Most countries in Africa that offer a wildlife safari option, have kept their airports open for foreign tourist arrivals - it is really the high traffic land borders that in some countries are closed for tourism but allow commercial traffic, so it is a mixed bag. What you do need to consider is that for all countries, when you leave one and arrive in the next that you need a COVID PCR test done and there are varying requirements for the time that the certificate is valid for and which laboratories are acceptable. It is mostly okay if you are in transit through airports but when you spend time in a country, then you will need to be retested before going home or onto the next country for your holiday. All of this is very possible but does take a little more planning for the time it takes to get the test result, typically between 12 and 24 hours, some places take longer and some quicker. You should also make sure that your travel insurance caters for the possibility of a positive result which may require you going into quarantine before being retested. In most countries if you do need to go into quarantine they now have dedicated hotels that are set aside for this so you should be quite comfortable, but this will need to be paid for at the time and then you can claim back from your insurance when you get home.
COVID - Postponement or Cancellations
This is something that the travel industry in Africa is doing its best to be as flexible as possible with. In normal times it was typical that your deposit was non refundable and then depending on the timing of a cancellation prior to departure, there was a sliding scale of cancellation refunds. This is no longer the case and most good safari camps and operators are offering very flexible terms for the deposits and likewise for refunds, first prize will always be to having you reschedule the safari but some are offering full refunds if you can not travel because of COVID related issues, either the border maybe closed, or you test positive just prior to flight to your safari. We will let you know on a case by case scenario when planning and booking your safari what the camps are offering for your safari.
Gonarezhou Mobile Safaris with Doug Macdonald
We now proud to be able to offer our own mobile tented camps and also using the semi permanent " Mananga Camps " within Gonarezhou National Park. This is an incredibly diverse National Park and can be a safari destination all on its own. It is part of one the largest protected areas in Africa - The Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Park. Gonarezhou is certainly getting the attention of the conservation and tourism community so come and be a part of this truly positive story.
Zakouma National Park with Doug Macdonald
I will be conducting set date safaris to Zakouma again for next year - Feb and March 2022. Each group is 6 guests so please get in touch if you would like to see this amazing environment with so much variety and volume of everything. Space is filling up so please let me know if you are interested and we can hold a safari place for you. If you would like a tailor-made private safari option to Zakouma we can do that as well, just let us know and we can work it all out for you.