Ebola Outbreak Update – by Sandy Salle on October 15, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Update – Should You Cancel Your Trip?

by Sandy Salle on October 15, 2014

We understand that some travellers, as well as their family and friends may be concerned about traveling to Africa due to the Ebola virus. The outbreak is all over the news and the media has caused a tremendous amount of fear in people.

We would like to take this time to point out several important points about the Ebola outbreak:

  • Every single one of the countries we send clients to is currently Ebola FREE. Not one case in any of the countries we book trips to has been affected by this current outbreak, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Madagascar.
  • Many of the major travel hubs throughout Africa, as well as Europe, have banned entry to travelers who have been to the affected areas of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
  • Traveling throughout Africa is not like it is in the United States where you can just cross the border of each state as you wish. Each of the 54 independent nations that make up Africa have their own strict customs rules and many of the countries throughout Africa are now prohibiting travelers from entering if they have been to one of the three countries that are currently experiencing an Ebola outbreak.
  • Ebola is mainly transmitted via direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Objects that have saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids from an infected individual can also post a risk for spreading the disease.
  • Southern and Eastern Africa have been preparing for cases since the first Ebola outbreak reports in West Africa, which were reported back in March of this year. Only now is America and Europe beginning to implement precautionary measures. Currently, Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras are being used in International Airports to detect individuals with fevers. These individuals are quarantined and tested prior to official entry.
  • Parts of Europe and South America are closer to the affected countries in West Africa than safari destinations in Southern and Eastern Africa. See the map below for a look at just how huge Africa really is and the distance between each region.

africa size

Map graphic was taken from the Economist website and can be found at the following location: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/cartography

We understand that there has also been concern over whether or not Ebola is an airborne disease and if it is likely that a traveler can catch it while on an airplane.

According to a recent article by the New York Times, “Top Ebola experts have said they would not expect to be infected even if they were sitting next to another passenger [on an airplane] with Ebola – unless that passenger actually vomited or bled on them. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria in July, was so sick he had to be helped off the plane in Lagos. He had vomited while on board. There were about 200 passengers on the plane, according to Nigerian health authorities, and not one of them got infected.”

The article further went on to say, “If Ebola was transmitted like influenza, experts point out, an outbreak would echo the spread pattern of the 2009 flu pandemic, and by now there would be millions of cases around the globe.

Ebola does not typically cause sneezing or coughing and saliva does not normally build up large viral loads until late in the disease. But because patients can cough vomitus or blood, or vomit violently, caregivers routinely wear masks and goggles.” (Click here to read the full article.)

Note that the information above is subject to change; however, at this time, it is accurate to date. The below graphic illustrates where the current Ebola Outbreak is reported:

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Image above taken from thesafaricompany.co.za website – read the full article here: http://thesafaricompany.co.za/travelblog/ebola-are-you-at-risk-infographic/

Safari Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

The votes have been counted and the results are in. You will find a full list of all 2015 finalists here. At the Judges Conference in London on 12th September Inyati Game Lodge was selected as a Safari Awards Finalist in one or more categories. The overall Africa results will be released at WTM on Sunday night, 2nd November 2015

Inyati Game Lodge – 2015 Finalist Best Safari Guiding Team

Wildlife is a huge part of going on safari, so its crucial to have expert guides who can get you as close to the action as possible. This category rates the guides at the lodges guests stayed at.

Some of the voting questions: How effectively did your guides communicates with you? Did you feel you learned a lot? Were you inspired?

 Best Safari Guiding Team

Inyati Game Lodge – 2015 Finalist Best Walking Safari

Walking safaris are a great way to view things from a different perspective to the typical game drive on four wheels. If you had the opportunity to go on a walking safari, let us know what you thought of it.

Best Walking Safari

About

Over 4,000 vetted tour operators, travel agents and travel journalists are invited to vote to support their favourite safari properties and conservation organisations. Nominees then contact their guests and followers to ask for their support in voting for them. A finalist list is formed based on numbers which is reviewed by the Judges (independent operators) and the results are produced. The process is entirely independent, transparent and supported by the trade. All The Safari Awards Judges have been nominated by the previous years awards winners and finalists and are unquestionably the most highly-respected, knowledgeable independent tour operators selling safaris. The judges sit at the head of the Good Safari Guide, ensuring that the lodges, camps and operations presented both in the guides and in the Awards really are the best in Africa and worldwide. With nominations from over a thousand luxury travel professionals, hundreds of readers of Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Brides and Travel Africa Magazine you can rest assured that any safari operation nominated for a Safari Award is amongst the best in its genre. Finalists are amongst the top 3% not just in Africa but worldwide, and the Safari Award Winners are unquestionably the best, their reputation earned through excellence recognised by independent industry experts. View  Good Safari GuideSafari Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

Talking to Kids About Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

The killing of our rhinos is a tragedy that most adults have a hard time coming to grips with. So how do you explain the crisis to kids? The following books are true stories based on the lives of two wonderful little rhinos. They are available on Amazon, and benefit rhino charities. Chizi's tale

Chizi’s Tale: 100% of the proceeds benefit TUSK

one special rhino

One Special Rhino: All proceeds benefit the International Rhino Foundation

In honor of World Rhino Day, coming up on Sept 22, please print these free rhino coloring pages, and as your kids enjoy coloring them, tell them about our majestic rhinos and how special they are. By the way-if you take a moment to scan them and send to fightforrhinos@gmail.com, we’d love to share ‘em!

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Rhino coloring page 1

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Vote in the Safari Awards by 8th Sept to win a £10,000 safari.

Safari Awards

We have been nominated!
Please vote for us.
With the voting deadline looming, we would like to thank you for nominating our lodge under the best value safari property , and ask that those that have not yet cast their votes to please support us by visiting the following links on The Safari Awards website. Inyati Game Lodge

There are 2 fabulous safaris on offer in a prize draw for all voters (see www.safariawards.com for details).

The voting/support phase runs through until midnight, September 8th. The Judges will assess the data at a conference on September 12th. The country-level results will be announced throughout October on social media, and the final overall results will be announced during the Safari Awards evening in London on Sunday 2nd November 2014. (click here to book your Awards Party tickets)

We look forward to hosting you at Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve and sharing an experience which typifies the African safari, without compromising on accommodation and incredible game viewing.

 
Warm bushveld regards
Leighanne Dawkins
Inyati Game Lodge
t: +27 11 486 2027 / 4073 | fax: +27 11 486  0301| inyatiho@iafrica.com | www.inyati.co.za

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

DeathThink it’s not your problem?

Poaching is killing our planet.

Each year over 35,000 elephants and 1000 rhinos are slaughtered. Poaching has become a pandemic; animals are killed in Africa, India, Asia…and demand for their parts spans across the globe. If we don’t act NOW, we will lose them all within a few short years.

We must restore the balance.

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Funeral of a ranger after eight were killed in Virunga National Park.

Poaching is killing people. 

Each year poachers AND rangers are killed in the line of fire. People are also killed and hurt from terrorist attacks fundedby poaching. From the Westgate Mall attack to the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls, to the loss of lives during the 9/11 attacks in New York.

We must stop the blood flow.

As devastating as this is, there is hope. The good news is that YOU can do something about it. Yes, YOU!…

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An Epic Move for Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

crash in kruger © Scotch Macaskill

Crash in Kruger via Scotch Macaskill. A crash is a group of rhino-increasingly rare with the escalation of poaching.

After much speculation as to whether or not it would happen, the South African government has made it official. They have approved moving 500 rhino out of Kruger National Park.

Of the rhino to be moved, 260 will be sold to private buyers and another 250 taken to a safe location.

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Edna Molewa, SA Minister of Environmental Affairs

Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, confirmed the possibility the rhino will be sent to Botswana and Zambia, where there will be “intense protection zones”.

According to Molewa, “this move, along with creating rhino strongholds could allow a total rhino population size of South Africa continue to grow.”

Botswana not only has better political and economic stability and a smaller population than South Africa, but they recently banned commercial trophy hunting and in 2013 adopted the controversial…

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a ..Rhino?!

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

Rhino airlift

Airlift via Black Rhino Rescue Project, photo:Michael Raimondo

Now that South Africa has established its going to move hundreds of rhinos to new locations, logistically HOW will they do it?

Translocating  one-ton animals is tricky. But the most dramatic, and arguably the safest method to date is by air.

Photographer Emma Gatland joined the team from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for a rhino capture and relocation project in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

“There aren’t many people who get to witness a rhino lift,” she says. “It’s a new procedure, which is gentle on the rhino as it shortens the time the animal is kept drugged. The rhinos are airlifted using an old Vietnam Huey, which in itself is an adventure. They are lifted roughly 500 – 1000 meters into the air suspended by their ankles.”

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The rhino is sedated.

Airlift 4

Then secured..

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And moved!

Of course any location, whether…

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Ebola in Africa – should you panic? by Onne , 01 August 2014

Africa is a huge continent, containing 47 different countries (not counting the surrounding island nations). It is over 7000km from north to south. “We’re going to Africa” is therefore a very vague description of destination. It’s like saying we’re going to Asia. A good first step is to pull out a map of Africa and look at where the current outbreak of Ebola is found:

Ebola map

The countries affected at the moment are all in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria has had one case that was identified on an inbound flight. Subsequently, all flights from affected areas have been cancelled and all countries in the region (including South Africa) are on high alert and have stepped up measures to screen travellers and identify possible victims.

We are certainly not downplaying the crisis and this is without doubt the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with over 700 deaths so far since February. But cancelling a trip to South Africa makes just as much sense as cancelling a trip to Spain because of Ebola. In fact, Spain is closer to the epicentre of the outbreak than South Africa is. All the popular safari destinations in Southern and East Africa remain unaffected by the Ebola outbreak. There is absolutely no reason to cancel your safari trip now. The biggest risk as a traveller right now is that you might have an elevated temperature due to the common flu or cold, and are then quarantined at the airport as a precaution.

How is Ebola spread?

This is an important question to help asses the risk. Thankfully and significantly, Ebola is not an airborne virus. It is spread through direct person-to-person contact, and contact with body fluids of infected persons – blood, saliva and other secretions. The WHO has a helpful factsheet about Ebola, which is worth a read. This means that the risk for ordinary travellers remains low, even in high risk areas, as long as you take basic precautions and avoid intimate contact with others.

Protective clothing

South Africa is not only an interesting mix of cultures, but also of third world and first world conditions. While many people unfortunately still live in third world conditions, the infrastructure in South Africa is very much first world, and the public health system is good. The department of health is very conservative when it comes to public health policy and disease prevention. For example, South Africa was the first country to require yellow fever vaccines for travellers arriving from Zambia, after a part of western Zambia was reclassified from “vaccine not recommended” to “vaccine generally not recommended” a few years ago. A minor change by the WHO, but the health department responded swiftly and firmly with new regulations (considered unnecessary by many). South Africa also has world class airports with excellent screening, medical and quarantine facilities.

Info Ebola 

So these are the facts. There is no Ebola in South Africa or any of its neighbouring countries. Unfortunately, when panic sets in the facts are not always considered in the decision making. During 2012-2013, we had cancellations for trips to South Africa because of the political protests and unrest in Egypt, 7000km away at the opposite end of the content. A major fail of geographical comprehension, and a pity for that family that they cancelled a fantastic trip for a completely unnecessary reason. Let’s hope the same does not happen with this Ebola outbreak.

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Remembering our Elephants

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

“You know … they say an elephant never forgets.
What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” World Ele Day
On today, World Elephant Day, let us bow our heads and remember the gentle giants who have lost their lives to poaching. 100 a day, every day…

We pray for the safety of those who remain, and we will continue to fight like hell to stop the scourge of poaching from taking anymore.

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Sign: Google-Stop Ivory Trade through your site

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Ebola in Africa – should you panic? | Wild Wings Safaris Blog

Ebola in Africa – should you panic? | Wild Wings Safaris Blog.

Jan Braai vir Erfenis: 6 Desember 2013 foto’s

Jan en die span kuier in Sabi Sands, opsoek na die groot vyf. Hy wys jou ook hoe om ‘n springbok fillet met ‘n biltongsous op die kole voor te berei.

Arrival

Arrival via private charter @ Ulusaba airstrip

Jan Braai vir Erfenis

Jan Braai vir Erfenis

Springbok fillet on grill

Springbok fillet on grill

Springbok fillet & veg on grill

Springbok fillet

Springbok fillet with vegetable kebab

Sensational Safari

Keith Jenkinson

Keith Jenkinson – Inyati General Manager

Exciting game drive

Exciting game drive

 

 

If Rhinos Go Extinct

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

To every thing there is a yin and yang, a balance. The web of all species is intricately connected, each relies on the others.

When we let a species go extinct, we upset the balance. So if we fail the rhino, what will happen to the rest of the savanna?

Rhinos are mega-herbivores, the lawn maintenance crew of the savanna. Their job to the ecosystem is to carve out paths for other creatures (eating), make water holes (digging), and to help germinate plants (defecating).

rhinos eating grass

It may seem simplistic, but they are the only sizable creatures in this habitat to do it. The other mega-herbivores, elephants affect different parts of the savanna, as they eat from a different menu, browsing on taller bushes and trees.

Rhinos eat an average of 23.6 kg during the course of each day. The dung piles they share can be 5 metres wide and 1 metre deep. That’s a sizable…

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Mating for Life Part 1: Monogamy in Birds

Originally posted on Wildlife TV:

The animal kingdom is full of different mating strategies both of terms of the physical ‘deed’ and courting/attracting mates. Mating is when a male and female of the same species (or genus) come together to reproduce and create offspring. In reality, ‘mating for life‘ is quite rare in the animal kingdom, but several species practice monogamy; providing exclusive mating rights to a single partner for a given period of time.

  • Which animals mate for life?

Some animals are famous for their perceived monogamous behaviour: The European turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) has been the subject of Shakespearean poetry for its dedication to its life partner. Turtle doves do indeed seem to pick a preferred mate, but they certainly aren’t as saintly as it first appears; females will commonly mate with passing males if they are deemed more desirable than their partner, this of course is…

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Mating for Life Part 2: Monogamy in Mammals

Originally posted on Wildlife TV:

In the previous post we saw how birdsare, generally speaking, the most faithful animals to their mating partners, but which other animals are monogamous? Although loyalty to a partner is reasonably common (although varied) in the bird world, it is far less common elsewhere, for example, only 3% of mammal species show any sort of monogamy.

  • Which mammals mate for life?

One mammal species that was thought to have mated for life was the siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus), along with some other species of gibbon. Intensive research has shown that they actually practice something called ‘social monogamy‘ as opposed to sexual monogamy, in other words, they are swingers (and not just from tree to tree)! Siamangs pair off and form close social bonds with their partners, often spending their whole lives together and raising families together, however, they quite frequently will mate with other…

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Mating for Life Part 3: Monogamy in Insects

Originally posted on Wildlife TV:

We’ve seen in part 1 (birds) and part 2 (mammals) of this series that there is a lot of variation in monogamy in the animal kingdom. It is worth mentioning one more group of animals before we carry on.

  • Do insects mate for life?

In the invertebrateworld, there is a countless variety of mating techniques, but even amidst this variety there are some examples of monogamy and mating for life. Termites (infraorder: Isoptera) are colonial animals where a single queen produces all the offspring that then grow up to service the collective. A termite queen constantly produces offspring, most of which become workers and soldiers that serve the colony, but each year, the queen will produce a generation of breeding individuals. These ‘breeders’, called alates, are males and females with wings that fly away from the home colony to found their own. Females breed and then…

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