Are Luxury Safaris in Africa Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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When the global coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, many people were forced to abruptly cancel their travel plans, hoping it would only be for a short time. As the duration of lockdowns and quarantines stretched on, the travel industry took a hard hit. Once the restrictions finally began to lift, socially distant outdoor activities were deemed safer than other options, prompting stir-crazy people to look for ways they could enjoy themselves outdoors. 

During the lockdowns, tourism to Africa suffered along with travel to other locations all over the world, but interest in exotic destinations like Africa grew as potential travelers wondered if it would be safe to finally go on their dream safari to the Serengeti Plain or another wildlife-filled African destination. A luxury African safari gives adventurers an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world on their home turf. It’s a thrilling, one-of-a-kind experience, and you would mostly be outdoors — but does that actually mean it’s safe during a pandemic? Here’s what you need to know about the impact the pandemic has had on the safari industry and whether it's safe to finally take that trip.