At the end of 2019, very few people had even heard of the coronavirus that came to be known as COVID-19. But during January 2020 both the UK and the USA experienced their first few cases, and at the end of the month the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency. Just two months later, in March, many countries were advising against all but essential travel – and suddenly, the world seemed a lot smaller. By June, most of Safari Africa was closed.
There have been windows of opportunity to travel since then. Throughout the summer of 2020, people jumped at a few chances to take their holidays. But the governments of most nations have largely advised their citizens to take only essential travel since then.
During this time, a small team within YZ postponed and reorganised hundreds of holidays, re-creating trips for those who became unable to travel over their original sets of dates. Our suppliers have been incredible through all of this, helping us to shift schedules with minimal fuss.