Cheli & Peacock Safaris COVID-19 Regional Update, FAQs and More

August 4, 2020 - 14 minutes read

Dear Safari Partners

As our airports open and airplanes take to the sky, we would like to share a few spots of regional travel news. Our Product Manager, Kathleen Leonard, has developed ‘The Cheli & Peacock Safaris Supplier Deposit Guide 2020/21’. The document allows for better financial planning with regard to the paying of deposits in the future, should you like a copy of this document, please contact Kath at In addition, Kath has developed ‘The Cheli & Peacock Safaris COVID-19 East Africa Travel FAQs’, in order to answer many of the questions that are being posed during this time. Please find this document attached below.


In order to plan safaris for your travelers in the future, please take note of the following:


  • International flights officially resumed on 18 May 2020;
  • All travelers entering The United Republic of Tanzania will be required to present, upon arrival a valid negative COVID-19 certificate from an approved laboratory, tested within 72 hours before travel;
  • There are no self-quarantine requirements for travelers arriving into the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • All arriving passengers will undergo screening and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry;
  • All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport;
  • Sanitizers are placed throughout airports and all airport staff are to be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place;
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and
  • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.


  • International flights have resumed as of 1 August 2020;
  • All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F); do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.
  • Travelers from the following countries will be exempt from quarantine: Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Qatar, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas), Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland and Zimbabwe;
  • The nationwide curfew remains in place between 2100 and 0400, for a period of 30 days from 27 July 2020;
  • Travel by road, rail, and air has resumed throughout the country;
  • A selection of restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are permitted to operate until 7pm for a period of 30 days from 27 July 2020 ;
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places;
  • Vehicles must carry only 50% of their passenger capacity;
  • Temperature checks will continue to be conducted in public places; and
  • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.


  • International flights were banned on 22 March 2020, a reopening date has yet to be announced;
  • Local private and public vehicle movement continues to be suspended;
  • The nationwide curfew continues between 1900 and 0630;
  • Hotels, restaurants, and shops reopened from the 4 June 2020, with social distancing measures in place; and
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people over the age of 6 years at all times in public places.


  •  International flights have resumed as of 1 August 2020;
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure (meaning that you get tested and get results no more than 3 days before your first flight), complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate, please see the passenger locator form link on;
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test done prior to arrival, and the test is to the cost of the guest, at USD 50 per person per test;
  • All travellers are required to complete 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test, the designated hotels are available at a discounted rate and we recommend accommodation in the following hotels:
    • Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
    • Kigali Marriott Hotel
    • Kigali Serena Hotel
    • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Following 24 hours, guests’ results will be received via SMS or email. In the event of a negative test, guests will be invited to check out and proceed on their Rwanda safari. In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.
  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 2100 and 0500; and
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places.

The following tables list the collections, properties and airlines that have resumed operations. For more information please contact your designated Safari Planner.

 Tanzanian Collections  Properties that are open in Tanzania
 Asanja Collections  All
 Asilia Lodges & Camps  Asilia Namiri Plains, Asilia Oliver’s Camp, Asilia The Highlands
 Bushtops Camps  Serengeti Bushtops
 Chaka Camps  All
 Chem Chem Safari  Little Chem Chem
 Elewana Collection  Arusha Coffee Lodge, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, The Manor Ngorongoro
 Emerson  Emerson Spice
 Foxes Safari Camps  Lazy Lagoon, Mufindi Highlands Lodge, Ruaha River Lodge,
Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Stanley’s Kopje
 Kirurumu Under Canvas  Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
 Legendary Expeditions  Legendary Lodge
 Lemala Authentic Camps & Lodges  Mpingo Ridge, Nanyukie, Ngorongoro Tented Camp
 Mantis Collection  Siringit Serengeti Camp
 Nasikia Camps  All except Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
 Nimali Africa  Nimali Central Serengeti, Nimali Mara, Nimali Tarangire
 Nomad Tanzania  Nomad Lamai Serengeti
 Serena Hotels  Arusha Hotel Resort & Spa, Lake Manyara Safari Lodge,
Mbuzi Mawe Camp,  Ngorongoro Safari Lodge, Serengeti Safari Lodge
 Singita  Faru Faru Lodge, Mara River Tented Camp, Sasakwa Lodge
 Tanganyika Wilderness Camps  Mara Kati Kati, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Maramboi Tented Lodge
 Wellworth Collection  All


Tanzanian Individual Properties that are now open

Acacia Farm Lodge
Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Four Points by Sheraton, Arusha
Gibb’s Farm
Grumeti Migration Camp
Kisiwa House & Kisiwa On The Beach
Lake Duluti Lodge
Lake Natron Camp

Ngorongoro Farm House
Mbalageti Serengeti Camp
Melia Zanzibar
Mount Meru Game Lodge
Mount Meru Hotel
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Plantation Lodge
Rivertrees Country Inn

Taasa Lodge
The Aiyana Pemba
The Katambuga House
The Residence Zanzibar
Xanadu Villas
Zanzibar White Sand Villas
Zuri Zanzibar


Tanzanian Domestic Airlines that are up and running

Auric Air (all routes except Kigali and Entebbe)
Air Excel
Coastal Aviation
Grumeti Air

 Kenyan Collections  Properties that are open in Kenya
 Bush & Beyond  Ol Malo House, Ol Malo Lodge, Ol Malo Nomad, Sarara Camp,
Sarara Treehouses, Tangulia Mara Camp, The Emakoko
 Elewana Collection  AfroChic Diani, Kifaru House, Sand River Masai Mara,
Tortilis Camp Amboseli
 Governors’ Camp Collection  Il Moran Camp, Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ Camp
 Hemingways Collection  Hemingways Nairobi, Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, Hemingways Watamu
 Kicheche Camps  Bush Camp, Laikipia Camp
 Lewa Wilderness  All
 Offbeat Safaris  Ekorian’s Mugie Camp, Mara Camp, Spirit of the Masai Mara
 Naibor  Naibor Camp
 New African Territories  Ngare Serian, Serian The Original, Speke’s Camp
 Porini Safari Camps  Cheetah Camp, Lion Camp, Mara Camp
 The Safari and Conservation Co.  Borana Lodge, Laragai House, Lengishu, Manda Bay
 The Safari Collection  Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp
 Saruni  Mara, Rhino, Samburu, Wild


Kenyan Individual Properties that are now open

Alfajiri Villas
Almanara Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas
Angama Mara
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport
Eka Hotel
El Karama Eco-Lodge

Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport
House of Waine
Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Gables
Karisia Walking Safaris
Kinondo Kwetu
Mara Bushtops

Mahali Mzuri
Medina Palms
Ol Tukai Lodge
Satao Elerai
Sirikoi Lodge
Tamarind Tree Nairobi
The Emakoko
The Majlis Lamu

Kenyan Domestic Airlines that are up and running

AirKenya Express Ltd
Governors’ Aviation Ltd
Mombasa Air Safari Ltd
Safarilink Aviation Ltd

Lichota-Migori Airstrip

The Lichota-Migori Airstrip, which allows travellers to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti, has been closed until 31 December 2021 for scheduled maintenance. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) have allocated USD 2.2M, and are planning to expand and rehabilitate the strip to accommodate the landing of larger aircraft. In the interim, our airline partners intend to route all flights that were scheduled to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti via Nairobi Wilson and Kilimanjaro airports. For the most part, tickets paid for before the 16 July 2020 will be honored. However, quoted bookings may be subject to a price change. We are working to revise all of our quotations in order to measure the differences.

Cheli & Peacock Safaris COVID-19 Protocols

Our protocols remain the same, with a small change to seating arrangements in vehicles, airplanes and dining rooms. For your reference please find the latest document attached.


In order to start to put all of our protocols into action, our Operations Manager, Nelly Waweru has been appointed as our COVID-19 Health & Safety Officer in Kenya. Nelly, along with one of our drivers and one of our airport representatives, completed the Salama Fikira ‘Infection Prevention and Control Qualifications’ accredited by Highfield International. Nelly will now be responsible for making sure that we are compliant and that all staff members are trained accordingly. All guest-facing staff (operation staff members, drivers and airport representatives) will now undergo the same stringent training regimen, guided by the three members of staff who completed the course. In addition, Nelly completed the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) ‘COVID-19 Sensitisation Programme’ conducted by the Red Cross, and Cheli & Peacock Safaris is now certified.

Our sales team are working on new itineraries and enquiries on a daily basis. Should you have any questions or require any further information, please do contact your designated Safari Planner.

The Cheli & Peacock Safaris Team

If you need to contact us, please note the following:

     Quentin Savage, Commercial Director, +254 796 212 250,
Judith Lagat, Sales Manager, +254 718 055 722,
Patrick Bourgeix, General Manager Tanzania, +255 782 064 642,
Kathleen Leonard, Product Manager, +254 742 969 598,
Nelly Waweru, Operations Manager Kenya, +254 722 790 418,
Aisha Qayyum, Operations Manager Tanzania, +255 713 234 971,

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
Nairobi: +254 758 705 187 and