Journey with Jonathan in South Africa

~  October 6 - 15, 2025  ~

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO                   revised 1/15/2023 


As the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs and flows globally, many countries have taken measures consistent with relative cases and guidance from the experts, to minimize its impact.  Travel restrictions to Africa are changing on a continuous basis as the impact of COVID-19 varies across the globe.

We are continuously monitoring the developments with the original Covid-19 and its variants. Airlines and hotels have already instituted health protocols for all current travelers. We are witnessing the administering of the covid vaccine and boosters, and keeping a watchful eye on how all this may impact our planned journey to South Africa in October 2022.

Your health is our main priority and while travel to South Africa is currently possible we can assure you that if we cannot travel in October we will plan to move the trip again if necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in South Africa. We will update all on a regular basis.


Key Information for Travelers to South Africa


Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you test positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel.

Don't travel with someone who is sick.

Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.

During travel while it is not mandated wearing a mask is a personal choice and we encourage you if that is your preference.  Continue to keep a good hygiene regiment, by washing your hands often and the use of hand sanitizer, and watch for symptoms.

Traveling back to the United States by air, the required for  a viral test has been lifted.  

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this requirement. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.

If you are eligible, we recommend you get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. This is not a requirement only a recommendation.

If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information,  or other documents. Check with your destination's Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers.

Follow any entry requirements or restrictions at your destination which might include testing, quarantine, and providing contact information. 

If you get sick in South Africa, you might need medical care. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care During Travel.


         Here are the health and safety protocols issued by the properties we are staying during our stay!

      THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE                                                                                   BELMONT MOUNT NELSON HOTEL