With Kenya reopening to tourists, safaris are back on the table for many looking for an adventure without the cumbersome crowds. To resume safely, they have made changes to meet the new health protocols and assure travelers that their travels will be a safe experience. Safaris naturally provide abundant social distancing opportunities, with guests often sleeping in luxury camps away from the crowds. Kenya offers impressive wildlife viewing throughout the year. In the peak of the rainy season, most other parks, especially in the highlands and along the coast, can be problematic regarding heat, humidity, and continuous rain. Some of the lodges close as a result. Kenya has been awarded the “Safe Travel Stamp” by the World Travel and Tourism Council for adopting global health and hygiene protocols successfully, making it a great opportunity to travel right now.
We also hear from our local offices that many Kenyans and Tanzanians are enjoying going on safari right now. This is our regular high season, and we have had reports of fantastic animal sightings and extraordinary migration. The animals have enjoyed their vacation from the tourists and are moving even more freely now. Visitors can experience the Masai Mara seemingly to themselves if they travel now. Safaris are ideal for social distancing since there is nowhere more private and isolated than the African bush, ensuring that the camps and lodges provide the safest possible experience for guests. Guests will have their temperatures on arrival at all properties and before boarding any flight taken regularly.
The U.S. Embassy still requires Americans from certain States to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Based on trip request information and web traffic, there is a significant interest in safaris. Every year between July and October, the dry season causes around two million wildebeest to make their arduous journey. This is the world’s largest wildlife migration. They are also accompanied by thousands of zebra, eland, and gazelle, in their return to Tanzania starting in October.