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AFRICA: OPEN FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

For more than half a year, the African tourism industry has come to a complete standstill. Hotels and restaurants were closed, attractions closed, land and sea ports almost closed and flights suspended. As the CoVID-19 infection rates are falling, countries are steadily lifting their travel restrictions on our beautiful continent. Many of the well known travel destinations are starting to reopen the borders to get their troubled tourism economies going again.

I look at the African continent, which is diverse and full of cultures, identities, beautiful nature and history. Bloggers and travelers share their experiences from three countries in Africa, different from cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town, getting close to the camels in Namibia and enjoying the rich culture in Kenya to prove that a trip to Africa is a must on your Bucket List Post CoVID-19.

Kenya

Kenya shows its people, diversity, food, culture, wildlife and landscapes. The late Mzansi Girl, an experienced South African travel blogger and social media influencer, expanded her Instagram page into a high-quality travel and leisure page with information, stories and beautiful photographs about Africa. She once shared her Kenyan escape experience and the only words I could use to describe her experience were “culturally phenomenal”. In her social media posts, she remembers visiting a Maasai village in Amboseli National Park and learning about their culture, which was really a special experience. Despite education, civilization and Western influences, she says, the Maasai have stuck to their traditional way of life and made it a symbol of Kenyan culture.

She then challenged herself by rafting the rapids on the Tana River in central Kenya, one of the most exciting things to do on a river. The wild, muddy water presented many challenges with fantastic guides who are expert and safe to lead expertly. An interesting fact that she shared was the British naval marines who came regularly during their training.

She was intrigued when she visited a small town on Lamu Island, part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya, where donkeys have right of way because. The streets are far too narrow for vehicles. It is estimated that there are 6,000 donkeys and only 2 cars on the island. Donkeys are the main means of transport for goods and people and are also used for agricultural purposes. The annual donkey race is the highlight of the Lamu Cultural Festival, which takes place every November.

Kenya reopened to international tourists on August 1st. One of the admission requirements is a negative PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Visit Kenya for an adventure in its purest form. The safari tours in Kenya are shaped by more than a century of nostalgia, which is shaped by stories of romantic journeys, dangerous expeditions and pioneers of cultural protection.

Namibia

When you think of a desert, you think of an inaccessible place, not a person in sight, and deafening silence. You may even wonder why on earth would anyone want to visit such a place. The Namibian deserts are surrounded by peace and serenity and rare beauty that amazes, with a deep, soulful energy, inspiring experiences, brave activities and exciting encounters. What else would you want from a holiday destination?

A serial traveler, the 30-year-old Tebogo Masombuka, who has made it her business to travel the African continent, shares with us her sandy, but unbelievable crown birthday experience in Namibia. She spent her days sandboarding over the beautiful Namib desert dunes and enjoying the scenery in a bold, daring way. She drove a quad in the desert, which gave her a feeling of openness and unshakable space, with the cherry being the camel ride through the desert. She described it as blissful as she sailed through the desert with the peaceful animals.

Namibia’s largest airport reopened on September 1st, 2020 and now allows the arrival of foreign tourists. All arrivals must bring a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to arrival and must be retested after 7 days in Namibia (after the 7-day quarantine has been completed).

South Africa

My first visit to Cape Town was on a public holiday celebrating my 28th birthday. The energy level of the people there is second to none! On my tour I covered the distance from Stellenbosch to Franschoek with the perfect ending in Cape Town.

Fascinating architecture, wine, food and culture – a fitting description of Stellenbosch! As the second oldest city in South Africa, scattered granite hills and lush green vineyards that are arranged in lines and arrow-straight paths lead to various country estates – definitely one of the best and most beautiful places I have ever been in South Africa. If you are looking for a wine tasting in Stellenbosch, you will get a wine tasting. There are even routes that allow you to explore different tastes and wines fused with amazing views and scenery.

Another nice place in Cape Town for great views is Cape Point. It offers some really spectacular scenery. An easy hike to the point, this rocky promontory offers breathtaking vistas, dramatic windswept vistas of the ocean, and a truly secluded experience. If you want the best view of the cape, go to the lighthouse and you will be amazed by the natural beauty that surrounds it.

South Africa introduced Level 1 lockdown restrictions on September 21, 2020. This has resulted in an additional relaxation of the existing restrictions and a welcome easing of entry into the country. However, certain countries still have a high risk of CoVID-19, which is why visitors from these countries are not yet allowed to travel to South Africa at this time, despite the opening of the borders from October 1, 2020. The high-risk countries please visit https: // www .southafrica.net / gl / en / trade / category / coronavirus-covid-19-south-african-tourism-update / business-south-african-tourism-at-work. International air traffic will be restricted to the three largest airports in the country, viz. …

Travelers from the excluded countries are not allowed to travel to South Africa forever, but are initially prohibited. Permission to travel to South Africa from these countries is continuously reviewed, as the characterization of the high risk country can change to a low or medium risk. All travelers visiting the country are expected to adhere to the following regulations:

  • The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times
  • Social distancing in public spaces must be practiced at all times
  • Regularly washing or disinfecting your hands
  • A negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours from the time of departure should be presented

There are 54 African countries to visit on the African continent. From the electrifying and art-centric city of Lagos in Nigeria to the most peaceful country in Africa, Mauritius. Whether you want to experience exciting safaris, spectacular landscapes and the African spirit and culture or enjoy relaxing days on a tropical beach, the continent has it all!

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