Cheli & Peacock Safaris Coronavirus Travel Update as of 22 May 2020
As we map out our hopes for the future and consider what life will be like post-coronavirus, we’ve been reminded of how important tourism is to this region. The local, and more so, the rural economies need our support to recover and conservation efforts need to resume, having been left vulnerable. As such, many of us in the region are ready to encourage the resumption of thoughtful travel and responsible tourism in the near future. We hope that that will be a realistic prospect as and when markets emerge from lockdown and international travel is resumed, with the necessary health policies and practices in place, to support the rebuilding of tourism confidence.
Please find an update on the regional situation below:
As of 17 May, Kenya’s borders remain closed and the nationwide curfew between 1900 and 0500 has been extended by President Uhuru Kenyatta until the 6 June. The cessation of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Mandera and Kilifi persists. Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places, vehicles must carry only 50% of their passenger capacity, random temperature checks continue to be conducted in public places and social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times. Kenyans have so far shown unwavering support for these measures, understanding the need to mitigate further spread.
Effective 18 May 2020, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, has lifted the suspension of international scheduled passenger flights into and out of the country. Upon arrival, travellers will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection and be expected to complete a Traveller Surveillance Form. There will be no fourteen-day quarantine upon arrival. Both airport staff and those engaged in the tourism sector, generally, will be regularly monitored to ensure that they are not infected with the Coronavirus.
On 18 May 2020, President Yoweri Museveni announced that the strict lockdown and nationwide curfew would start to ease on 2 June 2020. He suggested that schools and shops would open in early June, but that masks were to be distributed across the country before then.
Earlier this month, the Rwandese began to ease their nationwide lockdown, with essential staff returning to work. Borders remain closed and the curfew will continue between 2000 and 0500 every day.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you accordingly.
We’ll SPOT you in the wilderness SOON.
The Cheli & Peacock Safaris Team
If you need to contact us, please note the following:
Quentin Savage, Commercial Director, +254 796 212 250, quentin.savage@
Judith Lagat, Sales Manager, +254 718 055 722, judith.lagat@
Patrick Bourgeix, General Manager Tanzania, +255 782 064 642, patrick.bourgeix@
Kathleen Leonard, Product Manager, +254 742 969 598, kathleen.leonard@
Nelly Waweru, Operations Manager Kenya, +254 722 790 418, nelly.waweru@
Aisha Qayyum, Operations Manager Tanzania, +255 713 234 971, aisha.qayyum@
Our email accounts remain the same and we are continuing to operate the duty manager contacts should you need an urgent response:
Arusha: +255 764 040 099 and tanzania24hrs@
Nairobi: +254 758 705 187 and duty.manager@