Given the current circumstances, many of our clients are wondering: When will I be able to travel to Africa again? The answer – NOW!

To make it easy, we have compiled a reference guide to when all your favourite African destinations are open for international visitors as well as some detailed information on what to expect for all Covid-19 travel to these countries. The situation around the world is changing constantly but our team of safari gurus will endeavor to our guests in the loop of any restrictions that may affect their upcoming bookings or plans to travel.

Most countries in Africa have been very strict on containing the spread of the virus, with most of them going into complete lockdowns early last year. That means nobody in and nobody out. Now that case numbers are relatively low across the continent, some nations have already reopened, with others making plans on how to reopen responsibly. Going on safari is the perfect post-Covid trip, or even just an escape from the new normal. Out in the wilderness, travellers are away from large crowds, with very little interaction, besides with staff and guides at the camps. There is nothing but fresh, clean air, unlimited space and incredible wildlife waiting to be discovered on horseback. You can even choose to make the most of having to do your PCR test and stay longer – we can create packages from a week to 3 months depending on how long you want to spend on our incredible African continent.

IMPORTANT: With every country seemingly applying a variety of different Covid-19 travel policies and protocols; it is difficult to keep up. Rules and restrictions may be changed at short notice, including curfews, which may be reimplemented if there is a spike in cases of COVID-19. Make sure that you keep yourself informed and use trustable sources such as the website of your home country’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Also, find out if you need a test or might need to quarantine on the way home. While is seems daunting – the journey is worth the effort!

Here are the latest news on Covid-19 travel restrictions, travel protocols as well as border statutes of the African countries we travel to (Updated 4 January 2021)

🇧🇼 Botswana – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇪🇬 Egypt – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇸🇿 Eswatini – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇪🇹 Ethiopia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇰🇪 Kenya – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇲🇦 Morocco – OPEN FOR TRAVEL with restrictions
🇲🇿 Mozambique – OPEN FOR TRAVEL but with quarantine
🇳🇦 Namibia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇦 South Africa – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇹🇿 Tanzania – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇺🇬 Uganda – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇲 Zambia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe – OPEN FOR TRAVEL

Horse riding in Botswana

Botswana – Open For Tourism

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As of 9 November 2020 international flights resumed to Kasane, Maun and Sir Seretse Khama (Gaberone) International Airport. From 1 December land borders opened including those to Victoria Falls, Livingstone and South Africa. All safari companies and hotels are following strict protocols to ensure safety without compromising the unique safari experience that can only be found in Africa.  Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks in public places remain mandatory. However, on safari, in the bush, social distancing is very easy and the restrictions do not negatively affect the guest experience.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations are now being operated by carriers including Airlink and Air Botswana. As many travellers fly via South Africa, they will need to meet travel requirements in place. Should you require a test before traveling home again, you can do tests in Muan and Kasane.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (if applicable)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card and give your travel itinerary so authorities can be in touch if necessary.
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours from time of departure from home country
  • As of 24 December – undergo a second cost-free Covid Test on arrival.
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival or further health screens
  • Any travellers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening or having a positive COVID test may be subject to 14 days quarantine at their own expense.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places, curfews, etc

Horse riding in Egypt

Egypt – Open for Tourism with restrictions

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As of 1 July 2020 Egypt, has resumed international flights and tourism is now allowed in 3 seaside regions, namely Sinai, the Red Sea Province (home to Hurghada and Marsa Alam) and Marsa Matrouh. Travel inland is currently limited but hopes are that tourists will be allowed to travel freely in the next few months. The country believes that with strict hygiene measures and social distancing practices, tourism activities will be safe for the general public. All of our Egypt horse-riding holidays are off the beaten track and offer an authentic adventure experience away from the crowds.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and the United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including EgyptAir, Air France, and Lufthansa.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate (paper not electronic) on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt (for some countries 96 hours is permitted due to long travel times)
  • Tests are also available at Hurgharda on arrival, but it is best not to rely on this
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
  • At this point travellers are expected to remain in high-tourist areas and are not permitted to travel independently inwards throughout the country
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places and curfews if any.

Horse riding in Eswatini

Eswatini – Open For Tourism

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Entry to Eswatini reopened for international travel on 12 October 2020. Eswatini’s tourism industry is open for domestic and international tourism whilst following relevant safety procedures. Eswatini Airlink resumed flights between OR Tambo (Johannesburg) and Sikhuphe International Airport. As most tourists enter the country through either South Africa or Mozambique, travel will be determined by travel restrictions in these countries. Travellers will need to have a negative PCR test and will be screened on arrival. It is possible to get a test on arrival (at own cost) however, we recommend avoiding this option.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Eswatini
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
  • Any travellers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening, or anyone seated on the airplane within two rows of symptomatic passengers, may be subject to 14 days quarantine
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places and curfews.
  • Possibly get a second PCR test on departure depending on destination

Horse riding in Kenya

Kenya – Open for Tourism

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President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya would reopen for international tourism on 1 August 2020.  Precautionary travel measures, such as social distancing between passengers and wearing masks, are in place for all flights. Health screenings before boarding flights are mandatory. There is a curfew in place and face masks in public are mandatory, but safari lodges are generally situated far away from areas with high populations. All safari companies are following strict protocols to ensure safety without compromising the unique safari experience that can only be found in Africa.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including Kenya Airways, Emirates and KLM.  Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory. Here is the Nairobi airport website link which gives you information about the travel requirements for Kenya: https://www.kaa.go.ke/airports/passenger-guide/.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card found here. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in Kenya. This needs to be approved by the Trusted Travel Initiative.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
  • Any travellers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening, or anyone seated on the airplane within two rows of symptomatic passengers, may be subject to quarantine
  • Travellers from some countries will have to quarantine – here is a list of exempted countries.
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places and curfews

Horse riding in Morocco

Morocco – OPEN for Tourism

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The partial reopening of Morocco’s borders started in July, first to allow Moroccan residents to return home and foreign citizens to depart the country. In October 2020 the countries borders were again open for international travel for 67 countries. This included the EU, UK and USA, although we do recommend checking with the embassy in your own country before travelling. With the new outbreak of Covid taking place, strict measures have been implemented and international travel is more restricted – keep up to date here.

The country’s regions have been classified according to their risk of infection, and certain areas have restricted access. While you may not be able to visit some of the most popular tourist cities such as Marrakesh, Casablanca or Tangier, our horse-riding holidays take you deep into the heart of the country.

Travelers will have to:

  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card found here.
  • Download the tracking APP on their phone
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Morocco
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken or other health check on arrival
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places and curfews

Horse riding in Mozambique

Mozambique – Open but with limitations and quarantine

Mozambique has downgraded the State of Emergency to State of Public Calamity. While many of the strict requirements have been lifted, there are still some travel requirements that limit general tourism.  Mozambique has started allowing flights between Mozambique and other countries on a reciprocal basis, including South Africa. Travelers will be required to provide proof of a negative PPC-based COVID-19 test and all travelers,  regardless of citizenship, will be on a mandated 10-day self-quarantine. Following the 10-day self-quarantine, travellers will be required to pass a second PCR-based COVID-19 test (at own cost) to confirm continued negative results.  Alternatively, travellers can complete a 14-day self-quarantine without a second test.

There are limited flights available, with airlines such as Airlink, LAM, and Ethiopian Airlines. Land borders remain closed, and the government has not announced a date for reopening. As many travellers enter the country through South Africa, they will need to follow entry guidelines for both countries.  It’s best to enquire about Visas before travel as there are limited Tourist Visa’s being issued at this point in time.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Mozambique
  • Do a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Namibia

Namibia – Open for Tourism

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After a trial period implemented in August 2020, Namibia’s Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport reopened and is allowing foreign tourists to arrive once again. Initially, international visitors had required to remain in Windhoek for the first seven days of their visit. However, as of 1 September, this is no longer the case. As of 21 October 2020 there are no longer travel restrictions or tests to be done on day 5 of your trip.

Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and Walvis Bay International Airport are accepting international flights, and 3 road borders are open.  Ethiopian Airlines have announced that it will resume commercial flights into and out of Namibia from 11 September. Eurowings (Lufthansa) have announced that they will resume commercial flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt from 19 September. Flights have also resumed to connect Johannesburg and Walvis Bay International Airport.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (if applicable)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Namibia
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in South Africa

South Africa – Open for Tourism

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We’re thrilled to announce that there was an easing of restrictions placed on international travel from 1 October 2020. Travellers will be able to travel to/from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka (Durban) International Airport. 18 Land borders including those with Botswana, Namibia, and Eswatini have reopened and Mozambique announced a reopening of some borders from 1 January 2021.

A risk-based system had been adopted to evaluate which countries would be allowed entry. As of 11 November 2020, Presiden Cyril Ramaphosa announced that this list was no longer in use, and that international travel would be allowed as normal. There are regular international flights with Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways and Emirates.  Airlink, Air Botswana and Air Zimbabwe have re-established flights to Nambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe for onward travel within Southern Africa. As of 22 December, some countries are restricting flights to and from South Africa due to a second wave of COVID-19 caused by a new variant of the virus.

A risk-based, five-level approach to easing lockdown restrictions is being rolled out. With the second wave of Covid-19, new health protocols and restrictions have been put in place. South African government guidance and restrictions are regularly updated, and can sometimes change at short notice. While there is little negative effect on travellers heading out on safari, should you wish to travel further or explore more of South Africa, be aware that there is an Adjusted Alert Level 3 in place as of 28 December 2020. This means that there is a 9PM to 6AM curfew, masks are mandatory when out in public, alcohol sales are banned, gatherings are limited, some parks and most beaches across the country are closed to public.

Find out more on the South African Government Website

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (if applicable)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card and download a Covid Alert App
  • Provide a full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in South Africa
  • Agree to health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19. Should they display any symptoms, they will be required to enter quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Tanzania

Tanzania – Open for Tourism

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As of June 2020, Tanzania has been accepting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect. Health screenings before boarding flights are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. All safari companies and hotels are following strict protocols to ensure safety without compromising the unique safari experience that can only be found in Africa.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. This is not enforced for all countries, but we recommend that all travellers have their certificates as a precautionary measure.
  • Agree to health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Uganda

Uganda – Open for Tourism

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After all airports and road borders closed in March 2020, international Entry to Uganda resumed from 1 October 2020.  The Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has announced a set of standard operating procedures which includes tour operators and hotels following strict protocols. There is a curfew in place and masks need to be worn in public, but our horse safaris are generally in very low-density areas and the magic of a holiday in Uganda is not affected by these restrictions.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa – available on arrival
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 78 hours prior to arrival in Uganda
  • Agree to possible health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places
  • Be aware that they may be required to get tested in Uganda before boarding their return flight

Horse riding in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe – Open for Tourism

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Zimbabwe imposed a country-wide lockdown on 30 March 2020, with strict protocols followed throughout the country. Domestic Flights resumed from 10 September and the first international flights landed on 1 October 2020 with much excitement! All tourism activities such as game reserves, visits to the Victoria Falls, helicopter flights, horse safaris etc are fully operational.

Zimbabwe’s reopening comes with a trend starting in the region. South Africa also opened as of 1 October and Zambia reopened in July. There is currently a curfew in place from 8PM until 4AM but this only affects those in towns such as Victoria Falls, but not those staying at the safari lodges.

While Zimbabwe has few international flights, Air Zimbabwe connects Harare with Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, Fastjet connects Harare with Johannesburg, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, and Ethiopian Airlines connects Harare with Addis Ababa.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa – available on arrival
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Possibly fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Zimbabwe
  • Agree to possible health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places