The three safaris that I took in 2021were really great. We have spent wonderful times with leopards with no other vehicles in sight and at have been the only guest in an entire national park. It has been great to travel with South Africans, but sadly though I have missed my regular friends from Canada, Britain, USA, Belgium, Australia and elsewhere who usually visit Africa each year and so look forward to seeing them again in 2022.
For 2022 many operators are clogged with rolled over bookings and its worth getting your reservation into the system even if you do not pay a deposit.
I would suggest visiting just one country as the chances are good that crossing borders will require testing. It also makes a lot of sense to travel with a group of friends or family and be in a Covid-free bubble. Groups of people who travel together are less likely to be exposed to the virus especially if they share private camps or villas and private planes. www.villasandafrica.com our sister company specialises in this sort of travel.
Nowadays guests will be met off their game drives with a squirt of disinfectant and a temperature test. I do miss the warm smiles of staff who are now required to wear staff at all times. Once on the ground, in the lodge, and on game drives there is a feeling of safety and on game drives masks are usually off as its really safe being outdoors.
Whereas three nights on safari at one destination was previously a good amount, staying in places longer, having fewer transfers makes for safer travel and also for a more relaxing experience.
Recently I went on a seven night itinerary in one area of Botswana and enjoyed widely differing experiences without needing any additional flights. So its good to choose your destination carefully.
Southern and most of East Africa has been very disciplined about protocols. good with its vaccine programe. Of all countries, I think that Botswana really stood out as having excellent protocols. Not only are all guests tested on arrival, but so were the staff and local visitors. I felt safer on the back of a game drive vehicle than I do in any city.
We recommend in camp COVID tests where possible so guests can spend their last night in the African bush rather than in a metropolitan centre. It costs a little extra to get a nurse to fly to you but it makes a lot of sense. Since you are relatively isolated in a safari camp the chances of contracting COVID on safari are extremely low and we have had no incidents with guests having any issues.
When booking a safari, choose a country and company that takes COVID protocols seriously. If you book with a reputable company and airline your funds will be secure in case you need to cancel for any COVID reasons. Have good cancellation terms in place.
We would love to help you go on safari safely.