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Hunted: a Powerful Message

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Inyati Announces New Head Chef – Cecilia Mnisi

Cecilia Mnisi

Cecilia’s unique fusion of global and African culinary influences, will no doubt elevate the Inyati safari experience to new heights.

February ’15 Field Guide Report by Matt

INY cape hunting So at some point in this year it was January, the next thing I know a cycle has flown by and February came to an end. Admittedly February is a short month but it seems to have flown past. Ellie babyWe still have had no rain and the bush is prematurely turning the beautiful blonde colour that suggests the rain might not come this season. The last few years have seen really plentiful with rain and when I drove in a drainage line a few days ago the ruts filled with water. So the crests have this golden colour and in the valleys it is still largely green. There are no almost no pans of water left, so all the animals have been spending more and more time along the river. This is really good news as Inyati is perfectly positioned to have excellent game viewing all day long. INY playing

So in this last month we have seen Hlaba Nkunzi a few times and had the privilege of seeing her new cub who is around three months or so. She crosses into our neighbouring property and so we don’t see her as much as we used to so it’s nice to see little cubs. Tlangisa is still thriving in the North and it is quite difficult to tell at a glance between her and her cubs. They are fast approaching a year old and are so big. INY posingThey must surely be thinking about starting to learn to hunt. Dewane has now officially displaced Nyeleti and has been seen far east of our traverse which has historically been Nyeleti’s territory. Nyeleti has moved east out of our traverse and south, so we don’t see him all too often anymore. Xhikavi, Schotia, Ravenscourt and Torchwood have all put on cameo displays for us but they are not seen all that regularly.

Ravenscourt male

Ravenscourt male leopard

Leopards like Boulders haven’t been seen in a few months. Dewane has been around a lot and we have seen him patrolling his territory and feeding on kills and generally posing like the rock star he is! INY territoryThe Ximungwe’s are still at a composition of six and doing pretty well, they are a clever bunch of lions and I’m sure the Majingies don’t even know they exist. The sub-adults are looking really big at the moment and should be in the clear. Male cheetah sunsetThe two Othawa sub-adults have not been seen with the adults in weeks, yet they are doing well and by all accounts have started hunting for themselves as the few times I’ve seen them they have both been full and looking happy.Coqui Spurfowl

There have been hundreds of buffalo and elephants all over the property, they have taken it upon themselves to redecorate the reserve for us and we are constantly having to clear the roads of big trees they keep pushing over.INY buffalo resting

So I have saved the best for last, only for the few people who read on to the end of the blogs. I’ll let you into the secret… One of the Othawa’s has cubs. She has been seen in the north/eastern part of the territory but I haven’t seen them yet. I cant wait to get my first glimpse of the Majingilanes hard earned reward.

INY Tlangisa cub

One of Tlangisa’s cubs

That’s all from Matt for this month. We thank you for spending few moments with us in the wilderness, sharing our experiences and joining our adventures. We are committed to keep you updated. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

Regards, THE INYATI TEAM

Keith & Francis – Managers George (Head Guide) & Solly (Tracker) Khimbini (Senior Guide) & Rodger (Tracker) Matthew (Senior Guide) & Nelson (Tracker)

This month’s sightings report compiled by Matthew Brennan. Photographs by Khimbini, Keith and Matthew

January ’15 Field Guide Report by Matt

Giraffe

Giraffe are vulnerable to predators when drinking, here she had the rest of the journey looking own for any danger.

 

600 buffalo herd

Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer), also called African buffalo, the largest and most formidable of Africa’s wild bovids (family Bovidae)

There still hasn’t been a drop of rain. Only the most stubborn of mud wallows still has water and most of the reserve is dry. The crests between the drainage lines are always the first to show the signs of drying out and the bush is not as thick as it could be.Wild dog pack It is still really green though and the animals have been out in full force. The dryness of the bush has caused the animals to cling to the water sources and so we have had all the animals taking an early pilgrimage. The young elephants don’t mind and we have seen them frolicking in the shallows.

Elephant herd

Elephant have a highly ordered and structured social fabric.

Huge herds of buffalo and the odd cheetah have been coming into the south of the reserve and for about two weeks the wild dogs have been around making all the bushbuck and impala rethink the lifestyle the river offers.Lioning around

The Majingies and the Othawa’s have seemingly moved onto the next stage of their relationship, not that I’m anthropomorphizing the situation at all. The lions have been seen everywhere together and the four brothers have been following the Othawas everywhere they go. Majingilanes

The Xhimungwes have remained ever elusive from the male lions and while they have been around they have kept to the central to western part of our traverse. The sub-adults are getting big now and I hope that the young females are accepted by the males.

Ximhungwe pride

Ximhungwe pride

So Hlaba Nkunzi has not been around for a while as she has moved east to accommodate the Schotia female her last offspring. The update from the eastern reserve is that she has a new cub with its sibling having been killed by hyenas. On our side though we have been seeing Schotia, Xhikavi and Tlangisa with fair regularity and they have been giving us some good viewing by making plenty of kills and putting them in trees for us. Leopard familyDewane has decided he wants more of Nyeleti’s territory and he has been camping on the eastern side of the camp waiting for Nyeleti. The two had a tense stand-off over an impala kill that ended up with Nyeleti retreating. It never got physical but rather the two leopards were calling at each other at a respectful hundred meters, they salivated and looked thoroughly menacing. Tlangisa’s cubs are almost as big as she is now and they don’t know what it feels like to be hungry. She keeps them full all the time and never stops protecting them, we have seen her often putting her body on the line and has taken on three hyenas at a time.

INY Mom and cubs

The new sand banks that have formed on the river look great and really lend to having a great winter if we don’t get late rains, the birds are all in full breeding and the insects and butterflies are still landing from perch to perch. All the bees are full of pollen as they go out of their way to make honey, their little legs are fat with the yellow powder making them easy to see as they float about. On drinks stops we often see the fireflies floating and flitting at night adding to the starlight show.Buffalo

That’s all from Matt for this month. We thank you for spending few moments with us in the wilderness, sharing our experiences and joining our adventures. We are committed to keep you updated. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

Regards, THE INYATI TEAM

Keith & Francis – Managers
George (Head Guide) & Solly (Tracker)
Khimbini (Senior Guide) & Rodger (Tracker)
Matthew (Senior Guide) & Nelson (Tracker)

This month’s sightings report compiled by Matthew Brennan. Photographs by Khimbini, Keith and Matthew.

Introducing Rhino Alliance

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Fight for Rhinos is dedicated to saving the world’s rhino, but we can’t do it alone. To maximize our impact on ensuring a future for rhinos, we have teamed up with other non-profit organizations across the globe to form Rhino Alliance.

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These independent rhino conservation NGO’s across the world will share resources, best practices and most importantly work together where possible.

Time is of the essence and every action taken is vital. By joining forces we can increase the effectiveness of combined efforts of education, anti-poaching strategies and initiatives.

Our goals and campaigns at Fight for Rhinos remain intact. But with support and cohesion across the globe, we hope to enhance our impact.  Stay tuned for our upcoming projects…it’s going to be an exciting year! We hope to change the world (for rhinos at least)!

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December ’14 Field Guide Report by Matt

Carmine-bee-eaterEverything is green and lush and having finally seen the carmine bee-eaters all the migrating birds are present and accounted for. The Red-billed Quelea’s are flocking which for me is sign of subtle change, when everything is at its most plentiful. I can’t help feeling though that we have been a little cheated with regards to rain this season, and the river only came up once. It doesn’t mean anything significant off hand, rain like anything has years of more or less. However while on the topic the reality of global warming will lead our area to receive more rain steadily as the warmer air will be able to support more moisture. Red Billed Quelea_Male

The good news for us, though is that the area we are in has led to a lot of the animals all in a kind of midrange for them. So change should be mild and predictable for them with certain species moving off and certain species moving in. It is oddly humans that need to adapt by building bigger and better river crossings and constant maintenance of roads and general water damage. The animals have the freedom in the Greater Kruger that if they don’t like a place within the limits of their species they move away. It is in the extremes of climates that the specialists will take show the effects of global warming the most. Polar bears are the best examples but all fringe species are showing the first signs of minimization.Sand river

This reserve is renowned for its big cats and we have had them a plenty. Dewane has pushed far east and Nyeleti is making way for him. He has really grown into a beast of a cat. Xhikave and has been seen a few times on kills, being typically xhikave she has kept them in the thickest brush, except for the impala lamb the hyenas tried to steal she put that up a Marula tree on Inyati’s access. Xikhavi leopardWe’ve been seeing Scotia a few times. Thlangisa has been taking advantage of the lambing season and her cubs don’t know what it feels like to be hungry. As such they are both growing really fast and have turned into little leopards.Day One leopard

At least one of the Othawa’s (lioness) is pregnant and is showing signs she might be ready to drop soon. This is good news because the two sub-adults have been seen with the Majingilanes with a survivable amount of hostility. The xhimungwe’s also seem to be enjoying the abundance of prey and when we see them they are snoozing away from the heat with full bellies.Ximhungwe pride

The herds of buffalo have been around as well as cheetah and the wild dog. The best thing about this time of year is the colours and the sounds as every insect, bird and plant is trying to take advantage of this time of plenty. It is also great to see the new shape the river is taking.600 buffalo herd

Richard Branson: Rhino poaching can be crushed

Richard Branson: Rhino poaching can be crushed.

RICHARD BRANSON:  Africa’s rhinos are facing a real crisis.  In 2012, 660 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone.  Some lose their horns whilst still alive, only to later die from the wounds.

Rhino horn is used in traditional Asian medicine for a range of ailments.  In the past 40 years, rhino populations have declined 95 percent worldwide.

We faced a similar crisis in 1993 until international pressure and public awareness led to sales bans in Asia and reduced demand in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Up until 2008, rhino populations were recovering due to successful breeding programs in parks and private reserves.

In 2011, the Western Black rhino is declared extinct.

But Vietnam has emerged as a new market in addition to China, with its growing economy.  We need your help now, to raise awareness and reduce demand in these new markets before it’s too late.

Join us now.  Wildaid, African Wildlife Foundation, and Virgin Unite are teaming up to bring this message to consumers and we have some influential friends.  Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and a host of movie stars and top athletes are involved.

Every year, Wildaid receives up to $200m of donated media space in China, and has changed attitudes surrounding wildlife products, like Shaopin Tsui.  We need your help to take the rhino’s message directly to consumers so please help support this work because when the buying stops, the killing can too.

Aspirin, Keratin or Herbs: Better than Horn

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In attempts to reduce demand for rhino horn, researchers and conservationists have tried various methods of replacement; the thought being similar substitutions would give our rhinos a break.

In the early 1990s, conservationists encouraged use of Saiga antelope horn as an alternative. At the time their numbers were in the millions, overpopulating some areas. But the plan backfired, and sadly the animals declined to fewer than 30,000 due to rampant poaching. Ultimately the antelope wound up on the same endangered species list as the rhino.

Saiga antelope by: Darwin Initiative Saiga antelope by: Darwin Initiative

The horns of Buffalo, Yak and other bovine have also been used as options to rhino, both knowing and unknowingly. (As the number of rhino plummet, more counterfeit product are flooding the market.)

In the search for a more ethical replacement, there have been powders and elixirs  advertised as “rhino horn alternatives”most of which essentially contain keratin (the main ingredient in rhino horn).

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November ’14 Field Guide Report by Matt

Resting Giraffe

Resting Giraffe

So with much pomp and ceremony, there has been very little rain. A few showers here and there but nothing significant. Instead of sweltering heat followed by thunderstorms which I have been expecting. It has been chilly in the mornings although I refuse to wear a fleece this time of the year on principal. The bush has turned green but everything seems to be on standby for some real rain. Having said that, the trend of wonderful sightings has continued into the green season. The animals are plentiful and putting on a show. There are also wildflowers, and all the migratory birds are back.

Black flycatcher chicks

Black flycatcher chicks

Red-crested Korhaan

Red-crested Korhaan

Impala herd

I can’t believe it is that time of the year again! It’s lambing season for the beautiful Impala.

There is a lot to say on the habits of the leopards here at the moment. Starting with Xhikavi, she has given birth and has put her cubs in the drainage line just east of the lodge. The problem for her is that she is in a love triangle with Nyleleti and Dewane. Dewane seems to be the jealous type as he has killed cubs before and has been seen searching the drainage line for the cubs. Kashaan and Nyeleti have been doing the rounds. We saw Kashaan recently, he followed vultures to where 3 hyenas had a new born hippo carcass. He viewed the hyenas from afar and lost interest and kept moving. Tlangisa is revelling in the new born impalas, the new borns don’t stand a chance and she eats regularly and keeps a fresh kill all the time for her cubs.

Thlangisa with cubs

Thlangisa with cubs

Thlangisa and cubs wanting attention

Thlangisa and cubs wanting attention

Majestic cheetah

The cheetah is a large feline inhabiting most of Africa and parts of Iran. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx

The lion sub-adults are all growing quickly. We haven’t been seeing the Othawas of recently as they have been hanging out in the east. The Ximungwes however have been seen sleeping everywhere. We had the Majingilanes on a buffalo kill North of the lodge. It made for some fine viewing especially the activity of all the scavengers. All the trees were full of vultures.

Wild dog pack

Wild dog pack

 

Wild dog on lawn

Large pack of Cape hunting dogs playing on our lawn at Inyati Game Lodge.

Resting crocodile

The Nile crocodile is an African crocodile and the second largest extant reptile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile

There have been many herds of elephants and buffalo and zebra around attracted by all the growth in the areas that burnt. The elephants have been putting on a good show coming to bath and play in the wallows by the lodge and in the river.

Going forward we are looking forward to some decent rain and we hope some new lion cubs in the new year.

That’s all from Matt for this month. We thank you for spending few moments with us in the wilderness, sharing our experiences and joining our adventures. We are committed to keep you updated. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

Regards, THE INYATI TEAM

Keith & Francis – Managers
George (Head Ranger) & Solly (Tracker)
Khimbini (Senior Ranger) & Rodger (Tracker)
Matthew (Senior Guide) & Nelson (Tracker)

This month’s sightings report compiled by Matthew Brennan

Ranger Heroes: Paul

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Facing element, animal, and poacher, our rangers are the frontline in a bloody war of politics and principle. With the poaching stats rising, trade talk resurfacing, and in the midst of yet another full moon, it’s guys like Paul who help me sleep at night!

Name: PaulPaul

Age: 33

Location: Specialized counter poaching operator near Hoedspruit

What has been your most rewarding OR most difficult moment as a ranger?

Paul: The most rewarding thing doing what I do, is looking into the eyes of the poacher/suspect that you’ve hunted for so long. The most difficult is when we have to react, and proactive goes out the door.

Where would you like to travel someday?

Paul:  Anywhere in the world where people live in harmony with their surroundings and have respect for their animals

What is your favorite meal?

Paul:  I can’t leave any seafood or pasta alone

What is your ideal day off…

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The ONLY threat to adult rhinos is humans

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It’s amazing how many people still don’t know about the fight for the lives of rhinos. Please share this Wildaid video far and wide-let’s get the word out!

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Ebola: is safari travel still safe? Written by Angela Aschmann

Ebola is a scary illness. The very words ‘haemorrhagic fever’ sounds like something out of an apocalypse movie. Africa needed the world to know about the outbreak so that we could work together to stop it spreading. And, make no mistake, we are winning the war on this virus.

But with all the information out there, it’s become harder to tell fact from fiction. Many videos, articles and blogs are helpful and accurate, but some are simply not factual; they are designed to make us afraid by turning ebola into a Bogey Man for grown-ups..

As experts on Africa, we have taken up the challange to answer the questions you asked us. We have done the research, consulted our partners across Southern and East Africa, and have make sense of it all in words and pictures. We trust you will find everything you need to know about ebola and its impact of your travel plans.

Ebola: is safari travel still safe?

Where is the outbreak?

The outbreak is confined to three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Senegal and Nigeria have beaten the disease and were declared ebola-free by the World Health Organisation. The lessons from their success stories are being shared with the rest of the world.

Africa is so big – both the USA and China fit into it easily, with room to spare for India and much of Europe – that it is split into five zones: West, North, Central, East and Southern Africa. West Africa includes the countries mentioned above as well as others like Ghana and Ivory Coast. Nairobi and Arusha, both in East Africa, are further away from the outbreak than Rome, Madrid, Paris, London and Rio de Janeiro.

Ebola: is safari travel still safe? Infographic

Safari destinations are in Southern and East Africa. Southern Africa consists of prime vacation spots like South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mauritius. To give you an idea of how far these destination are from the outbreak, South Africa’s holiday capital Cape Town is 3 478 miles (5 597km) from West Africa. Rome, on the other hand, is closer at 4 316km or 2 682 miles away.

Africa’s most famous wilderness destinations are in East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania are both more than 3 000 miles away from the centre of the ebola outbreak in West Africa – about the same as pleasure capitals like Rio de Janiero and Paris.

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How is Ebola spread?

Ebola relies on intimate contact with contaminated bodily fluids to spread because it a haemorrhagic disease – that means it ‘lives’ in the blood. To ‘catch’ ebola, you must come into close contact with the blood, vomit, urine, faeces or corpse of an infected person. This is why healthcare workers and the families of infected people are most at risk. In West Africa, the disease spread quickly because there are so few hospitals and even fewer doctors. Patients have had to rely on their relatives and friends to take care of them, which meant healthy people caring for very sick people without access to gloves, visors, Hazmat suits or disinfectants.

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Is Ebola airborne?

All current medical and scientific research shows that ebola is not airborne; that means you cannot contract it from breathing the same air as an infected person. It is a blood disease, and not a mucus or phlegm one.

If ebola were airborne, it would spread much faster than it has and outbreaks would last longer than they do. Quarantine measures, which are very successful in the fight against ebola, would not be nearly as effective as they are.

Is  Ebola always fatal?

No, not everyone who contracts ebola, dies. The fatality rate in West Africa is high because many people have compromised immune systems owing to extreme poverty and repeated bouts of tubercolosis (TB), malaria and yellow fever. Because their diets are poor and they do not have access to effective health care, tragically, these people there are most at risk of dying.

Many people have survived ebola thanks to early detection, strong immune systems and good care.

In the West, especially the US and Europe, infection rates are very, very low and survival rates are very, very high because of excellent medical care.

Ebola: is safari travel still safe?

Why has Ebola suddenly become a problem?

There have always been periodic outbreaks of ebola. The current outbreak is considered bad for many reasons:

  • Better detection and diagnosis means more cases are certified as ebola (many of the early symptoms are the same as other diseases).
  • Better record keeping means the numbers can be confirmed.
  • Better global communications, including the spread of social media, means we are getting blow-by-blow accounts of it so it seems overwhelming .
  • Increased media interest in Africa has highlighted this particular outbreak over others, especially since Europeans and Americans have been infected.
  • Increased regional travel means it is spreading faster between towns.
  • Increased logging in West Africa means road are better and bush meat – ie the flesh of forest dwellers like chimps and other primates, which is considered a great delicacy and a primary source of protein – is far easier to come by. Bush meat is a source of infection in West Africa.
  • In some parts of West Africa, there was panic buying of chlorine (a major disinfectant) and protective gear like disposable gloves. Hoarding meant that there were shortages of these items at a critical time in the lifespan of the epidemic, meaning it spread faster.
  • Some rural people do not believe ebola exists and were urging patients to leave hospital or preventing healthcare workers from reaching them. This had a negative impact on containing the disease.

 

Ebola: is safari travel still safe?

What emergency measures are in place?

The world is taking ebola seriously:

  • There are several drug trials under way and research into ebola vaccines – Zmapp is the most well-known.
  • Screenings for the early symptoms, like fever, take place at international airports (once a patient has advanced symptoms and is most contagious, they are far too ill to travel).
  • The US government is urging its citizens to get flu shots, which is usual during the winter season. The better your immune system, the more protected you are from all diseases.
  • Patients with ebola are in quarantine, which is the best way of halting its spread.
  • In West Africa, widespread decontamination with chlorine is occurring.
  • West African governments are effectively disposing of bodies (in the past, cultural practices brought friends and families into close contact with the deceased).

 

Ebola: is safari travel still safe?

Our top African Safari Experts Anza & Ramona on safari in East Africa in October 2014.

What is Go2Africa’s policy on ebola?

Go2Africa has been bringing passengers to Africa since 1998. Since 2005, we have taken more than 30 000 clients – that’s around 250 a month – on safari. And most of our clients come back for more adventures.

We like to think that we’re a bit of an authority on safari and vacation travel to our beautiful continent. We’ve always provided 365/24/7 emergency support to all our travellers, from the minute you leave home and you return, safe, sound and brimming with memories. Because we book your entire journey – from flights all the way through to accommodation, excursions, transfers and activities – we know where you are and what you’re doing every step of your journey. That’s the only way we travel in East and Southern Africa: with back up all the way.

We take the same care of our clients that we do of ourselves: we will not send clients anywhere that we would not go. Right now, in October 2014, two of our senior safari experts Ramona Rubach and Anza Snyman are travelling in East Africa and Uganda for almost a month because we do not believe they are at any risk of contracting ebola.

The risk to any Go2Africa client is very, very low. None of our destinations are in West Africa, we do not route flights through the outbreak region and we keep our clients informed and updated with the facts.

We know that ebola is scary and understand that many people are worried about the outbreak, which is why we are working round the clock with our partners in Southern and East Africa to find the best possible solutions around trips that are postponed or cancelled. We realise that any disruption of your dream journey is a tough decision to make, which is why we treat every one of our travellers’ unique situations with the utmost care and professionalism to find the best possible resolution under the circumstances.

What happens if I get sick on safari?

We have dealt with major medical emergencies such as serious pregnancy complications and heart attacks all the way through to less serious ones such as travellers losing their spectacles in the middle of the bush.

Because we get to know our clients before we tailor-make their safaris, we encourage them to let us know about any medical conditions, right down to special dietary restrictions, so that we can support them effectively on vacation.

We maintain daily contact with suppliers to ensure that things are running smoothly, and our 24/7 hotline handled by senior staff. We also advise our clients to take out comprehensive insurance that includes medical evacuation.

We work exclusively with reputable partners who are as committed as we to your wellbeing. Since 1998, we have helped travellers from all over the world discover popular and remote parts of Africa. There have been medical emergencies – that is inevitable – but we’re proud to say that each has been handled with efficient and sincere care.

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Ebola is a scary disease and our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and family to it. But, with global screening efforts, effective quarantine measures, new vaccines and a better understanding of how it is spread, we are winning the war. Fewer people are being infected and more are surviving. To date, there have only been three confirmed cases in the US and one in Europe, and two of the five affected countries are in the clear.

We believe that Southern and East Africa remain prime holiday destinations for everyone from honeymooners to families with kids. It’s our job to manage the risk; it’s yours to enjoy a vacation of a lifetime.

Ebola: is safari travel still safe?

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Baby Rhinos…a reminder of what we’re fighting for

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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:

ebola

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

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