PHOTO SAFARI. WILDLIFE. BEYOND CIVILIZATION

General terms and conditions

  1. General information
  2. International flights
  3. Accommodation
  4. Number of people in the groups
  5. Accompanying persons
  6. Transport
  7. Insurance
  8. Visas and invitations
  9. Costs
  10. Health
  11. Deposit
  12. Booking
  13. Cancellation and refund
  14. Our rights
  15. Kids

General information

Dear visitors! We kindly advise you to read this section before booking a place in your photo safari and expedition. There are certain rules and conditions undertaken in the world, which we should consider while organizing our routes. It is especially important for private photo sessions, booking during “hot season” and purchase of photography permits. Normally, these payments are made a few month ahead and can not be returned.

International flights

We do not deal with international flights. Each participant book and buy the flight by him/herself. However if by any reason you fell uncomfortable with this issue, we can book and buy out your flight, if you provide necessary funds on due time. We kindly request you to plan the flights carefully in order to be in time by the tour start. Otherwise we will have to organize private transfer for you to join the group, that is normally pretty expensive for a single traveler and sometimes even not possible (for instance, you can join cruise later). If you have any questions/concerns about dates of start/end, or your require any assistance with international flights, you are welcome to contact us by this form http://wildanimalssafari.com/en/feedback, by phone or email. We take care of all internal flights during our travels.

Accomodation in lodges and hotels

Basic accommodation of our photo tours and expeditions is double. If you desire any other type of accommodation, kindly indicate it during booking. Please mention that in some places single supplement is not possible due to lack of places, we will inform you about this.

Number of participants in photo tours and expeditions

We do not try to make as many people as possible in order to make the tour cheaper. We make professional photo tours and we make them well. Our experience shows that a group should not exceed 8-10 pax, in this case the instructor can pay attention to each participant personally, there is enough time to answer all questions and there is enough space for everyone during photo sessions. Sometimes groups are even smaller. If there is 1 free place left a group, and you want to travel with someone, we can do it.

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons are people who travel with you but do not take part in photography and master-classes. We can organize an interesting and not difficult program in all national parks we visit and also rest in resorts nearby. We kindly ask you to inform us about specific requests before the tour starts, if you don’t have any, you’re welcome to consult us.

Transport

We handle all transportation matters during our tours. We charter boats, yachts and ships, helicopters and small planes, and even air-balloons. We use extra flotation minibuses and off roadsters 4X4. We provide 1 car for each 3 participant during game-drives in order to give you, the photographer, maximum freedom and space. If you with to have separate car for your private use, we will organize it upon request.

Insurance

We do not deal with insurance. Kindly insure yourself before the tour starts. We also advise you not to neglect possibility to insure the tour, this will allow you to avoid unexpected expenditures and unpleasant situations.

Visas and invitations

We do not deal with visas. There it is required, we provide you the invitation for the Embassy. We suggest you to get your visa in advance. Your failure to get visa on due time can not be considered as reason to cancel your trip and refund its cost.

Costs

We do not aim to blow off our money. However living conditions are as important for trip success than good weather or good equipment. Of that we ‘re certain. That is why we carefully select our partners in different countries. You choose air ticket class, but we always inform our clients about cheapest route and promotions from airlines. In several distant regions we may insist on double accommodation due to simply lack of places, of on camp/guest houses accommodation. Each tour description contains cost information. We are able to offer different types of programs, from budget to luxury and private luxury for very demanding clients. Normally tour cost is based on double accommodation, full board (except dinners upon arrival and departure), including drinks, handling fees, land arrangements, guides and drives services, cook, photography master-classes, all land and air transfers during the route, entrance fees, local taxes, photography permissions if required . Not included: international flights, individual insurance, alcoholic drinks, calls, personal expenditures, gratitude to guides/drives, airport taxes, visas. Tour cost may change due to local air tickets costs, accommodation costs, currency fluctuations, etc. We reserve the right to change prices without prior notice. In extreme cases route can be amended due to force-majeure – war, political or other conflicts, sever weather conditions, etc. We guarantee that any changes in an extraordinary situation will serve your security only. In ultimately extreme cases we reserve the right to cancel the tour and refund you the amount paid.

Health

Some of the routes require significant physical efforts. We may walk in high humidity and temperature, winds, etc, carrying our photo equipment, we may sleep in jungles and canoe along by tropical rivers, sail and climb, etc. Please carefully read the program and don’t hesitate to ask us in case you have questions. You and us, we must be sure you are prepared and ready for the route you want to choose. We grade our tours as easy, average, difficult and extreme. You’re kindly requested to consult us before you book, especially difficult and extreme routes. By booking via our booking form you confirm not having any physical or other deceases which may cause danger to your health and life during the route as well as to other group members. We reserve the right to request medical documents in certain cases. Final decision of accepting you as a participant will be taken by the group leader and is not disputable. We do not held responsibility for medical services during the tour. If you required specific diet, please inform us in advance before booking, as at some destination it will cost something.

Deposit

Deposit is the first part of your tour payment. We take deposit when it is required to guarantee our bookings along the entire route. It may vary from 10% to 50% depending on destination. In certain cases (extreme destination, cruises) it may be far in advance.

Booking

If you’d like to book, please click “book a place” and fill in the form. You will receive notification from us that your place is booked and further instructions.

Cancellations and refunds

In case you wish to cancel you trip by any reason we should have you written notification of cancellation. The following penalties apply: cancellation prior 89 days - total refund, 61-89 days 50% refund, less than 60 days – 100% of the tour cost unless otherwise specified in the tour’s description. If you find a replacement for the tour, we shall refund you in full. In case we cancel the tour, we will refund you in full. There is no partial refund for services prepaid and not used during the tour, whatever is the reason of not using them. We sell our tours as package.

Our rights

1) to change the hotel to the same grade hotel, change tour logistics if it is cause by force-majeure or changes in transport schedules, or equipment conditions.
2) to cancel the tour before it starts with refund to the participants, however we assume no responsibility for additional expenses due to tour preparation and caused by action/lack of action of air companies, consulates, personal medical expenditures.
3) Right to accept or reject participant for the tour.
We accept no responsibility for route changes caused by amendments in local air companies flights schedules.

Kids

Please consult us if you want to travel with a kid. Some destinations welcome kids and some not. Kid is on your responsibility during the tour. Divorced parent, please be advised that we accept no financial responsibility in case you fail to get the permission from the second parent to take the kid with you.


 

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Acknowlegements:
Special thanks to designers Dmitry and Vladimir Yakovlev for professionalism and original creative decisions;
to translator Irina Kharakterova for qualified texts translation.