HOW DO I BOOK SAFARI
How far ahead do I need to book my safari?
There is no cutoff, but it is highly recommended you make arrangements for your safari as early as possible. Peak seasons book up as far as nine months ahead of time, though we will always try and accommodate your requests should you book closer to the date. It may be necessary to be more flexible with your itinerary and accommodation choices when looking to book for peak season as accommodation can be scarce. Outside of peak seasons, you should have no trouble booking if you schedule your safari at least three to four months in advance.
How does our pricing work?
Our trips use tiered pricing based on logistics. Getting people into remote areas where the best game viewing exists is more costly when there are only two people in the Land Rover, rather than four of five.
Economies of scale result in lower pricing for four or five people traveling together as opposed to pricing for a couple travelling alone. As well, the logistics of moving gear around for a walking safari with numerous bush camps is more complicated and costly than a trip that involves simply staying at a lodge.
Factors that effect pricing:
- The number of people traveling in a group
- Mode of transportation
- Choice of accommodation – i.e.mobile tented camp, lodge, tent, permanent tented camp
- Location remoteness
- Activity choices whilst on safari.
Please note that the safari itineraries on this website can be varied to suit your needs. Let MOYO EXPERIENCE SAFARI know what your budget is and we will do our best to design a trip that gives you the experiences you want within the budget you require.
How do I book a safari?
You can book a suggested itinerary from our website. These trips take the hard work out of planning your safari. They also offer the convenience of a pre-set itinerary and a fixed price, with flexible scheduling. Travel dates are up to you.
Unlike other safari companies MOYO EXPERIENCE SAFARI only organize private safaris. That means that only you and your travel partner(s) will be on the tour and under no circumstances will you be bundled in with strangers. This gives you flexibility with the game drive as well and possibly eliminates fighting with strangers about where to go and what animals you prefer to look for.
Alternatively, when planning your safari we can provide a fully customised experience that will incorporate your wishes into the one itinerary. MOYO EXPERIENCE SAFARI are enthusiastically open to side trips, detours, special needs and special plans. We have an intimate knowledge of East Africa and our strength is that we love to provide highly specialised itineraries to individualise your experience.
How much do I tip?
Our general recommendation is to tip moderately – in accordance with the level and quality of service provided. The following guidelines are generally accepted practice (per person): Safari guides(s) – US $ 20 per day, Cook – US $ 15 per day, Camp staff – US $ 10 per day, as a pooled tip to be shared among the housekeeper, waiters, bartender, etc.
For porters and waiters at hotels and for taxi drivers in cities, the customary tip is approximately US $ 4. (Tipping in US $2 bills for porters and waiters is greatly appreciated).
How much money should I bring on safari? cash, credit Cards, eftpos or travellers cheques?
You will need very little spending money on most safaris as the majority of meals and activities are included in your package cost. You will need to pay for lunch, dinner, and drinks when you are staying at hotels on a bed and breakfast basis as is the case at most lodges and hotels in cities. Bills may be settled by $USD cash, by travellers cheque, or by credit card (accepted at most lodges, camps, hotels). Ensure all your dollars are of year 2,000 and above series and not of 1990’s. The dollars of 1990’s are often rejected in banks and bureaus; this is due to a large number of counterfeit notes in circulation worldwide of the 1990’s series.
Credit cards may be used in large towns, at restaurants and shops with MasterCard and Visa being most accepted. However, use may be restricted in small towns and country areas and non-existent in small retail shops.
Automatic teller machines (ATM’s) are situated outside the Airport upon arrival and also outside the shopping malls in towns and cities in East Africa and international credit cards can often be used to withdraw currency. However, as Africa is unpredictable please do not rely on ATM machines for your currency needs.
What currencies are acceptable?
The unit of local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS). American dollars in cash or travelers cheques are acceptable in many places around town (note: AMEX Traveler cheques are often not accepted). Credit cards are accepted only in big hotels, and if you do manage to find a place to use them there will usually be a surcharge of at least 10%. Please note not to bring old US $ currency, as they are not accepted here!