The news that inter-provincial travel is now allowed under Level 2 of the Covid-19 has made travel hungry South African very eager to visit home towns, beaches and explore safari getaways. If you are one of the people contemplating a local getaway, read on for some advice, tips and reassurance to make the most out of your trip.
WHAT ARE THE NEW LEVEL 2 REGULATIONS.
- Interprovincial travel, for any reason, is permitted.
- Hotels and accommodation establishments are allowed to open for all kinds of travel.
- International travel remains prohibited with the exception of repatriation flights.
- The curfew of 10pm to 4am remains in place, except for essential workers.
- Restaurants are allowed to open, adhering to the 10pm to 4am curfew.
- Alcohol can now be served in all licensed restaurants.
- Guest numbers will remain limited to allow for social distancing.
LEVEL 2 TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS
- Camp in our National Parks – the Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape is a truly off the beaten path gem. Don’t miss the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route.
- In the Eastern Cape, journey to the magical mountain hamlet of Hogsback – boasting forests and waterfalls that are often dusted with snow at this time of year.
- Explore the Golden Gate National Park, easily combinable with a visit to cosy Clarens.
- Check into the idyllic bush. The Kruger remains a favourite, especially in winter, for good reason.
- Embark on an epic road trip of KZN’s coastal route from north to south.
- Enjoy the ultimate South African road trip experience, exploring the timeless Garden Route, the Eastern Cape’s unspoiled Sunshine Coast or head off the beaten track in the Northern Cape.
- Book now for spring. The wildflowers, whales and other seasonal spring activities are soon to bloom from next month.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENT
- Temperature scans upon entering premises and compulsory use of hand sanitiser.
- You’ll be asked to complete and sign a health questionnaire.
- Thorough staff training on COVID-19 preventative measures, with educational signage for both staff and guests.
- PPE for staff where necessary.
- Social distancing in public areas.
- No more buffet-style dining.
- Dining areas are allowing for social distancing (at least 1.5 metres) and limited to a maximum number of people at any given time (currently 50 people maximum).
- Guests are encouraged to opt for room service if they feel more comfortable doing so.
TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
- Book travel insurance – yes, even on a local trip.
- Plan ahead. Pre-book accommodation and plan a rough itinerary (at least where you’re sleeping each night).
- Check what facilities and parks are open. Some may be slowly starting to open in phases, so call ahead to check and confirm opening times to avoid disappointment.
- Check government regulations before travelling as these are subject to change.
- Consider booking with a travel agent. They will be able to advise on other restrictions and protocols relating to your travels and be there to assist you should things change.
Article Source: The South African