are open for visitors. Arriving passengers must undergo COVID screening and bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 7 days of their arrival in Kenya. Any travellers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening, or anyone seated on the airplane within two rows of symptomatic passengers, may be subject to quarantine.
  • Uganda: Borders remain closed and no indication when will be opening.
  • Rwanda: Airports are open for tourist arrivals. Travellers must submit negative PCR COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda but before departing their home country. A second test will be administered on arrival, at a cost of approximately $50 to the traveller. Test results will be delivered within 8 hours, and travellers may not leave their hotel rooms while awaiting results. If a traveller arrives without a previous test result, two tests will be administered on arrival, 48 hours apart, and travellers may not leave their hotel rooms during this time. Positive test results will require quarantine in government-approved facilities. An additional test will be required before departure.

See our Pandemic Travel Notes here


As the COVID-19 virus takes its toll on the world with thousands dying and now a few million people infected, we’ve been becoming more and more concerned about African countries as each day goes by.

We believe that the relatively low rate of confirmed cases in African countries is due to the limited testing capabilities and related misdiagnosis attributed to this. It’s for this reason that we predict a delayed pandemic to occur in these countries that could see large numbers of Africans infected and faced with depleted medical and financial resources to deal with the crisis. The Southern half of Africa is also starting to enter its winter season when flu and virus transmission is typically significantly higher.

Along with the above, flights to African countries could continue to be problematic over the coming months as countries continue enforcing travel bans/restrictions and flight routes are discontinued.

It’s because of the above concerns that the entire team of safari experts at safariFRANK has unanimously agreed that international travel to and in Africa, especially in the upcoming peak season, will very unlikely be going ahead as planned for the rest of 2020.

We therefore advise for those whom want to book a new safari that they plan to do so with us for 2021 and for those whom have already booked for 2020 we recommend that you postpone your intended travel plans to 2021. Our partners in Africa have agreed to postpone our guests travel plans mostly to within 12 months of the original date and without increased costs.

We recommend postponement well in advance because your new dates will be subject to availability. With many clients postponing their trips to 2021, its important you do so as soon as possible to get your preferred dates secured.

We are currently working on the best solution for everyone, but this is often a lengthy process so please bear in mind that there could be some delay in replying to emails and we ask that you are patient in this regard.

Due to the lockdown it is important to note that all our staff members are currently working from home so we kindly request that you email us rather than calling the office number, as you might not be able to reach us:


For those of you concerned for Africa’s people, wildlife and conservation during these unprecedented times we highly recommend supporting the work of African Parks:

We look forward to getting you to Africa soon and we wish nothing more for you than to travel with ease and make incredible memories on your safari.

Finally when this is all over, we will never again take for granted the freedom of being in nature, enjoying the breath-taking African sunsets, or simply sitting around a fire and sharing stories of our lives in the bush.

Wishing you and your family all the best during these times.

The safariFRANK team 


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