African Bush Camps (ABC) has taken significant steps to safeguard health at each of its 15 luxury tented bush camps and lodges across Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia; this includes instituting hygiene and preventative measures based on World Health Organization guidelines, country-specific requirements and its own initiatives to limit the transmission of COVID-19.
While all ABC destinations are currently closed, the company has continued to employ all its personnel at reduced hours and on a rotating schedule. The hygiene and preventative measures the company has instituted will remain in place as the properties begin welcoming guests back.
Key to ABC’s efforts is the appointment of a trained health liaison officer at each camp who will be responsible for the implementation of all COVID-19 procedures; these include twice-daily temperature checks for all staff and guests. Anyone found with an unduly high reading will be asked to be isolated on-site while they await guidance from their camp’s health liaison officer.
Among many implementations, all staff has been retrained in correct sanitization and personal hygiene procedures; hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes have been placed throughout camps for guest convenience; and staff will no longer welcome guests with a handshake, but with a traditional song and a smile. Moving forward, departing guests will be required to vacate their rooms by 8 a.m. to ensure time for deep cleaning and disinfection prior to the next arrival at 4 p.m. Each room will have a dedicated housekeeper to reduce staff movement in rooms.
Hosts and guides will wear facemasks when interacting with guests, unless social distancing can be assured. Open-air activities are considered relatively safe, yet, as a preventative step, ABC will place limits of a maximum of six guests per game drive vehicle and six guests per guided walk, unless all guests are traveling together as a group. There will also be a limit of two guests per canoe.
Good to know: African Bush Camps is offers a 45 percent discount for travel from January through March 2021. Camps included in the special: Somalisa, Somalisa Acacia, Somalisa Expeditions, Bumi Hills, Khwai Bush Camp, Khwai Leadwood, Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony; camps excluded from this special: Nyamatusi, Nyamatusi Mahogany, Kanga Camp, Zambezi Expeditions, Thorntree River Lodge and Linyanti Expeditions.