Imagine relaxing by the fire with a refreshing drink in your hand, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush. During your latest game drive you saw a large pride of lions lazing about the shade of a massive tree while their cubs played among them. You cannot wait to share this anecdote with your family and friends when you return home… Well the time has come for you to book your holiday, pack your bags and purchase your flights. Africa is open and cannot wait to welcome you to its shores. It has been a long time coming for Australians to visit South Africa again. Qantas made an exciting announcement when their flights between Sydney and Johannesburg resumed earlier this year. This popular route commenced with three weekly flights between the two major cities. Upon entry to South Africa, you need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before your departure for South Africa and confirm that you are fully vaccinated against Covid -19. Restrictions on returning to Australia from South Africa havebeen eased. Even though a negative PCR test is still preferred, a negative RAT test taken 24 hours before your departure to Australia will also be accepted. Citizens who contracted Covid-19 while visiting Africa, can now be cleared to travel to Australia after 7 days of testing positive. This has been reduced from 14 days. Several other countries and airlines have also eased their restrictions on travelling to South Africa. The Zimbabwean Government has also jumped on board with easing their restrictions to enter the country. They announced on 28 January that there will be no more mandatory quarantine for travellers who enter Zimbabwe. Only a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure for Zimbabwe will now be necessary. This comes as great news to the tourism industry, as it is the fourth pillar to the Zimbabwean economy. With April 2022 seeing a rise in tourists who are booking lodges and who are eager to visit the Victoria Falls and surrounding areas, it will have a positive impact on the communities, conservancy, and it will benefit the economy of the country. There are a number of airlines that will resume flights to Victoria Falls including British Airways (operated by Comair), Kenya Airways and Airlink. Emirates is to resume flights to Harare. 30 June 2022 will see the introduction of four weekly Fastjet flights between Victoria Falls and Maun – the gateway to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Fastjet will also introduce flights from Victoria Falls to Nelspruit, which is in close proximity to the greater Kruger National Park Conservancy. These flights link the region’s prime tourist destinations. In addition, the latest available official figures show that 86% of the adult population at Victoria Falls are vaccinated. There is no time like the present to book your holiday to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Other Southern African countries have followed suit with easing their restrictions. The likes of Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia all require a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. None of these countries expect tourists to quarantine. However, you will have to be vaccinated to enter Botswana. Travel to East Africa You are not the only one. East Africa has been attracting tourists from all over the world for many years. The Masai Mara and Serengeti have been attracting thousands of visitors every year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. If the Wildebeest and Zebra migration has been on your bucket list, the time has come for you to experience this natural wonder. Kenyan borders are open to all nationalities. Their tourism industry is booming once again with lodges filling up quickly from June 2022 onwards. A full Covid-19 vaccination certificate is required upon entry. You will also have to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your departure. There is no need to quarantine upon your arrival. Trekking the Gorillas is also on the cards for those who want to travel to Rwanda to see these magnificent beasts. The Rwandan Government announced their easing of Covid-19 restrictions at the end of January this year, following the decline of infections in Rwanda. Travellers to Rwanda will no longer have to quarantine when they arrive in the country. However, they will need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before their arrival. An additional PCR test is mandatory upon arrival and travellers will have to take a RAT test three days after arrival. What if I test positive for Covid-19 whilst in Africa? Rest assured that the safety of our clients has and always will be the main priority of Destinations Africa. That is why we work with hands-on, competent ground operators who are able to assist if ever and whenever a crisis arises. Should you, at any time, test positive during your itinerary, our ground operators will arrange transfers to and accommodation at a registered quarantine hotel. These hotels will have the necessary protocols in place to act as a quarantine facility. In the severe case where you need to be hospitalised,you will be transferred to a private hospital to ensure the best possible treatment. Restrictions are being lifted. Protocols are in place for your safety. More and more people are being vaccinated by the day. Flights are resuming and lodges are filling up fast. Now is the best time to consider your trip to Africa in 2022 and 2023. Book now to avoid disappointment!