Coronavirus Safari Blog 03

Serengeti Show Live – Coming soon

Great Migration Camps has temporarily closed our mobile camp until June 2020 in efforts to ensure the safety of our staff, guests and to be part of the global solution in containing the spread of coronavirus. Great Migration Camps refuses to take any risks. When travel is safe, we are ready to welcome you and take you on a Serengeti safari.

We have coronavirus-free safaris in place, for when the situation changes. With fewer tourists this season, the river crossings should be spectacular and we’ll be ready when the globe is ready. #StayHome #StaySafe #TravelLater

Covid-19 Virtual Safaris

Travel bans have restricted tourism across our planet. Coronavirus has shut down the travel industry. Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park are no exception.

There is a high demand for wildlife shows and virtual safaris at home as millions of people around the globe are in lockdown. Nature makes people feel better.  The desire for good news, knowledge and wildlife content has never been greater for those confined to their homes.

Coronavirus Safari Lockdown in the Serengeti

Open natural spaces are the anecdote to cabin-fever. Our lockdown is the Serengeti National Park. What is life like in lockdown in the Serengeti National Park during Covid-19?

Life in the bush is a daily adventure and we will bring it to living rooms across the planet from the Serengeti. 40 episodes of Serengeti Show Live safari broadcasts will be produced during April and May 2020 by our film crew in lock down in the bush.

Each episode will feature the wildlife sighting of the day in HD video – spectacular videos of animals in the wild and their interactions.

Life in the bush goes on without tourists, so we will continue to follow the wildebeest herds and bring you great migration updates and videos of the herds and migratory patterns.

Parents can take a break with the Kids’ Corner – a fun and interactive segment of each show will be dedicated to entertaining and educating our future conservationists.

Behind the scenes we will share interesting facts, great footage and real-life adventures from life in the bush.

Conservation Through Tourism during Covid-19

We are fascinated to research the impact this Covid-19 enforced tourism break will have on the Serengeti.  How it will recover from tourism-induced stress?  Over tourism can disturb breeding patterns, feeding habits, and migratory movement. It can pollute landscapes and destroy habitat. There is some good news.

  • Satellite images from NASA’s Earth Observatory show significant drops in pollution across countries and cities since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions in those countries halt industrial production as well as air, train and road traffic.
  • Venetian canals have cleared with a reduction in tourist numbers, & although the reports of dolphins playing in the deserted canals, was actually in Sardinia – the good news from the natural world is captivating those in quarantine

Will the landscape in the Serengeti Eco-system change in the next few months? A tourism break could be good – but for how long?

Educating future generations and staying top of mind with potential travelers will be critical to tourism recovery. Tourism is extremely important to Tanzania. The industry accounts for half a million jobs in direct employment and more than double that in jobs that indirectly support the industry. Tourism funds conservation – park authorities rely heavily on tourism for routine operational funding including guards and rangers. There will be fewer eyes to protect against poaching, due to the reduced number of tourist vehicles and daily presence in the park.

For now, we need to protect the wildlife and habitat that is the Serengeti National Park. We need to monitor the environmental changes. We need to talk about sustainable tourism. We need to educate the future custodians. We need to share our Serengeti Stories to a world that desperately needs good news. We need to entice travelers to return when it is safe to do so.

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How you can help the Serengeti during Covid-19?

If you’d like to be part of the coronavirus solution, people need to stay home now.

Join us to help deliver unique edited daily Serengeti Show LIVE episodes to your inbox ready for distribution via your channels.  Help save Africa’s National Parks and tourism sector NOW!

We are the only film crew in the Serengeti and able to provide new original content from a wildlife destination and broadcast the great migration and 4K wildlife content on a daily basis during Coronavirus Lockdown.

Tune in to the show, share it with your colleagues and clients, watch it with your kids. If you are in a position to contribute towards local operating costs, sponsor production costs, or connect us with a broadcast partner – we’d love you to hear from you.  Let’s save the Serengeti together.  Get involved.  Contact us via email:  info@greatmigrationcamps.com

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Coronavirus Safari Blog 02

Coronavirus-free Safaris – Coming soon

The coronavirus pandemic has forced approximately one third of the global population into quarantine. Millions more are following recommendations to stay at home to contain the spread of Covid-19. Staying home is the right thing to do.  Coronavirus is spread from person to person, often unknowingly as the carrier can be without symptoms.  By limiting the number of people, you are in contact with, the risk of infecting or passing on the disease to someone else is reduced.

Travel Restrictions will lift after Coronavirus

Coronavirus has been a safari stopper. Government restrictions, travel bans and grounded planes will lift, and travel will resume – slowly at first and tentatively.  After being stuck indoors for weeks or months, the desire for endless open skies, the smell of the bush, open savanna, incredible wildlife and few crowds is a lure only in the imaginations of adventurers at the moment. When it is safe to do so, we welcome those who are able to join us on a coronavirus-free safari.

8 Day 7 Night Coronavirus-Free Private Safari

To all the lovers of open space and the African bush, we have created a coronavirus free safari – taking responsible healthy travellers to ridiculously remote safari destinations for a week of wildlife. Our coronavirus free safari avoids hotels, public transport and other travelers. It’s a private safari with no other guests – interacting with only 3 people.

Corona-free Virus Safari: Reduced contact, reduced risk

Exclusive use of a private villa, a private charter plane to get you to the Serengeti and back and a private mobile safari camp – exclusively for your own use.

Your 3 human interactions:

  • Private chauffeur for all airport transfers in Arusha
  • Private pilot on your charter flight
  • Private safari guide in the Serengeti National Park.
  • * There will be a small support crew of 2 or 3 at the bush camp – out of contact with clients.

Group Size for a Coronavirus-free Safari

  • Best for small groups of 6 – families, close friends, people known to you.
  • Maximum 10 clients.
  • Please inquire for smaller groups.

Coronavirus-free Safari and the Great Migration

GMC mobile camp follows the wildebeest herds, guaranteeing migration experiences.  As travel opens up, the national parks are unlikely to be crowded, so with fewer visitors and vehicles, the migration should be spectacular. If travel opens up in time for crossing season, Carel Verhoef predicts some crossings could be many hours in duration. Resident game in any area is likely to thrive with a reduction in tourists during April – May and very likely June and beyond, so plenty of uncrowded sightings.  We have no idea when travel will start again, but the herds are moving and we will be with them.

Coronavirus-free Safari Itinerary

Exclusive use of private villa, private safari camp & charter flight

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE ACCOMM AREA MEALS
1 Private transfer to exclusive villa Private villa Kili Villa Arusha FB
2 Charter flight to Serengeti Private Serengeti flight GMC_mobile Serengeti FB
3 Full day Migration Safari with private guide Migration Quest GMC_mobile Serengeti FB
4 Full day or 2 x Half Day game drives Serengeti National Park GMC_mobile Serengeti FB
5 Safari game drives – migration Migration 101 GMC_mobile Serengeti FB
6 Game Drives – Full or Half Day x 2 Big cats GMC_mobile Serengeti FB
7 Charter Flight & Private transfer to KiliVilla Private Serengeti Flight Kili Villa Arusha FB
8 Private transfer from KiliVilla to JRO Private driver Tour ends

Tour Summary – Coronavirus-free Safari 

Country:            Tanzania, East Africa

Tour Start:        Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – Arusha, Tanzania

Tour End:         Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Highlights:        Exclusive use of private safari camp in remote area of the Serengeti

Private villa accommodation in Arusha at the beginning and end of the safari
Return Private Charter Flights to Serengeti

Accommodation:

  • Private Villa: Kili Villa, Kilimanjaro Golf Estate, Arusha (2 nights)
  • Canvas Tents: Great Migration Camps Mobile, Two-man Canvas Dome Tent, Serengeti National Park (5 Nights)

Meals              3 Meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinks            Unlimited tea & coffee, drinking water. Excludes alcoholic beverages

Transport      Game Drives in Toyota 4×4 Land cruiser

Private Vehicle transfers to Kili Villa

Return flights    Auric Air Services Private Charter from Dolly Airstrip – Serengeti National Park

Term’s and Condition’s

  • Flexible confirmation,  confirm when you are ready to travel
  • Flexible Payment terms
  • Free cancellation and refunds
  • Subject to availability

Rates                $3950 per person all inclusive (based on 6 – 10 people)

Excludes

  • International Flights, Visas, Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, drinks, gratuities

Child Policy:      Children welcome

  • 0-5 years must sleep in a tent with adult guardian.
  • 6-16 years may share with other children. Max 3 kids/tent
  • Children <16 years accompanied by an adult.

Coronavirus-free Safari Planning

If you are in Covid-19 lock-down, with time on your hands, please feel free to contact us to plan your coronavirus-free safari.  Contact us via email:  info@greatmigrationcamps.com

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