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Are you dreaming of your next weekend or holiday in beautiful, serene spaces? A retreat where you can ponder the past year, and recalibrate your future ? To plan & brainstorm, to set goals and get fired up about the exciting opportunities and possibilities that could be a single decision away. Or do you desire to simply escape for a bit to share meaningful experiences with the people you truly love and care for the most? Well, dear friends, Eswatini certainly fits that bill - and more. She will not disappoint you! Our Nation is alive with colourful, soulful offerings which we will share with you over the course of our Blogs. For now we will focus on how to get you here safely.
A hot topic and frequently asked question at the moment is How to travel to Eswatini (Swaziland) during COVID? Here's some travel advice from us at Wide Horizons Mountain Retreat & Lidwala Lodge to help clear up some misconceptions and share helpful guidelines & insights. Our aim is to make your travel plans a whole lot smoother so you can enjoy your journey to & through our sunny Kingdom.
What a year its been! Various iterations of partial lockdown then opening up then partial lockdown again. Here in Eswatini we have been very fortunate to have experienced relatively low levels of COVID-19 spread. Thankfully we have open spaces and a naturally distanced population, so for the majority of people here life has been able to continue without too many limitations. The majority of us do realise how lucky we are to be in Eswatini at this time. In fact, for anyone looking to avoid the hard lockdown measures of other countries and are actively seeking alternative options to spend time in nature and the outdoors, Eswatini has plenty of great options. To highlight a few favourites, you can try the following - all are very special options, with great stories :
What are the Eswatini travel restrictions? Are Eswatini’s Borders Open ? Covid-19 continues to generate many travel questions !
Yes, Eswatini’s (Swaziland’s) Borders are Open (for now)
Covid has definitely thrown us all some brutal curve balls. Lockdown was one of them. Its impact on our small economy has been severe to say the least. But there is light at the end of the travel tunnel. Although Tourism has been severely hit we remain hopeful & optimistic that the future is bright and positive outcomes will most definitely emerge.
Nitty Gritty of getting here:
At the time of writing this you may enter Eswatini (Swaziland) as a tourist provided you have a valid PCR COVID test with a negative result performed within 72 hours of crossing the border. At present, to exit Eswatini (Swaziland) you also need a PCR COVID test with a negative result performed within 72 hours of crossing the border.
Where Can I Get a COVID Test in Eswatini (Swaziland) ?
Within Eswatini (Swaziland) PCR COVID tests performed by Lancet or Ampath are currently the only accepted ones for travel. Lancet http://www.lancet.com.ng/index.php/africa/swaziland COVID tests can be done between 8am & 5pm weekdays or between 8.30am & 1pm Saturdays at:
Ampath COVID tests can be done between 8am & 5pm weekdays or between 8.30am & 1pm Saturdays at:
COVID Protocols in Eswatini (Swaziland)
There is currently a curfew between 8pm and 4am to limit the amount of movement and in particular night gatherings and parties, so please do not travel at night.
At Wide Horizons we put the safety of our guests and our staff first so all of these protocols are strictly in place.
COVID-19 and the 501Y.V2 variant
Important information and misconceptions :
There’s been a lot of speculation and many misconceptions about the new Covid-19 variants. One of these the media has termed ‘the South African variant’ more correctly called the 501Y.V2. variant. It was first genetically sequenced and identified in South Africa. This has created the perception that it originated in South Africa (which may not be true) and that it's confined to South Africa (which is not true). It is in fact present all over the world. According to Prof Tulio de Oliveira, director of KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform: “It could easily have emerged elsewhere but it’s only thanks to our excellent genomic surveillance here in South Africa that we know more about it.
Viruses tend to mutate into new variants as they spread. Many new variants of SARS-COV-2 (which causes Covid-19) have been identified around the world. According to WHO this 501Y.V2. variant is more transmissible but is not known to produce worse symptoms nor cause more deaths than the original variant.
The advice we have been given is to treat it in the same way as the original variant and continue with the standard protocols:
For more information about COVID in Eswatini and advice please check out the WHO page for Eswatini - CLICK HERE
To wrap up, we believe there is no better place to be right now, than the great outdoors in Eswatini. The exploration of our wonderful Kingdom comes very highly recommended!
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Great to connect with all of you from far and wide. We are Kim & Robs Roques, owners of various lodges & travel businesses in Eswatini, South Africa & Mozambique. These include All Out Africa, Wide Horizons Mountain Retreat, Lidwala Lodge, & Dunes Lodge. We are wild about hiking, mountain biking & health & fitness. Exploring the great outdoors, adventuring & discovering new places also fills our hearts. We are passionate about protecting wildlife, & natural habitats & ecosystems through sustainable tourism. We simply love and cherish Eswatini & want to share this amazingly vibrant & colourful nation with you.
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