Travel has begun to open up, albeit slowly, and while many are anxious to travel to Kenya for a long awaited safari, they are still a little wary about travelling during the pandemic.
What happens if they contract Covid while on safari? How will they get back home on time? Who are their fellow travellers, and how do they minimise their risk of contracting Covid?
We have the answers to all these and more, below:
1. The first challenge is the flight from the point of origin to Kenya. What are the requirements to be fulfilled, and what restrictions do you face? You will need to consider three aspects of your flight.
a) The airline – check the requirements of the airline that you are travelling on. Each airline has different requirements, so ensure that you check those specific to your airline and comply with them.
b) Point of transit. Whether you are transiting through a European gateway, or one in the Middle East, the rules for each are different. Check that you are complying with the requirements of the transit city.
c) And finally, your destination, Kenya. What are the requirements to enter Kenya? At the moment, Kenya requires the Covid – 19 vaccination certificate, a negative PCR Covid test dated no older than 72 hours before arrival, and a Trusted Traveller Initiative QR Code.
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2. If you can, plan to travel in a group, either friends or family. This will allow you to book exclusive use of a camp or lodge, thus giving your group complete freedom while on safari. You get your own vehicles for game drives, and we can even arrange for private helicopter transfers from the international airport to the camp or lodge of your choice. This will save you from transiting through the city to the domestic terminal, and flying on scheduled flights.
3. Stay longer, travel less.
Aim to spend more time in fewer parks. Immerse yourself completely in the culture, wildlife and landscape, and make time for different activities like game walks, canoeing, helping in conservation or ranch activities. This style of slow travel is more fulfilling than rushing around the country, ticking off places on a list. It is also more enriching as you will be lessening your carbon footprint, learning more about the area and is one of the cornerstones of sustainable tourism.
4.When in public, always wear a mask and practise social distancing.
5. Arrange to be tested midway during your stay. In case anyone in your group tests positive, there is enough time for isolation before you need to board your flight home.
6. If Nairobi is on your itinerary, avoid indoor venues. Instead spend time in outdoor malls, and frequent restaurants that offer open verandah or terrace dining options. Our weather is certainly beautiful enough to spend the whole day outdoors.
See how easy-peasy it is to travel now?
Pack your bags and get going….Kenya’s wildlife is waiting to welcome you.