If you are craving post-lockdown adventures, then we have just the treat for you.
Forget salons, tattooists and gyms reopening, we’re talking lions, elephants and rhinos.
The magical world that is Kenya is set to welcome tourists back next month as international flights are reintroduced.
For those who usually visit Europe or the States for vacays, Kenya may just whet your appetite with its beautiful landscape of savannah, lakelands, and the Great Rift Valley.
The East African country, with coastline on the Indian Ocean, is home to some of the most spectacular and diverse populations of wildlife on the planet.
Speaking about the decision to resume international flights from August 1 and domestic flights from July 15, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said: “We have reached a reasonable level of preparedness across the country to allow us to reopen.”
Though he did warn that any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, they will have no choice but to return to the lockdown.
The global pandemic sent the world into quarantine in March, with the travel industry falling off the edge of a cliff along with schools, the hospitality sector, and entertainment.
However, after four months of lockdown, the Kenyan tourism board is clinging onto hope that some sense of normality can return to help their wildlife conservation programmes.
Previously, they have relied on the thousands of visitors to inject cash into the country when they flock to Kenya to witness the annual Great Migration, when more than 1million wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara.
Yet with the deadly coronavirus preventing this from happening this summer, tourism is under threat – as is the predicted rise in poaching.
Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Dickson Kaelo, spoke about concerns of locals losing faith if there is no money forthcoming.
While there are stricter laws in place to monitor poaching, sadly the illegal killing of animals still occurs. It usually happens when an animal possesses something that is considered valuable – i.e. their fur or ivory – which is later sold on to make money.
Speaking to the Guardian, Kaelo said: “In addition, people who live around these wildlife havens and looked forward to selling artefacts to tourists may resort to other income, generating activities such as farming, fuelling the never-ending human-wildlife conflicts as animals invade and destroy their new farms.”
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office are currently advising British nationals against all but essential international travel, although this is being kept under constant review.
For up to date info on holidays, visit: Travel Advice UK.