Africa is full of stories and there is an adventure to be had around every corner. Tailormade Africa brings you the best of these stories including safaris, wildlife, activities, accommodation experiences, conservation and African culture.
As the excitement of travelling again starts to build, many of our clients are showing interest in a Tailormade Safari, so we decided to compile a list of real-time updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19. This list is based on various conversations we have had with our trusted partners on-the-ground as well as the information we have gathered from the various local governments.
Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar which is why it is one of our favourite travel destinations. This in addition to the fact that they were among the first to reopen their borders to international travel, which happened on the 01st of June.
As expected, all hotels and other tourist facilities in the country must go through a vigorous COVID-19 certification process, and official documents must be placed at the entrances of all facilities. The Tanzanian government has also directed all of the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry which just adds to that extra level of security when it comes to the virus.
If you're thinking of making Tanzania your next adventure then there are a few key things to note:
We have great news for those who want to combine two of the most celebrated National Parks in East Africa in one fell swoop! As of the 01st of August, Kenya opened their borders to international travellers which means that you can ‘do’ the Serengeti and the Masai Mara during the same trip … and just in time to catch the Great Migration which spends the months of August through to October making its way between Tanzania and Kenya across the Mara river and vast plains!
Here are the COVID-19 protocols for Kenya:
Bordering Tanzania is the staggeringly beautiful country of Rwanda, home to some of Africa’s premier primate wildlife watching and tracking. Rwanda's airports reopened to international flights on the 01st of August, so why not get yourself booked in for a safari of a lifetime in one of the most untouched safari locations on the continent?
Here are some things to be aware of:
Moving away from East Africa, and hot off the press, we are thrilled to announce that Namibia will be reopening their borders as of the 01st of September (albeit with a mini form of quarantine for now). If you're looking for a true wilderness travel experience then this beautiful country should be at the top of your list! As one of the least densely populated nations on earth, it really will be one of the top spots to spend a nicely socially distanced holiday and in a land of limitless horizons, endless sand dunes, oases of fascinating wildlife and jaw-dropping ancient culture.
Here’s what you need to know about travelling to Namibia:
Now for something completely different! Stepping out of the African Bush and into the idyllic waters of the Indian Ocean, the beautiful islands of Seychelles have been ready to welcome you with open arms since the 01st of August 2020. This is the perfect destination to feel totally pampered and visit some of the most pristine beaches in the world.
So what do you need to know?
Those from the following countries will be allowed to travel to Seychelles: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and UAE.
The best bit regarding travel to Seychelles is that when you travel back to the UK you won’t have to self-isolate! What a win.
Watch this space as we eagerly await updates on South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Uganda – but remember, you can already go ahead and plan for these destinations for 2021 and beyond if you like! Or, if you fancy a last-minute (and well-deserved) break away from the norm, feel free to give us a call to help you plan your trip to one of the various countries who are already welcoming visitors.
Let us tailor-make your ideal African safari. Feel free to call us on +44 1932 361807 (UK & Rest of the world) / 1 844 390 1798 (USA toll free) or pop us an email at [email protected], and we can help you to plan your bespoke safari holiday with us – and by doing so, help us to support those most in need on the ground.