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Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Tanzania.
The classic northern circuit of Tanzania, that includes Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Experience these prime wildlife viewing areas with a private guide and safari vehicle. The guides we use are some of the best in Tanzania, and know each area intimately. Accommodation is in fabulous luxury tented camps, plus the stunning Lemai Serengeti Lodge to end. With the wildebeest migration being so dynamic, we can adapt the schedule to suit the season. Continue reading …
Posted on May 25th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: South Africa.
Cape Town and the picturesque regions nearby, provide the ideal beginning or end to a southern Africa safari. Four or five days touring along the coast and winelands are easily connected with Botswana, Victoria Falls or Kruger. Stunning scenery, excellent wines and cuisine are an important part of a Cape tour. For the adventurous and energetic, there are Great White Shark safaris, hikes up Table Mountain, cycling through the winelands and whale watching. The Cape has a bit everything for everyone.
Some of the best hotels in the world are here; take your pick from intimate boutique style to major hotel brands. Continue reading …
Posted on May 21st, 2013 by Kevin Walker in .
Please read the following information to ensure that you fully understand all booking terms and conditions, how payments are made, our cancellation policy and our insurance waiver.
1. How to Book
a) Fill out the reservation forms and send them to Savuti Safari & Company Inc. (“Savuti” or the “Company”) together with a non-refundable deposit of 20% of safari itinerary cost. On receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your selected safari itinerary. Once you receive your confirmation invoice, your reservation is confirmed and accepted by us.
b) Final payment is due to Savuti not later than 8 weeks prior to departure. On receipt of your full payment, we will send vouchers, safari information, clothing lists, etc. Please ensure that you receive the information before you leave on safari.
Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. If cancellation is prior to 8 weeks before departure your deposit is forfeited. If your cancellation is made after the due date for full payment of your tour fare, charges will be levied. The scale of charges, expressed as a percentage of the tour prices, is as follows:
More than 8 weeks notice ~ Deposit forfeited;
Less than 8 weeks notice ~ Deposit plus 25%;
Less than 4 weeks notice ~ 50%;
Less than 3 weeks notice ~ 60%;
Less than 2 weeks notice ~ 100%.
Should you fail to join a safari or join it after departure or leave it prior to its completion, no safari fare refund can be made.
3. If you Change Your Booking
After your booking has been confirmed, should you wish to make any changes to your itinerary or wish an earlier departure date, we will make every effort to accommodate your requests based on availability. However, there may extra costs involved to accommodate your request. These costs are in addition to the fee quoted to your for your initial safari. Normal cancellation fees apply if you wish to postpone your departure.
It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/travelling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: can-cellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Savuti, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or travelling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves
in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. Savuti can upon request provide insurance quotes for both RBC Insurance and Travel Guard Insurance.
Guests not wishing to purchase compre-hensive travel and medical insurance, will be asked to sign a liability release form.
5. Methods of Payment
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Canadian and US cheques, Wire transfers, Money Orders and Bank Drafts.
For safety and because space is restricted, baggage in some charter aircraft is restricted to a maximum of 15 kg per person in a soft bag. This includes camera equipment and carry-on baggage. Should guests arrive with excess baggage without prior warning their baggage could be delayed, as we may have to fly the baggage into camps at a later stage at considerable extra cost to you. However, should the guests know in advance that the baggage will exceed the limit; we can usually book an extra seat for the bags on the aircraft, at an additional cost to them.
7. Wild Animals
Please be aware that these safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither Savuti, nor their employees, can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that most safari camps in Africa are not fenced.
8. Passport & Visas
The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. Savuti and their staff cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.
Tropical Disease precautions should be commenced prior to departure. Please consult our doctor for specific advice. If you are a contagious-disease carrier, you must let us know when booking your safari.
10. Not Included
(This varies from itinerary to itinerary) Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage and money, emergency evacuation back home; beverages in certain areas; personal laundry at certain camps; gratuities to guides, paddlers and to staff; any excursion not related to the safari; optional meals in Victoria Falls and the bigger towns and cities; scheduled airfares; transfers and departure taxes.
Neither Savuti nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the afore-going shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death.
In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the afore-going it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behaviour of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.
12. Changes to Schedules
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc.
Whilst the Company uses its best endeavours to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.
The Company can book scheduled airline flights to, from and within Africa via a flight consolidator. However, please note that a service fee will apply. We cannot be held responsible for any schedule changes, flight delay or flight cancellations that occur to your flights and that consequently affect your travel arrangements.
15. Airline Clause
The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers. Please note that we subcontract the flying services to independent charter operations, and they are responsible for the flying.
We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as quoted. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge without notice.
We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule.
If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.
This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari takes place. The company only makes your travel arrangements and acts merely as an agent for the operating companies.
The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this document whether the guest has signed the reservation form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take these safaris, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.
22.Age limits in Camps and Lodges
We have no upper age limits in our camps but we respectfully request that only physically active people join these safaris! Camps do vary with respect to minimum age requirements. We will be able to advise which properties and operators allow younger children. Cross~ Country and Walking Safaris have a lower age limit of 12 and a maximum of 65, 70 or 75, depending on the level of difficulty of the safari.
Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Zimbabwe.
Ideally situated in a private area within Hwange National Park, just 3 hours by road from Victoria Falls. Camp Hwange’s emphasise is on an exceptional guiding experience. Walking safaris are the key safari experience , led by very experienced and knowledgeable guides. Continue reading …
Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: South Africa.
The abandoned rail bed of its namesake, the Selati Railway Line, runs through the eastern section of Sabi Sabi close to Selati Camp. In the late 19th century, during the gold rush era of the then Transvaal Republic, President Paul Kruger ordered the building of a railway link from the gold mines of the old Transvaal Republic to Lourenço Marques (Maputo) Harbour in Mozambique. Continue reading …
Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Zambia.
This 7-night Zambian safari combines lodges in both the Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park. During the dry season, June to November, wildlife is drawn to the permanent waters of the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers and sightings are spectacular. Activities include walking safaris, game drives, fishing, canoeing and boating.
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Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Kenya.
Following game trails you will make a 12 day crossing of the immense wilderness of Tsavo, Kenya, in a true explorer’s style safari. The route will take you along the courses of both the Tsavo and Galana Rivers, moving camp every day, and experiencing Africa’s unique wildlife and birdlife. Tsavo is big game country: elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, lion and leopard.
Posted on January 10th, 2013 by Mike Haines in .
How safe is the safari?
Whilst there is an inherent risk whilst travelling on safari and in Africa, it is no more dangerous than travelling anywhere else in the world. You will be in wildlife rich areas most of the time you are on safari and will come into relatively close contact with wild animals. The camps are, however, safe and the guides that will be accompanying you are well trained. Very good medical air rescue services are available and the camps and lodges are in good radio contact with them at all times.
What about malaria?
Mosquitoes which carry malaria are prevalent in most areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. They will mainly be encountered in Southern Africa during the hot wet season of November to March. During the drier months of the year (May – October), there are not may mosquitoes around. You should still see your doctor for a prophylactic before traveling to Africa at any time of the year.
What immunizations do I need before going on Safari?
Vaccinations that need to be considered are Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid, we suggest you contact a travelers clinic for specific recommendations for the country you are traveling to. A Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you are traveling to Zanzibar. We can provide contact numbers for a travel medicine clinic in your city.
Will we have electricity?
Power in the lodges varies from area to area; for the most part 12 volt battery power is provided, which is charged by generators whilst you are out of camp during the day. You will be able to charge your camera batteries whilst staying in a lodge. On the camping and canoeing safaris the lights are limited to hurricane lamps and flashlights, for charging batteries etc. you can use an adapter to plug into the vehicle power outlet.
Is the water safe to drink while on Safari?
All the camps and lodges that we use in Africa supply filtered and bottled water. We do encourage people not to over use the bottled water, for enviromental reasons; it is always a good idea to take a personal water flask with you, which can be filled up by the camps clean water supply.
What about visas?
Canadian and American citizens are required to purchase visas to enter Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. Visas can be purchased through the relevant embassey or high commission prior to travel or on arrival at port of entry of the country you are visiting.
At this time there are no costs for entry visas to Botswana, Namibia or South Africa.
What are the visa fees?
These fees change all the time. We will advise you of the current visa requirements per country. Please also see the links page for embassy details.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Due to the use of light aircraft for flights between camps in all countries, strict weight limits on luggage are enforced for safety reasons. In Botswana, on some trips in Namibia and in Zambia you are limited to 20kgs (44lbs) per person if flying with Sefofane Air Charters. In Kenya & Tanzania the limit is 15kgs (33lbs) and for all other countries 12kgs (26lbs) is the limit. These limits include camera equipment.
Bear in mind that laundry can be done almost on a daily basis, so 3 or 4 changes of clothes are usually sufficient.
Do I need travel insurance?
Cancellation, interruption and emergency medical travel insurance is essential to protect your investment. Travel insurance should be purchased when you confirm your safari with a deposit. We can provide you with applicable coverage through RBC Insurance or Travel Guard.
Please note that emergency medical coverage is a condition of booking a trip with Safari & Company to Africa.
What type of camera will I need for a African Safari?
If you are going to buy a new camera for your African safari, then I suggest you buy a digital SLR camera. Both Nikon and Canon produce very good, affordable digital SLRs. You will need a good size telephoto zoom lens, at the very least a 200mm lens, and ideally a 300mm lens. Nikon and Canon also have lenses with new technology called Vibration Reduction on Nikon and Image Stabilization with Canon. These lenses have a feature which you can turn on to reduce the old problem of camera shake.
Do I need binoculars?
Binoculars are very important. You will not always have the animals under your nose! A good pair of 8 x 30 or 8 x 42 would be ideal. The small pocket pairs can become frustrating to use unless they are a very good make.
Can we use our own itinerary?
Absolutely, we specialize in tailor-made itineraries. We thrive on custom designing interesting itineraries!
How do you get to Africa?
From North America you can fly via a European city such as London, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. You can also fly direct to South Africa from New York or Washington DC. The two main hubs in Africa are Johannesburg in South Africa or Nairobi in East Africa. You can fly direct from Europe into other African cities such as Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Lusaka. You would fly into the nearest African city from where your safari starts. From there we organize flights to smaller airports.