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Saturday, 12 November 2016 03:17

How to Choose the Best African Safari Operator for Your Safari

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Choosing among African safari companies can be overwhelming because there are literally thousands of them in the market. Before you go on the adventure of a lifetime, know how to make an informed, safe, and affordable choice.

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1-Get recommendations from others

Some of the best advice you can get about a safari company is from someone who has been on an African safari with them in the past. There are dozens of websites on the web that list safari trip reports and journals written by previous travelers. Learn from them. It is also a good idea to see their website as usually people have commented on them in the attached blog.
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2- Check their credentials.
Once you have shortlisted safari operators you need to check them out to make sure they are reputable. Here are the associations you can check: KATO - Kenya Association of Tour Operators, TATO - Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, SATSA - Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, TASA - Tours and Safari Association of Namibia, ATA - Africa Travel Association, ATTA - African Travel and Tourism Association, ASTA - American Society of Travel Agents, IATAN - International Airlines Travel Agent Network and APTA - Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa.
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3-Ask the right questions.
Find out how many other people will be on your trip. Being crammed into a minibus with twelve other people is not the best way of going on safari. Make sure what it's included and what's not. Try to see the car before booking.
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4-Find out what their payment policies are.

Some operators have a trust that they place your money into before your trip which should protect it if they go into liquidation in the meantime.

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5-Get a clear explanation of their cancellation and refund policy and find out exactly when payments need to be made.

Tips : 

  • Ask your prospective safari operator for recommendations from past clients and then contact them to ask for their views. You can weed out a lot of the fly by nighters like this.

Warnings

  • When a safari is not fully booked it might not be profitable for the ground operator to run it and your safari could get cancelled for that reason. Find out what the safari companies policy is in a case like this.

Source : wikihow

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