COVID-19 and Photo Safaris

With the health and safety of our clients and trip leaders of paramount importance, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris will not operate any trips through the end of May 2021.  We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic news daily—often hour-by-hour—as it relates to our ability to travel once again.  We recommend all clients receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it becomes available to you.

We are currently booking clients on trips departing in June 2021, or later, and are optimistic as to their operation. We have expanded our office hours to 9AM to 2PM Monday through Friday Pacific time as trip registrations have increased.

Once our travel schedule has restarted in 2021, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris will be committed to providing tours that meet or exceed the up-to-date CDC travel protocols regarding COVID-19.  Every location where we offer trips will be somewhat different depending on local regulations and entry requirements. The precautions we take to mitigate coronavirus exposure will not be a one size fits all proposition.  Anytime we choose to travel, we must acknowledge the risk of contact to disease—COVID-19 or otherwise.

Some of the general travel protocols we will implement:

  • Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test.
  • We will provide extra room in our vehicles to allow all guests windows and space for photo gear. Today, we feel that extra space also gives us room to breathe and are committed to more open seating in vehicles allowing for one space between guests per seat row whenever possible.
  • Until it is deemed safe by CDC or other official health organization to do otherwise, face masks will be required for all members of the group when indoors, in vehicles or when physical distancing of six feet or more between people is not possible.
  • Guests will be asked to bring their own travel-sized hand sanitizer and Photo Safaris tour leaders will have additional supplies for refills.
  • All tour leaders will receive training to review and discuss our COVID-19 protocols as it pertains to their tours, how to implement them and steps to take should someone begin to show signs/symptoms while on the tour.
  • When practical we will have requested and have on file the COVID-19 protocols for each vendor we use to help us operate your trip.  Any additional protocol, other than in this notification, will be discussed as a group at the beginning of each tour.
  • Meals in restaurants will be managed according to the protocols in place per local, state and/or federal guidelines.  Each situation will require unique management and will be dealt with to the best of our ability for the comfort of all our guests.  Where possible, we will attempt to accommodate those who have additional physical distancing needs (i.e. meals to go to eat in private).
  • Vehicles will be sanitized at the end of each day following approved CDC guidelines and high touch surfaces will be sanitized throughout each day.
  • Guests will be asked to refrain from handling photo equipment/gear that is not their own.  Should a guest require assistance with any items, the tour leader will step in.

These protocols will be implemented and modified as more is learned about this disease, and its mitigation as vaccines are distributed. We are closely following new developments and will adjust our response accordingly.

Communication with our travelers is important to us and we will strive to keep you up to date as conditions change.  We encourage you to give us a call during our abbreviated office hours or send us an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to a return to normalcy and share an exciting and productive Photo Safari with you again soon!  In the meantime, please get vaccinated!