As well as following country directives, camps and lodges have developed their own complementary protocol. While it’s impossible to share what individual camps and lodges are doing, the below gives an overview of what is being done on the ground to ensure safety when travelling to Africa.
1. Many a ground operator advises that travellers always apply for visas in advance. This will limit contact on arrival at the airport.
2. Wherever it is required, we can arrange for a negative PCR test. In some areas, we can fly out a doctor to the camp. Otherwise, we will arrange for camps and lodges to transport guests to local clinics.
3. On arrival, camps and lodges will carry out basic symptom screening, including taking guests’ temperatures.
4. Across the camp, both shared areas and rooms will be sanitised regularly. Hand washing and sanitisation stations will likely be located throughout the camp for use by both staff and guests.
5. Depending on individual camps, camp crews will be operating their own test, isolate, and engage protocol. For example, some camps work on a two-week isolation rota. Here, incoming teams will have no access to other teams, front of house, or guests until they have completed their two-week isolation and have passed daily temperature checks.
6. In our experience, camp staff are equipped with PPE to keep them safe when cleaning and handling guest items, such as laundry, baggage, and emptying dustbins from rooms.
7. Unless otherwise directed, guests can generally wear masks at their own discretion. However, camp staff will wear masks throughout camp.
8. Generally speaking, unless catering for a private group, all meals in camp will be served separately to each group. Meals are usually plated or brought to tables in individual serving dishes.
7. Pools, gift shops, spas, gyms, and other activity-based spaces will likely remain open. Use of the areas are generally at the guests’ discretion. However, camps will either limit numbers or ask that only one group of guests travelling together use these spaces at any one time.
8. All safari vehicles will be cleaned and sanitised before each activity and kitted out with disinfectants and hand sanitisers. Camp game drive cars are allocated on a private basis where possible. Shared safari drives will only be done on the basis that standard social distancing can be applied.