Having personally travelled throughout Africa during the pandemic (not only Rose, but other members of our sales team AND numerous journalists we work with on a regular basis) we now feel 100% confident that you are as safe as you would be on any trip, if not safer, on an African safari. Here are some notes and a video on why:
1 Don’t Fly Shorthaul
When we fly shorthaul we tend to use lower cost airlines. Although well maintained most of the aircraft are not the newest model and therefore are not fitted with a HEPA air filter – a filter fitted on all long haul aircraft which by law must be newer. The HEPA air filter means viruses cannot be transmitted.
2 Go Wild
From landing at an airport in Africa it is usually a matter of a couple of hours before you land in the wilderness and start your safari. Safaris are conducted almost solely outside, including dining – as we know the virus does not transmit well outside.
3 Test Test Test
On your way into AND out of Africa everyone on your flight will have had a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of flying, in line with current rules to get into or out of Africa – so the majority of the flight, if not all the flight, can guarantee they do not have covid.
All of our safari camps require their staff to have had a negative covid test and to have isolated alone for 7 days before starting work in the camp. This process has to happen whether they are returning from leave or starting a new season.
5 Stay Private
You will be kept well away from other guests by having a private guide and private dining at all times – and will only be served by one waiter who you shall get to know well, and one guide per camp.