*Photo above: Northern 'masked' Weaver...
Our preventative measures against COVID-19 on our Birding Tours
Your health and safety is paramount whilst out on our birdwatching tours in Kenya, Uganda or Ethiopia
To ensure your safety, we have consulted with the top medical advisors, national park doctors, as well as referenced the World Health Organization, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the regulations of each government of the countries where we operate; to develop detailed COVID-19 protocols for all aspects of our operations.
Of course, it seems the virus is very unpredictable, so these standards will be reviewed and amended as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The protocols may also vary between our destinations based on local requirements/legislation.
Your safety whilst doing birding activities
We specialise in tailor-made birding experiences and, as a result, our touring activities are mostly exclusive – with each booking allocated to its own vehicle and guide.
Our tour vehicles will be disinfected after each outing and will contain individually packed masks and gloves should guests request them. For guests sharing transportation, we have limited the numbers of guests per vehicle – this also applies for airport transfers.
Protocols surrounding each of our tailor-made tours will vary depending on each guests’ interests. Our bird guides will recommend the best times of day a certain birding location, as to limit the number of people they may encounter as well as assist with physical distancing.
The very nature of game drives being held outdoors means that they are considered “safe”. This doesn’t mean we aren’t taking all the expected precautions.
All of our professional bird guides will wear a mask or an alternative and suitable replacement. We are testing masks and other alternatives to find the best possible solution that allows our guides to remain safe while ensuring that it does not impact the guest experience.
As a precaution, we advise all guests to be cautious and wear face protection and this will also be required from guests who are taking part in shared activities.
Guests who are able to maintain a safe distance of more than 1.5m (5 feet) from the guide, will not be required to wear face protection if they choose not to do so.
Refreshments served during activities (at birding stops and during travel) will follow the same food preparation guidelines at the safe COVID-19 certified lodges and strict sanitation procedures will be adhered to.
Wellness & Precaution
Guests will have access to protective gear to keep them safe, such as a mask, hand sanitiser, and gloves.
The Sustainable Birding Company will be guided by the requirements imposed by the health authorities in the countries where we operate.
As a precaution, we advise all guests to be cautious and wear face protection and this will also be required from guests who are taking part in shared birding activities.
Getting to us
Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are now open for international air travel and we are ready and waiting to welcome you on one of our awesome birding tours!
Kenya specifically, has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travel Stamp’ in recognition of the standardised global health and hygiene protocols that the government and private sectors have put in place. Uganda and Ethiopia are also taking every necessary precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and would love nothing more than to give guests a warm but safe welcome.
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