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Garrett Fitzpatrick

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Garrett has always had an incredible love for the wilderness and found his way to Londolozi straight after University. After spending time as a Londolozi Camp Manager, the incredible stories of daily sightings from his ranger counterparts and guests alike pushed him to ...

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Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Garrett, Thanks for the helpful info! We have some close friends coming your way soon and we will share the info with them! Does Delta Airlines have direct flights from USA again and do they have similar testing options?

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Hi Terri and Michael, I’m glad you found it helpful and thank you for passing on the info! They they have delayed the relaunch date a few times this year, although the latest we’ve heard is that Delta is set resume flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg on 1 August 2021. I see they have
partnered with AZOVA to offer a “home testing” kit that guests can travel with as well, which is great. I’ll update the blog with some links for you guys.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We’re on that United flight 2 weeks from today!

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Looking forward to having you guys back Vin!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

We flew Emirates from San Francisco to Dubai to Jo’burg to Skukuza. 3 days in Jo’burg.

Cindy Hauert
Explorer

Nice for Americans, but as it stands now from Switzerland I can only enter South Africa with a PCR Covid test, which requires lab work and takes 24-48 hours to get results. Same on returning to Switzerland. This even though I have been fully vaccinated.

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Hi Cindy, we are really hoping to see similar technologies being adopted in other countries as restrictions ease. We’ll update this blog if South Africa changes its entry requirements, and please do let us know if anything changes in Switzerland. Hope to have you back on safari soon

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Hi Garrett. Thanks for the information.
There is s.th. else I would like to know: If I travel with a grandchild to ZA, I know which kind of documents I have to carry. However, I do not know whether these must officially be approved or witnessed. maybe you know this?

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Good info, Garrett, but it’s important to say that the “ negative COVID-19 (SARS-CoV 2 RT-PCR) test, taken 72 hours before departure” is still required to get into South Africa to begin with. And is there a special reason to pack 2 eMed tests rather than just one?

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Thanks Mary Beth, absolutely, I’ll highlight it in the blog. I think the reason for two tests in the pack is just a precautionary suggestion from the company.

Linda From California
Senior Digital Ranger

Curious, do you still need to do the test kit and app if you already had the Co-vid 19 vaccine?

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Hi Linda, at the moment for entry into South Africa a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure is still required and as far as we can tell the US still requires a negative test for reentry far all citizens, including those that are vaccinated. Although as requirements are constantly changing it’s good to just keep researching for updates prior to travel or check with a travel advisor.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Thanks for info. Luckily we live in South Africa so we don’t have to do any testing. I’m sure the guests in other countries will find your info very helpful. It would be great to be able to walk in nature the way that the Rangers do. So very different than sitting and waiting for the different animals, when walking you not only see, smell, and touch while enjoying your walk.

John Fox
Explorer

Has anyone got the same/similar information for UK residents?

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Hi John, there may be something out there, or in development at least. Although I haven’t seen anything just yet for the UK. It seems travel companies around the world are looking for innovative ways to get people travelling safely once again so we’ll keep looking and will update the blog should anything arise.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great news on both the portable Covid tests and the new flights. I arrived in April, flying United from SFO to JNB, via FRA – 35 hours. Thank goodness next visit my transit time will be reduced by several hours. Thank you for the information that I’ll pass along to friends who are booked there for December.

Garrett Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager

Hi Denise, thank you so much for making the trip out here, and as you say, now with direct flights starting to return, travel time will be cut hugely. As it stands, Delta is also set to resume its Atlanta – Johannesburg flight route in 1 August this year. Thank you for passing on the info, and we’re looking forward to welcoming your friends!

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

I have stopped getting my daily story. I wonder if I was unsubscribed somehow. I really miss it!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Michael Kalm, we will look into that for you to make sure you are still subscribed.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Thanks Garrett, being in Europe (Malta to be exact), we are as confused as ever, even though we have our vaccine certificates. Perhaps in time we will have more info as we are still hoping to book a trip to Londo near the end of this year or early next…..

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Just got back from 2.5 weeks in South Africa traveling with Wandering Thru! I can attest that the travel was surprisingly easy and straight forward and I felt totally comfortable (and happy!) being out in the bush! I did have a PCR saliva test done in our last camp right before departure, but a rapid antigen test would be more ideal! My advice? Prepare, prepare, prepare…..and then GO and relax and enjoy!

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