Africa A-Z is your 'one-stop' shop when planning your Southern and Eastern African safari or vacation (scheduled tour packages, customized itineraries, African safaris, accommodation, conferencing and incentives, African weddings and honeymoons).
We are very pleased that the Ebola 'threat' in West Africa seems to be on the decline and we are noticing an increase in travel in Africa for 2015.
If you are still worried about planning a safari to Southern and East Africa due to the Ebola crisis, please feel free to express these concerns to us so we can assist you to feel more comfortable with your chosen destination.
3rd March 2015 update from Doctors Without Borders: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, albeit with decreasing intensity. The virus has infected more than 23,700 people across the region since the outbreak was declared 11 months ago. While the number of new patients in Liberia is declining, numbers are still fluctuating in both Guinea and Sierra Leone. A total of 99 new confirmed cases were reported across the three worst affected countries during the week up to 22 February 2015. The unpredictable nature of the epidemic means that teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are maintaining a flexible approach and continuing to respond where the needs are greatest in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Cancellation policies have been revised so you have nothing to lose!
Travel restrictions are in place in all the countries we represent so there is little or no risk to you.
A few facts about Ebola:
Africa is over 7000km (4349.6miles) from north to south so a very vast area (made up of 47 countries). There is no Ebola in South Africa or any of its neighboring countries including the safari areas of East Africa like Tanzania and Kenya.
London, Paris and Madrid are closer to the outbreak area than most safari destinations in Africa including Nairobi (Kenya), Arusha (Tanzania), Cape Town (South Africa), Windhoek (Namibia), Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).
Ebola is not an airborne virus. It spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials contaminated with these fluids. This means that there is a very low risk for ordinary travellers as long as you avoid intimate contact with others.
The outbreak in west Africa, (first cases notified in March 2014), is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. It has also spread between countries starting in Guinea then spreading across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air (1 traveller only) to Nigeria (declared Ebola free on 20th October 2014), and by land (1 traveller) to Senegal (declared Ebola free on 17th October 2014). Obviously as you have all probably heard, there have been some 'imported' cases in US, Spain etc but these numbers change on a daily basis.
It is important to note that the most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, have very weak health systems, lacking human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. These are not on the safari circuits that we promote.
We hope that you will continue with your plans to travel to Southern and Eastern Africa and that we can work with you in planning your dream African safari vacation. We are confident that it is safe and you will have your dream vacation.
Africa A-Z was established in 2004 through a passion for the continent and its people. We strive to show a part of this to you.
We design and manage Africa tour packages on behalf of our direct clients and tour operators or agents from all corners of the world, acting as a full service ground handler in Southern Africa.
We aim to create packages that integrate smoothly with the available air and land transport options; minimizing any downtime you would normally experience waiting for transfers/flights etc (this can waste not only hours but sometimes even adds extra nights onto itineraries if you are not aware of best routes/options).
We have access to all the service providers for tours, safaris and accommodation in Africa and can source the best quotes based on your requirements and budget.
Africa A-Z can assist you to make your African safari or holiday/vacation a once-in-a-lifetime experience and at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU. In fact, our clients/agents save valuable time and money by booking through us and we are on hand 24/7 to assist before and throughout your trip.
Although we are based in Johannesburg, South Africa; we have the same (or better) rates as operators in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda etc so give us a try and see for yourself - you've got nothing to lose as we give obligation free quotes. Due to high costs of transferring money across Africa (which we don't charge you for), we do become even more competitive when booking your full itinerary with us.
We customize safaris and tours anywhere in Africa even if no information is detailed on this site so email us now for your individual safari or vacation package quotation.
Africa A-Z thrives on customer service and referrals so you can be sure that we will give you the best service no matter what type of itinerary you are looking for.
We frequently travel in Africa so we can provide you with the best advice unique to your requirements and budget. With our hands-on approach we strive to provide you with the best African Vacation and the best service.
Our clients are mostly from the USA and Europe (including UK) so all the itineraries and special offers are applicable for International visitors to Africa (not for locals although they often request for us to arrange these offers for them as some of them are better than what is available to residents of Africa).
Africa A-Z will customize your safari or vacation to Africa finding you the most suitable accommodation and tours. We arrange all types of safaris including budget or luxury safaris, African honeymoons & weddings, School educational tours or sporting tours, conferences and incentives or beach holidays!
We look forward to hearing from you soon.