Was wondering what the impact is/will be on safari bookings in Southern Africa? Personally I would not cancel a trip in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Tanzania because of the ebola outbreak in West Africa. Would be good to hear from travel agents.
I read on Africageographic:
Thousands are cancelling trips to the big safari hubs like Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa because of the Ebola outbreak, despite the fact that these regions are so distant from the affected areas that saying one is cancelling a trip to South Africa because of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is like cancelling a trip to Florida because of an outbreak in Alaska.
The survey showed about half of operators experienced a staggering 20 to 70% decrease in bookings. About a third reported no decrease and has been doing business as usual. The impact is more noticeable in East than in southern Africa. It is a heavy blow for the industry and the numerous wildlife reserves that rely on its revenue.
Edited by Dam2810, 04 October 2014 - 07:13 AM.