COVID-19

when will african impact's projects reopen?

It is no secret that the travel industry has taken a serious hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, but we can stay strong and united in these uncertain times and look forward to the future together. In March 2020 we put all of our projects into hibernation, while we waited for region specific restrictions to change. We have a duty of care to the communities we work in, our volunteers and our project teams and are now taking a phased approach to reopening as travel-restrictions relax and vaccination programmes are rolled out around the world.

Projects are re-opening in accordance with the policies implemented by the relevant local authority, the latest travel advisories for each country, the status of local health risks, and any local border restrictions or quarantine periods that might remain in place in that country. Rest assured, the safety of our volunteers, project teams and the local communities we work with will remain our highest priority.

Currently, the following projects are now open and operating again: 

We are taking bookings for the following locations and are confident that they will reopen on the following dates:
  • Cape Town, South Africa – 24th January 2022
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania – January 2022

All available start dates are now also listed on each individual project page and we are currently taking bookings for future dates. If anything changes, we will of course communicate this to you.

REDUCED DEPOSIT

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so we invite you to use this time to plan your impactful adventure to Africa for when it is safe to travel again. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have implemented our lowest ever deposit for anyone interested in booking their trip now, for travel at a later date. A low deposit of just USD 200 / 150 GBP / 175 Euro / AUD 300 will secure your place and fulfil your dreams of visiting Africa.

FLEXIBLE DATES

Bookings are entirely flexible. If you need to delay your trip because of COVID-19, you can do so at no extra cost.

BOOKING TRANSFER

If you are unable to travel due to COVID-19, you are more than welcome to transfer your booking to a friend or family member, at no additional cost.

PRE-DEPARTURE AND ON-SITE SUPPORT
We care about our travellers and hope that each and every one of you have a safe and memorable experience with us in Africa. We are with you every step of the way. Your Placement Manager will be on hand prior to your arrival to provide guidance on flights, visas, and the COVID-19 entry/exit requirements of your project’s destination. Once on project, you will be in the capable hands of our local and international team that will provide on-site support during your stay to ensure your health and well-being. In most of our destinations, a negative COVID-19 test is required to leave the country or return to your home country. Our teams have located testing centres near to our projects and have confirmed turnaround times, and will ensure you meet any testing requirements prior to your departure.
WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURISM COUNCIL’S STAMP OF APPROVAL

African Impact has been awarded its COVID-19 Compliance Certificate by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).

Furthermore, the SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council, has also been awarded to us, to certify that African Impact has adopted world class health and hygiene protocols for safe travel.

The protocols align the private sector behind common standards to ensure the safety of its workforce and travellers as the sector shifts to a new normal.

The SafeTravels Stamp was created for travellers to recognise destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS

Our local and international team members have been trained on new standards of cleanliness, as well as internationally recommended norms and behaviours.

A designated African Impact team member (Health Officer) will provide a thorough Induction and Orientation upon arrival. This will cover specific COVID-19 safety protocols, information and procedures.

All volunteers will be required to provide proof of having taken a COVID-19 test prior to joining a project (preferably within 72 hours of arrival). A test may be required by your country of residence, airline or at any airport you depart, transit through or arrive in.

The maximum number of volunteers allowed on our projects has been reduced to allow for adequate social distancing, both on projects and in the volunteer houses.

Sleeping and living arrangements within our volunteer houses have been adjusted to allow for adequate social distancing. It is possible to upgrade to a private room at some of our locations. If you would prefer this option please talk to your Destination Specialist.

Everyone will be required to wear face masks (wherever possible), wash hands frequently with sanitizer or soap, and to respect social distancing at all times.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will always be available in the volunteer houses, in vehicles, and at project sites.

Our cleaning team have increased the frequency of disinfecting public areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms, as well as vehicles and project resources.

Our chefs follow strict health and safety guidelines during the preparation and presentation of meals.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to reduce COVID-19 transmission. We are in this together and everyone needs to take personal responsibility for their own health as well as the safety of others. We truly value our travellers and know it is possible to make a valuable impact in a post-COVID-19 world.

Our health and safety policies and protocols will be reviewed continuously, in line with local and international best practices. Rest assured, our priority is the health and safety of all involved.

We challenge ourselves to never stop learning and consistently look at ways to improve so we can offer the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences. In light of COVID-19, questions specific to health and wellbeing have been added to our feedback forms to ensure we excel in this area. We want you to return home knowing you have made a difference, felt immersed in the beauty of Africa, and are in good health.

frequently asked questions

Our immediate response was to put all of our projects into hibernation as we have a duty of care to the communities we work in, our volunteers and our project teams. We are now slowly reopening our projects across Africa. Over the past year, we have been working with local community members at each project location to continue providing assistance, where possible. Much of this work has been led by our charity – The African Impact Foundation. The focus has been on providing education on COVID-19 transmission and vaccination and ensuring these communities have the knowledge and resources to protect themselves. To date, this has included the distribution of face masks, hygiene packs, clothing and nutritious meals to many of our beneficiaries. We have worked with several of our community partners for over 15 years and have created a strong bond and friendship with many individuals within these communities and will do everything we can to support them through these uncertain times.

Yes – tourism is vital to Africa’s people and economy and our community and conservation projects have felt the harsh effects of having no volunteers for many months. The people and wildlife we assist need your support now, more than ever as the continent recovers from COVID-19. We are looking forward to a time when all of our projects are up and running and again and we hope to see you out in the world soon, going on extraordinary adventures and making a genuine impact with us in Africa.

 

Some of our wildlife conservation projects have been open since October 2020 and we have had great feedback from volunteers:

“Great experience and amazing 3 weeks in Naboisho Conservancy. I had planned to stay here for 2 weeks, but decided to extend my trip, because the time here was incredible.”

“Let me tell you, this trip has exceeded all of my expectations in every single way possible.”

“Regarding COVID-19 situation I felt very safe, we all had our PCR tests done before arriving. Hand washing, sanitizers were available. I would definitely come here again!”

Read our latest blog about how we are keeping our volunteers and the community we work with safe on projects.

Yes, we want to give you extra peace of mind during this unpredictable time. All bookings are now entirely flexible. If you need to change the date of your trip because of COVID-19, you can do so at no extra cost, and if you’re unable to travel anymore, your booking can be transferred to a friend or family member.

Our administrative team, based in Cape Town, are working remotely and adhering to social distancing measures, the best way to contact us is by email or phone. If you are already booked onto a project or are looking to rebook your disrupted 2020 placement you may contact your Placement Manager, Destination Specialist, or admin@africanimpact.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are new to African Impact and would like to find out more about a specific project, please enquire or apply on the specific project page and one of our Destination Specialists will be in touch. Alternatively you can call us on:

UK Toll Free: 0808 1644 055
US Toll Free: 1 844 939 4115