- Safaris are naturally perfect for social distancing. We’ve always designed our itineraries with social distancing in mind, even before it was necessary!
- Strict health and safety protocols for the tourism industry. World class WHO approved practices implemented across the continent. It’s Clean & Safe!
- Flexible terms and conditions, book with confidence. Should the worst happen, you’ll get your money back or you can postpone!
- Some Travel insurers now cover COVID-19 related incidents & countries with active travel warnings.
- Low case numbers and low human population densities in the wildlife areas where you will spend your time.
- Exclusive use or totally private safaris minimizing your exposure and risk. Spending more time in one area is the future ‘Travel slower, stay longer’
Natural Social Distancing
Without even knowing the term previously we at safariFRANK have always created safaris where you naturally ‘social distance’. We have always advocated small, intimate bush camps in remote and off the beaten path safari destinations, far away from mass tourism and densely populated areas.
Think wide open grassy plains with no humans in sight, just pure nature unfolding before your eyes as you breathe in fresh air from a private open-sided game viewing vehicle. Add to this the new strict health and safety protocols set in place which ensure sanitisation of your vehicle before every drive, the use of masks and readily available hand sanitizer. The trip to your local grocer seems more daunting than Africa’s wilderness areas!
Enjoy your personal space
We offer a range of accommodation options including exclusive-use villas, boutique hotels and intimate lodges, together with private transfers between the airport and hotels and private touring where crowds and over-tourism is avoided.
Safaris may have changed forever. Instead of jumping from one reserve, country or lodge to the next every few days – travellers are now seeking an extended getaway focused on a single area. Spending longer allows you to get to know the area in more detail and explore further that previously possible. Not only that but it also limits your risk of exposure to COVID as you reduce the amount of travel throughout your itinerary. It’s the perfect time to ‘Travel slower, Stay longer’ and when you combine this with a private safari experience – you are setting yourself up for a stress free retreat in Africa’s wild places.
Regardless of what type of trip travellers choose, health and sanitation will be a key consideration. The leading Tourism Bodies have already implemented protocols for all tourism stakeholders to adhere too. These typically cover the sanitisation of all vehicles (including all transfer vehicles, open game drive vehicles and coaches) together with protocols for drivers and guides to adhere to when with guests. The main protocols cover all touch points including check in, food handling and dining areas, as well as rooms and public areas. Many accommodation establishments already have their own protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of guests and their staff. Some of the leaders in protocol standards even go so far as so quarantine their staff for 14 days before they have access to guests and daily pre-work temperature screening for all staff, ensuring everyone within your ‘travel bubble’ is truly COVID-19 free during your stay.
Flexible Terms & Conditions
We are encouraged to see increased demand from international travellers, but we know their plans are at the mercy of ever-changing government advisories and airline changes due to COVID-19. To address this many of our partners have adopted incredibly flexible Terms & Conditions which cover later cancellations and last-minute postponements should your travel plans be cancelled due to a COVID-19 related issues such as – further lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, guest falls ill due to COVID-19 and unable to travel.
Please do note that these Terms & Conditions vary between each of our partner companies and we will strive to provide you with the most flexible options available and give you a clear breakdown of these terms prior to booking so you have peace of mind before parting with your money.
Comprehensive travel insurance has never been more important when planning a safari for added peace of mind. safariFRANK is a safe travel partner with Global Rescue and recommend that all our guests purchase travel insurance to cover trip cancelation, medical emergencies, field evacuation, emergency assistance and travel delays. We also highly recommend the upgrade option to include cancellation for any reason, for ultimate peace of mind.
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Given the uncertain nature of air travel at present, any flights should be booked with flexible fares be they international, regional or domestic. While we recognise that cheaper flight options will be available, we recommend that, when booking your flights directly you choose flexible fares from the outset. In doing so you will not only mitigate the risk associated with flights but will be provided greater flexibility should you wish to postpone or change your travel dates at any time.
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