Safari in the time of COVID:
Updated May 12, 2021
Tropical Ice has been monitoring and addressing the ongoing COVID-19 situation over the past 12 months.
We seem to be living in a relative Covid-free bubble here in Kenya, and sometimes it’s difficult to rationalise this, especially when we look at the state of the rest of the world. Our death toll from the virus is just over 2,300, and we believe there are good reasons for this. About 90% of our population is under the age of 40, and the vast majority of the people in our cities take it very seriously, adhering to specific precautions such as mask-wearing in public places, and social distancing.
There has been very little impact in our rural areas. The Kenya government has done very well so far during this pandemic, understanding that total lockdown simply wouldn’t work for a population where most people live off very little.
You will need to have a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result carried out within 96 hours before arrival to Kenya. Carry a hard copy of your negative PCR test result that has been stamped by the test centre, as well as a hard copy of the official receipt for the payment of the PCR test.
Before travelling, you will need to fill in the online COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance form. Passengers will then receive a QR code, which you will be required to show to Port Health officials before proceeding to immigration.
Visitors from most countries (this includes the United States) are exempt from quarantine. Here is the Complete List of countries exempted from quarantine.
Kenya’s Ministry of Health requires that you have a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result carried out within 48 – hrs before departing Kenya. This is consistent with international requirements. Tropical Ice will help facilitate your COVID testing prior to departure.
Part of the reason why Kenya has weathered this pandemic with relative ease is the consistency and adherence to simple government requirements. A demonstration of this can be seen in the Airport Authority’s recent video:
We’ve given much thought into how to heighten the safety of our clients, specifically with the pandemic in mind. What we have found interesting, indeed reassuring, is how the very nature of our safaris – particularly the Great Walk of Africa – naturally places our visitors in a Covid-free bubble. For 10 days we are in unspoiled wilderness. Our small private camps are never closer than fifty miles to lodges, villages, or townships. And, we have complete control over our small band of camp staff. However, we are enhancing the safety of our clients even more with these additional precautions:
- We will no longer be doubling up single travellers. Each person, who falls into this category, will have their own private tent without a single supplement charge.
- We will be emphasising social distancing, both in our vehicles and in our dining tents. Our Land Rovers will now carry a maximum of 4 passengers; our dining tables will allow for spaced seating.
- It is now a Kenya government requirement that every staff worker inside a National Park (Tsavo), must be Covid tested in order to allow entry. Tropical Ice staff will be no exception to this ruling. They will also wear face masks whilst serving in the dining tent, and whenever in the proximity of our visitors.
The hotels we use on our Great Walk of Africa safari (Hemingways in Nairobi; Peponis in Lamu) are complying rigidly to the international Covid hotel standards.
NOTE: The above information is valid as of today, May 12th, 2021. As this is a continuously evolving situation, we are monitoring and will be updating on a weekly basis. If you have ANY questions, we are here to help. Please email us at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org
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