|Keep Calm and Carry On Planning Your Next Safari!
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption across the world as different governments take urgent action to try to limit the spread of the disease in their own countries. This has had a massive impact on global travel and tourism with huge numbers of people having to shelve their vacation plans but it appears that many of us are still hoping to travel as soon as the present extraordinary situation ends.
At this very difficult time for so many people all over the world, we sincerely hope that all our friends and our many loyal customers will stay safe and well and that the pandemic comes to an end before long.
The latest research shows that it is countries in northern latitudes from China and other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America that seem to have been worst affected to date. But if the situation in China and South Korea is anything to go by and is repeated elsewhere, it seems likely that following a period of rapidly escalating infection rates, after reaching a peak the level of new cases should start to tail off and then things slowly begin returning to normal.
Here in Kenya, like most places in the equatorial zone, so far we have had very few cases of the virus reported and the government has taken immediate steps to try to avert any further spread with a temporary 30 day international flights restriction imposed from 25th March to prevent travellers flying in from any countries where the virus has been reported.
The Kenya government has also introduced a number of other measures to prevent or limit the spread of the virus into the country in addition to suspending flights, such as quarantine of arriving passengers, testing anyone with a temperature or flu symptoms as well as public education measures to promote hygiene, hand-washing and social distancing. In addition, the Kenya government has acted quickly to set up special well-equipped isolation units in treatment centres in Nairobi and elsewhere, following WHO recommended procedures, to look after anyone who might in future be suspected of having contracted the virus.
All our customers from overseas have now completed their safaris in Kenya and returned home. Our Porini Camps close annually during the rainy season in April / May and we are now taking new bookings for international travellers from overseas for our safaris in East Africa for arrivals into Kenya starting from the first week of June 2020 and onward.
We will monitor the situation in the other countries in Africa where we arrange safaris to provide further advice in case there is any need to arrange postponements of trips already booked in the weeks ahead.
Although there are temporary travel restrictions in place right now, there is no need to halt your safari planning completely as we have introduced a new Flexi-Booking Policy bringing very flexible booking terms and conditions for clients booking now for future travel in the months ahead.
Our new No Amendment Fee Guarantee means that those making a booking for a 2020 safari can later choose to postpone their travel for up to 12 months if there are still concerns about Coronavirus and any deposits or pre-payments will be carried forward as a travel credit to be used for a later travel date with no amendment fee being charged.
Clients are now "getting ahead of the pack" to plan and book their safari for later on this year or for next year and are taking advantage of some very special discounts on their international flights and accommodation.
Find out more: Flexi-Booking Policy …