Asilia Africa, East Africa’s leading safari operator, is offering discounts of up to 75 percent on a safari for healthcare and emergency service workers from anywhere in the world when travel resumes. Asilia has 19 camps across Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
In recognition and gratitude for their service, healthcare workers globally can travel with a plus one and children to an Asilia property at the discounted rates until May 31, 2021. Anyone in the health care sector is eligible. Furthermore, all members of the emergency services, as well as anyone involved in the fight against COVID-19, are welcome.
The remote locations and complicated logistics of planning a safari often make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We know that this gesture is not much compared to the sacrifice that so many have made during this pandemic. But we hope that by opening our doors and taking people out to the wilderness to recharge and reboot, it goes some way to saying thank you for their heroic work,” says Gordie Owles, commercial director.
Asilia’s flagship Kenya camp, Naboisho Camp, is usually $1,065 per person per night. Healthcare workers will be offered a rate of $247.00 per person per night for travel at any time until May 31, 2020, a saving of 75 percent. A typical six-night safari with Asilia staying at Naboisho in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in Kenya would usually cost $5,136.12 per person. Healthcare workers will be able to enjoy this adventure for $2,958.12, including all internal flights to and from Nairobi, park and conservancy fees, six-nights accommodation, and all game drives.
With visitor numbers down, Africa’s national parks will be quiet, meaning the wildlife will easily outnumber the safari cars making the chance to spot iconic animals like the Big Five extra special.
Traveling with Asilia also uses tourism as a force for good. Where tourism has suffered as a result of the coronavirus, so has conservation. By bringing tourism back to East Africa, Asilia helps communities and conservation thrive again. On average, across the region, 11 percent of the population is employed in tourism. Tourism provides jobs to rural communities where it is the only alternative to poaching and subsistence farming and $5 per person, per night from an Asilia safari is donated to conservation and community projects in the areas where they operate. Last year, Asilia donated $300,000 to projects across the region.