It’s Business as Usual in Africa, Or is It? I know by now that the Ebola scare has everyone on edge. Everyone’s been asking me if I’m still going to Africa. It’s clear that most people think that no matter what part of Africa you’re going to, it’s all the same. It is not. Let us not forget that Africa is not a country, it is a continent that is almost three times as large as the USA. The distance between East and West Africa is far greater than the distance between California and New York. West Africa is much closer to Europe than it is to East Africa. So, yes, I am going to Africa. For this trip I am leading a small group to Kenya and then Tanzania.
The news has stated that the outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea near the Sierra Leone and Liberian borders. It has now found its way to the USA, and we have been advised that we, the USA, have taken the necessary precautions to contain it. However, it doesn’t mean that we stop living or traveling, no one knows where, or if, it will strike again, and there is little we can do to about it, if it does.
Ebola isn’t airborne…
People come and go, from one state, one city and one country to another – often freely, if they have the required documentation. To quote CDC, ‘Ebola isn’t airborne, it’s transmitted by an exchange of body fluids. It can be contained and the 2014 outbreak will be contained’. In the meantime, for those of us in the safari business, and who plan to be on safari in the weeks, months and year to come, we will continue to do so, until something occurs to change that.
It is sad how misinformation has caused so many to be unemployed or business to have slowed down in so many countries where there is no impact and tourism is their primary source of income. But, for now, insurers will not refund lost payments on the basis of a disinclination to travel.
It’s business as usual for those who are excited about this great adventure. WE ARE GOING! And….we can’t wait to get there. Catch the next presentation on November 1, 2014. Please call to confirm! (951) 898-6094, firstname.lastname@example.org