With Ebola fears subsiding, there’s never been a better—or more important—time to visit Africa. G Adventures’ Daniel Sendecki explores how tourism and travellers can play a role in Africa’s recovery.
Would you postpone a polar bear viewing trip to Churchill, Manitoba if there were a flu outbreak in Miami, Florida? Probably not.
Most wouldn’t give it a second thought. But that’s what happened to much of Africa’s tourism industry in the latter half of 2014, when a frenzy of alarming headlines featuring Ebola dominated the news cycle.
As a result, widespread fears over the disease (confined overwhelmingly to West Africa’s Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) led to a sharp drop in travel to other parts of the continent, like Tanzania and South Africa. Even in light of the fact that London, Paris, and Madrid were closer to the Ebola outbreak than many destinations in Africa—including Nairobi, Arusha, and Cape Town.