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Dear friends of Great Plains,

“We have always run safari experiences based on bespoke, caring, meaningful and considerate values. 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 mockup 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 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, and secondly that 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, 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

Guests entering and exiting Botswana must have a valid, negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours on arrival. We strongly recommend that guests have a printed copy of their test result, in addition to the original copy of the test results.

In addition to this obligatory negative PCR test result, guests are required by the government to take another rapid test on arrival. This rapid test is performed free of charge. Travellers are screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry, and those symptomatic will be required to undertake further mandatory testing and possible isolation and/or quarantine.

Great Plains can assist all our guests with in-camp PCR testing to help facilitate the protocol required by the Botswana Government when preparing to depart the country and where we are the last camp in the guest’s itinerary. The cost of our in-camp testing is US$330.00 per person and includes a registered nurse meeting you in camp to perform the required PCR test. The test results will be returned to you before your departure 24-hours later.

KENYA

Guests entering Kenya are required to have completed the following registration form before arrival: ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration

We strongly recommend that guests have a printed copy of their test result, in addition to the original copy of the test results.

Please ensure you are also aware of the Trusted Code required for all passengers entering and departing Kenya. Follow the instructions on this user manual which will guide you through the online process.

Guests from approved countries must be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours on arrival. There are various testing options readily available in Kenya. Chat to your Safari Designer, who will be able to assist with the arrangements around the PCR COVID-19 testing you require. One can expect to pay anything between US$80 – US$ 100 per person for a PCR test. Travel arrangements for any nursing staff would be an additional cost and dependant on where the test takes place.

ZIMBABWE

Guests are required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued by a recognised facility no older than 48 hours on arrival.  Please be aware that you may need to undergo further testing if you appear to be symptomatic on arrival. We strongly recommend that guests have a printed copy of their test result, in addition to the original copy of the test results.

Due to the long distances in Zimbabwe, in-camp testing is not feasible at this stage. We can assist with express testing in Victoria Falls and Harare. However, arrangements around this need to be planned carefully with your Safari Designer to ensure seamless travel. The cost of a PCR test is around US$ 60 per person, with possible additional travelling costs for health personnel administering the test.

SOUTH AFRICA

Guests will be required to produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued by a recognised facility that is not older than 72 hours on arrival. We strongly recommend that guests have a printed copy of their test result, in addition to the original copy of the test results. Guests are required to complete the following online health questionnaire: sa-covid-19-travel.info

Both OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport have onsite testing facilities for rapid testing and PCR testing. Most hotels in Johannesburg can facilitate testing from their premises. One can expect a PCR COVID-19 test to cost in the region of about ZAR 850-ZAR 1400.00 per person depending on where the testing takes place. Your safari designer can assist you in terms of advising what options are available depending on your itinerary and assist in arranging the applicable testing for you.

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

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

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 of these ongoing developments, please contact our reservations team for assistance – reservations@greatplainsconservation.com

READ MORE STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS

GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION HAS 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