Are you considering travelling to Africa for a safari in 2022 but slightly hesitant due to the current Covid 19
outbreak? Here are some frequently asked questions from other clients that might help you decide.
1. Is Namibia a safe country to travel to?
There is a certain degree of risk when traveling anywhere these days but due to the low population density of
Namibia, the current low infection rate and world class private health care facilities, Namibia is probably as safe as it gets. During a Safari your exposure to other people is limited and you can enjoy the wide-open spaces and fresh air of the African bush.
2. Is air travel safe in 2022?
The safety of air travel has been published in various research publications and most of them agree that the risk of contracting the Corona virus while traveling by air travel in 2022 is very low. A combination of vaccine programs, in-flight regulations and the upgraded filtration systems in airplanes, have made safe air travel possible in 2022.There are currently various options when it comes to flights to Namibia, and we suggest you use your local travel agent to assist you in making your flight reservation.
3. Is Shona Hunting Adventures compliant with local Covid regulations?
Yes, Shona Hunting Adventures is fully compliant and certified with the regulations as required by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia.
4. What are the Covid requirement for entering Namibia?
Namibia currently requires a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to starting your journey to Namibia as well as a
Health Questionnaire that needs to be completed before arrival. These regulations can however change, and we will advise clients accordingly.
5. Can I get a Covid test done in Namibia before departing for my home country?
Yes, we will assist you in making a booking for testing at a registered local lab and we will pay for your Rapid
Antigen test. Please note that PCR tests as well as expedited tests are at clients’ own expense. Consult with your travel agent on what tests are required for your specific flight route. We also recommend that you add a day to your safari at the end to allow for time to get the required tests done. We will be with you during the whole process and will personally take you for your test.
6. Do I have to wear a mask while on Safari?
The current regulation in Namibia requires everyone to wear a mask in public. Wearing a mask while hunting or in camp is not a requirement and we leave it up to your own discretion.
7. Do staff wear masks?
Yes, staff are required to wear face coverings or masks while in the presence of clients, during food preparation, and cleaning of rooms and public areas. They are also required to adhere to strict protocols that include personal hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and daily temperature screening. Staff members showing any signs or symptoms of Covid 19 will be isolated immediately and will no longer be in contact with any clients.
8. What happens if I get sick while on safari or test positive before my departure?
In the unlikely event that you become sick while on safari, provisions will be made for clients to either isolate in their own rooms, or in a separate room away from the rest of the hunting party. Depending on the severity of your illness, a separate on-site Emergency Isolation Unit is available and equipped with an oxygen concentrator, oximeter, nebulizer as well as N95 masks and PPEs. The Emergency Isolation Unit is only for clients in need of immediate medical assistance, while waiting for transportation to a private health care facility. There are no additional charges for the use of our Emergency Isolation Unit, or for a separate room should you require to be isolated away from the rest of the hunting party. Please note that each client is responsible for his own health care expenses, including medical evacuation. Shona Hunting Adventures will not be responsible for any medical expenses occurred. We highly recommend that clients get travel insurance that will cover them should they get sick while on safari. We have rapid antigen test kits available but do recommend that clients bring their own test kits as well.
If a client tests positive and is not able to fly out, they can quarantine at our main lodge until they have recovered. A special lowered cost covering rate will be charged at our main lodge if the quarantine period extends past their original departure dates.
9. What procedure and protocols are in place while on an extended safari package?
We use only 3rd party facilities and activity providers that are fully compliant with the Government of Namibia’s Covid regulations for accommodation establishments and service providers. You will also be the only group of clients on safari with us. With the exception for 3rd party establishments and activities, you will not be exposed to other travelers.
10. What services are not available due to covid?
Some 3rd party activities might not be available; we will keep you informed about any changes to your itinerary that might occur. In our main camp, daily room cleaning will only be available on request and our staff are trained to practice strict room cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Please make sure to check this option box on your questionnaire before your arrival in camp
11. Are there any other special precautions that I should know about?
At Shona Hunting Adventures we’ve taken extra precautions to ensure that our clients have peace of mind when on safari with us. Careful consideration has been given to the implementation of various protocols and procedures to ensure that exposure to Covid 19 is minimized. Vehicles and rooms are disinfected between groups of clients, special disinfected cleaning products and laundry detergents are used, and food preparation is done in accordance with health regulations. Should you require a full list of our Standard Covid 19 Protocols and Procedures, we will gladly provide you with one. All Shona Hunting Adventures Staff are fully vaccinated against Covid 19