Our Message on Covid-19

COVID-19 Related Information Update From Natural Selection

We are living in unprecedented times. At the heart of Natural Selection are our people: our guests, our staff, our travel trade partners and the communities that we have partnered with throughout our journey. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by COVID-19 (the coronavirus).

We hope this page will answer some of your questions, but we are standing by to assist so please contact us at reservations@naturalselection.travel

I have a safari booked with you, what do I do?

We understand how difficult the current situation is with the ever-changing scenario around us. Please reach out to the travel agent or tour operator who booked your safari to discuss your options. If you can we urge you to rebook rather than cancel. We have introduced flexible postponement options in the hope you will travel with us in the not too distant future.

Why should I postpone?

Responsible tourism is recognised globally as a vital contributor and mechanism for poverty alleviation, job creation, socio-economic growth and environmental protection. In Africa, this couldn’t be truer. At Natural Selection we take this responsibility seriously. Our purpose as a business is to be a force for good in the protection of natural habitats and the people who live sustainably beside them.

We recognize that our operations are vital to the livelihoods in the areas in which we operate, and the abrupt decline in tourism revenue, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has the potential for far reaching impacts on communities. In Botswana and Namibia, 8.9% and 15.7% of the population respectively are employed by the tourism sector. We employ several hundred people from villages throughout Botswana and Namibia. One employed person typically supports between five and seven other people. So, if you are in a position to postpone rather than cancel we urge you to do so.

Can I do anything to help?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of many safari camps as a result of travel bans across the region, we are more committed than ever to community welfare. Since its inception 3 years ago, Natural Selection has donated just under USD 1 million to conservation and community upliftment in rural villages by contributing 1.5% of every guest’s stay with us to conservation projects and by directly contributing towards community outreach projects from our camps.

For the first time, we are seeking public contributions for a COVID-19 Village Support program. This program will be transporting food parcels to remote villages to improve nourishment of communities in the face of this unprecedented viral threat. US$ 75 will feed a family of 6 for 1 month. If you are in a position to donate, you can do so here.

How can I stay up to date?

If you would like to keep hearing from us at this time, then please follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter here. We will endeavor to keep this page up to date as the situation unfolds.

From our family to yours we urge you to keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you to the great outdoors and the wild world of Natural Selection when the time is right.