- 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’
Corona Status per Country as at 15 December 2020
NB: THE BELOW INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN GOOD FAITH BUT WE ADVISE THAT THE DETAILS ARE CHECKED WITH THE TRAVEL ADVICE FROM YOUR HOME AND DESTINATION COUNTRY AS THE SITUATION CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY.
- South Africa: International borders are open, with no further restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries. Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from country of origin is compulsory. Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival. Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms. Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive. Transit facilities are open and passengers are allowed to transit through South Africa provided they are in possession of the negative PCR certificate and adhere to screening and health protocols. Please note that the transit hotel at ORT is currently closed and any transit passengers needing to overnight will have to do so at the very basic designated Government ‘inadmissible’ facility. 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.
- Botswana: International borders opened on the 9th of November, no restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries. Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from departing country is compulsory. Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival. Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms. Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive. At this time there is not 100% clarity on whether travellers need a further test to re-enter South Africa. Until this is clear and confirmed, we are advising they do.
- Namibia: Tourists of all nationalities welcome. All tourists must have a negative PCR result not older than 72 hours. Tourists must complete a health questionnaire which will need to be submitted, together with a full travel itinerary, to Health Ministry staff when they first arrive at the airport. The health questionnaire forms can be obtained at www.namibiatourism.com.na, which can be found here. Tourists must have travel insurance which covers medical expenses and unexpected hotel stays in case of falling ill while travelling. Upon arrival tourists may proceed with their travels provided they have the requisite negative COVID 19 PCR test results, and they are not exhibiting any symptoms of being unwell.
- Zimbabwe: Opening from 1st October with Emirates into Harare twice a week. All travellers will be required to have a PCR Covid-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidlines. Those with this certificate will not need to quarantine. Those without a clearance certificate will be subject to the following quarantine measures: Total of 21 days with a mandatory 8 day quarantine at a designated quarantine facility (including guest lodges at a cost), followed by 14 days self isolation upon a negative test.
- Zambia: International borders opened in July, with no restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries. Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 7 days of arrival is compulsory. As at 20 Oct, all travellers DEPARTING Zambia, must obtain Negative COVID PCR Test within last 14 days within country. Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival. Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms. Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive.
- Mozambique: International borders are open, with no restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries. Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from departing country is compulsory. Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival. Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms. Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive.
- Tanzania: Airports and borders are open; mandatory Health Surveillance Form and COVID-19 screening upon arrival. All passengers from countries or travelling with airlines that require a negative Covid-19 test will be required to show this on arrival into Tanzania. Screening for COVID on arrival but NO quarantine. Travelers with symptoms may undergo testing.
- Kenya: International airports are open for visitors. All travellers must complete the Travellers Health Surveillance Form before departing for Kenya. They must also be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from their home Country that are considered LOW or MEDIUM risk. Please refer to a update government list of Low or Medium risk countries. Otherwise, a 14-day quarantine will be required. All travellers will be screened on arrival and required to quarantine if they display symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days.
- Uganda: Every passenger must arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival in Uganda. Airlines have been instructed not to board any passengers coming to Uganda without a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Any passenger without a negative PCR test will not be allowed to enter the country. On arrival, all passengers will undergo a health screening. including a temperature check and assessment for other signs of infectious diseases. Any passenger who shows signs and symptoms of an infectious disease on arrival will be taken to a waiting ambulance and transferred to an isolation center at the Entebbe Hospital where infectious disease checks and a COVID-19 test will be administered. Results will be provided within 24-48 hours as the passenger remains in the isolation center. If a passenger tests positive for COVID-19, the passenger will be taken to a dedicated COVID-19 treatment center for a two-week quarantine.
Passengers leaving Uganda must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test done within 72 hours before boarding. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before departure to allow for security and health screenings. Mandatory use of facemasks and social distancing of five feet within the terminals will be enforced. Access will be barred to those without a facemask. National Parks: UWA representatives at key tourism gateways will conduct mandatory temperature screenings using non-contact infrared thermometers. Visitors, staff, and trackers will have their temperature checked at every briefing point for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking. The use of mandatory facemasks while inside all national parks will be enforced. Travelers participating in primate trekking must carry at least two N95 masks, surgical masks, or double-layered cloth masks with filters to ensure single use for each day of visitation. The masks should cover the nose and mouth at all times. Hand washing and sanitizing at all entrances to national parks and protected areas is mandatory and will be enforced. Visitors without masks or who do not abide by hand washing and sanitization measures will not be permitted to enter the national parks or protected areas. Vehicles and boats within Uganda’s national parks will operate at half capacity in accordance with government social distancing guidelines. Social distancing is enforced. During primate trekking, UWA guides will ensure there is a minimum of 6.5 feet between tourists. Tourists are now required to stay a minimum of 32 feet away from primates.
- 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.
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 strongly recommends cover which includes pre-existing medical conditions, medical expenses, repatriation in the event of accident or illness and which covers cancellation, “for any reason” to ensure any payments made to date can be recovered. We recommend that you speak to your local insurance broker. Alternatively, we recommend the following:
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 direct 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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