Another COVID-19 Regional Update, FAQs and more …

In order to alleviate travelers’ safety concerns about their safaris to East Africa, Cheli & Peacock Safaris has developed the Cheli & Peacock Safaris Care & Protection VIDEO, which illustrates the measures that we have put in place, as well as those put in place by our various partners. Several initiatives aimed at reassuring travellers are now in practice across the region. In addition, our Product Manager, Kathleen Leonard, has updated ‘The Cheli & Peacock Safaris COVID-19 East Africa Travel FAQs’, which we sent out last month. Please find the updated version attached below.

COVID-19 FAQs East Africa Travel

In order to plan safaris for your travellers in the future, please take note of the following, much of this was included in our last travel update, however, please note that there have been some changes:


  • International flights officially resumed on 18 May 2020;
  • All travellers entering The United Republic of Tanzania will undergo temperature screening upon arrival and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry;
  • There are no self-quarantine requirements for travellers arriving into the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Negative COVID-19 test results and certificates are not required for any travellers;
  • All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport;
  • Sanitisers are placed throughout airports and all airport staff are to be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place;
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and
  • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.


  • International flights resumed as of 1 August 2020;
  • All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F); do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine;
  • Travellers from countries on this list will be exempt from quarantine. Please note that this list now includes travellers from the entire United States of America, Mexico and Tanzania
  • The nationwide curfew remains in place between 2100 and 0400, for a period of 30 days from 26 August 2020;
  • A selection of restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures in place, and are permitted to operate until 8 pm, however, they are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages;
  • A selection of hotels have reopened, with the sale of alcoholic beverages permitted in all food and beverage facilities of the hotels;
  • Travel by road, rail, and air has resumed throughout the country;
  • A selection of restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures in place, and are permitted to operate until 8pm for a period of 30 days from 26 August 2020;
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places;
  • Vehicles must carry only 50% of their passenger capacity;
  • Temperature checks will continue to be conducted in public places; and
  • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.


  • International flights will resume on 1 October 2020;
  • Local private and public vehicle movement continues to be suspended;
  • The nationwide curfew continues between 1900 and 0630;
  • Hotels, restaurants, and shops reopened from the 4 June 2020, with social distancing measures in place; and
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people over the age of 6 years at all times in public places.


  • International flights have resumed as of 1 August 2020;
  • The only accepted test for passengers entering Rwanda is a SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.
  • All travellers arriving in to, and departing from Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours of departure (meaning that you get tested and get results no more than 5 days before your first flight).
  • Arriving travellers are required to complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate, please see the passenger locator form link on;
  • Departing travellers are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on;
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test done prior to arrival, and the test is to the cost of the guest, at USD 50 per person per test;
  • All arriving travellers are required to complete 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test, the designated hotels are available at a discounted rate and we recommend accommodation in the following hotels:
    • Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
    • Kigali Marriott Hotel
    • Kigali Serena Hotel
    • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Following 24 hours, guests’ results will be received via SMS or email. In the event of a negative test, guests will be invited to check out and proceed on their Rwanda safari. In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.
  • All travellers must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to visiting any of Rwanda’s National Parks.
  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 2100 and 0500; and
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places.

The following tables list the collections, properties and airlines that have resumed operations, these have only changed slightly from a month ago, new additions are in italics. For more information please contact your designated Safari Planner.

 Tanzanian Collections  Properties that are open in Tanzania
 Asanja Collections  All
 Asilia Lodges & Camps  Jabali Ridge, Oliver’s Camp, Namiri Plains, Roho Ya Selous, Sayari Camp,
The Highlands
 Bushtops Camps  Serengeti Bushtops
 Chaka Camps  All
 Chem Chem Safari  Little Chem Chem
 Elewana Collection  Arusha Coffee Lodge, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, The Manor Ngorongoro
 Emerson  Emerson Spice
 Foxes Safari Camps  Lazy Lagoon, Mufindi Highlands Lodge, Ruaha River Lodge,
Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Stanley’s Kopje
 Kirurumu Under Canvas  Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
 Legendary Expeditions  Legendary Lodge
 Lemala Authentic Camps & Lodges  Mpingo Ridge, Nanyukie, Ngorongoro Tented Camp
 Mantis Collection  Siringit Serengeti Camp
 Nasikia Camps  All except Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
 Nimali Africa  Nimali Central Serengeti, Nimali Mara, Nimali Tarangire
 Nomad Tanzania  Kuro Tarangire, Entamanu Ngorongoro, Entamanu Ngorongoro Private,
Lamai Serengeti
 Sanctuary Retreats Ngorongoro Crater Camp 
 Serena Hotels Arusha Hotel Resort & Spa, Lake Manyara Safari Lodge,
Mbuzi Mawe Camp,  Ngorongoro Safari Lodge, Serengeti Safari Lodge
 Singita  Faru Faru Lodge, Mara River Tented Camp, Sasakwa Lodge
 Tanganyika Wilderness Camps  Mara Kati Kati, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Maramboi Tented Lodge
 Wellworth Collection  All

Tanzanian Individual Properties that are now open

Acacia Farm Lodge
Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Four Points by Sheraton, Arusha
Gibb’s Farm
Grumeti Migration Camp
Kisiwa House & Kisiwa On The Beach
Lake Duluti Lodge
Lake Natron Camp

Ngorongoro Farm House
Mbalageti Serengeti Camp
Melia Zanzibar
Mount Meru Game Lodge
Mount Meru Hotel
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Plantation Lodge
Rivertrees Country Inn

Taasa Lodge
The Aiyana Pemba
The Katambuga House
The Residence Zanzibar
Xanadu Villas
Zanzibar White Sand Villas
Zuri Zanzibar

Tanzanian Domestic Airlines that are up and running

Air Excel
Auric Air (all routes except Kigali and Entebbe)

Coastal Aviation

Grumeti Air


 Kenyan Collections  Properties that are open in Kenya
 Bush & Beyond  Lewa House, Ol Malo House, Ol Malo Lodge, Ol Malo Nomad, Sarara Camp,
Sarara Treehouses, Tangulia Mara Camp, The Emakoko
 Elewana Collection  AfroChic Diani, Kifaru House, Sand River Masai Mara,
Tortilis Camp Amboseli
 Governors’ Camp Collection  Il Moran Camp, Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ Camp
 Hemingways Collection  Hemingways Nairobi, Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, Hemingways Watamu
 Kicheche Camps  Bush Camp, Laikipia Camp
 Offbeat Safaris  Ekorian’s Mugie Camp, Mara Camp, Spirit of the Masai Mara
 Naibor  Naibor Camp
 New African Territories  Ngare Serian, Serian The Original, Speke’s Camp
 Porini Safari Camps  Cheetah Camp, Lion Camp, Mara Camp
 Sanctuary Retreats  Olonana
 Saruni  Mara, Rhino, Samburu, Wild
 The Safari and Conservation Co.  Borana Lodge, Laragai House, Lengishu, Manda Bay
 The Safari Collection  Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp

Kenyan Individual Properties that are now open

Alfajiri Villas
Almanara Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas
Angama Mara
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport
Eka Hotel
El Karama Eco-Lodge

Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport
House of Waine
Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Gables
Karisia Walking Safaris
Kinondo Kwetu
Lewa Wilderness

Mara Bushtops
Mahali Mzuri
Medina Palms
Ol Tukai Lodge
Satao Elerai
Sirikoi Lodge
Tamarind Tree Nairobi
The Majlis Lamu

Kenyan Domestic Airlines that are up and running

AirKenya Express Ltd
Safarilink Aviation Ltd

Governors’ Aviation Ltd

Mombasa Air Safari Ltd

Lichota-Migori Airstrip A reminder … the Lichota-Migori Airstrip, which allows travellers to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti, has been closed until 31 December 2021 for scheduled maintenance. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) have allocated USD 2.2M, and are planning to expand and rehabilitate the strip to accommodate the landing of larger aircraft. In the interim, our airline partners intend to route all flights that were scheduled to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti via Nairobi Wilson and Kilimanjaro airports. For the most part, tickets paid for before the 16 July 2020 will be honoured. However, quoted bookings may be subject to a price change. We are working to revise all of our quotations in order to measure the differences.

Cheli & Peacock Safaris COVID-19 Protocols

Our protocols remain predominantly the same, with a small change to the use of gloves as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Our sales team are working on new itineraries and enquiries on a daily basis. Should you have any questions or require any further information, please do contact your designated Safari Planner.

The Cheli & Peacock Safaris Team