It’s been 5 months of closed borders in Africa, a time which we have spent postponing 100’s of trips planned for 2020 into 2021. A time filled with a lot of worry, but also positive reflection and thankfulness for the support and guidance we have had from fellow “&Beyonders”.
Beyond my desk, &Beyonder (and Africa Foundation) have also ensured that our communities and conservation areas have the help they need to deal with the knock on effect that Covid-19 pandemic has had on a now battered tourism industry, an initiative which I am proud to be a part of.
We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as some borders start to open, and some domestic travel is allowed, although we still have months to go until tourism in Africa returns to any level of normal.
What I am very excited about is that following varying periods of lockdown across the globe, my past and present guests have been voicing their strong desire to get back into Africa’s wild open spaces, which is seemingly the perfect place to have a ‘socially – distanced’, adventure filled, meaningful experience while on holiday. I couldn’t agree more and am looking forward to planning many life-changing adventures in the months to come and to ultimately welcoming many old and new guests back onto African soil.
With so many trips deferred to 2021, the lodges are filling up fast, and there is much interest in terms of new travel for 2021 too especially in the second half of the year when we expect travel to be easier again.
My message here is to keep dreaming and let’s start planning your next dose of African sunsets and sunrises accompanied by those soul awakening sounds and smells of the bush, there is nothing quite like it!