Africa, is it safe? Are safaris running? Can I travel to Africa? Lets find out..
Africa is open, safe and welcoming, and right now Africa is quiet, so you’ll have large swathes of the park to yourself. There has never been a better time to go. So let’s look at some of the questions that we are asked about the most frequently.
What parts of Africa are safe to visit?
Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda are all quite safe to visit. Of course all travel has risks, flying to London or New York City has its inherent risks, but in Africa the risk is manageable and we know how to mitigate it. People ask is there Covid in Africa, and the answer is of course yes, there is almost nowhere in the world that does not have covid, but in East Africa the rates are incredibly low. We recently travelled to Tanzania and Kenya to check out the situation, and life was continuing as normal, with masks on in big cities. Staying in a luxury camp, with a constant breeze and going on safari in an open roofed vehicle are probably the safest forms of tourism out there.
What is the best time to go on safari in Africa
The best time to go on safari is tomorrow morning. There are so many agents who will give you specific times of year to go on safari, because they know no better. Africa is massive, when it is raining in Kenya, it will be dry in Zimbabwe. When Namibia is impassable, Tanzania is glorious. Even in Tanzania in the low season of May, when the Serengeti is inundated with water, we can find you a lodge in Ruaha National Park, with so much to see. You may wonder why would you want to visit “out of season” and the answer is so simple, because it is just that- the low season. You will have the parks to yourself. The traditional “best time to go on safari in Africa” is based upon the dry season in that specific country, but there are also huge benefits to seeing the lush grass and foliage during the green season. The key is to allow an experienced operator to plan your trip.
Which African country is best for safaris?
Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia are the best nations on earth for safaris. Uganda and Rwanda are the best for Gorillas and other primates. Uganda alone has 20 species of primate half of which are rare. Tanzania is the best nation on earth for Chimpanzees, with easy access at Gombe Stream. If you want a completely wild experience, then Mahale national park is the place to be in Tanzania. Namibia’s desert safaris are a sight to behold, and the elephants of the Okavango delta in Botswana are mightily impressive . All in all, South East Africa is just stunning. Choose your favourite African destination.
Is Kenya good for safari ?
When you take into account seasons, pricing and service, Kenya is amazing. Kenya is offers better value for their top class Kenya safaris. The Masai Maara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and home to the great migration . The lodges are probably the best in Africa and the service in Kenya is the most polished in East Africa. But Kenya’s true wonders are the northern parks of Samburu and Naivash and Nakuru. North West of of Marsabit, you have the Chalbi desert and Lake Turkana. Any one of these parks makes for a wonderful combination with the cats of the Masai Mara. When you combine this with the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean around Mombasa’s long white beaches, you have an incredible combination.
Is it safe to go on safari in Kenya during covid?
Kenya has done a fantastic job of dealing with Covid-19. The numbers are low and the camps have taken extra special measures to ensure client safety. Kenya has been happily accepting visitors for months. The choice is always yours, but we have clients departing for Kenya all the time. As we said above things constantly change, but Kenya is definitely taking Covid seriously and acting responsibly.
What are Kenya’s entry requirements during covid
To enter Kenya, you need a negative PCR test within 96 hours of arrival . You also need to fill in an online. This gives you a QR code. Then you need to get a Kenya E-visa prior to embarkation. You can only get the Kenya E-visa with the QR code. (or is it the other way round.) You will need all three of these documents to enter Kenya. When you leave Kenya you will need another negative PCR test to board any serious airline. Reliable and rapid tests can be done in Nairobi. Our safari operators are fully experienced in arranging these for our clients. Results can be had within 12 hours. Costs on average are $120-$130 per lab.