Traveling with Nat Hab Amid COVID-19
For nature enthusiasts like us, travel to wild places is never far from our minds. While some of us may not be ready to pack up and go just yet, I’m pleased we are already seeing many of our guests making plans for adventures throughout 2021 and 2022. We’re eager to get back out into the world’s most inspiring nature destinations. And we're also looking forward to resuming our support for the communities and destinations we visit. Our planet needs us. As you consider your own personal comfort level with traveling, I’d like to offer some reassurance around the steps we are taking to promote health and confidence:
1) The smallest groups… and getting smaller
We're already known for the smallest groups in the industry. Our compact group size naturally limits the number of people you're in contact with. And we are now further reducing the number of travelers on many departures to enhance distancing between individuals.
2) More personal space aboard vehicles
We’ve added vehicles and guides to accommodate fewer people in each safari truck, van or mini bus. While this may cost us a bit more, the extra space enhances your safety.
3) Remote destinations away from crowds
Far-flung wild places have been our specialty since I founded Nat Hab in 1985. We've always known the best adventures happen where wildlife is our nearest neighbor. And now we’re adjusting our itineraries to spend even more time in secluded locations away from other travelers.
4) Enhanced sanitation and protection
Following guidelines from the WHO, CDC, World Travel & Tourism Council and UN World Tourism Organization, we have developed protocols to enhance traveler safety: daily cleaning and sanitizing of rooms and vehicles, the use of face masks and gloves while preparing field meals, and requiring face coverings for guests in vehicles, on flights, and at any time both indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. And we ensure our local suppliers are adhering to the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines.
5) Extra spacing at mealtime
We facilitate extra personal space via additional tables or extra-large tables. Whenever possible, guests will have the option to have a separate table away from others.
6) Make It Private
Reserve any departure exclusively for your own family or hand-selected group of traveling companions.
7) Revised booking policies
For bookings made between Jan 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021, your deposit is 100% transferable to another trip until your final balance is due. Different terms may apply to private trips, custom trips or extensions.
8) Reduced single supplement fees
On most trips we’ve reduced the single supplement fee so solo travelers can have their own room. And on all scheduled trips through Dec. 31, 2021, if you elect for us to assign you a roommate match and we cannot find another traveler who is suitable, you will not be charged any portion of the single fee.
While we understand you may have mixed emotions about traveling again, we also know that in times like these, it's important to have adventure, exploration and the tonic of nature to look forward to. I hope and trust we will be back out there exploring the world together again soon!
I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
Explorer, Founder, President