Planning for South Africa Post-Covid • We Blog The World

Planning for South Africa Post-Covid • We Blog The World

Planning for South Africa Post-Covid • Tour Travel Hotels

South Africa has taken one of the most proactive approaches to reopening its border, not only now, but at various times during the Covid crisis.

This despite the fact that almost every country in the world has banned travelers from South Africa after a so-called ‘variant’ of the virus (which now appears to have benefited from a nothing-burger) was discovered there. end December. 2020. South Africa recognizes the importance of tourism – and tourists – even when other nations unfairly avoid its citizens.

Kruger National Park

Below, I’ll dig into the details of when you can expect to visit South Africa this year, as well as what to expect once there. (I mean, besides a warm welcome and top notch hospitality.)

Is South Africa still open to tourists?

If you want to visit South Africa in 2021, you can technically do so already from March. The country is open to all air travelers who can show proof of having tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arriving in the country. If you fail to produce proof of a negative test, you will have to quarantine for 10 days at your expense, which is also the case for symptomatic travelers who test positive on arrival at the airport.

That being said, you should be aware of the epidemiological situation on the ground in South Africa. While the so far high-profile local ‘variant’ has failed to produce the wave of doomsday contagion that many global media feared, it is possible that the recently relaxed lockdown restrictions will need to be reimposed before the The country’s immunization campaign is reaching critical mass.

Where to go for your trip to South Africa 2021

Cape Town and its surroundings

The cap has always been one of the most beautiful cities in the world, which will almost certainly remain true after the pandemic. Whether you spend your time in the city and on the beaches of Camp’s Bay, or take day trips Cape of good hope or the cellars of Stellenbosch, I have a feeling you will agree with me.

The Garden Route

Another top choice for people visiting South Africa in 2021 is the Garden route. Keep in mind that despite having only one name, this tourist region is huge. It stretches from the whale watching center to Hermanus west to Storms River east, and includes dozens of interesting stops along the way.

The wild coast

South Africa Wild side lives up to its name in the best possible way. To be sure, if the steep beaches of Coffee bay don’t do it for you, then the spectacular sand dunes of Knysna probably will be. Another option is to head inland, staying at the famous Away with the Faeries guesthouse in the original village of Hogsback.

The Drakensberg

If I end up going to South Africa in 2021, I will definitely be back Drakensberg. One of Africa’s oldest mountain ranges, it’s also one of the most spectacular in the world, with alien-looking emerald peaks teeming with waterfalls, wild horses and other features that give the landscape a completely dreamlike appearance.

Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park

The good news? Johannesburg is one of the most underrated and misunderstood cities in the world – you can’t help but fall in love with a trip here. The best news? Even if you just use the Africa hub as a launching pad for a nature trip Kruger National Park, you will leave South Africa desperately wanting to return.

Travel to South Africa 2021 and the “new variant”

As I mentioned in a previous paragraph, concerns about the “South African variant” of Covid-19 appear to have been exaggerated. Aside from the fact that South Africa’s second wave collapsed without much fanfare, the variant did not lead to uncontrollable contagion anywhere else it was detected. Additionally, while preliminary evidence suggests that the variant may be less susceptible to vaccines, no vaccinated individual has developed serious disease after contracting the variant.

I wouldn’t be too worried about all of this when you visit South Africa in 2021, especially if you are vaccinated. Besides the fact that you are unlikely to be disgusted even if you contract the South African variant of Covid, I don’t expect any of the variants to disrupt the entry of travelers to South Africa. . The country is clear about the role of tourism in its economy; I can’t see it closing completely under any circumstance.

Other FAQs on tours in South Africa

Is the South African variant of Covid more deadly?

Although some unpaired research suggests that the so-called South African variant of Covid-19 may be more deadly than previous strains, there is no irreproachable evidence on this. Additionally, while there is reason to suggest that the South African variant is more contagious at the person-to-person level, it has so far failed to manifest large epidemic waves all over the world.

How much does a trip to South Africa cost?

South Africa is more expensive than expected, but cheaper than many other destinations in Africa. Most travelers can expect to spend around $ 100 a day traveling to South Africa, assuming they don’t stay in extremely high-end luxury gambling lodges. This translates into a cost of less than $ 1000 per person per week, not including the cost of flights between your home country and Johannesburg or Cape Town.

How many days do I need in South Africa?

South Africa is a huge country – I recommend spending at least a month in the country if you can. However, you can still cover a lot of ground with two or three weeks in the country. Specifically, you can book your trip with a long weekend in Cape Town and Johannesburg (and / or Kruger National Park); interstitial destinations will include stops along the Garden Route, and may also include the Drakensberg, the Wild Coast, and the city of Durban.

The bottom line

Whether you are planning to visit South Africa in 2021, 2022 or anytime after the Covid crisis, I feel so honored that you have spent a few minutes on my website. If you haven’t clicked on the additional articles that I have linked in this one, I hope the information you read was helpful. The good news, and I pointed this out above, is that South Africa has been one of the most proactive and pragmatic countries in the world when it comes to reviving tourism.

Robert schrader

Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who has traveled the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as “CNNGo” and “Shanghaiist” along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, offers a mix of travel tips, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.

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