October 2021

Border updates for each country and more…

Keeping you in the know…

General

Border update as at 21 October 2021

Botswana

✅ International borders open with restrictions

A guest entering and exiting Botswana must have a valid PCR negative test no older than 72 hours. Additional to the obligatory negative PCR test result that guests must present, another rapid test will be performed free of charge on arrival. Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry and those symptomatic will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and/or quarantine.

Mozambique

✅ International borders open with restrictions

Guests will not be required to quarantine on arrival if they present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 no older than 72 hours. Children up to the age of 11 are exempt from the test requirement to enter Mozambique. Guests who do not present a negative COVID-19 will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Namibia

✅ International borders open with restrictions

All arriving guests must present a negative SARSCOV-2 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result no older than seven days from the sample date. Guests will be required to complete a short health questionnaire which will need to be submitted, together with a full travel itinerary, to the Health Ministry staff on arrival at the airport. The health questionnaire forms can be obtained at here. Guests must ensure they have adequate travel insurance which covers both medical expenses and potential unexpected hotel stays in case of quarantine. Children below five years of age entering Namibia will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 result.

South Africa

✅ International borders open with restrictions

All nationalities are welcome, subject to visa requirements and Covid-19 protocols. Travelers must produce a negative PCR test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, and no older than 72 hours before the date of travel. This must be issued by a recognised laboratory with its name indicated on the test results. While digital forms of the test are being accepted at ports of entry, we recommend also traveling with a printed certificate. Children under five are not required to present a PCR test. An obligatory health questionnaire, which can be downloaded here, must be completed not more than 2 days ahead of departure to South Africa (also for those transit guests, who need to collect luggage before continuing on their journey). When leaving the country again, another questionnaire will need to be completed at this link.

Zambia

✅ International borders open with restrictions

All arriving guests including children must produce evidence of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based SARS-CoV-2 negative test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. All guests from countries deemed to be at a high risk of COVID-19 will be subjected to COVID-19 testing at points of entry even if they have a negative PCR test certificate. Testing at the points of entry will be conducted at the guests’ cost. Guests who transit through high risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours. Guests are to monitor themselves for 14 days post arrival and report any symptoms immediately.

Zimbabwe

✅ International borders open with restrictions

Please note the reopening of the Kazangula and Victoria Falls land border posts is only applicable to fully vaccinated guests. Guests will be required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility no more than 48 hours of departure to Zimbabwe. Time spent travelling to Zimbabwe and in transit is not counted. Guests may be requested to undergo a further PCR test on arrival if they have a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C and/or appear to be symptomatic. This will be at their own cost. If the PCR is positive, they will be required to quarantine up to ten days (at their expense) or until such time as a negative test is received. COVID-19 testing can be done one day prior to departure at a Lancet Laboratory testing facility in Harare or Victoria Falls.

Kenya

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

Guests from all countries must be in possession of a medical certificate showing a negative PCR COVID-19 test received no more than 96 hours before arrival in Kenya, this includes children of 5 years old and above. Kenya does not require COVID-19 testing before departure, however, all guests departing Kenya must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements at the destination and /or transit points. All international guests arriving into Kenya need to complete the International Travelers Health Surveillance Form. The form can be found here

Rwanda

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

Guests must take a COVID-19 RT-PCR  test in the country of origin at an ISO certified laboratory, 72 hours before travel commences to Rwanda, this includes children of all ages.  Guests will take a second test upon arrival in Kigali. Guests will be expected to isolate and wait up to 24 hours (8 hours for tourists) for results of the second test at designated hotels in Rwanda.

Tanzania

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

All guests must be in possession of a medical certificate showing a negative PCR COVID-19 test received no more than 96 hours before arrival in Tanzania, this includes children of all ages. Guests entering Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection including a rapid antigen test at their own cost.

Uganda

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

Guests from all countries will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival in Uganda, regardless of whether they have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated or have a negative PCR test from their home country.  Mandatory PCR testing will be done at the guests cost. We recommend all guests book their test orders before arrival to speed up the testing process once they arrive in the country click here

Countries removed from UK Red List

From 11 October 2021, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been removed from the UK Red List, which means that travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival or when returning home to the UK.

Vaccination status of staff at &Beyond

While safety protocols at our lodges mean &Beyonders have to continue to smile with their eyes alone, you can learn more about the vaccination status for our teams in the field.

 

2022 rate release: Fly Me at a Fixed Price offer

This flexible seven night, fixed-price package including accommodation, flights and transfers is a firm favourite and a great offer to share with your guests. Combine the thrill of a four night safari in South Africa or Botswana with a dazzling three night stay in Cape Town.

Download the &Beyond Fly Me at a Fixed Price 2022 rate sheet

 

Singita introduces new carbon offsetting levy

Implemented at the end of August 2021, Singita’s new carbon offsetting levy is applicable at all its lodges, and is charged per person, per night (this includes adults as well as children of all ages).

Levy charges:

  • South African lodges: ZAR 33 per person per night
  • Zimbabwe, Rwanda & Tanzania: USD 2.30 per person per night

Botswana

Water activities available at &Beyond camps in the Delta

Mokoro activities and fishing are currently possible from &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp and &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp.

Regrettably, due to low water levels, boating is not possible from either camp.

 

Natural Selection add to their portfolio

Natural Selection have added Royal Tree Lodge in Maun and the Okavango Spirit Houseboat to their portfolio.

Fast facts about Okavango Spirit Houseboat:
  • The houseboat operates in the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana
  • Accommodates a maximum 14 guests per trip in seven ensuite cabins (4 doubles; 3 twins). Each cabin has a private viewing deck, fan and shower.  
  • Children from 6 years of age welcome
  • The houseboat will be anchored at a different spot each night 
  • There is electricity on board but there are no plug points in the cabins. Battery-run charging facilities can be found in the main area
  • Wifi available onboard 
  • The boat features a dining room, small lounge area, well-stocked bar and open-plan kitchen 
  • Smaller boats will take guests on various activities in the area
Fast facts about Royal Tree Lodge:
  • The lodge sits on the banks of Thamalakane River and the area is abundant with plains game and an abundance of birdlife 
  • Only a 20-minute drive or 5-minute helicopter from Maun Airport
  • The existing 10 luxury tent suites and 2 air-conditioned honeymoon suites are getting a revamp. The main lodge area will also be getting a make-over 
  • A private villa for small groups and families will also be added
  • Children of all ages are welcomed

Kenya

Skyship now has launch site in Mara North

Skyship now has a launch site further north in the Mara, which means easier access for guests coming from the below lodges:

  • Richard’s Camp – River Camp; Forest Camp
  • Serian – The Original Camp
  • Ngare Serian
  • Mara Safari Club
  • Mahali Mzuri
  • Elephant Pepper Camp

Previously transfer times were sometimes as long as 2-hours, meaning a 03h00 departure from the lodge. Additionally, guests staying in Mara North do not have to pay the Mara park fee to balloon in the Mara Triangle.

Namibia

Update on COVID-19 entry requirements

A negative PCR test, with a result no older than 7-days from the date of the sample taken will be required when entering Namibia.

Rwanda

Rwanda extends permissions to postpone gorilla permits

Rwanda has extended permissions for guests to postpone gorilla permits due to COVID-19  reasons until 31 December 2022.

South Africa

&Beyond 2022 Groundhandling rate sheet available

Our team has loaded the 2022 South Africa Groundhandling rate sheet.

Please be aware that Airlink has also sent its updated fares.

Only a few routings have been affected: 

  • Johannesburg to Phinda via Nelspruit
  • Cape Town to Phinda via Nelspruit
  • Phinda to to Vilankulos via Nelspruit and back to Johannesburg
  • Skukuza to Vilankulos via Nelspruit and back to Johannesburg.

Download the South Africa Groundhandling 2022 rate sheet

Blue Train Summer Special

The Blue Train has introduced a Summer Special with fantastic rates for new bookings on all its Pretoria to Cape Town and Cape Town to Pretoria departures; between October 2021 and March 2022.

Bidvest Car Rental rebrands

Bidvest Car Rental has rebranded to become BLUU Car Rental. Its fleet and rates are staying unchanged.

NEXT Pathology: rapid 2-hour PCR tests

NEXT Pathology is a new option for a rapid, 2-hour turnaround PCR testing. It is located on the ground floor of the Intercontinental Hotel O R Tambo and is open daily between 06h00 and 22h00.

Winchester Boutique Hotel now managed by Newmark Hotels

The Winchester Boutique Hotel (previously known as the Winchester Mansions) is now managed by Newmark Hotels and will reopen on 08 November after extensive renovations.

Tanzania

Update on COVID-19 entry requirements

Tanzania’s requirement for COVID-19 testing has moved from 72hrs prior to arrival, to 96hrs prior to arrival. Arrival testing is still in place but costs have been reduced to USD10 for the mainland and USD25 for Zanzibar.

 

Zambia

Upgraded Zambian Airport terminal
  • The Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) has opened its newly upgraded passenger Terminal 2, at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
  • The terminal upgrades were implemented to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic, cargo volumes and passenger numbers
  • The spacious Terminal 2 is being used for international arrivals and departures

Zimbabwe

Rovos Rail adds special departure in January

Rovos Rail has added a special departure in January 2022 from Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam.

This 8-day journey travels from one of the world’s greatest natural wonders to the east coast of Africa. Prices start at USD 5 280.

Guests can enjoy activities and sights such as:

  • A sunset cruise to view the Victoria Falls
  • A bush walk to the rock pools of Chishimba Falls
  • Travel past baobab forests, descend into the Rift Valley, traverse the jungled Udzungwa Mountains
  • Game viewing in the Selous Game Reserve
  • Informative lectures from the onboard historian

Includes: Accommodation; all meals; all beverages on board; room service; limited laundry; excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; onboard historian, hairstylist and doctor; govt tax

Border crossing COVID-19 updates from Chobe or Livingstone to Victoria Falls
  • Both the Kazungula Border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, and the Victoria Falls Bridge Border between Zambia and Zimbabwe are now open
  • Travellers over 18 years of age will need to have a vaccination certificate, in addition to a negative PCR test (but still only a negative PCR test for under 18s)
  • Unvaccinated travellers can only cross land borders into Zimbabwe when in transit, e.g. to catch a flight out of Victoria Falls Airport

 

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