HOW SAFE IS GOING ON SAFARI TO AFRICA?
We’re getting there…
What has appeared to be an endless foray into medical practices, vaccines, mask mandates and travel suspensions, it seems as though we are progressing for the better. So it’s that time when you may be thinking of travelling once again – you’re asking; is it safe for me to travel and is it justified?
Here we help to briefly outline in three key areas; how safe a safari to Africa is, what requirements for travel exist and what travellers can expect when in Africa.
FLYING TO AFRICA
First off, please make sure you are comfortable in travelling. You will undoubtedly have concerns and many people will rather delay their travel plans just a little bit more. This is your vacation and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible to ensure that you enjoy your bucketlist safari.
- Most countries in Africa require all travellers to obtain a Negative PCR Test Certificate between 48-96 hours prior to arriving into the country. With the current exception of Tanzania, who do not require a Negative PCR Test Certificate.
- Airlines have proven to be a safe form of transport, sanitised, excellent air quality and the majority of airlines will not allow passengers to board without the above PCR Certificate.
- Get vaccinated (if you are medically approved to be safely vaccinated). More and more countries are requiring all travellers to be fully vaccinated, it helps us overcome a pandemic and it will help ensure a smooth and safe travel experience.
- Visas, valid passports and other online pre-travel forms are essential. Some countries have implemented pre-travel health forms which travellers complete online prior to landing. Visa’s are available online, we recommend applying at least 6 weeks prior to travel. Our team will help you every step of the way with official links and information.
- Regional airlines that we use for flights between your arrival city and your safari destinations, are also extremely efficient with your health & safety paramount. Regional airlines such as Safarilink (Kenya), Auric Air and Coastal Aviation (Tanzania), MackAir and Moremi Air (Botswana), Scenic Air (Namibia), Wilderness Air (Zambia, Zimbabwe) and Federal Airlines (South Africa) are all well versed in creating safe flights, planes are regularly sanitised and provide travellers with masks for each flight – many of the airlines are currently vaccinating their crew, with some already fully vaccinated to help ensure passenger safety.
SAFETY AT SAFARI CAMPS
- Nature is as safe as they come, with wide open spaces, clean air and no crowds
- The safari camps which Captured In Africa use for customers, are typically low impact, sustainable properties – this often entails low room numbers (between 4-18 only) meaning low tourists numbers, natural physical distancing and tailored service to ensure a safe, considered and friendly experience
- Safari camps have for the past 12 months already (many African countries have been enjoying visitors since reopening in August 2020), created highly sanitised guest areas. Food is made in-house using locally sourced ingredients and highly trained chefs and staff
- Sanitisation begins when you arrive to your safari camp and lasts all through your stay, with regular (as required) cleaning of guest rooms, game viewing vehicles and guest areas, until you depart for home
- Safari camp guides and staff are currently being vaccinated, many camps already have all staff fully vaccinated
- Camp guides are prepared during their game drives too, with mask use (where required), sanitiser dispensers and high touch areas reduced
Travellers’ are then free to enjoy a comfortable and exciting safari…
- As with your arrival, most countries now require a Negative PCR Test Certificate, this includes your home country
- PCR Testing is widely available in Africa and is extremely efficient. Travellers have the option to either spend an additional night in the city to have their PCR test done the day prior to flying home, alternatively in-camp testing is available at most safari camps (additional cost) where you have your PCR test done locally to the accommodation, before receiving your test results in time for your journey home
- Private ground transfers in clean and professional vehicles, are arranged for customers between all airports and entry points (where required)
Captured In Africa customers have already been experiencing these terrific, efficient and seamless protocols. As the saying goes “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, which is why Captured In Africa help you ever step of the way to guarantee that your magical experience in Africa isn’t blighted by unnecessary hold-ups and paperwork.
We help because we care about our customers.
Come and experience Africa as only we know; naturally, at peace, sustainably, consciously, with as much adventure as you can handle, or simply sit back and take it all in!!
OUR TOP TIPS
- Extend your stay in Africa (if travelling from afar). This helps avoid using airports, flights and other services too often
- Make use of our special offers to help you get more value for your money
- Restrict your safari itinerary to 2-3 destinations, we suggest 3-4 nights per safari camp to enjoy the best of an area
- Book a safari in low/green & mid-seasons, typically this is between November – June when crowds are lower, travellers through airports can be less, availability is better and special offers come into force
- Book in advance or make the most of fewer tourists with a last-minute getaway. If you have any hesitation with travelling soon, booking in advance can be ideal to help prepare for your once-in-a-lifetime trip
Important: Travellers may also check our page COVID PRE-TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS for more information. Travellers are responsible for keeping up to date with Covid protocols with their local government, airlines, passports & other entry requirements …and our team, prior to arranging travel.
We’re here to help you.
LET US PLAN YOUR DREAM SAFARI SAFELY
Our team will be happy to chat to you and answer questions about your exciting trip to the African bush.