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Ebola Update: Southern and Eastern Africa Safari Tourism Unaffected The Ebola outbreak is confined to West African nations, 7,500 kilometers (4,700 miles) from Johannesburg and 5,348 kilometers (3,323 miles) from Nairobi, which are the main access points for southern and eastern Africa safari itineraries. It is not a disease endemic to southern or eastern Africa. The affected nations, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria have a very inadequate public health infrastructure that has so far been unable to control the present outbreak. Most infections in these countries are taking place in the community when family members or friends take care of someone who is ill or when funeral preparation and burial ceremonies do not follow strict infection prevention and control measures. A second important place where transmission can occur is in clinics and other health care settings, when health care workers, patients, and other persons have unprotected contact with a person who is infected. Should an imported case arrive in eastern or southern...

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What's Happening in Africa As Wildland's Africa Program Director I have some exciting news from Southern Africa and new opportunities to share.  South African Rand Exchange Rate: The ZAR is trading at nearly 10.5 to the dollar (up from 8 in 2012) offering some excellent opportunities in South Africa and Namibia, compared to 16-18% tax and permit fee increases on tourism related services in other popular safari destinations including as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights: Refurbished airports and new flight schedules are making it easier to link up wildlife parks and to move throughout Africa. Here’s some important ones: Skukuza Airport (SZK) near Kruger National Park reopened making a direct and seamless connection between Cape Town and the famed private concessions bordering the park. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) is building a new runway that should be complete by April 2015 allowing for large aircraft opening up this vital gateway for better access to...

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Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush Serious bugs call for a serious bug repellent and 3M's Ultrathon is one of the first things in my pack before heading into the bush. Whether I’m hiking in the Cascades, exploring the jungles of Borneo or on a safari in Botswana, I find this bug repellent to be highly effective at keeping those pesky little bug vampires at bay. I like that it’s effective for up to 12 hrs (it really is) and is sweat and water resistant which means I don’t have to keep reapplying all the time. Also, it comes with a nifty foam applicator on the end so you can easily spread it on without getting your hands all lacquered (ideal for fishing). I’m also OK with the level of Deet in this product (34.34%); meaning it’s strong enough to keep the bugs away but also not so potent that you’re worried about melting through your sleeping...

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The Safari That Changed My Life We originally went on a Wildland Adventures trip to Tanzania in 2002. It would be a vast understatement to say that our Wildland Adventure to Africa changed my life. As a child, I had watched Wild Kingdom and other nature programs on TV, but I never imagined that I might one day travel to Africa. My wife, Wendy, arranged our first trip working with Nicole from Wildland Adventures. It was a private tour with our three boys, aged 8, 14, and 16. We were met by a representative at the airport who took us to our hotel, where we subsequently met Ronald our driver and guide. Ronald stayed with us until we departed for Zanzibar. We spent two weeks exploring the Northern Circuit of game parks beginning with Sinya, a private game reserve and ending with six days in the Serengeti. Part of the time we were also accompanied by...

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The New Morocco Let me start by saying 2014 is going to be an exciting year for Wildland and our travelers. Today, I get the honor of announcing that we have two new trips to Morocco. Yes, both our Exotic Morocco Tour and Moroccan Adventure have been totally redesigned. Luckily for me, I got to be the first one to experience our new Exotic Morocco Tour.  Here's a break down of  what to expect on our new Exotic Morocco Tour: The Wild Style:  Our 'Wild Style' of travel in Morocco is based on many years of experience designing trips throughout the Magreb. The design of our itineraries and your experience in the field is facilitated by our close-working relationships with guides, accommodations and outfitters on the ground to avoid the pitfalls of travel in Morocco. We assure you have the most comfortable, safe and authentic travel experience. Our expert driver-guides help you get the...
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