Monday 30 March
Cedarberg UK – all the UK team are working from home. We are encountering some intermittent problems with our telephone line which may be to do with the fact that so many companies are now also using VOIP phones. Please email if your call is not answered – but do tell us as we have to keep reporting the fault!
Cedarberg SA – all the SA team are working from home for a period of 3 weeks until Thursday 16th April. Our telephone system is working and so you should be able to ring us. But please email us if you cannot get through. South Africa is experiencing intensive internet and phone usage and thus the system is under strain.
Currently we have 1280 cases in South Africa (with 2 deaths). Testing is quite extensive (37,000 to date) and 31 people have recovered. There are a few cases in our other destinations but not over 100 cases in any one country.
For understandable reasons several African nations have now taken to the decision to temporarily ban entry or enforce self-quarantine for 14 days to people coming from certain parts of the world, notably the USA, the United Kingdom and several European Countries. Those we currently know of include:
Botswana: Denied entry for visitors from China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.
South Africa: Suspension of visas on arrival scheme and denied entry for visitors from China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Iran, USA and UK
Kenya: Denied entry for visitors from any country that is known to have the virus (ie most of the world.)
Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda: Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in affected countries.
We hope to gain some idea of the expected duration of these bans and suspensions in the next few days.
From 17 March the Foreign Office has advised British nationals against all but essential international travel, for a period of 30 days. The whole EU has also warned against any international travel.
Southern Africa’s Safari Industry
In response to the travel restrictions, our suppliers and partners in each country are adapting to these changing circumstances in terms of reviewing their attitude towards postponement or possible cancellation. However, because few itineraries have only one end supplier (airline, hotel etc.) we have to review each case individually.