2020 at JENMAN Safaris

2020 at JENMAN Safaris

2020. A time of loss. A gift of perspective. A series of disappointments. Reminders perhaps? The Jenman team have been thinking about this – along with the rest of the world – and in its mystery, sometimes feels like a tale beyond our understanding.

With the extreme devastation and heartache the world has experienced this year, it has also unveiled hope, the experience a mirror to an old Greek myth – Pandora’s Box. 2020 seemed to open the box, releasing pain and disease – all unexpected visitors in our lives. In the midst of the chaos, the world pulled together in order to end the turmoil, the remaining entity of the box: hope.

Hope is leading the way for the army of new words on the street. Storms and turbulent seas. Unprecedented. Adaptation. These uncertain times. Pandemic. Often we feel simultaneously alone and together in our collective experience – however there are some absolutes which we share, especially in the business realm.

Each and every industry has been tested, turned upside down, reassessed, revalued, some broken, and a few lucky ones, rebuilt. Our characters have been questioned, showcased and measured, some left wanting in our own eyes and some in the eyes of others. Whatever the case – we have certainly learnt – through the luxury of positivity or through adversity. Or by floundering through an existence which we simply do not understand – dodging or catching the next curve ball – some decisions an accolade of the times, others deeming absolutely pointless.

In the Jenman office, while dancing the daily dance of confusion, Shakespeare’s tale of a Comedy of Errors comes to mind – the story ironically opening with a violation of a ban against travel between two cities. While attempting to keep the travel dream alive, a series of curveballs and mishaps are dealt with continuously, keeping us on our toes, or sometimes, flat on our faces.

Read on for an insight in just a few of these questionable actions…

Our product team had created guidelines for operating our safaris (social distancing, sanitising, etc.) for destinations which were 24 hours later no longer accessible. Bans may be lifted for one month – but not the next – and for some nationalities yet not others. Marketing and sales have curated, scripted and filmed online webinar series on these implemented changes, which deem invalid, longevity proving to be a pipe dream. On the cusp of lockdown, when the world was different, our operations team set up an entire camp, to then equip it with sanitary products and hygiene protocols, only to be shut down entirely – at that point believing in 21 days we would return to business as normal. Ironically, it is now the sanitary products which are in lockdown, going into hibernation with the camp itself.

We re-routed clients, providing alternative accommodation and tour options. We postponed. We drafted and released free covid tests partnered with newsletters and policies, which were then retracted days later. 2021 rates were calculated and discarded, terms and conditions proved a weekly challenge, projected budgets went out a window which closed along with a variety of doors as we waited in futility for others to open. Business cards have become relics, in antiquated office spaces which house dusty brochures and travel plans. However, all is not lost.

We have laughed with bewilderment and cried with frustration. Gratitude has been shared in solidarity and empathy equally distributed throughout our team and beyond. Prayers have been whispered and words of comfort globally gifted. In falling apart, we have come together, and as our social media guru deposited words of wisdom in light of it all,

“The comedy of errors are only comedic in hindsight,” and hindsight is indeed a wonderful place to be, even if it’s only half way through and we may have partially lost our minds.

Oh, and we all still have hope with borders slowly opening and travellers carefully starting to plan their next journey. We are here and believe in the return of the safari travel.

We are a leading safari tour operator that provides world-class guided group tours and tailor-made packages throughout Southern Africa, East Africa, and Madagascar, ensuring unique wildlife experiences.

Build Your Trip

With the power to specify your travel dates, the number of travelers in your party, and your preferred destinations, we’ve made it incredibly convenient for our travel consultants to curate the perfect expedition for you.

Zambezi Victoria Falls from helicopter

Zimbabwe, a Country like no other

You won’t be blamed for knowing very little about Zimbabwe besides its rocky political history which doesn’t do this humble sub-Saharan African country any justice. But Zimbabwe is an extraordinary African safari destination, and in fact, it’s the country’s most prominent industry. If there was


Discovering Namibia on Holiday

I didn’t know what to expect about Namibia, other than it is famous for red sand dunes… but I was soon to learn that Namibia has so much more to offer! We arrived in Namibia at Hosea Kutako Airport in Windhoek on a scorching hot


Do Hyenas Really Deserve Their Bad Rap?

As Scar’s hyena henchmen in The Lion King, Ed, Banzai and Shenzi are evil and dumb and the lowest of the low when it comes to the pecking order in the Circle of Life. In fact, they’re so nefarious that they are banished out of

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The History of Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls is one of the world’s 7 Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. While the breath-taking falls are neither the widest nor the highest in the world, when the river is in full flow it does form the largest cascading

Need Help?

Get in touch with our experienced consultants, dedicated to curating your ideal African safari. Let us guide you towards the perfect destination, ensuring your trip is nothing short of extraordinary.

JENMAN African Safaris

Stay Connected