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Old July 28th, 2014, 07:40 PM
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From this past weekend's USA Today, they have this headline: "What to expect on your first African safari" with these highlights: "Nothing prepared me fully for the actual experience. You don't need to bring a lot of anything. Take half (or less) of what is suggested. You'll be flying in small planes between camps, you need to limit the weight of your luggage to 33 pounds. Every lodge and campsite on the trip offered professionally done-the-same-day laundry, included in the price. You could get by with what you wear on the plane and two changes of clothes, period. Avoid bright colors (tsetse flies love blue). Khaki and tan are the way to go, even if they're not your colors. You expect to see all sorts of animals in the wild. That's what a safari is all about. But you'll sometimes be mere feet away from elephants, zebras, lions, hippos and other game. Do not get out of your Land Rover to get any closer. The animals won't like it. And neither will your guides."

Great, useful ideas and insights. Here are some more details from this lengthy summary: "Sleeping in tents is not what you think. They're deluxe tents, with firm mattresses, hot and cold running water, exemplary service, fine furnishings, and thoughtful touches everywhere. Nothing in my tour operator's 'Planning Information' booklet to suggest the range and quality of the cuisine we'd be enjoying. For dinner, all it says is you get a 'sit-down, three-course meal'. It was incredible how, in the middle of nowhere, the camp and lodge chefs were able to create delicious gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, expertly served along with fine South African wines. No copywriter could adequately describe how warm the East Africans I met are. I've traveled everywhere, and I've never felt so welcomed. In every camp and hotel, at the airport, in the villages we visited, they are simply the warmest, most accommodating people I've ever encountered."

This piece really gets one excited for doing some safaris during our March-April 2015 adventures. Clearly, not all camps are exactly the same. BUT, this writing gives a good and exciting preview for roughing "IT" in Africa. Check out the full story. I've copied and saved it to my laptop for the our trip file.

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THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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carefreecruise: Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. We are booked on the Cloud with the exact itinerary in December 2015. We just finished booking a 10 day custom safari pre-cruise with Bushtracks. And would like to hear about anyone who does the mid voyage safari. Just starting to find out about Cape Town and looking forward to hear about your experiences....
Appreciate this above post from carefreecruise on the Silversea board. I will be happy to share more from our March-April 2015 adventure. Right now, however, my wife is very, very concerned about the whole mess over the health issues in western Africa with the lethal Ebola virus.

YES, Kenya is a long distance from western Africa, but my wife is a Registered Nurse and experienced from decades in public school situations. She legitimately worries about these types of serious issues. Ebola is not something where there are any pre-trip shots that you can take to protect you, nor any treatments that are highly effective in curing this virus.

From the Reuters news wire this evening, they have this headline: "Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries" with these highlights: "Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although the disease can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it. The illness, called viral hemorrhagic fever, has symptoms that include external bleeding, massive internal bleeding, vomiting, and diarrhea."

The health issues and systems in Africa are not the best and one needs to consider carefully these questions.

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THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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Gosh the closest Ebola stricken country, Liberia is 3500 miles away from Kenya. Thats 500 miles further than Tampa to Vancouver, Canada. With many, many countries in-between. I would not be concerned at all.

We are flying to South Africa/Botswana/Zimbabwe in 5 weeks time. Our flight stops over in Dakar, Senegal for a one hour fuel stop - that's more of a worry …. but at this moment in time Ebola has not been reported in Senegal yet, and I would like to think the airlines would revert to landing on Isla Da Sol as they did in the past, if this would threaten the lives of those onboard.

I am so surprised at how much people worry about what's happening in other countries of Africa - when back here at home we don't concern ourselves with the disease outbreaks across the border in Mexico or Central American countries.

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Gosh the closest Ebola stricken country, Liberia is 3500 miles away from Kenya. Thats 500 miles further than Tampa to Vancouver, Canada. With many, many countries in-between. I would not be concerned at all. We are flying to South Africa/Botswana/Zimbabwe in 5 weeks time. Our flight stops over in Dakar, Senegal for a one hour fuel stop - that's more of a worry …. but at this moment in time Ebola has not been reported in Senegal yet, and I would like to think the airlines would revert to landing on Isla Da Sol as they did in the past, if this would threaten the lives of those onboard. I am so surprised at how much people worry about what's happening in other countries of Africa - when back here at home we don't concern ourselves with the disease outbreaks across the border in Mexico or Central American countries. Go and have a wonderful vacation to remember!!!
Appreciate your excellent follow-up and correct detailing of the major "facts". Yes, I understand the long distance from western Africa to Kenya. BUT, when some individuals like my wife are "concerned", it is hard, right now, to discuss certain aspects logically and objectively. But there is time till November when we need to make final decisions and the payments are due on this cruise/adventure.

We will keep working ahead and hoping for the best for all involved.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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Your wife has more to worry about... These Ebola patients will be less than 600 miles from Columbus, Ohio.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/01/health/ebola-outbreak/
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We are leaving for a Kenya/Tanzania Tauck safari on 9/12/14, and I am very worried about Ebola both in Africa and traveling via London/Amsterdam/Nairobi/JRO as well as Atlanta.
I work in a hospital, and I see how we are sometimes unable to even control MRSA infections. My fear is that an infectious patient will show up in some small hospital ED that will not be prepared for it...
Regardless- we are still planning to go- but a lot can happen in a month
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We are leaving for a Kenya/Tanzania Tauck safari on 9/12/14, and I am very worried about Ebola...
Your most immediate health concern in East Africa is malaria. Check with your doctor or travel medicine clinic for malaria preventative medication that you'll need to take before, during, and after your trip. Most accommodations will have mosquito nets around the beds, and packets of mosquito repellant wipes among the toiletries. If you are visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, the accommodations there don't have nets because it is too high and too cool for mosquitoes. I did not encounter any mosquitoes anywhere on my trip!

The other concern is tsetse flies that can carry sleeping sickness. I encountered these only in parts of the Serengeti. As a previous post stated, don't wear blue (or black) because those colors attract the flies, and are used in tsetste traps, which you might see around your camp or lodge:


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Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help avoid mosquito and fly bites.
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Appreciate your excellent follow-up and correct detailing of the major "facts". Yes, I understand the long distance from western Africa to Kenya. BUT, when some individuals like my wife are "concerned", it is hard, right now, to discuss certain aspects logically and objectively. But there is time till November when we need to make final decisions and the payments are due on this cruise/adventure.

We will keep working ahead and hoping for the best for all involved.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

Hi Terry

I can understand your wife's concerns. My husband travels to Ghana for work purposes and I am very worried when the next trip comes up. Ghana is far away from the Ebola Outbreak, but I am still worried. May be it is a "woman" thing to be over cautious about potential threats!

Which brings me to the topic of terrorism. Read this article in the Economist:

http://www.economist.com/news/middle...ry-frightening

IMHO, this may be a bigger threat than Ebola when considering holiday options in Africa.

Sitting here at the bottom of Africa, I can honestly say that if you and your wife decide to cancel your cruise, please don't abandon your plans to come to Africa. A holiday in Southern Africa is truly special and you can take in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
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I can understand your wife's concerns. My husband travels to Ghana for work purposes and I am very worried when the next trip comes up. Ghana is far away from the Ebola Outbreak, but I am still worried. May be it is a "woman" thing to be over cautious about potential threats! Which brings me to the topic of terrorism. Read this article in the Economist:
http://www.economist.com/news/middle...ry-frightening
IMHO, this may be a bigger threat than Ebola when considering holiday options in Africa. Sitting here at the bottom of Africa, I can honestly say that if you and your wife decide to cancel your cruise, please don't abandon your plans to come to Africa. A holiday in Southern Africa is truly special and you can take in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
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Appreciate these comments from Arusha on the potential health concerns in East Africa of malaria. Plus, the very good Economist article on the topic of terrorism in Kenya. Excellent background. Will share on another CC board posting location.

From the June 21, 2014, Economist with this headline: "Frightening tourists away", these were the most important highlights for me: "Two nights of terror attacks on Kenya’s coast June 15-16 left at least 65 people dead, prompting the Shabab, a Somali militia of extreme Islamists, to boast that it had turned the country into a 'war zone'. The killings mark a change of gear. Previously the group has mainly committed sporadic acts of cross-border terror. Its latest massacres come closer to resembling a domestic insurgency. Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, seems to be blaming his political opponents for encouraging the violence. Witnesses spoke of militants flying the banner of the Shabab and targeting non-Muslims. The attacks echo those perpetrated by Boko Haram, the extreme Islamist insurgents in northern Nigeria, whose large-scale raids and the abduction of women and girls have grabbed international headlines and humiliated the government. In the aftermath of the attacks, the Shabab achieved both aims. Kenya’s tourism, which has provided 15% of GDP in recent years, is in tatters. Warnings last month by the British and other foreign governments prompted flustered tour companies to evacuate clients from Kenya’s coastal tourist hub, Mombasa. The response of Kenya’s government has baffled observers as much as the slaughter has shocked them. No high-level officials have been sacked as a result of the disastrous handling of September’s assault by the Shabab on the Westgate Centre. Since then Somali militants have switched to softer targets, such as commuter buses and open-air markets. The Shabab says its campaign is a response to the continuing presence of Kenyan troops in southern Somalia, where they have occupied the port city of Kismayo and its surroundings since invading in 2011 in an effort to defeat the group"

Sobering background and insights. BUT, we will keep planning ahead and prepared to make a final decision in November. Hopefully, things will work out fine.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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I am cruising on the Oceania, 1/2015, cruise Capetown to Singapore and will stop in many ports in W. Africa including Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Richards Bay, Maputo, Nosy Be, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Mombasa. Are you aware of any tour companies in any of these places that would have shore excursions we could join at the pier. Any other ideas about any of these places would be appreciated. Thanks, Voice of cheer, aelwood@prodigy.net
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I am cruising on the Oceania, 1/2015, cruise Capetown to Singapore and will stop in many ports in W. Africa including Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Richards Bay, Maputo, Nosy Be, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Mombasa. Are you aware of any tour companies in any of these places that would have shore excursions we could join at the pier. Any other ideas about any of these places would be appreciated. Thanks, Voice of cheer, aelwood@prodigy.net
Sorry, I am very familiar with my own country - South Africa - which includes the cities Cape Town (2 Words) Port ELizabeth, East London, Durban and Richards Bay. Maputo, Nosy Be, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa are cities in other countries e.g. Mocambique, Kenya etc and they are all in the East Africa region. None of these ports are in W. Africa. A lot has been written on this thread about Cape Town (and what to do) - which is going to be your highlight I am sure. sorry i can't help with tour companies, I suggest you Google each port of call for tour companies and see what comes up.
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This past January there were people on the dock offering to do tours when passengers disembarked from the Nautica. We already had tours booked, so I don't know what the tours were like.
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Terry, We are on the Crystal Serenity and will be in Madagascar on March 23 and 25, 2015. What cruise are you on? Our ports of call are Ambodifotatra and Taolanaro. We're looking forward to an excursion to Nahampoana Private Reserve to see the lemurs. Would be interested to know what information you may have gleaned from the zoo director. While we like to walk around our Cleveland zoo, I love the Columbus zoo for the grandkids. So much easier for them to see the animals.
As a follow-up to these questions from this Cleveland area friend, Karen, from another CC Board post, I wanted to do this update.

1. Our 2015 Africa plans have been "adjusted" during the past few weeks. My wife has been very concerned about the health and safety issues there in this part of the world. Part of the current "health" issue is focused more in western Africa, but we do not know where this whole challenge is headed and going. Africa, in general, has serious health care infrastructure short-comings. Plus, Kenya, in part, has had some major "safety/security" questions. We would have had to board our ship in Mombasa and that was part of the big, uncertain question mark. Your cruise does not stop at Mombasa for certain reasons. Things are better and safer in and around South Africa, Botswana, etc.

2. We have shifted to doing a Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Silver Cloud Amazon-Caribbean combo back-to-back sailing over 26 days with Silversea. This includes a large amount of time sailing up and around the amazing Amazon River of Brazil. We have never been to those unique parts of the world and it is fun doing that future research!! Much shorter and easier air flights getting to Barbados and coming home from San Juan. Plus, we'll escape the Midwest cold at the right, best time!!

3. Yes, have lots of key information from the former Columbus Zoo Director. Have those detailed notes and will try to get those typed up. Great background that he shared with us. Look forward to sharing that information on these CC Boards. Just been busy shifting things to our Amazon-Carib adventure, plus work and family duties.

We still want to visit in and around Africa, but we will have to aim for 2016.

THANKS for all of the information and sharing! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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Hi Terry

I understand and share your concerns. Our Safari which is part of Celebrity's Constellation cruise to the Black Sea is also under review.

We shall wait a bit longer for our Oct 2015 Celebrity Excursion, since we have more runway before the actual cruise.

We have been following local Kenyan news, watching what the government does to combat the Al Shabaab rebels coming over from Somalia. Just yesterday the government warned of closing mosques that radicalize youth.

Also Kenya is taking special precautions to isolate itself from Western African countries to combat Ebola.

I hope to be meeting with an ex high level Diplomat from the US State Dept, who still lives in Nairobi, to get first hand knowledge.

There are good and bad readings and hopefully time will sort it out one way or the other.

Our back up is to do an Celebrity Infinity Valparaiso->FLL cruise with a extended off ship stop to visit Machu Pichu
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We just got back from our Tauck 13 day Tanzania/Kenya Safari tour, followed by a 4 night stay in Cape Town on our own and it was totally amazing!
We had 19 others in our tour group, and none of us canceled (despite the Ebola scare).Although, we didn't know anyone else when the tour began, we all became very friendly, enjoying the wonderful shared experiences, highlighted by an early morning balloon ride over the Masa Marai
Best trip ever!!!
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We also deferred until 2016. Airports in Europe are difficult to control re infectious diseasesand there Black Sea portion of the trip is uncertain

Instead we are on a SA cruise in 2015

When wee go to Africa it will be a US direct flight to JBurg and base out of there.
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