Post-Covid travel in Africa - African Encounters

Post-Covid travel in Africa

The travel industry has been turned on its head since March 2020. Border closures, quarantine, and PCR testing have become common phrases. Health and safety are top of mind when contemplating post-Covid travel. But now, after two years of restrictions, things are changing. Our favourite African destinations no longer require a PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers. Temperature checks on arrival are standard though. Each country still has stringent health precautions in place to keep you safe. As we settle into the ‘new normal’ an African safari is one of the safest ways to travel anywhere in the world.

Lion and cubs Kenya post-Covid travel

We’ve got your back

You’ve been planning your safari for so long, and when you’re finally able to go, you want an expert on your side. Someone who regularly visits Africa and knows the camps and regions you’ll be visiting. We’ve built a trusted network of suppliers on the ground in our 35 years of Africa travel. They provide 24/7 backup for your peace of mind. Whether you’re on one of our hosted Signature Safaris or travelling independently, we’ll ensure every detail is taken care of, so you don’t have to.

lions and vehicle Botswanaa

Our eyes and ears on the ground

Trying to figure out post-Covid travel restrictions from online sources can be a nightmare. Updates seem to be issued almost daily.

We’re in constant contact with our partners on the ground in Africa. They keep us up-to-date on the ever-changing travel restrictions and requirements. Throughout East and Southern Africa strict health and safety protocols in accordance with WHO recommendations are in place. Hand sanitizer stations, temperature checks, social distancing in public spaces, and the wearing of masks are not only standard practices but also respected by all.

guided walk lower zambezi zambia post-Covid travel

No crowds

Unlike cruises or city destinations, the only crowds you’ll encounter on your African safari are animals! Our favourite safari camps and lodges are in private conservancies where the number of camps and vehicles is strictly limited. The camps are small and intimate with just 6-8 tents so there will be few, if any, other guests in camp.

Post-Covid travel has meant a few changes though, such as no welcoming handshake or communal dining and buffets. Your small group will dine at your own table, and meals are served individually. The number of guests in a game drive vehicle is generally limited to six guests over three rows of seats.

Whether you are sitting down for a delicious dinner, enjoying a breath-taking game drive in an open-sided 4X4 safari vehicle, or even transferring between camps, social distancing comes naturally in the African bush!

Lions in a tree in Tanzania

Vast open spaces

On safari, you’ll spend most of your time in the great outdoors. You’ll go out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open safari vehicle. You’ll discover Africa’s fascinating nocturnal creatures on night game drives too. Between game drives, you’ll enjoy an afternoon siesta in the comfort and privacy of your spacious tent. Nature walks with your guide, or a mokoro in the Okavango Delta are also fantastic ways to explore the great outdoors. Experience Africa with all your senses – and without the crowds.

Enjoy picnic-style breakfasts or lunches during your game drives, and dining in the evening under a canopy of stars. They all contribute to keeping you safe and healthy on your safari.

post-Covid travel in Zimbabwe

Need help planning your post-Covid travel to Africa?

Karen is passionate about this amazing continent and she’d love to share that passion with you! She spends several weeks in Africa every year, and knows the hidden gems, away from the crowds and close to the incredible wildlife. Take a look at Karen’s upcoming safaris or our scheduled daily departures, and if you need help finding the right one for you, get in touch – we’d love to help you plan your dream safari!