Borders closed, flights cancelled, people urged to #StayAtHome and #SocialDistancing rules re-shaping the way we live our everyday lives.
The Coronavirus, or more accurately the Covid-19-pandemic, has brought the world as we know it to a standstill. In a situation like this, travelling probably seems like the last thing people have on their minds. However, we find that dreaming of all the fabulous places to go in the future, planning new tours and routes, and imagining the fabulous encounters with people along the road and practicing ‘social nearness’ again once the pandemic is over is a great way to hold spirits up high.
South Africa, like many other countries, is in a full three-week lockdown scheduled to last until 16th April 2020. At the time of writing, we are not sure what is going to happen after that. We do expect that many restrictions will continue to stay in place, and we fully support the efforts of our Government to break the chain of transmission and to #FlattenTheCurve. In a country with a large number of poor people living in difficult conditions in crowded townships and informal settlements, we all have a special responsibility to protect those that are particularly vulnerable to the virus and its risks.
From an economic point of view, the Coronavirus is likely to cause tremendous hardship all over the world. The travelling industry is particularly affected, and we as well as our partners do wonder a lot about the future of our businesses. Those of you who have toured with us before know that we prefer to stay in small, owner-run guesthouses and have our meals in the same restaurants that the locals visit. All of these places are closed now, and their chances of getting financial aid from the government are somewhat unclear. We are in touch with our partners frequently, and despite the uncertainty looming over all of our heads, the overall sense is not one of doom and gloom. Instead, hope and determination prevail, the general sentiment reading as: We are going to stick this out until it is over, and then we are going to start afresh when people feel safe to travel and visit our beautiful country again.
True to the South African spirit of positivity in the face of adversity, Diana and I keep an optimistic outlook of the future. We are busy reviewing our tours and routes, trying to figure out how we can make them even better. We are making plans for the ‘Sub-Saharan Circular’ (working title), a round trip of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana (with possibly a detour to the Victoria Falls), Lesotho and Swaziland - A dream tour that we have always wanted to include into our tour schedule. We review and edit footage and pictures of previous rides in order to share them online and provide not just us, but you with some fodder for dreams. If you are interested, you are welcome to visit us on Facebook or check out our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/SouthAfricaMCTours and dream with us. After all: the only ‘virus’ spread by travelling dreams is that of wanderlust. And as motorcycle enthusiasts, we all are already infected. In this case, thankfully, there is a cure: Go for a ride – or at least plan for one.
On the practical side, we have suspended all of our tours until the end of April 2020. We are reviewing the situation continuously, and naturally we are prepared to also postpone and reschedule later tours depending on actual developments in the next couple of weeks. Yet we are also committed to continue with our passion for motorcycle tours and for bringing you the best riding experience possible. We are there to make your dream of touring South Africa on a motorcycle come true - in the hopefully not so far away future.
Until then, enjoy our pictures and postings, feel free to explore and read our blog, contact us if you have any questions or feel like “talking petrol”, and most of all: Stay safe, stay healthy and keep on dreaming!
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