Safari booking terms and conditions for booking a safari with us at Focus East Africa Tours
We organize vacations in Uganda, Rwanda safaris, Congo, Tanzania safaris and safari holidays in Kenya. Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully as they set out our respective obligations and form the base of your contract with Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd. In these terms and conditions, “you” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) and “we” and “us” means Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd.
These terms are revised from time to time due to changing circumstances; the terms at the time of booking are the terms that are valid. Conditions in Africa are not the same as those in developed countries and standards of service, medical facilities, safety and security may often be lower than those in your home countries. Please note that it is the laws and regulations of the country in which services are provided which apply to your holiday arrangements and not those of your home country.
We use elegant and unique hotels/Lodges/Camps which are attractive with good facilities, hot water, friendly staffs and reasonable prices. We request all our clients to advise if they have any dietary requirements in advance. We reserve the right to alternate equivalent or superior hotels in regard to your booking.
If you have any complaint, it should be reported immediately to the Safari Manager and the supplier. They will do their best to help you. If you are not satisfied, you should submit a written report to the Manager/Supplier as soon as possible after the incident and it should not be later than 30 days after completion of your holiday/safari/tour. This will allow us to investigate fully. Unfortunately, we can not accept any complaint not notified in accordance with this procedure.
ACCURACY OF INFORMATION
The information, descriptions, and opinions given by us in respect of itineraries, national parks, gorilla permits, animal sightings, accommodation, and security are given in good faith, based on the most current information existing. Care has been taken to ensure the truthfulness of the information provided. We cannot accept any responsibility for any mistakes or omissions caused by issues past our control.
We regret we cannot compensate where the proper performance of our duty is affected by any incident which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, anticipate or avoid. Such events may include war, terrorist activity, unexpected government acts, riots, civil strife, natural disaster, border closures, industrial disputes, fire, road closures, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, land and air travel, extreme weather conditions and other similar incidents beyond our capability to manage.
Depending on the itinerary you have selected, some activities carry with them the intrinsic risk of personal injury. These activities include; Gorilla trekking, White water rafting, Chimpanzee tracking, Walking tours, canoe/boat rides and Mountaineering. However, you must understand that such involvement in the above activities will be at your own risk and that we assume no responsibility for your safety.
As soon as the payment has been received, can permits for gorilla tracking be purchased. Getting a gorilla permit is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla. However, the chances of seeing them are 99%. Local conditions sometimes mean that access to the gorillas is made impossible at short notice. We are unable to accept liability for any circumstance that might lead to gorilla viewing being cancelled, whether it is closure of the National Park or borders; absence of the gorillas; security changes. Refunds are at the discretion of the relevant authority and we cannot accept liability for them. We shall use our maximum endeavors to obtain a refund and if a refund is paid by the relevant authority, we shall pass it on to the client.
Upon booking your safari, you confirm that you are in agreement with our terms and conditions and pay the deposit of a % determined by our tour Consultant of the total price including the fees for the Gorilla permits and necessary bookings which is usually 40% but may be required to pay more depending on the prevailing conditions and the travel period. You may be required to pay 50% during a high/peak season where all the bookings require to be made early enough, especially the gorilla and chimpanzee permits as well as accommodation. The balance should be paid before the start of the safari. Kindly note that full payment is required for bookings made within weeks of the departure.
It is a requirement when booking your holiday that you arrange personal travel insurance which is relevant and effective. Persons not fit for long trips due to heart disease, chronic illness, physical handicap, advanced pregnancy or mental illness are advised not to participate in such rigorous travel programs. The insurance should cover death, injury, theft of the clients’ personal property and medical expenses. Activities with the greater risk such as White water rafting and Mountaineering should be covered.
All personal belongings and baggage are at the passengers own risk.
We strongly criticize the collecting of any specimen from the natural world. Our safaris provide the chance to watch and photograph wildlife only, not to disturb it.
TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS ON TOUR
We reserve the right to take photographic images of individual participants to use for commercial promotion of our safaris. Any Tour member/leader who wishes that his/her picture not be used is asked to identify him/herself to the tour guide at the start of the tour.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR SAFARI PRICES
PLEASE NOTE: Any Activities added by the Client that is not included in the initial itinerary issued by Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd will be charged as an extra cost to be covered by the Client.
Our safari prices include in the Quotation, the cost of the gorilla permit @$500 each, Chimpanzee tracking permit @ $150 each, All accommodation, All ground transportation in private 4 x 4 Safari Vehicles, Full- time experienced safari guide (English speaking) and his associated expenses, All meals (except where B&B is denoted), Water and snacks in the vehicle, Entrances fees in National Parks, ranger guide fee, Chimpanzee tracking, boat/canoe rides, All applicable taxes and administration. BUT it EXCLUDES, International flights, Any items of personal nature i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone, souvenirs, visa fees porters at the gorilla trek, Travel / medical insurance, Gratuities for Guide/driver / hotel staff, Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary. Our safari prices are Full board.
The company reserves the right to vary the safari services agreed with the client in the event of unpredicted conditions, such as bad weather, road closures, and security issues. In such cases option arrangements will be made as situations permit.
WHEN YOU CANCEL
Should you be forced to call off the safari, you must inform us in writing. A cancellation is inefficient until we get a copy of your written notice. In order to cover our estimated loss caused by your cancellation and as we may be unable to resell your holiday, cancellation fees, will be charged per person as follows:
*Period before departure Cancellation charge (as percentage of total Tour price paid where applicable)
60 days or more prior to arrival 25% charge
59 – 32 days prior to arrival 50% charge
31 – 8 days prior to arrival 75% charge
7 – date of arrival 100% charge
*Otherwise, should you decide to terminate your safari when it has already started and you do not allow us time to rectify your cause, there is absolutely no refund.
WHEN WE CANCEL
Irregularly we have to cancel confirmed bookings. We always try to avoid canceling, but we must reserve the right to do so. We shall not cancel your confirmed holiday less than 60 days before departure unless we are forced to do so as a result of unusual and unforeseeable conditions beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. If we cancel your holiday (except where you have failed to make payment or as a result of force majeure) we shall offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative holiday from us of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. If the chosen alternative is less expensive than your original holiday we shall refund the difference but if it is more expensive, we shall ask you to pay the difference. Alternatively you are entitled to a full refund of all monies you have paid to us save that paid for gorilla permits which can only be refunded if the refund has been made available to us. Except where we cancel for reasons other than those mentioned in this section, we shall have no additional charge to you. We are sorry we cannot pay any expenses and losses incurred as a result of any cancellation.
Please note that cancellation fees are based on the date your written notification is received at Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd.
My advancement of a deposit to Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd declares that I have fully read and understood the contents of the Terms and Conditions, especially those regarding cancellation and refund policies, responsibility borne by trip participants and limitation of liability. On the advance of a deposit to Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd, the depositor, his or her family and beneficiary
Note: Should you find discontent with either your vehicle or guide while on safari, we require that you allow us 24 hours to rectify the issue. Thank you for choosing Focus East Africa Tours Uganda Ltd for your safari. We look forward to meeting you.