NEW YORK, NY - Extraordinary Journeys, the award-winning tour operator and safari specialist, joins Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda in welcoming guests back to Africa for exceptional safari experiences. In anticipation of arriving guests, Extraordinary Journeys, in unison with its partners on the ground, guided by the World Travel & Tourism Council and The CDC, have implemented extensive safety measures and precautions across all lodges, camps, and vehicles to prioritize the health and safety of travelers and hospitality teams. In addition to adhering strictly to each country's unique entry guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols, Extraordinary Journeys will continue to closely monitor and improve health and safety measures as new information arises.
Each itinerary crafted through Extraordinary Journeys is custom-made for traveler interests, needs, access, and budget. From developing an adventure itinerary that includes seeing gorillas in Volcanoes National Park -- the highlight of any trip to Rwanda - to the Great Migration on the Mara in Kenya, Extraordinary Journeys is on-hand to craft trips of a lifetime. The talented travel experts at Extraordinary Journeys maximize each itinerary to meet all safety requirements while providing a luxurious, one of a kind getaway. From arranging chartered international flights and implementing reduced safari van capacity and campsite accommodations, to finding creative approaches to fine dining and socially distant activities, Extraordinary Journeys is equipped to maximize privacy and minimize contact during this unique time.
Elizabeth Gordon, Co-Founder of Extraordinary Journeys and 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist, offers a unique perspective and advice around traveling during this time. "To make up for lost travel time, we encourage guests to take advantage of the low crowds in Kenya this fall. Not only has Kenya been awarded the 'Safe Travel Stamp' by the World Travel & Tourism Council, but this might be the best opportunity in our lifetimes to experience the breathtaking Great Migration on Kenya's Maasai Mara with an unusually low number of crowds, making an already unforgettable experience even better."
Kenya, while a year-round destination, is best visited in September according to the experts at Extraordinary Journeys. This time of year offers incredibly pleasant weather and a chance to catch the Great Migration in full swing. A favorite camp among guests is the iconic Cottars, a 1920s safari camp returning to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a bygone era of romance, adventure, and elegance. Alternatively, Mara Plains Camp offers an equally incredible experience and prime location within Mara North Conservancy. Both properties offer low-density accommodations, open spaces, endless opportunities for wildlife sightings, and showcase nature in its purest form.
In Tanzania, Serian North and Kuria Hill offer plenty of space for minimum contact and maximum views. Both camps are situated in the Northern Serengeti close to the Mara River, offering an elegant retreat with prime viewing of the migratory route for a safari experience like no other.
Rwanda is the ideal destination for those eager to see primates, especially Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Golden Monkey. This country is suited for active travelers, with favorite activities including hiking and trekking through the forest. No adventure in Rwanda is complete with memorable accommodations to match, including Extraordinary Journeys' recommended lodges: Bisate and Singita Kiwonta Lodge, along with the recently opened One&Only Nyungwe House.
Extraordinary Journeys continues to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 situation and its impact on travel around the globe. As of August 1, 2020, safety protocols for travel to Kenya and Rwanda, require guests to have a negative COVID-19 test result from less than 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in Africa, all guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and in Rwanda, a second test will be performed with visitors required to quarantine for 24 hours at a hotel of their choosing while awaiting results. Additionally, Kenya will not accept visitors from California, Florida, and Texas.