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And we are making sure that you can see our smiles even behind the mask.
Safari Njema, Safari Salama - Good Safari, Safe Safari

Dear friends of Great Plains,

“We have always run safari experiences based on bespoke, caring, meaningful and considerate values. As Great Plains cares, our COVID policy took us some time to curate because, in the same way as we host safaris, I tasked our teams with finding out the science and then developing best practice procedures around the pandemic. Our operations teams then travelled to our camps to perform mock-up tests for practicality.

We have made the required adjustments, but ironically this hasn’t needed too much tweaking from what we usually provide. This is primarily due to the space in which we operate, politeness and respect offered by our staff, and the fact that our experiences are mainly out in the open air.

Still, I wanted to take what the finest hotels in the world and what our fellow members in Relais & Châteaux do across the globe, along with what our contacts in Johns Hopkins and other high-end health facilities across the world suggest.

We designed our Great Plains Cares protocols against the backdrop of two intertwined values in Great Plains in that we are firstly in the hospitality business, not the hospital business. That warmth of the welcome is in our DNA. Secondly, we, of course, want to offer the security of safety and peace of mind to our guests and our staff.

So, what you can expect from us is both – no compromise in hospitality and no compromise on safety.

It is not that difficult. We have been doing it forever.”

– Dereck Joubert

As the COVID-19 Pandemic and travel restrictions in both destination and source countries worldwide evolve daily, so do our guidelines on how we can assist you during this time with bookings travelling to our camps. Although we will do our utmost to keep this information up to date, this is merely a guideline. It is important that you obtain the latest information from reputable sources.

The World Health Organisation’s situation reports are one of our primary resources for Covid-19 related information.

We encourage that you check with official and reliable sources in your respective countries for the most updated information around the developments of COVID-19.

TRAVEL-READY DESTINATIONS!

BOTSWANA

PRE DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

  • Fully Vaccinated travellers no longer require a PCR test prior to travel (Fully Vaccinated is classified as having received their primary series of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • All other travellers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the time of testing
  • Travellers under 12 years of age are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements
  • Visa requirements must be met prior to departure. CLICK HERE to check if you need a VISA & to apply.

ON ARRIVAL IN BOTSWANA

  • Health screening and presentation of vaccination certificate / COVID-19 PCR negative certificate.
  • Complete a Traveller locator form (provided on arrival).

ON DEPARTURE FROM BOTSWANA

  • We understand that a departure PCR test is no longer required unless required by the airline, destination or transit point

OTHER LINKS AND DETAILS

KENYA

PRE DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

  • All travellers to Kenya must be fully vaccinated unless meeting the exemption criteria
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from PCR testing.
  • Unvaccinated travellers 5yrs+ must take a valid PCR test conducted within 72hrs before departure.
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results & vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Airlines must ensure all travellers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via https://globalhaven.org/
  • All travellers (incl. those in transit) must complete a Travellers Health Surveillance Form 24hrs before arrival. This generates a QR code required for entry.
  • All travellers must obtain their visa in advance, online via: https://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.

ON ARRIVAL IN KENYA

  • All arrivals are be expected to self-monitor and report daily through the jitenge platform for their first 14 days in Kenya.
  • Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to rapid antigen testing on arrival at a cost of USD30. Any positive results will require a further PCR Test at a cost of USD50 and required to self isolate

ON DEPARTURE FROM KENYA

  • All travellers require a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.
  • PCR tests are not required unless specified by the airline / final destination.

OTHER LINKS AND DETAILS

ZIMBABWE

PRE DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

  • Fully vaccinated travellers no longer require a PCR test
  • Un-vaccinated travellers entering Zimbabwe must possess a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued no more than 48 hrs before departure to Zimbabwe. Without this, you will be denied entry.
  • Minors under 5 years of age are not required to take a PCR test

ON ARRIVAL IN ZIMBABWE

  • Presentation of COVID-19 Vax / PCR -ve certificate as outlined
  • All travellers must complete a track and trace document.
  • All travellers will be subject to a temperature check.

ON DEPARTURE FROM ZIMBABWE

  • Determined by the country you are travelling to / via / airline travelling with

SOUTH AFRICA

PRE DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

  • All COVID protocols lifted for all travellers
  • Masks no longer required

ON ARRIVAL IN ZIMBABWE

  • No additional COVID protocols

ON DEPARTURE FROM ZIMBABWE

  • Dependent on airline / destination / transit point

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

“A warm Great Plains’ smile is so much of who we are that the worry for me was whether we might lose that. We haven’t.” – Dereck Joubert.

As Great Plains cares, your safety is paramount to us, but so is your Great Plains experience!

READ MORE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES CENTRED AROUND GUEST STAYS IN OUR CAMPS

As Great Plains cares, we have adopted a flexible approach towards the current, unpredictable travel climate and how this may affect a guest’s anticipated stay with us.

If you are unsure as to how to amend or change your booking due to these ongoing developments, please get in touch with our reservations team for assistance – reservations@greatplainsconservation.com

READ MORE STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS

FOR GREATER PEACE OF MIND AND AS GREAT PLAINS CARES, WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH

Should you be diagnosed with COVID-19 while travelling within or outside of the US when at our camps, Covac Global will arrange for medical transport back to your home country of record at no expense.

For more information, visit our page on Covac Global