by Luke Lalin on August 3, 2020
7 min read

For the weary, house-bound adventurer we have some great news. Leisure travel to Africa is once again a possibility and with a huge variety of incredible experiences now available, and many more on the horizon, how do you know where you should be booking? Fear not, as the authority on African travel, we have compiled a list of African countries which are open for you to visit right now. Not only are these incredible countries available to explore but, due to Covid-19, many of these destinations which normally require a booking of at least 12 months in advance, have immediate availability. There are some big-hitting, bucket-list experiences up on offer and now is definitely the time to take advantage of this.

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Africa is once again a travellers playground, Photo Credit: Marc Gengler

Safety First for African Travel

The African countries which have already opened their borders have all applied stringent health and safety measures to protect both the travellers and local population. For up-to-date information regarding the individual protocols each country has imposed, please read through our Covid-19 African Travel Restrictions and Border Updates blog.

So, where to travel… Listed in order of their opening dates, here are all the African countries ready to welcome you right now.

Tanzania

The beauty of Africa eventually captivates us all

Experience the magic of Tanzania, gently floating over the savannah

  • When did it reopen? 1 June
  • Who’s allowed in? There are no restrictions for any particular countries. If a travellers’ body temperature tests normal, they will be able to enter the country without being quarantined.
  • Why visit Tanzania now? Happening right now on the vast Serengeti plains, huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra (and the predators who follow them) are starting their Great Migration. The wide open plains of Tanzania are also the perfect self-isolation holiday. We recommend taking a private hot air balloon ride as a unique opportunity to view the vast grazing herds. The months of June through to November are also the perfect time to visit the flamingo-infested waters of Lake Natron which sees upwards of two million lesser flamingos gather to nest. Further east and beyond the coastline is Africa’s own tropical paradise, Zanzibar. With palm-dusted shorelines and deserted pearly-white sands, finishing off your Tanzania safari here is pure perfection.

Best Tanzania Tour:

Tanzania
Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar Tour
10 nights
  1. Arusha
  2. Ngorongoro Crater
  3. Serengeti National Park
  4. Zanzibar Archipelago

 

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Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda on gorilla trekking expedition

Witness the mountain gorilla in Rwanda

  • When did it reopen? 17 June
  • Who’s allowed in? All tourists are welcome, but visitors must test negative for Covid-19 in two consecutive tests.
  • Why visit Rwanda now? Rwanda is a haven for the vast majority of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and arguably the best place to witness them in their natural habitat. With some of the best gorilla trekking conditions between July and September, now is the perfect time to visit “The Land of a Thousand Hills”. Our recommendation would be to include a chimp trek in Nyungwe Forest National Park or add on a Great Migration tour to tick off two bucket-list items in one holiday.

Suggested Tour:

Rwanda
Tanzania
Gorilla Trekking & Great Migration Tour
12 nights
  1. Rwanda
  2. Greater Serengeti Ecosystem
  3. Ngorongoro Crater
  4. Zanzibar Archipelago

 

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Zambia

South Luangwa National Park

Walking safari in South Luangwa National Park

  • When did it reopen? 27 June
  • Who’s allowed in? Zambia has not placed any specific restrictions on any countries.
  • Why visit Zambia now? One of Zambia’s biggest draw cards are the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. While 75% of the Falls may be next-door, Zambia does lay claim to Devil’s Pool, a natural “infinity pool” perched on the edge of Victoria Falls which is bound to thrill even the most hardened adrenaline junkie. With arguably some of Africa’s best kept safari destinations, Kafue National Park (Zambia’s largest reserve) and the Lower Zambezi National Park offer astounding experiences for intrepid safari-goers. Our recommendation would be to take advantage of the availability to visit South Luangwa National Park – the ‘birthplace of the walking safari’. Read why Carl, one of our Travel Experts, believes this to be Africa’s best off-the-beaten-track safari.

Suggested Tour:

Zambia
Discover Zambia with Matthew
10 nights
  1. Lower Zambezi National Park
  2. South Luangwa National Park

 

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Maldives

Wooden walkway leads to elevated huts over the Indian Ocean in Maldives

One of the most romantic destinations in the world

  • When did it reopen? 15 July
  • Who’s allowed in? Anyone who is symptom-free and in possession of a confirmed booking in a registered tourist establishment.
  • Why visit the Maldives now? While a number of Mediterranean beach holiday destinations might peak your interest of late, none have the secluded luxury or pristine beauty of the Maldives. Comprising a string of idyllic islands, this complex and vibrant coral atoll offer the world’s best cyan-blue waters, whiter-than-white sand beaches and pure isolation in this tropical oasis. A haven for turtles, reef manta rays, and other marine wildlife, it also offers one of the best places to dive or snorkel with whale sharks between the months of August and November. If seclusion, luxury and unmatched beauty are what you are looking for, we recommend this island paradise for the whole family.

Our recommendation:

Maldives
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Beach Resort

 

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Kenya

maasai warriors near Lake Manyara

Maasai warriors near Lake Manyara, Photo Credit: Ws Safari

  • When did it reopen? 1 August 2020
  • Who’s allowed in? Only citizens from Canada, China, Ethiopia, Japan, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda and Zimbabwe are allowed to enter Kenya at the moment.
  • Why visit Kenya now? Walk in the footsteps of Maasai guides as you are led through the savannah, or stroll along the peak of Karen Blixen’s Ngong Hills, this safari destination needs no introduction. Home to an array of national parks and reserves boasting an abundance of wildlife – most notably the famed Maasai Mara National Park that runs into the Serengeti National Park in neighbouring Tanzania – Kenya is an opportune base from which to observe one of the world’s great natural wonders: The Great Migration. If you have the time, why not look to combine both safari heavy-weights, Kenya and Tanzania, in one truly wild safari itinerary?

Suggested Tour:

Tanzania
Kenya
Experience A Classic East African Safari
11 nights
  1. Kilimanjaro & Arusha
  2. Tarangire National Park
  3. Ngorongoro Crater
  4. Serengeti National Park

 

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Seychelles

Arial view of an island in Seychelles

Arial view of one of the islands of the Seychelles

  • When did it reopen? 1 August 2020
  • Who’s allowed in? The Seychelles has a list stipulating which countries fall within the low-risk or medium-risk category and who is allowed access. The full list is updated every 14 days.
  • Why visit the Seychelles now? The Seychelles is, in short, the very embodiment of a secluded, island paradise with over 100 mostly uninhabited islands. With granite-backed hills rising out of the ocean, covered in thick, tropical forest and all surrounded by talcum-powdered beaches and cerulean waters; this should be on everyone’s post lockdown holiday list. If pure luxury is your desire, we recommend hopping into a helicopter and making your way to your own exclusive resort, on your own private island. Since the perfect time to visit the Seychelles is between June and November, now is the time to book your luxury holiday.

Our Recommendation:

Seychelles
Fregate Island Private
Private Islands

 

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Which other African Countries are Opening Soon

Mauritius

Orange sunset behind palm trees on the beach

Sunset over Grand-Baie in Mauritius

Reopening on 1 September 2020

Namibia

Sunset in the Namibia desert

Sunset at Deadvlei in Namibia, Photo Credit: Ferdinand Veer

Gradual reopening of borders from 3 August 2020. We will provide more details as soon as possible.

Why book your holiday with Rhino Africa?

Rhino Africa was founded on an unbridled passion for Africa – its people, its magnificent wildlife and its unmatched scenery. We specialise in luxury, tailor-made itineraries, and our travel experts know Africa better than a leopard knows its spots. For 16 years we have crafted bespoke experiences for our guests from all across the globe and have established ourselves as the authority on luxury African travel.

Rhino Africa is also committed to giving back and enriching the continent we call home. Especially now, we know that travel should benefit those who have been most affected by Covid-19. By travelling with us, our guests know that they directly contribute to protecting the majestic wildlife, landscapes as well as educating and feeding the vulnerable communities of Africa.

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