As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, South Africa has been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, and the accompanying lockdown that has now taken effect and completely brought the industry to a stop.
With so many trips, events and tours completely cancelled, and for good reason, we understand that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to last far longer than the global lockdown. But when this storm passes, there will be every excuse to get out there and start travelling again.
Along with all of our compatriots in the tourism industry, we are encouraging our guests to postpone their African vacation rather than cancel it.
One of the most asked questions at the moment relates to whether or not a holiday should be cancelled. And honestly, the best thing you can do for yourself and for the tourism industry, is to stick to your plans and treat yourself to a holiday when the right time comes.
So why should you postpone?
- This too shall pass
The age old saying is as true now as it has ever been. Although we are faced with uncertainty right now, one thing is true and that is the world will change again. And while we will not go back to what we once were, travel and tourism will still have its place in the world. So when the worst of the virus has passed, those who want to travel to Africa should still take full advantage of the opportunity.
- You have already made your booking
And you already have your plans in place. If you have already made your payments and have your holiday sorted, by not cancelling your trip, you are helping small companies stay in business, and as a direct result, you are helping to ensure that life continues for the community and area you will be visiting.
So if you can spare it, keep your booking and your payment, but postpone it for an adventure later.
- Tourism will still benefit conservation
Whenever you travel to somewhere in Africa, your trip is inadvertently playing a role in aiding conservation efforts. Whether it is by making sure that National Parks stay open or that Park staff and officials are paid and are therefore able to stay in their important roles, tourism financially benefits conservation.
Tourism has helped Africa keep its animal populations protected and it has helped to ensure that the wildlife is preserved.
COVID-19 will pass and in the meantime, you can browse the web and start planning all sorts of amazing adventures to the continent and explore its many incredible destinations.
IsiLimela is a lodge in Balule offering luxury accommodation for those travellers looking for something a little different. We invite you to travel to Africa and experience the serenity that can only be found in the African bush.