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Ebola. Are you at risk?

EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: The Safari Co.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has caused major concern with travellers planning safaris to southern and east Africa. The Safari Co. put together this infographic for travellers, the tourism industry, media partners and travel organisations to help visitors make informed decisions. They also show travellers the sheer size of the continent of Africa, and how they can go on safari with peace of mind.

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  • Bwibo

    This is a very informative article. In addition, Guineans are more likely to travel to France than to Kenya or South Africa.

  • Michela Maranzana

    We like good information

  • John

    Not sure what kind of point the author is trying to make but distance has nothing to do with the spread of Ebola. Whether there are flights outbound from affected areas has everything to do with it. I understand that @The Safari Company is trying to reduce the number of cancellations but misinforming visitors is not the way to do it. @AfricaGeographic please don’t magnify the reach of this message as it’s not helping the cause.

    • http://www.thesafaricompany.co.za TheSafariCo

      Hi John, the main reason for the infographic (and associated article found on the link) is to help travelers understand the geography of Africa. The continent is too often referred to as a country and in the minds of many travelers the ebola outbreak was everywhere. The distances on the map were shown to give perspective to the size of Africa. Travelers cancelled and postponed their safaris purely because it is in Africa, which is unrealistic.

      In addition to the distances, the article also mentions that southern and east African countries discontinued incoming flights from the affected countries in West Africa, thus reducing the risk of ebola spreading to the safari destinations in southern and east Africa. This has proven to be very effective up to now, as no case of ebola has been reported in any of the southern and east African country. Time has now shown that there is no reason to cancel a safari, with ebola in the US and Europe and none in the main safari destinations of Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

      We hope that this information counters some of the incorrect (and at times sensational) information published by the mainstream media. Yes, we are trying to reduce cancellations to our partners but the reduction in travel due to ebola has direct impact on employment and people’s livelihoods.

      Africa is NOT a country. It’s safe to go on safari.

  • Mary

    Agree with John regarding ebola. It’s all about ease of travel.

  • Rafael

    I live in Europe and fully agree with the author of the article. Nowadays, in the era of international mobility, Germany or England is not any safer than Kenya or Tanzania or RSA.

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