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Week 27
06th July 2021

From the ground, what I have found.

As we see more bookings postpone or confirm into 2022, we still have a safari season this year and travel across Africa remains relatively straight forward. For vaccinated travellers with limited home-country restrictions, 2021 is the year to travel. 

I am away at the moment, travelling for 2 weeks with my daughters around South Africa and Mozambique. Amidst the looming uncertainty of level 4 lockdown in South Africa, I thought it would be a good time to share my review on the ups and downs of getting around and the reality of being in the camps and lodges.

Is travel across Africa feasible and safe right now? The answer is YES.

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Be respectful. Stay safe. Keep travelling.
All our camps and lodges are open.
Besides Congo Conservation Company: 2 September and HBD Principe: 1 October.
Bush Sundowners
Travel now
Be respectful. Stay safe. Keep travelling.
Before leaving home, I have to admit that I was anxious. It was not just me on one of my single missions, now I had my kids, our holiday expectations, and the reality of regional and international travel logistics to manage. 
  • For regional flights around Southern Africa I highly recommend AIRLINK, they have the best access and continue to fly. And yes you need to wear your mask at all times.
  • Before entering a new 'bubble" I recommend that each person undertakes a Rapid PCR test, even if you are vaccinated. We need to know we are arriving "Covid Clean" into a new environment.
  • Respect local communities. Even if you are vaccinated, feel safe, or less concerned about contracting the virus, keep in mind this might not be the same thoughts of the people with whom you are engaging. Wear a mask, if not for your own protection, out of respect for those around you.
  • Getting PCR tests (for international flights) is easy from the camps, but do check on the costs as these can be an unexpected sting.
  • I strongly suggest getting comprehensive travel insurance with CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason). This is available at a cost. As we are not insurance brokers we are not making any recommendations on who to use.
Azura Retreats
The perfect escape.

I am currently at AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND and delighted to see the hotel doing well with a good mix of international and local guests. With daily flights on AIRLINK between Johannesburg and Vilanculos as well as twice weekly flights from Kruger to Vilanculos, access is reliable, easy and fast. 
  • On arrival at Azura, part of the check-in process is a Rapid PCR test (non invasive oral swab) managed by their on-site paramedic. Knowing all the guests and staff are healthy makes everything so much more comfortable and guests are not obliged to wear masks in public areas. 
  • With oodles of sunshine, endless white beaches, numerous water and land activities, a fabulous team and wonderful healthy ocean fresh meals, Azura continues to be the leading beach experience in Mozambique.  
  • Stay 6 nights and pay for 5 valid this year and next.
AZURA ESCAPE : 7-nights plus flights
Azura Benguerra Island has a great value long-stay offer inclusive of return helicopter flights from Vilanculos, accommodation, all meals, drinks and activities as per usual inclusions. 
Valid through 31 October 2021
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One of the greatest joys about my 'job' is being able to travel with my girls, Alexandra (12 years) and Beatrice (11 years). This picture was taken last night at Azura. I value every moment with them and enjoy their insights into the world around us.
Travel is resuming. Bookings are coming in. Africa is ready.
Reach out for any assistance we can offer in planning your next safari itinerary.
Warmest regards

Suzanne Bayly
OWNER, Classic Portfolio

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