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.
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