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6 reasons to go on Safari during COVID-19

We know travelling during these troubled COVID-19 times can seem daunting, and if there’s one place in the world that would be the ideal travel destination, it is Africa.

With its vast open spaces and ability to seclude people in nature, Africa is one of the best places to travel during COVID. However, that is not the only reason to go on Safari during COVID-19.

Below you will find 6 more reasons to go on Safari during COVID-19. As well as seeing what a Safari during COVID-19 looks like from a visitors perspective.

Recent trip at Queen Elizabeth national park

6 Reasons to go on Safari during COVID-19

  1. Safaris are built for social distancing

The first reason you should go on Safari during COVID-19 is that Safaris are built for social distancing.

Safari trips are, by definition, open-air adventures with plenty of space. The appeal of a safari has only increased now that social-distancing measures are becoming the new normal.
Travel consultants aren’t organizing large group tours for the luxury safari experience. Instead, they’re frequently tasked with assisting families, couples, or small groups in planning private trips. Discover Africa’s consultants and other experts have noted, interest in those experiences has only grown. Safaris are still likely to remain small outside of the luxury sector.

This framework also ensures that the safari’s primary experience remains unchanged. Guests may instead encounter stricter housekeeping regulations, smaller camps, fewer cars, and a bit fewer buffets.

  1. With wi-fi, remote work is now a possibility

Apart from being the ideal place to disengage from the outside world, most luxury safari resorts have reliable Wi-Fi, allowing you to stay connected.

We carry our job with us wherever we go, even on vacation, now more than ever. However, with remote working becoming the new standard, another great reason to go on Safari during COVID-19 is that we may bring our holiday to work and turn our mobile office into a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole in the broader Kruger. We don’t have to pick between being online and seeing watercolour sunsets and mirages any longer.

  1. You are stimulating the economies of communities in need

Travel is the world’s largest industry, employing one out of every 10 people. Travel is a luxury and a privilege for the traveller, but it is a source of income for those who work in hotels, lodges and mobile camps, and it keeps everyone from housekeepers to general managers fed.

Thus, one of the most important reasons you should go on Safari during COVID-19 is that travel generates cash for governments, allowing them to invest in infrastructures such as roads, airlines, shipping routes, water supply, and waste disposal. This investment immediately benefits local communities.

  1. Health and sanitation are key considerations right now

Across the continent, health and safety standards are excellent: sanitiser stations, temperature checks, social separation, and mask-wearing are all normal practices.

Leading tourism organizations have already put in place protocols that all tourism stakeholders must follow.

These usually include sanitizing all vehicles (including all transfer vehicles, open game drive vehicles, and coaches), as well as protocols for drivers and guides to follow when dealing with guests. Check-in, food handling, and eating facilities and rooms and public areas are all covered by the primary regulations. Many hotels and lodging establishments already have processes in place to guarantee the health and safety of their customers and employees.

  1. Flexible Terms & Conditions due to COVID Policies 

We are happy to see greater demand from overseas travellers, but we also recognize that their plans are subject to ever-changing government recommendations and airline cancellations as a result of COVID-19.

To address this, many of our partners have adopted incredibly flexible Terms & Conditions that cover last-minute cancellations and postponements if your travel plans are cancelled due to COVID-19-related issues such as – further lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, a guest falls ill as a result of COVID-19 and is unable to travel.

  1. Better Safari Animal viewing during COVID

The last important reason as to why you should go on Safari during COVID-19 is that safari adventures will be among the finest of all time during this period. There have been amazing safari experiences during COVID. This is because less poaching, less human interaction, and smaller safari groups have meant that there are more animals, less noise, and better game viewing. Booking a luxury Safari’s during COVID will be the best opportunity and experience for traveller’s from America, United Kingdom, Europe or any other country during COVID-19.

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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

Safaribookings
I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .