Team Talk

Covid-19 Update / 11 May 2020

11 May 2020

At Trans Africa Safaris, we continue to work from home. On 01 May, the Government revised South Africa’s lockdown restrictions from Level 5 to Level 4 and certain businesses were allowed to return to work, but this did not include tourism.

The country is currently on Day 46 of its national lockdown. Wearing of cloth masks is compulsory for movement in public. Hand sanitizers are freely available in all shops and offices, and social distancing is enforced.

 

Most suppliers have been flexible and accommodating with their revised T&Cs allowing guests to reschedule their travels with no or minimal price differences and restrictions.

We have been busy re-booking clients – most due to travel in the next few months, have been successfully accommodated in 2021 with a number re-booked for late 2020. For travellers unable to reschedule their trips, we have, where possible, assisted with refunds.

Generally, one is encouraged by the declining infection rates in certain countries that were severely impacted, but uncertainty still dominates the dialogue, both regarding the trajectory of the pandemic worldwide and the impact on the tourism industry.

The expectation is that, Africa, with all its open spaces, abundant sunlight and warm temperatures, will be in high demand as the recovery process starts to gain impetus.

Statistics for countries where we provide services are:

 

Country / Infections  (Deaths)

South Africa / 10 015  (194)

Botswana / 23  (1)

Namibia / 16  (0)

Zimbabwe / 34  (4)

Zambia / 267  (4)

Mozambique / 91  (0)

Tanzania / 509  (21)

Kenya / 672  (32)

Rwanda / 284  (0)

 

We hope that a degree of normalcy returns to our world soon. Now more than ever, Africa needs responsible travel to support the wildlife, land and communities that we have the privilege of showcasing to the world.

 

Best regards,

Trans Africa Safaris Management

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