February 26 – March 9, 2013
Faculty: Dave Smith, Professor of Environmental Science
Price: Starting at $5,795
Registration is Open
Tanzania is the perfect East African destination for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present. This is a luxury safari with all wildlife viewing by landrover with professional naturalist Augustine Minja. As you sip banana beer with new friends in modern Mto Wa Mbu village, join in the welcoming dance at a traditional Maasai stead, and see zebras buffalos, elephants, black rhinos, cheetah, leopards, lions, hyenas, and more, you will realize you are not the first to be entranced by this magical land.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) made two trips to East Africa during his adventurous life, one in 1933 and one during the winter of 1953-1954. Some have credited him with introducing the Swahili word "safari" into English. Against the background of the works that these trips produced and Hemingway's biography, we will visit many of the places he did. We will consider these destinations in the context of both Hemingway's verbal magic and his mythical presence as a big-game hunter charged by rhinos and surviving all African adventures.
At the program's conclusion, there is an optional extension opportunity to go gorilla trekking!
- Gaze over the Great Rift Valley as you enter Lake Manyara National Park, where lions stealthily watch from the tree branches and eagles, vultures, storks, swifts and swallows glide along the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake shimmering with thousands of flamingos.
- Descend 2,000 feet below the cloud cover into an extinct volcano to a magical Eden for sightings of zebras, buffalos, elephants, and black rhinos that are protected around the clock.
- Visit the 'cradle of mankind,' the paleo-anthropological ravine where the Leakeys discovered the roots of modern man.
- Roam the Serengeti from its classic savannahs to the Western Corridor in the Grumeti River area as wildebeest and zebra herds begin massing in anticipation of their upcoming migration trek with cheetah, leopard, lion and hyena keeping a watchful eye.
- Share the day's events while relaxing in lodges and tented camps that are the very best in terms of location, ambiance, and modern amenities.
- Serena Mountain Village- Designed in the style of an African village, guests are housed in cottages thatched with banana fronds, surrounded by tropical shade trees and bougainvillea. All guest rooms have en suite bathrooms and many amenities. The lodge boasts magnificent views of the mighty snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and the rugged peaks of Mount Meru on the other.
- Lake Manyara Serena Lodge – On the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. The great birds of prey that glide on thermals below your balcony inspired the design of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge – swooping curves are complemented by soft, geometric patterns; stylish murals depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to indigenous architectural traditions. All rooms have en suite facilities and private balconies overlooking the escarpment and the lake beyond. There is a curio shop, a swimming pool with vanishing horizon to Lake Manyara and a pool bar.
- Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge – As if in a land before time, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built at the rim of the crater. The plant and ivy-covered native stone blends masterfully with its surroundings and the flowering plants attract a plethora of colorful birds. Most of the 75 rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. Here, visitors exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.
- The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wild landscape of the Serengeti plains. The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel "huts" house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti plains. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art. A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas, creating a natural source of waterborne plants and provides a home to many native species of reptiles, amphibians and birds.
- Two nights at the Kirawira Camp – A reincarnation of an elegant Victorian era outpost, set against the imposing backdrop of the Western Serengeti. Here, guests experience Africa's majesty as if they are among the first to travel these extraordinary lands. Set upon a hill with commanding views of endless savannah, the luxury tented camp beckons you to experience the soul of the African wilderness. The camp is built in the remote regions of the Grumeti River and is home to a wide variety of big wildlife – lion, buffalo, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon and gazelle. From almost anywhere, there are spectacular vistas of the Serengeti stretching to the horizon. Kirawira's carefully landscaped grounds are in complete harmony with their natural surroundings. Guests enjoy the highest standards of personalized attention, accommodation, meals and service.
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners^ back to top
David E. Smith, Professor of Environmental Science - Dave Smith is a Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia and Associate Chair of the department. Dave is an expert in biological oceanography, marine ecology and invertebrate zoology. He teaches about everything from the biology of coastal communities and coral reefs to the science of predator-prey relationships. Every summer, Dave takes U.Va. students to a research island in the Bahamas to study coral reefs and most years he takes a group to Belize to study the jungle and marshes. During the journey, he will speak on topics including the and will teach about the organisms to be seen on the trip. Dave earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M.^ back to top
Days 1/2 -February 26-27
Washington, DC/ En Route
Your journey begins as you board your flight to Addis Ababa via Ethiopian Airlines. (Meals Aloft)
Day 3 - February 27
This morning you land in Addis Ababa where you change planes for your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Classic Escapes representative and transferred to your hotel, where you will enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Located on a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, the Serena Mountain Village is the perfect place to relax before embarking on your safari experience. Serena Mountain Village. Breakfast Aloft, Dinner (B,D)
Days 4/5 - February 28 – March 1
Lake Manyara National Park
Visit Mto Wa Mbu, a modern village made up of people from several tribal areas. A true ecotourism project, a portion of your fee for the visit goes towards supporting projects for the village. Following a lunch of traditional Tanzanian dishes served under banana trees in the heart of the village, explore the area with your village guides. Continue to Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithological paradise with over 350 species of birds. You may see Verreaux's Eagle, a variety of vultures, storks, swifts and swallows winging their way atop the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake which often has a pinkish hue due to the flamingos, pelicans and storks shimmering in the distance. You may also see buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra and the elusive tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara, at 3,150 feet in altitude, varies in salinity levels with wetter and drier climate cycles, and at times it is replete with flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants. Springs in the park's northern end support a dense groundwater forest of magnificent giant fig and mahogany trees which shelter blue and vervet monkeys and an abundance of baboons, bushbuck, waterbuck, and elephant. South of the groundwater forest, acacia woodland and open grassland are frequented by buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra, and the elusive tree-climbing lions – the signature of this park. Perhaps the most recognizable tree found here is the baobab tree, which folklore says was uprooted and planted upside down. The hippo pool, where visitors may get out of their vehicles, is located on a freshwater stream that enters the lake at its northern tip.
Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)
Days 5/6 - March 2 – March 3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you venture off to Gibb's Farm for lunch. Gibb's Farm is an oasis of green, calm and beauty, in a landscape that can often be parched, dry and dusty. This privately owned farm is notorious for its cuisine. The food is delicious, with fresh vegetables from the gardens cooked with care. Lunch includes a wide selection of savory pies and salads, served buffet style. Also visit a traditional Iraqw home. The Iraqw are the local tribe that has inhabited the immediate Ngorongoro highlands in the area for over 200 years. The home is built entirely using traditional materials and methods of construction, just as it would have been 200 years ago. You will see many of the tools and weapons used by the Iraqw. Try your hand at grinding maize the traditional way using grinding stones and listen to a presentation and demonstration of Iraqw skirt making. While here you will also have the opportunity to visit a present day Tanzania farm and observe a bio gas plant used for producing gas for cooking and lighting. Continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and your home for the next two nights.
On your second day here, board your landrover for an amazing journey as you descend onto the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site, which is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife including more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lions. This area offers an outstanding opportunity to see black rhinos, as they are protected around the clock. Over the years, the floor of this crater has become mostly savannah (grassland), with a soda lake whose size changes depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land. On this lake, marvel at the colorful flamingos and a variety of other water birds – more than 100 species of birds found here that are not found in the Serengeti. Resident Ostriches, Crowned Cranes, and Kori Bustards are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of White and Abdim's Storks. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and many other antelopes. As you descend, you might be able to see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater. It is their right, negotiated with the government and parks authority, to graze their cattle in about 75% of the crater floor. The mix of cattle with the wild animals makes for some terrific photographs, and the interaction between domestic and wild animals is almost non-existent. Your wildlife-viewing will be dramatic, and the experience memorable. Return to the rim of the crater six hours later (regulations now specify that no one can stay longer than six hours daily on the crater floor) and drive to your lodge in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, visit a Maasai village and learn about this fascinating culture that has existed through the millennia in perfect harmony with nature.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)
Days 7/8 - March 4 – March 5
Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park
You now drive to the legendary Olduvai Gorge. The drive to the gorge is breathtaking – passing through a spectacular mix of savannah grassland and volcanic hills, where red-robed Maasai graze their cattle, before it drops steeply down into the gorge itself. The name originated from the Maasai word "ole" meaning "the place of" and "dupai" meaning "wild sisal," a local plant resembling aloe which grows abundantly in the area. This plant has yellow-green, succulent, spear-like leaves which form dense clumps, binding the loose soil of the gorge and sheltering many other plants and animals. Domesticated sisal is used to produce rope, rugs and baskets which are sold at the local markets and is one of the biggest exports of Tanzania.
Olduvai is one of the world's most important paleoanthropological locations. This is where, in 1959, Mary and Louis Leakey found fossil evidence of the 1.7-million-year-old Australopithecus Boisei (Zinjanthropus) and Homo Habilis (Handyman). Thousands of stone tools, some of which have been used by Homo Habilis, have been found at Olduvai; the oldest style is easiest to remember, because it is called Oldowon. In addition to the remarkable human fossils, prehistoric elephant, giant horned sheep and enormous Ostrich fossils have been found here and extinct species unearthed include three-toed horses and giant antelope. Since the Leakeys first began searching the area for clues to our distant past, more than sixty hominid remains have been excavated, belonging to four different hominids, showing the gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The gorge itself is a very steep-sided ravine roughly 30 miles long and 295 feet deep. It resembles a small Grand Canyon with exposed strata of different layers where the deposits of rich fossil fauna, hominid remains and stone tools were found. The gray lines are volcanic tuffs and eruptions are used to estimate the age of the fossils. You will want to visit the museum which contains a cast of the 3.7 million year old footsteps of Australopithecus Afarensis preserved in solidified volcanic ash, found at nearby Laetoli by Mary Leakey in 1979. Outside the museum a Tanzanian guide will explain the geological features of the gorge and the work of the Leakey's. Resume your drive to Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres), the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's protected areas with over 3 million large mammals roaming its plains. It lies between Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya's Maasai Mara. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for generations. To the Maasai, it is Siringitu – "the place where the land moves on forever." Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.
More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and other herbivores, descend upon the short-grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti at the start of the rainy season around December. After calving in January and February, they scatter over the southern and central plains. By May the rain ends, the grass has been reduced to stubble, and the animals begin their long march to dry-season grazing grounds near the permanent waters of the Serengeti's northern woodlands and Kenya's Maasai Mara. Reaching these destinations by July or so, they remain until October, when they head back to the southeastern Serengeti. This struggle for survival continues unaided and unaltered through the millennia!
The Serengeti is incredible to visit any time of the year. In the Seronera Valley towering yellow fever trees and palm thickets line the Seronera River and its hippo pools. This is a superb area for seeing predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, and their prey – giraffe, topi, Bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck, buffalo and impala. The kopjes (prehistoric rock outcroppings) host hyraxes, dwarf mongooses, and red-headed agamas, while patience might reward you with a sleepy black-maned male lion or leopard. The open grassland is home to large groups of Thomson's and Grant's gazelles, spotted hyena, jackal, and such birds as the Double-banded Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Red-capped Lark, Fischer's Sparrow-lark, and Capped Wheatear. Your twice-daily wildlife drives will allow ample viewing. As an optional excursion, you can take a balloon safari for an exhilarating experience over the Savannah as the early sun rises and the animals are more active.
Serengeti Serena Safair Lodge. (B, L, D)
Days 9/10 - March 6 – March 7
Serengeti National Park/Grumeti River
Continue your visit of Serengeti National Park today as you travel to your next accommodation. You will enjoy a wildlife drive en route. You will be in the famed Grumeti River area in the Western Corridor, a picturesque part of the Serengeti, where the drama of the migration unfolds April through June and even into July. This is a truly beautiful area to spend two nights and you're sure to find some kopjes (rocky outcroppings) to enjoy your sundowners while watching the panorama that unfolds before your eyes. Grumeti is famous for the huge crocodiles and hippo pools, and you'll get an opportunity to see both.
Overnights at Kirawira Camp. (B, L, D )
Day 11 - March 8
Arusha/Addis Ababa/En Route
Last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before flying back to Arusha. An opportunity to shop at the African Heritage before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa bidding a fond farewell to your driver/guides. (B,L)
Day 12 - March 9
This morning you land in Washington D.C., bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (Meals Aloft)
$5,795 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
- Flights within Africa as specified. On the main safari in Tanzania: Serengeti to Arusha. (On the post-extension: Grumeti to Kigali, Rwanda )
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
- All meals on safari in Tanzania as well as in Rwanda; all other meals as specified.
- All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 vehicle with photo roof, driven by a naturalist guide. A window seat is guaranteed.
- Visit to a Maasai village.
- Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
- Gorilla trekking will be made on foot.
- One permit each to see the mountain gorillas; second permit possible at additional cost and based on availability.
- Professional naturalist will accompany the group with 10 travelers.
- Enrichment lecturer with a minimum of 15 travelers on the main program and 10 on the extension.
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities.
- All park entry fees.
- Complimentary luggage tags and passport wallet.
Does Not Include:
- Round trip air transportation between Washington D.C and Arusha including taxes and fuel surcharges (quoted separately).
- Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Meals and beverages, other than specified.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
- Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates.
Gorilla Trekking Extension - March 8 -13, 2013
Price: $3,995 per person, double occupancy.
Single supplement: $895
Flight to Kigali, Rwanda; One permit each to see the mouuntain gorillas; second permit possible at additional cost and based on availability.
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How To Register
Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and the best time to reach you.
A deposit of $750 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done when your booking is confirmed. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.
(November 27, 2012)
Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY.
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.^ back to top
General Terms & Conditions
HOW TO BOOK: Call Cavalier Travels at 866-765-2646. A deposit of $750 per person for the main trip, $250 for the extension and $750 for the non refundable gorilla permit you wish us to purchase, as well as your insurance payment if you wish to take advantage of the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. All checks should be made out to Classic Escapes. On receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your tour. When we send off your confirmation invoice, your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Final payment is due not later than 95 days prior to departure (November 27, 2012). Final documents will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure.
OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy-class jet transportation from WASHINGTON D.C. via Ethiopian Arlines. Rates based on special promotional group fares and are subject to cancellation fees once tickets are issued. Business and First class upgrades are possible and will be quoted upon request. This is for international flights only. Domestic flights within USA and Africa will be on economy. For Business Class, domestic flights within USA are not included and cost is lowest available at time of ticketing.
DEPARTURE TAXES: Please note the amount of departure tax reflected in the airfare is subject to change, at the discretion of governments and airlines, and with no advance notice. Should this occur, you will be invoiced prior to departure for any additional taxes imposed.
AIRLINE SEATING: For Ethiopian Airlines, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and not guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire during check-in to have a seating change made, however this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.
FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE At time of publication, Ethiopian Airlines is a partner with Lufthansa German Airlines, Scandinavian SAS and ASKY. You may obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers. Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit. You may obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers.
BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow one piece of checked luggage, not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is 44 lbs. per person total weight. Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.
ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions can change for similar lodging.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Rate quoted is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. On occasion, in smaller hotels, you may be required to share with other members of your tour group if single rooms/cabins are not available upon check-in. If this is the situation, appropriate per diem refunds are made to passengers in the event they paid for a single room but had to share during any portion of their trip. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.
MEALS: All meals while on safari. Bottled water and soft drinks during touring in cities.
WILDLIFE VIEWING: Your tour will be conducted by private 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides.
TRANSFERS: Roundtrip transfer of travelers between airports and hotels are included in the tour when arriving on group flights. If travelers make their own air arrangements, they will be subject to extra transfer fees.
TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are also included. Tips to driver/guides and naturalist on both main trip and extension are not included.
INOCULATIONS: We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into East Africa. However, it is a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is NOT safe to drink throughout and it is always advisable to drink bottled water which will be provided for you free of charge in the vehicles and during safari.
RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of April 19, 2012, and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 15 passengers traveling together. The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. The minimum on the extension is 10 travelers. We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as published. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge.
ESCORT: Group will be accompanied by an enrichment lecturer with a minimum of 15 travelers on the main program and 10 travelers on each extension.
TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, insurance, etc.
INVOICING: Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately three months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure (November 27, 2012).
FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $750 per person must be submitted with each application, plus an additional deposit of $250 per person if you wish to take the extension as well as $750 for the non-refundable gorilla permit. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no later than 95 days prior to departure (November 27, 2012).
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this safari:
- Up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250.00 handling fee.
- 94-80 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited.
- 79-65 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extensions.
- Less than 65 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers.
These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM.
DEVIATIONS: Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in Europe or in Africa, we will be happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required.
CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.
LATE BOOKING FEE: Classic Escapes reserves the right to impose a late booking fee to offset additional administrative costs for any reservations received 60 days (or closer) to the program’s departure date. This fee is $250 per person, over and above any costs incurred by airlines and suppliers
NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; Tips to driver/guides and naturalist on both main trip and extension; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.
WILD ANIMALS: Please be aware that this safari 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 the company, nor their employees, nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced.
PASSPORT & VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas. Visa information will be forwarded upon receipt of reservation.
RESPONSIBILITY: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) 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 aforegoing 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 aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior 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.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.
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 wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc.
REFUNDS: While the company uses its best endeavors 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.
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.
DELAYS: 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. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies.
To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.
CONSENT: 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 brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.
INSURANCE PACKAGE: Classic Escapes offers a comprehensive insurance package, which allows the Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion to be waived if purchased within 7 days of the initial trip payment. Details can be found on our website at http://www.classicescapes.com/insurance.html. or call our office for more details (800-627-1244). If obtaining this pre-existing condition waiver is not of importance to you, you may opt to wait until you receive your pre-departure packet of information which will include details on the insurance package.
INSURANCE PREMIUM: See premium schedule below, or call us for the exact amount and information on the policy. This is applicable to all coverage contained in the policy. You must be medically able to travel when you pay your premium. In the event that a claim is filed, the injury or illness must be substantiated to the Claims Department.
The cost of your insurance premium is based on the TOTAL cost of your trip including: the main itinerary, airfare, airline taxes, single supplements, optional excursions and optional extensions. The premium for your tour will be calculated as follows:
TOTAL TOUR COST PREMIUM PER PERSON
$5,501 - $6,000
$6,001 - $6,500
$6,501 - $7,000
$7,001 - $8,000
$8,001 - $9,000
$9,001 - $10,000
$10,001 - $11,000
$11,001 - $12,000
Please contact Classic Escapes if you have any questions or need assistance calculating your premium.
PLEASE NOTE INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE SHOULD TOUR BE CANCELED BY PARTICIPANT.^ back to top