Clarissa Hughes

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A lioness gives a lift to one of her cubs at Masai Mara National Reserve. (Jamie Swain / DK Grand Safaris)

Unlike the United States, not one of the following countries has had a single case of Ebola this year: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia. If that's surprising news, it shouldn't be. None of these countries is near the heart of the outbreak in West Africa. In fact, Sierra Leone's capital of Freeport, one of the cities hardest hit by the disease, is closer to Paris than it is to Johannesburg.

So why are so many people canceling travel plans to Africa's safari belt?

Ebola is a frightening and dangerous disease, which is what prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue warnings advising Americans to avoid inessential travel to several West African countries.…  Seguir leyendo »