Africa has opened up to the world. Most African countries are allowing Americans who have tested negative for COVID-19 to enter the country. Airports are open and several airlines are flying to the continent.
A vaccine is soon to be rolled out across the USA, which will give, some, travelers even more confidence to travel.
In this post, we share the protocols and measures that our partners have in place to help keep you safe during your holiday to Africa. We will also share information about our protocols to ensure you and your money are kept safe.
Will you be traveling to Africa in 2021?
A lot of your time will be spent in or around your accommodation, especially when on safari. Therefore, it is essential that lodges and hotels do not only adhere to COVID protocols but go the extra mile to keep you and your family safe.
Here is a selection of accommodations and their COVID protocols.
Kapama Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger has 4 lodges within its reserve. It is a popular choice with many of our clients. Kapama has shared its measures, which includes:
See a full list of the Kapama protocols, here.
Kapama has also achieved the compliance badge and certificate from the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. So you can rest assured that you are in very safe hands.
The Commodore Hotel in Cape Town is part of Legacy Hotels and Resorts and has a strict COVID-19 policy in place. Measures in the policy include:
City Lodge OR Tambo in Johannesburg, part of the City Lodge Hotel Group is frequented by many of our guests on arrival to Africa due to its proximity to Johannesburg International Airport.
CLHG follow stringent Covid-19 protocols and offer all the necessary precautions to ensure that you don’t question your safety while visiting them.
The COVID-19 protocol includes but is not limited to:
Find out more, here.
If you would like to know about a particular lodge or hotels COVID-19 protocols, please let us know and we will contact them on your behalf.
An essential part of the travel experience is flying. We have researched what measures, relevant, airlines have in place to ensure your safety when in transit from the USA to Africa.
Many of the airlines that operate flights from the USA to Africa are members of The International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA support oneworld Alliance, SkyTeam and Star Alliance to highlight the current health and safety measures in place by airlines to ensure you can fly with confidence.
Rigorous testing has been done by airlines including United Airlines to determine the safety of travelling via plane. Studies show COVID-19 exposure risk is minimal when air filtration systems and masks are in use.
Just as critical as airlines are airports. A substantial amount of time is spent in airport terminals before and after flying. During this time it’s essential to follow airport protocols.
TSA launched the “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign, which details proactive and protective measures we have implemented at security checkpoints to make the screening process safer for passengers and our workforce by reducing the potential of exposure to the coronavirus.
Lodges, airlines and airports can put all possible measures in place but if people don’t follow them then they are not effective.
It goes without saying that, as a traveler, you have a responsibility to follow all measures as closely as possible. As well as following measures you have to take extra caution when traveling to and from the airport and in the days leading up to your trip, post-testing negative for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:
We can travel, if we follow protocols and act responsibly, it is possible to have a wonderful, safe, vacation.
At Ntaba African Safaris, we follow the Covid protocols of the country’s that we operate in and well as the Airlines that we fly our clients on.
We are here, for you, to make your trip to Africa, a trip of a lifetime.
If you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Travellers may safely transit through South Africa and catch their connecting flights to other destinations. Providing they can provide a negative PCR test at boarding and have proof of their connecting flights, in the form of a ticket or boarding pass.
This was clarified by a SATSA spokesperson following reports of operators booking routes that avoided South Africa due to uncertainty about transit in the country.
The requirement that travellers can only enter South Africa if they are in possession of travel insurance has been scrapped and does not appear in the latest regulation amendments of the Disaster Management Act.
Yes. Air Zimbabwe flies Harare to Vic Falls return every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FastJet flies Harare to Victoria Falls return every Thursday and Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines flies Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls return on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Kenya Airways will fly Nairobi to Victoria Falls return on Mondays and Thursdays.
Correct at time of writing. Please double-check flights before booking a trip.