Please take time to read the terms and conditions of Walter’s Safaris’ services. Confirming a safari with Walter’s Safaris assumes that you have read, fully understand and accept the terms and conditions described below.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
1.1. Walter’s Safaris Ltd. provides transportation, accommodation bookings, restaurant meals, excursions and other services in cooperation with independent suppliers.
1.2. All information detailed in client itineraries is given to the best of Walter’s Safaris’ knowledge and based on the latest information available. Walter’s Safaris cannot be liable for modified information from third parties, nor for any obvious typing errors.
1.3. To reserve flights and gorilla permits we need: your full names as they appear in passport, your nationality and passport number. We also need a deposit to buy your permits and tickets (see Section 5).
1.4. Before confirming a safari, the client must inform Walter’s Safaris of any preferences and special requests of the participants; e.g. medical needs, diet, requirements relating to disabilities and any other requirements. Walter’s Safaris will meet the requests if possible.
1.5. All packages are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed. Many lodges and hotels offered by Walter’s Safaris have limited capacity and therefore it is essential to make reservations well in advance of your planned trip.
1.6. In the event that you wish to amend your reservation in any way, Walter’s Safaris will make the preferred adjustment where practicable and possible and confirm accordingly. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to charge an amendment fee relative to the actual costs, which will be added to the total invoice.
1.7. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to change and re-adjust the tour schedule, transportation, accommodation and services indicated in the itinerary in the event of unforeseen circumstances before arrival. Any changes to the itinerary will be communicated to the client as soon as possible.
2.1. The prices quoted for the various safaris are as per the itinerary and include the following services, unless stated otherwise: overnight in hotels, guesthouses, tents or lodges, all meals as indicated, sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary, park entrance fees and ranger fees, airport transfers where applicable, ground transportation, English speaking driver/guides and bottled mineral water in the vehicle.
2.2. Expenses that are not covered: international and domestic air fares, visa and passports, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks other than the mineral water provided in the vehicle, tips and gratuities for the guides and accommodation staff, laundry, travel insurance and other items of a personal nature.
2.3. Prices on the website or quoted to our clients are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until confirmed in writing.
2.4. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to adjust prices at any time should there be any fluctuation in the exchange rate or increase in the cost of any element of the tour. We make every effort to minimize any increases.
3. TOUR EXECUTION
3.1. It is a privilege to see animals in their natural habitat and as such, we cannot guarantee wildlife or game viewing. You must take caution when viewing the animals and carefully follow the instructions given by either the tour guide or wildlife rangers.
3.2. A game drive/safari should include the Big 5 if they are in that particular park. Walter’s Safaris will do our best to track the animals in accordance with park policies, but does not guarantee that the animals will be in plain sight.
3.3. Accommodation is based on the client requests at the time of booking. We’ll do our best to meet your demands. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of equivalent standard is not available Walter’s Safaris may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest superior standard accommodation (extra charges may apply).
3.4. The mode of transport used will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken, based on the specifications of the chosen itinerary. Every effort is made to ensure that vehicles are provided in a roadworthy condition but no liability can be accepted for a puncture, breakdown, damage, or any delay as a result of the poor road conditions.
3.5. Experienced English speaking driver/guides are a key part of your tour. They are the only person(s) allowed to drive Walter’s Safaris’ vehicles. The driver’s decision on all matters, such as the route taken, is final.
3.6. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour or vary the safari services in any way in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as road closures, bad weather, problems with national parks or hotels and security considerations. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made as circumstances permit.
3.7. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied.
3.8. Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if, in Walter’s Safaris’ opinion or in the opinion of any other person in authority, the person concerned behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, hazard or inconvenience to any third party, damage to property or to environments and ecosystems. No refunds will be made and Walter’s Safaris shall not be liable for expenses incurred as a result of the termination.
4.1. All tours will be booked and confirmed only upon receipt of a 50% deposit of the total trip cost. For gorilla permits, 100% advance payment of the permit fee is required in order to make the reservation.
4.2. The payment balance is due no later than 14 days prior to the safari, unless agreed otherwise.
4.3. Bookings made within 30 days before arrival must be paid in full at the time of confirmation.
4.4. If payment is not received in accordance with the above, Walter’s Safaris has the right to cancel the booking.
4.5. Payment must be made by bank transfer or cash before the start of the safari. Please contact us for bank details. Trips departing in under 7 days are not eligible for a bank transfer. Cash only.
5. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
5.1. All cancellation requests must be made in writing and shall be effective on the date of actual receipt by Walter’s Safaris.
5.2. The following cancellation charges apply:
• 60 days or more prior to arrival 15% charge
• 59 – 32 days prior to arrival 30% charge
• 31 – 8 days prior to arrival 50% charge
• 7 – 3 days prior to arrival 75% charge
• 48 hours or less prior to arrival 100% charge
Walter’s Safaris reserves the right to deduct all expenses already incurred from money paid.
5.3. Gorilla permits and air tickets are 100% non-refundable.
5.4. No refunds will be made for any unused services, late arrival or no-show of any of the members of the tour.
6.1. Walter’s Safaris shall try to ensure that the company exceeds the expectations in every area of the tour arrangements. However, suggestions are very much appreciated in order to keep improving the quality of the service.
6.2. Complaints must be reported immediately to the Walter’s Safaris representative and to the supplier of the service in question, who will do their best to resolve the matter. If the problem is not solved to the client’s satisfaction, the complaint should be reported in writing and not later than 30 days after completion of the tour.
6.3. Liability for any complaints not following the above procedure cannot be accepted.
7.1. Before beginning your tour you will be required to sign a waiver. Please know this is mandatory.
7.2. Walter’s Safaris makes every effort to ensure arrangements and services offered are as efficient and true to description as possible. Walter’s Safaris often doesn’t have direct control of the provision of services supplied (ex. a tour within our safari). While every supplier is chosen with the utmost care, Walter’s Safaris does not accept liability for errors or omissions of such suppliers.
7.3. Walter’s Safaris shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature whatsoever whether to person or property.
7.4. Whilst every care is taken, Walter’s Safaris cannot be held responsible for the direct or indirect costs of loss or damage to baggage or personal possessions.
7.5. Walter’s Safaris cannot accept liability or pay compensation for unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the company or its staff. This include flight delays/cancellations or force majeure such as war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist acts, border closure, acts of government or other authorities, strikes, thefts, epidemics, road closures, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, extreme weather conditions, fire, technical and/or mechanical problems to transport and all similar events beyond the company’s control.
7.6. Clients are responsible for ensuring all members have the appropriate passports, visas, travel permits, health certificates and other documentation required for the safari.
7.7. Clients are responsible for taking proper medical and practical precautions in regard to health and safety, including researching mandatory immunizations, etc. in the countries they are visiting. Medical advice should be sought well before travelling.
7.8. Clients are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance before coming to Uganda. Local evacuation coverage is available in the unlikely event of a medical emergency while on safari with Walter’s Safaris.
7.9. The respective laws of the country govern Walter’s Safaris’ liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.
Thank you for taking time to read these terms and conditions. Booking your tour with us assumes you have read these.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your enjoyment, comfort and safety are our priority.
–Walter’s Tours Ltd.