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Is safari travel safe during Ebola?

Africa is the world’s 2nd largest continent. At 30 million square kilometers, it is large enough to comfortably fit the United States inside of it 3 times over.

Unless you have not watched the news this year or looked at a newspaper, you are no doubt already aware that Ebola is a very serious disease, currently affecting the West coast of Africa – specifically the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The people most at risk from Ebola are West Africans in the outbreak zone, and the courageous health workers caring for people suffering from the disease.

If you’re going on safari, you are going to be a very, very long way from these countries – in many cases, even further from them than you were before you left home.

Here are some places that are closer to the Ebola outbreak than the popular safari countries, such as South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and so on:

London, England – 2 924 miles / 4 707km from Ebola

Paris, France – 2 780 miles / 4 474km from Ebola

Rome, Italy – 2 794 miles / 4 497km from Ebola

Barcelona, Spain – 2 292 miles / 3 688km from Ebola

Is Ebola keeping you from travelling to these places?

Only a crazy person would warn you against visiting Rome, London or Paris because of Ebola, yet they are both closer and receive a higher volume of West African travel than typical safari destinations.

Get a clear perspective on where the Ebola outbreak is happening.

Have a look at our map below for a clear, realistic perspective on where Ebola is, in relation to where you would travel to on safari.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak and proximity to safari travel destinations by Luke Hardiman

The 2014 Ebola outbreak and proximity to safari travel destinations by Luke Hardiman

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