Current COVID19 Update
As we open our eyes on a new world – the post-pandemic world – I first share the good news with you that our friends and colleagues in Africa are well and safe. I speak with many of them regularly and I’m inspired by their optimism and their resilience. Frankly, stay-in-place orders can be much more challenging in places that don’t have the resources we are blessed with in the U.S.A. And there is one common theme throughout our conversations: they miss meeting new friends or welcoming old friends and sharing the magic of the wildlife they love so much.
The second piece of good news is that 94% of our travelers have re-scheduled their safaris into 2021. Our travelers’ commitment is especially encouraging to our partners in Africa. In addition to being able to employ their teams, they are able to continue their important conservation initiatives and insure on-going support for their communities.
Looking forward, we may emerge with some of the same dreams that we’ve carried with us over the years. And our desire – or, perhaps, our need – to return to “normal” is likely to fuel our actions over the next several months. If you are among those who are drawn to Africa’s incredible wildlife, I’m sure you’ll agree that there is one overriding subject that must be considered above all else: YOUR SAFETY. Keeping you, our travelers, safe and healthy remains as our top priority.
As countries begin opening their borders and welcoming international travelers, we will continue to monitor conditions in each of the destinations we love. If you feel the pull of Africa – and her magical wildlife – I encourage you to think about planning your safari, whether it may be later this year or in 2021. Aside from the excellent prices we are beginning to see, your safari will help sustain our friends and colleagues in Africa and support their conservation and community programs.
Tom LaRock, Founder and Managing Director