As countries are opening up their borders and travel starts to resume around the world, we’re here to give you an update on where to travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Vast spaces, a limited number of guests on game drives and spaced out guest rooms – it seems as if Africa was made for socially and physically distanced travel. On top of, that we’ve used the time when the world was put on halt, to implement additional safety measure to fully Covid-proof your adventure in Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa with us. Africa is travel-ready and arguably the best travel destination during Covid-19. In this blog, we’ll tell you why a safari, trekking tour or beach holiday are the ideal way to travel this year 2021. And when you’re ready to take a break from the rest of the world, we’ll be here, waiting for you.
Travel safely on a safari in Africa during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
The continent is famous for outdoor adventures, with its beautiful sceneries and rich wildlife. Even before Covid-19, a safari offered plenty of opportunity for physical distancing: Your safari camp is normally situated remotely in the bush, far away from other people. Most camps are spacious, providing enough room to enjoy verandas and decks privately. Now, lodges and camps are doing even more to ensure the safety of travellers and have implemented strict additional health and safety measures. To ensure physical distancing, opt for a tour operator that lets you travel in small groups – you don’t want to get cosy with other travellers while in your safari vehicle.
At Africa-Experience, we’ve always guaranteed you a window seat, but now we’re guaranteeing you an even more exclusive and personal safari experience. With us, you will only ever travel in small groups or with friends and family. Moreover, we’ve always been working with small lodges and family-run guesthouses. And whether you’re travelling solo, want to bring the whole family or are looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, a safari in Africa can be whatever you want it to be.
The time to travel to Africa is now
We are all still adapting to this new reality we’re finding ourselves in. The upside to this new normal is, however, that when travelling to Africa during Covid, you will have an even more private and exclusive experience. Generally speaking, the African wilderness seems to be safer than many Western countries at the moment. After all, Africa is not a country but the second-largest continent. Especially when taking her size into account, Africa has mostly been spared the worst of the Coronavirus: The whole of the continent only accounts for 5% of the global Coronavirus cases.
Moreover, all our destinations have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) “Safe Travels” stamp. This stamp serves to confirm that Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and sub-regions of South Africa have successfully implemented global health and hygiene protocols. And their borders are open for international travel, with certain regulations in place to ensure the safety of travellers and locals alike. You’ve always wanted to see the Serengeti, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the Masai Mara, visit the Etosha National Park or travel along the beautiful Garden Route? Now is the perfect time to embark on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
For those who want to travel in 2021, we have even more good news: Many lodges offer competitive pricing for travellers who are ready to take a trip to Africa now Also, current exchange rates are in favour of international travellers.
Why to travel to Africa during Covid-19?
Tourism is an important economic sector for many African countries and an integral part of conservation efforts: Tourism directly funds conservation projects and creates jobs as well as a mere presence in remote areas. With the decline of tourism, the protection of many of Africa’s wilderness areas has become an even more challenging task, and we’ve already seen a rise in poaching. Local people are employed as accommodation staff, camp management, guides and conservation teams. Tourism provides financial security for locals and their families. Not only is your trip to Africa good for your own body and soul, being able to get out into nature while leaving all your stresses behind. Your visit also contributes to the well-being of local communities and nature.
It doesn’t have to be a safari
Your Africa travel adventure is as versatile as you: If you feel like getting active, why not plan a trekking tour to climb the mountains of East Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru or Mt Kenya? All our staff have received extra training and we have implemented a solid Covid-19 protocol and our guides are screened for symptoms. Normally, you will find hundreds of people trekking Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, especially during dry season. Now during Covid, there are way less people, ideal weather conditions and uninterrupted scenery.
Or maybe you want to recharge in the sun, with your feet in the sand, and cool off in azure blue waters? The tropical white beaches of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar, Diani and Lamu, are everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more.
Did we get you dreaming about your next getaway? We understand that travelling during Covid-19 can feel daunting, but when visiting Africa, it really doesn’t have to be. Speak to one of our travel experts, who will happily answer all your remaining questions. We’re always up to date with the newest developments and will help you plan your next adventure.