Covid Updates and Safari Travel: October 2021

Covid Updates and Safari Travel

October 27, 2021

We understand that you may have questions about whether or not you should travel. Your safety is our number one priority, and we want you to feel confident and comfortable on safari.

Since reopening last year, many travelers have visited Africa with The Wild Source, with glowing reviews. With tourism greatly reduced for more than a year, wildlife has been superb and many guests have reported once in a lifetime sightings. In the second half of 2021 vaccination rates within the tourism industry have soared and the majority of our travelers have proceeded with their safaris as scheduled.

We are fully transparent, however, that you will need to jump through additional hoops in order to comply with COVID regulations.  Most African countries require a negative PCR test within a certain time window before arriving, health questionnaires upon arrival, and a negative Covid test (PCR or rapid antigen depending on airlines and your destination country) to depart. We help you navigate these regulations to ensure your safari journey is as seamless as possible. 

We’ve received many questions regarding COVID in the past year and have compiled the most frequently asked questions in the list below. 

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us. If you’re currently booked on a safari, it is best to reach out to your Safari Planner. If you’re a new traveler and are considering booking a trip through us, please email us at [email protected] or fill out our Contact Form

Photo captured by TWS traveler Laura T. in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, June 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some good testing options in the US?
Check with your doctor to see which testing facility near you they recommend. Ensure your testing facility can meet the requirements and results timeline as noted for your itinerary.

What if I am vaccinated?
In general, vaccination status does not exempt any travelers from Covid testing entry requirements at this point. We do recommend you travel with your proof of vaccination card as you may be asked for it in some scenarios.

Will the guides be vaccinated?
We are thrilled to share that our entire guide team for The Wild Source in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana are vaccinated against Covid-19. Many safari countries are prioritizing vaccination of tourism workers and we have been pleased to hear about the number of camps with fully vaccinated staff. We hope the trend will continue. If you would like us to ask about your specific camps and guides, please inquire.

What are protocols in camps?
COVID-19 protocols vary per property. Generally speaking, it is best to be prepared with a mask on hand and to social distance, as well as expect that you may be asked for temperature checks or undergo other health screening. Regular use of hand sanitizer and handwashing is recommended for your safety and the safety of others.

What happens if we show symptoms or actually get sick? Quarantine process?
Quarantine, retesting and other protocols will vary by country, accommodation, testing facility and other factors. Camps are prepared to quarantine and/or arrange transport to care as needed. Your insurance company may also be able to assist in this situation and you or a travel partner should contact them. Your first contact is your guide who will get in touch with the appropriate contacts on the ground and alert us to the situation.

Are masks required on game drives?
Always have a mask available and expect that you may need to wear it. Specific protocol may vary between camps. Masks are generally required in public spaces and during air travel or other forms of public transport. Expect that masks (likely surgical masks) will be required on flights. Specific mask requirements are strictly enforced for primate trekking activities.

Are village visits possible?
Village visits may or may not be available as these activities vary based on the comfort level of each community. Please check your itinerary to see what village visits are confirmed if applicable.

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to.” — Rich Mullins. Photo captured by TWS traveler Susan N. at Enaidura Camp, Masai Mara Reserve, October 2021

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