If one thing about 2020 is certain, it is that people had to think outside of the box. Many people had to reimagine the way that they work, the way they enjoy leisure time, and the way that they spend time with family and friends. One thing that underwent a dramatic overhaul is the travel industry, with many staying home and those who did travel had to create new and unique plans for travel. One new idea was a safari trip to Africa. Here is some of the feedback from someone who took one of these safaris in Kenya.
The overall outlook
The main question many might have is the safety and need for travel at this time. The feedback seems to be that, officially, the US government doesn’t advise travel right now to Kenya. Kenya still has active cases and needless travel could, possibly, result in an infection. However, Kenya’s government has been very stern about the rules it is putting into place in regard to the safety. Masks are mandatory and there is a curfew in place to reduce the overall spread. In addition to this, key industries are working at reduced capacity to limit the number of people.
However, your travel to Kenya could really help a country that relies heavily on the industry. It is a delicate balance, but more people traveling to Kenya can provide some money for local communities and workers. Many workers are on unpaid leave from their jobs, and this is the same for those who do the safari tours and who own the hostels that tourists stay at.
Planning and carrying out the trip
Kenya requires a COVID test at the gate and a negative test before they will let you into the country. It is important to make sure the timing is just right, or you might not be allowed on the flight or allowed to get off in Kenya. In addition, make sure to have an electronic visa. This will cost $50 but is an additional step to get to the country. Finally, a questionnaire about health is required before entry.
Those traveling should also check in with physicians to see if there are any boosters or vaccines that should be taken before going to Kenya, as it still has diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Overall, though, it is worth the hassle.