Press "Enter" to skip to content

Sabela Bush News – October 2020

In the last week we have seen some very positive moves from governments to start with re opening borders for international travel. This is indeed great news for all of us and lodges are getting ready. In addition, we have a great hamper filled with goodies up for grabs. Read more to find out how you could win this..

Machaba Safaris and Young Ranger Talent Nala

Throughout the last few months Machaba Safaris have entertained us with great videos and even the little 9-year-old Nala (manager Shaun Malan’s daughter) created her own channel with very entertaining and educational video clips. If you have missed these be sure to go and have a look. Our challenge to you to win our great South African filled goodie hamper is the following:

  • Follow and subscribe to the Machaba YouTube channel
  • Follow and subscribe to Nala’s YouTube channel
  • Answer this easy question; In one of her episodes Nala talks about her favourite four-legged animal. Can you tell us the name of this animal?

Once all above is done and you have the answer be sure to contact us and the lucky winner will be drawn mid October.

Remember the Exclusive Use Camp special offer from Machaba valid until end March 21:

  • Botswana: Little Machaba (max 8 pax) and Gomoti Private (max 6 pax) for U$ 4500 per camp per night.
  • Zimbabwe: Deteema, Deka and Ingwe Pan (max 8 pax) U$ 3500 per camp per night

Post Covid Special with Machaba Safaris valid until end March 21:

Flights in Sight

Ethiopian Airways celebrated its return to Windhoek already on 11 September!
The Lufthansa group (under Eurowings) landed on 20 September.
Qatar has got flights in the system and Air Namibia intends to fly as of October.
On day 5 travellers need to do a Covid test.

South Africa:
International borders are due to open on 01 October with Lufthansa and KLM flying at least 3 times a week to Johannesburg and later also Cape Town. A negative Covid test will have to be presented that was not done more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Germany is one of a few countries that is not on the list of countries that are currently being restricted to travel to South Africa which is indeed wonderful news.

International airports are scheduled to reopen October 1st. A negative test conducted within 48 hours of arrival is needed and adherence to recommended Covid-19 prevention measures.
Kenya, Ethiopian, Emirates and Rwandair will be flying into Harare.

The International airports are open. A negative Covid test will need to have been conducted 14 days before arrival. Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Rwandair are flying into Lusaka. Proflight Zambia has resumed (limited) domestic flights and Lusaka, Zambia/Johannesburg, South Africa flights on October 1st.

Lilongwe International Airport is reopened. The same as for Zambia applies in terms of having a negative Covid test result but 10 days within arrival date and need to adhere to recommended Covid-19 prevention measures. Kenya and Ethiopian Airways are flying into Lilongwe.

Robin Pope Safaris Update

As borders open and the light is getting brighter at the end of the tunnel here some updates and camp information.

Robin Pope Safaris has opened its houses in South Luangwa., Robin’s House and Luangwa Safari House are ready for guests. Should groups of 6 or more travel, then the Nkwali team is also on standby.

In Malawi all 3 RPS properties have been operating and they will continue to do this. There is currently a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival policy but hopefully this will soon not be the case.

In Zimbabwe John’s camp is only due to open for next year’s season as the rains will set in shortly.

The 2021 rates have not yet been issued and until this happens, 2020 rates apply to all new bookings.

Click here also to view the RPS Covid Protocol.

Namibia gets WTTC Stamp as Safe Travel Destination and is first to open International borders in Southern Africa

Namibia is one of 100 destinations worldwide to have achieved this status. Here the link to the WTTC page:

Please find some further information from Classic Namibia:


Lodge Covid Health Accreditation Quarantine Station Testing Station
African Monarch Lodges Yes Nambwa Lagoon Katima Mulilo
Onguma Nature Reserve Yes Etosha Aoba Tsumeb
Chiwani Safari Camps Yes Camp Kipwe Khorixas
Otjimbondona Yes None Husea Kutako or Windhoek
Swakopmund Guesthouse Yes None Swakopmund


Otjimbondona, the exclusive hideaway just 80 km south of Windhoek, has created a wonderful long stay package for those seeking solitude. Click here to read more about this offer.

African Monarch Lodges will be hosting 7-day wellness retreats for mind body and soul in 2021. The retreats will focus on healthy eating, daily yoga and meditation in nature, a selection of healing therapies and up close and personal wildlife experiences. Read here to find out more. Bring your own group!

Garonga Webinar

In case you missed the Garonga webinar and want to see and hear about all the exciting new updates and upgrades click here to view.

More positive news from Garonga is the updated payment terms: Full payment needed 7 days before arrival. No deposit required. These are Covid related conditions subject to change.

Keeping with flexible terms and conditions, Makakatana Bay is also open to discuss more flexible terms for payments.

ASA – More Zoom meetings

There are still a few more ASA roadshow zoom meetings coming up.

  • 15 October – Zambia with Robin Pope Safaris
  • 29 October – South Africa with Garonga and Makakatana Bay Lodge

Click here should you wish to participate

For any updated information on our partners please use the links below:

Please also be sure to follow our partners on social media as they share their stories and what is happening in camps weekly. We remain positive that Africa will soon be, as before, the next stop for all travellers. In the meantime, our partners will continue to conserve, maintain, and sustain for us all to be able to enjoy and appreciate when all of this is over.

Sending positive vibes

Hella and the Sabela Team

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram