Making a booking with Sitatuga Safari Limited (the Company) is taken as acceptance by the customer of these Terms and Conditions.
Booking tours and safaris
a) Making a booking
Booking a safari or tour is often an interactive process; after clients find us and have an idea of what they want to do, we will then communicate back and forth on the tour and the recommended package at the time. This is normal and ensures that you book the right tour for you.
When we are completed with this process and you are ready to proceed to book with a quote that we have agreed upon, we will then send payment details so you can make a deposit for tour, will then send confirmation for the tour
We will then issue clients with forms to fill out so we can get some details, like in-bound flights and dietary restrictions. Our registration form permits certain limited special requests to be entered into the contract, such as dietary restrictions. We will do our best to ensure such requests can be honored and will communicate if they can’t in advance.
However, if a request is made that does not form part of our registration form, then it does not form part of the contract, regardless of what other communication may have passed outside of the trip documentation. At any time between the making of a booking and the delivery of receipt paperwork to the client or client representative, the company reserves the right to decline to supply the trip.
b) Price Guarantee
Once you have made your booking and we have received your deposit, we guarantee to honor the prices for each individual item shown on your quotation, with the following exceptions:
- Estimated price increases:
Where we are making a booking for a period of time for which we do not yet have prices from the supplier (i.e., a year in advance of the tour date), we usually include an estimated price increase. Such price increases will usually be resigned by the time the final payment becomes due, and the client or client representative is obliged to cover such increases to a maximum of twice the estimated increase.
- Government-regulated fees and taxes:
In Tanzania, we are exposed to unannounced and sudden changes in items such as national park fees and taxes. The client or client representative is responsible for paying any additional charges of this nature.
- Fuel surcharges: Similarly, we are occasionally exposed to sudden changes in fuel costs, which we need to pass on to our customers if our suppliers demand them of us. The client or client representative is responsible for paying any additional charges of this nature.
- Major errors: In the event of a major error having occurred in our quotation whereby we have significantly undercharged for a tour, we reserve the right to withdraw our offer.
- Exchange rate fluctuations:
Very rarely do our suppliers suffer from a large movement in the international exchange rates and add an exchange rate surcharge to their invoices to us. The client or client representative is responsible for paying any additional charges of this nature.
Payments are scheduled as follows:
- Deposit Payment due on camping safari bookings: 10% must be paid.
- Deposit Payment Due on Safari Lodge Bookings: 30% must be paid.
- Deposit payment due on tailor-made option bookings: 15% – 60% can be requested
- Final payments can be made on arrival (cash is accepted and preferred).
Payments can be made by bank wire, transfer, credit card, or online. E.g. PesaPal. We will provide our banking details to enable this process.
NOTE: All payments made should be to company accounts, which are all in Tanzania. We do not have any offshore accounts.
It is common for us to receive separate payments for different individuals within a group touring together and accept payments from each (links will be sent to facilitate the payments), but communication of the relevant information should always take place via the group leader, who remains financially responsible for the whole trip.
Payments and invoices
All payments and installments must be made prior to your tour start date.
When the client or representative has made the tour payment by bank or wire transfer, please email a copy of the bank receipt to the company. We will confirm the receipt of the funds via email.
All costs as a result of payment will be handled by the clients, such as surcharge 3.5% for credit card and online payments and wire transfer charges
All our quotations are made in US dollars, euros, and Tanzanian shillings. Cash is accepted in US dollars, preferably; however, euros and sterling are also accepted. Customers are required to pay in any currency mentioned above and can do so by making a bank transfer directly into our bank account.
We will provide our banking details to facilitate this process.
Tour Element Modifications
a) By the Company
The duties for payment by the client or client representative mentioned above are based on the assumption that we are able to book the trip as quoted. While every effort is made to adhere to all itineraries, Sitatuga Safari Limited reserves the right to make itinerary changes for your suitability.
In the unlikely event of an unscheduled tour delay, itinerary alteration, or extension caused by flight delays, bad weather, strikes, civil unrest, or other reasons beyond the control of Sitatuga Safari Limited, it is understood that any expenses relating to any delay, itinerary alteration, or extension (hotel accommodations, meals, flight change fees, etc.) are the responsibility of the client. We highly recommend all clients obtain insurance coverage for such events.
In the case of group tours, where clients do have a variety of package options and matching a group is quite difficult, the company can alter the itinerary without affecting the duration spent at a particular destination or the destination itself to accommodate other group members.
Example: an itinerary set to go to parks A, B, and C; therefore, beginning with park A, then B, and lastly, C, can start with park C, then B, and lastly, A (if some clients opt for two parks but on the same date).
Furthermore, sometimes we are not able to book the trip exactly as quoted. This is often due to a lack of availability of rooms at a lodge or a serious issue such as a lodge or road being damaged by natural calamities (fire and floods). If this occurs, then all obligations for payment are waived. We do, however, reserve the right to make small modifications to the trip during the booking process that have no impact on the legal contract or the payment obligations on the part of the client or client representative. Such small modifications are limited to the following:
- The replacement of up to two lodges or hotels within a trip by lodges, which the company defines as interchangeable,
- The rearrangement of the order of the lodge or hotel nights within a trip
- The adjustment of the number of nights spent at each lodge or hotel within a trip
- The movement of any transport element from one supplier to another
These changes are relatively uncommon; by the time a trip reaches the final quote stage, most elements will be either showing as available or already on hold with the suppliers. These conditions prevent customers from using a small change on the invoice as an excuse to cancel a whole trip without honoring their obligation to pay cancellation charges.
For any changes that result in a price reduction, the trip will be charged at this lower price. For any changes that result in a price increase, the company will either seek permission from the client or a client representative to make the change and pass the cost on, or it will need to absorb the increase in cost and continue to offer the trip at the agreed price.
The client or client representative is obliged to accept any changes arising due to errors or omissions on the trip paperwork, so please be sure to read your quotation paperwork carefully. Excepted from this are errors or omissions that could not possibly have been picked up by the group leader, which will either be absorbed by us or the order will be declined as per the following paragraph.
b) By the client or client representative.
Should you wish to make a change to your booking after it has been paid and deposits have been received, we will usually need to charge an amendment fee to cover additional administration costs. Itinerary charges can involve significant time and administration costs, so it is best to avoid changes if at all possible. If the changes involve the actual cancellation of any element of the booking, standard cancellation charges will apply.
Changes that involve adding to an existing booking can usually be carried out without an amendment charge.
If individuals cancel less than 10 days prior to the tour, they will forfeit tour fees. Consideration for a refund can be made in extraordinary circumstances that can be proven.
If individuals cancel before the tour date (10 days), a refund (with the exception of lodging tours, for which refunds will be subject to the lodging policies) will be made (less bank transaction costs).
Exchanges are allowed, and no refunds will be given for individual tours cancelled. It is a requirement that you purchase full insurance coverage for the tour package and airline tickets to protect you in the event of cancellation or alteration.
In some cases, credit note on deposit made will be provided to client, mostly to bookings made in shoulder seasons
b) Changes and cancellations by the company
Very occasionally, we may experience the failure of a supplier, or more commonly, the inability of a seller to deliver an approved service. One example is the inability of a safari operator to put a mobile camp out into the field due to a change in park regulations, the closure of a road or border, or extreme weather conditions.
A more common but still relatively rare occurrence is an error being made during the booking process, either by ourselves or our suppliers, which leads to a lack of availability for a particular element of the trip. In both cases, we will attempt to replace the service with an equal one, which would not impact the status of the booking or its payment and delivery responsibilities. In some cases, this may not be possible, and we will need to seek your agreement on a more significant change.
Sitatuga Safari Limited reserves the right in dangerous cases to cancel a tour at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or any other reason whatsoever, it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. The refund of all land payments received shall release the company from any further liability.
The Company is not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have suffered as a result of your booking, such as visa fees, vaccinations, non-refundable air tickets, etc.
Travel and medical insurance are recommended for all Sitatuga Safari Limited participants. Your policy must include coverage for trip cancellation or limitation, medical expenses arising from illness or accident before or during the trip, evacuation and repatriation in case of emergency, death, or any loss or theft of baggage, money, or personal effects.
Clients are responsible for their own insurance, and Sitatuga Safari Limited is not legally liable or responsible in the event a guest fails to take out adequate insurance coverage. All sporting activities undertaken by clients are of their own choice and at their own risk. These include such activities as para-sailing, scuba diving, mountain climbing, all other water sports, horseback riding, etc. We advise clients to review their insurance policies carefully, as many policies will not cover injuries sustained in a high-risk activity. Travel insurance is also one of the most important aspects of protecting your trip in case of failure or cancellation, so please make sure that you have it in place from the moment that you first make your booking and covering the whole period before, during, and after travel.
Tour Suitability and Inappropriate Behaviour.
We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to terminate without notice the trip arrangements of any customer whose behaviour is such that it does or is likely, in our reasonable opinion, or in the opinion of any operator or the authorities, to cause distress, damage, danger or annoyance to any third party or the customer, or to cause damage to property or is illegal.
Our trips can be physically demanding. It is your responsibility to disclose an accurate account of any limitations in your mobility and all other relevant information relating to your health and fitness at the time of booking. You must also advise us of any change to your level of mobility or health and fitness between booking and starting your trip.
We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to terminate without notice the trip arrangements of any customer who is likely, in our reasonable opinion, or in the opinion of any operator or any other person in authority, to be unable to cope adequately with the demands of the trip. In either of these circumstances, all our obligations to you under this contract or otherwise shall cease, full cancellation charges apply, and we shall not be liable for any refund, compensation, or costs incurred by you whatsoever.
Problems arising during a trip.
If problems arise during a trip, then the customers are requested to make the company and/or your guide or its agents aware of the details of any such problems as soon as possible in order that corrective action can be taken.
Usually, we can act fast to resolve any such problem satisfactorily. Claims arising from problems through which the customer has suffered in silence and not given us the chance to correct them, only to issue a complaint well after the event, will not be entertained.
In dealing with a real complaint post-trip, any evidence that you are able to gather at the time will be most helpful, especially photographs. Please bear in mind that when determining whether a refund is due, we will need to negotiate with the supplier in question after your return, so any concessions that you are able to obtain from them directly can also come in very handy in reaching an expedient solution.
Liabilities and their limitations
Neither Sitatuga Safari Limited nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any claims, losses, damages, injuries, death, costs, expenses, delays, inconvenience due to delay or change in schedule, overbooking of accommodation, default of any third party, attacks by wild or domestic animals, epidemics or threat thereof, sickness, the lack of appropriate medical care, evacuation to same if necessary, weather, strikes, acts of god or government, lost or misplaced luggage, acts of terrorism or the threat of, force majeure, war, quarantine, criminal activity or any other cause beyond its control including those which result directly or indirectly from any act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, of any person, independent contractor, company or firm which provides any goods or services in connection with the Trip, any optional travel component or any other option that is available for purchase.
The Company does not accept liability for the acts or omissions of tour operators, hotels, carriers, or others outside the Company over which it has no control. It is important to be aware that you are traveling in areas of the world that can be dangerous or difficult.
We expect of our guests a certain level of awareness of such issues and cannot take any responsibility for guests being fooled by scams, otherwise disrupted, or suffering any loss or injury as a result of parties not directly concerned with the provision of the services described within the contract. In other words, we expect you to be reasonably streetwise in any public place, especially airports and towns. We do not accept responsibility for any services that are not part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities that your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by ourselves and we have not agreed to arrange them, and any excursions you purchase during your trip.
The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract and the laws and regulations of Tanzania will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question have been properly provided. If the particular services that gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local Tanzanian laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided.
This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the country of origin of the traveler, which would have applied had those services been provided in the traveler’s home country. This term also includes cases where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature that might lead a reasonable customer to refuse to take the trip in question, since many safety features that would be taken for granted back home (such as child seats in road vehicles) are not provided as a matter of course in Tanzania.
Additional excursions and activities
We may provide you with information about activities and excursions that are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions, which are neither run, supervised, nor controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators or other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions, and the acceptance of liability contained in these booking conditions will not apply to them.
We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area(s) you are visiting generally (except where this concerns the services that will form part of your contract) or that any particular excursion or activity that does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. If you feel that any of the activities mentioned in our brochure that are not part of our contract are vital to the enjoyment of your trip, email us, and we will advise you of the latest known situation. If we become aware of any material alterations to lodge or area information and/or such outside activities that can reasonably be expected to affect your decision to book a trip with us, we will pass on this information at the time of booking.
Airline and flight issues
If any flight you have booked is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded, or boarding is denied by your airline in circumstances that would entitle you to claim compensation against the airline under EC Regulation No. 261/2004, the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004, you must pursue the airline for the compensation due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrade, or denied boarding.
The fact that a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements, even if those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations, as your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. Please note that your rights (“Changes and Cancellations by Us”) and our liability limitations (“Our Liabilities and Their Limitations”) are not affected by the above Denied Boarding Regulations, except that we are entitled to argue that the amount you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline is sufficient to meet any compensation obligation we may have to you as your tour operator as a result of any such cancellation, delay, downgrade, or denied boarding.
Should any of the elements of a trip fail, such as the non-departure of a boat or plane, then we will attempt to rearrange the trip as best is possible to minimize the impact, but we cannot be responsible for any knock-on effects arising from such a failure. In practice, you will not need to, but for legal reasons, we have to insist that the customer check with local operators about the exact times and schedules for transport. There are only a few departures on which a failure can cause serious knock-on effects, and we always try to construct trips that avoid such risks and will try to make you aware of any such possibilities. In Tanzania, you soon learn to build a little bit of slack in your schedule. In addition to the above, we would also like to point out that Tanzania is not geared up for last-minute and instantaneous delivery. The company insists that any failure arising from a reservation made less than seven days in advance is completely at the customer’s risk.
The company takes no responsibility for loss, damage, or injury arising from any shortfall, error, or omission in the information passed to the customer during the course of the sale or subsequent delivery of the product. Specific room requests Specific room bookings are usually honored but cannot be guaranteed. Where a booking has been incorrectly made or double booked and the customer is not able to stay in the chosen hotel, then the company is liable to return only the sum paid by the customer for that element of the trip.
Health and Safety Expectations
The last thing you want to do is get sick on your trip. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that you have taken all necessary and recommended health precautions. Requirements for vaccinations are different and change from time to time. We recommend that you visit a local travel health specialist for more information. For general information, try https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
Customers are reminded that when traveling to Tanzania, they should not necessarily expect the same standards of hygiene, security, or service that they would in more advanced areas of the world. One of our biggest problem areas is clients failing to take adequate health precautions while traveling.
We would also like to point out that travelers cannot necessarily expect the same levels of health and safety that they may be accustomed to back home. Child seats, too, may not be required and may not be available. If you have any particular concerns or requirements in this area, then we invite you to make specific inquiries before making your trip, as we cannot offer any special cancellation terms arising out of any shortcomings in this area.
Terms and Conditions of Suppliers
Many of the services that make up your trip are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international agreements. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available to the supplier concerned.
Our customers come from all over the world. In the absence of any equivalent worldwide bonding agency, we have to take a practical approach towards providing the most effective protection for our customers against a catastrophic failure of our company. We have therefore set up our business to operate as follows:
- We pay all suppliers well in advance of your arrival, so that even if our company fails, your bookings will remain intact.
- We retain all other money (i.e., our profit) in a separate bank account until after customers have returned from their trip. All other possibilities should be covered under your travel insurance, which we insist that all customers have and which should be taken out at the time of booking in order to protect against the need to make a cancellation. In this way, we are able to offer booking security to all our customers worldwide.
Tanzanian law will apply to the contract and to any quarrel, claim, or other matter of any description that arises between us. All parties agree that any dispute, claim, or other matter of any description that arises between us must be dealt with by the courts of Tanzania only.
Requests for quotations and other information submitted to us by any of our competitors, potential suppliers, or their associates, under the appearance of being genuine customer requests, will be treated as fake. Discovery of any such fraud will be pursued in court to the maximum penalty. We will not only claim for time lost directly on fielding such investigations, but we will also make much larger claims concerning the advantage gained by the possession of such information provided in the competitive environment in which we operate.
“Company” Sitatuga Safari Limited is a company registered in Arusha, Tanzania. Our office is at: Sekei, Moshi Road, Arusha, Tanzania. Tel: +255 784 410 528; email: email@example.com
“Group Leader” For each trip that we book, the first customer named on the paperwork is known as the ‘group leader’.
While putting a trip together during the sales process, the majority of the dialogue will usually take place with the group leader. Leading up to and subsequent to an order being placed, it is the group leader who is responsible for providing all necessary information to us and for honoring all payments and penalties due on the trip.
“Contract” These terms and conditions refer to a contract made between the company and the group leader. The contract is also referred to as the “booking” and the “trip”.