June-July 2021

Lodges and camps updates, changes and more

Keeping you in the know…


Water activities available at &Beyond camps in the Delta

Boating and mokoro activities are currently possible from &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp and Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp has re-opened

Located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, the camp’s area is renowned for its rich wildlife and waterways dispersed between extensive grassy plains and sandy pockets.


KLM introduces direct Mombasa flights

The airline has announced that it will commence direct flights between Amsterdam and Mombasa from 31 October 2021. The routing will operate twice weekly on a Thursday and Sunday using Boeing 787-9 aircraft.


Decrease in helicopter rates

There has been a decrease in helicopter rates effective 16 June 2021 for all flights between Vilanculos Airport to &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge.

Download updated Mozambique ground handling rate sheet


Ongava announces the re-opening of two properties and new terms

  • Only Ongava Lodge and Little Ongava will be open for guests. Bookings made at Anderssons and at Ongava Tented Camp will be offered to change to Ongava Lodge or upgrade to Little Ongava.
  • Minimum 25% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a booking.


Gorilla permits amended terms and conditions

The Rwanda Development Board has announced that tourists can now postpone their permits up to 31 December 2022 if they are unable to travel due to COVID-19. This is subject to the submission of official documentation confirming this.

Bisate announces the opening of Bisate Kwanda

Bisate Kwanda will only be available for residents that need to freshen up after trekking on their departure date. Kwanda will offer them a place to relax, have lunch, a massage, shop, enjoy the nursery or even take a nature walk before departing their late flight out of Kigali. This is only available for resident guests and will be at no extra cost.

South Africa

South Africa Properties update

  • The iconic Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg has reopened.
  • The Cape Grace Hotel will reopen on 01 August.
  • Both the Peech Hotel and the Intercontinental O R Tambo are available again for bookings at normal tour operator rates over the British & Irish Lions Tour dates (mid-July to early-August).
  • Leeu Collection has announced the following reopening dates for their Franschhoek properties: Leeu Estates to reopen every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 01 July onwards (and fully from 01 November), whereas Le Quartier Français will only reopen on 01 November and Leeu House on 23 December.
  • In addition to The One Above, which has changed its name (with immediate effect) to The Devils Peak Penthouse, One&Only Cape Town will add The Lions Peak Penthouse before the end of the year to their portfolio.

South Africa Level 4 lockdown regulations

Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown regulations were announced by the South African President on 27 June 2021 in order to help curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. These regulations will be in place with immediate effect for 14 days and might be extended beyond that period. These regulations include:

  • Travel in and out of the province of Gauteng is temporarily prohibited, except for transits, defined as a connection within 24 hours.
  • All connection flights via O R Tambo International Airport are therefore permitted for tourists, provided a maximum of one night is spent as part of the transit in Gauteng (Johannesburg and surrounds).
  • No sales or distribution of alcohol will be allowed.
  • Licensed restaurants, including hotel restaurants, will not be allowed to operate and overnight guests will be served meals in their rooms.

Airlink’s flight schedule updates

  • Airlink’s lodge link flight schedule will resume on 01 July, linking &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve with Johannesburg and Cape Town via Nelspruit.
  • A twice-weekly direct Airlink flight from Nelspruit to Vilanculos will commence on 02 July (Mondays and Fridays).


Crater floor updates at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

  • Tanzania Parks are repairing the descent road at Ngorongoro Crater – this is the road used to descend for game drives to the Crater floor.
  • With this road not being accessible, all lodges and tour operators are now using one road to descend and ascend – this requires a one-way system to be in place: all descents (entries) into the Crater need to take place from 06h00 to 12h00 in the morning, and all ascents (exits) need to take place from 12h00 to 18h00 in the afternoon.
  • This unfortunately affects guests arriving at Manyara Airstrip later than 08h30 – they will not be able to go into the Crater on arrival day. Our reservation teams will provide more detail for affected bookings.
  • The date of completion has not yet been confirmed but our reservation teams will stay in touch with all existing bookings affected on a monthly basis and we suggest that you notify any new bookings that are travelling within the next six months of this.


Gorilla permits amended terms and conditions

Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits can now be rescheduled, a maximum of two times, up to March 2022. This is subject to the submission of official documentation confirming that guests are not able to travel. Permits originally confirmed for travel before 01 July 2021 will be honoured at USD 600, even if they are rescheduled to a period after that date when the pricing will have increased to USD 700.

Uganda Airlines introduces direct flights to South Africa

Uganda Airlines has commenced four weekly flights between Entebbe and Johannesburg.


Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma to re-open on 01 August 2021

Located on the edge of a dramatic bend in the Zambezi River, the property is just 12km (7.5mi.) from the world-famous Victoria Falls. An array of activities are on offer here such as walking safaris, sundowner cruises, touring the Victoria Falls, canoeing on the Zambezi and visiting the local school and village.


Great Plains announces the opening of Tembo Plains Camp

The property will be located on the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Reserve, next to Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Offering four guest tents, a two-bedroom family unit and a guide tent, the property is scheduled to open on 01 August 2021.


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