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Terms & Conditions

The holidays featured on our website are operated by Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd (hereinafter called "YZT", "we" or "us"), which is registered in England under company number 8024244.

Your booking to Africa is with Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd (sometimes referred to as YZT).

1. OUR DETAILS

We are based at 1-3 Union Street Kingston Upon Thames KT1 1RP and registered at Companies House under number 8024244.

2. YOUR BOOKING WITH YZT

A booking with YZT will exist as soon as we issue our ‘Confirmation Invoice & Itinerary’. We will issue this after receiving your deposit, and confirming every element of your trip to Africa. Your booking is made on the terms of these booking conditions, and in agreeing to them you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party (named on the booking form) the terms of these booking conditions.

3. PAYING FOR YOUR TRIP TO AFRICA

When you make your booking you must pay a deposit of 25% of the booking cost, or full payment if your departure is within 12 weeks. Sometimes your booking may require other upfront payments on top of the usual 25% deposit – for example for international flights, gorilla permits or for some bookings over peak holiday periods. If an additional deposit is required you will be informed prior to booking your trip with us. Then the remaining balance of the booking cost must be paid at least 12 weeks before your departure date. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we have the right to cancel your travel arrangements and will retain your deposit. If your payment is late, we will send you a reminder and if it is not still not paid we will be forced to cancel your trip.  

Any quote offered to you is valid for 7 days from that date after which we may have to vary the price due to changes in costings.

Our suppliers in Africa have rates in various currencies - GBP, Euro, Rand and US dollars are the most common that we deal with. We will gladly quote you a trip in GBP or USD, and any quote you receive from us will be valid for 7 days. After this we reserve the right to recalculate the cost based on updated exchange rates. Once you have decided to go ahead with your trip the currency is fixed. This means that the cost of your trip to Africa will not change because of currency, regardless of what the markets are doing – we never currency surcharge but nor can we reduce the cost of any confirmed trip to Africa (please refer to clause 7 for other reasons the cost of your trip might change). You must pay your deposit and your balance in the same currency that was agreed on when you decided to go ahead with your trip to Africa.

If you add any services to your booking at a later stage, they will be costed using the exchange rate of the day. If for any reason we need to refund a part of your trip, it will be refunded using the exchange rate the cost of your trip was originally based on.

4. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TRIP TO AFRICA

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking must be received by email. Please send it to [email protected] and ensure that the email is acknowledged by YZT. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows (see also the exception below):

Period before departure in which you notify us: Cancellation charge:
More than 84 days Deposit only
70 to 84 days 35% of booking cost
56 to 69 days 50% of booking cost
29 to 55 days 75% of booking cost
Less than 28 days 100% of booking cost


Note:
 Some camps have very high cancellation charges over peak booking periods such as Christmas. This may affect the above cancellation charges, making them higher than normal. If higher than normal cancellation charges affect your booking, we will inform you in writing at quote stage and before you pay your deposit. Once your deposit is paid and we have issued you with a Confirmation Invoice, you are liable for these increased cancellation charges.

If at deposit stage, you paid upfront for gorilla permits or international flights, these are non-refundable, and so cost of these will be retained by us on top of the cancellation charges indicated above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges and we can issue you with a cancellation invoice to support your claim.

You can cancel your booking without paying cancellation charges if the performance of your package, or the carriage of passengers to your destination, is significantly affected by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (as described in clause 6). In such circumstances, we will arrange for your booking to be terminated and for you to receive a full refund. We observe advice provided by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office only.

5. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING

If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £75, and any further costs we incur in making this alteration.  You should be aware that the closer to your departure date changes are made, the higher these costs are likely to be, so you should contact us to make them as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements. In particular, any changes requested within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to the cancellation charges above.

You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply to this booking, by giving us notice in writing at least 7 days before departure. Both you and the new traveller are responsible for paying all costs we incur in making the transfer.

6. IF WE CANCEL YOUR BOOKING

We reserve the right to cancel all or part of your booking, if unforeseeable circumstances force us to do so. We will not cancel less than 12 weeks before your departure date, except for unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, or failure by you to pay the final balance. Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. We observe advice provided by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office only. If your trip to Africa is cancelled you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an alternative trip of comparable standard from us if we can offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).

In the event a refund is paid to you, we will pay compensation of £250 per person except where the cancellation is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (see definition above). This does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

7. IF WE CHANGE YOUR BOOKING

(a) Changes to the price
We can change the price of your trip to Africa after you’ve booked, only in certain circumstances:

Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 20 days of your departure.

If this results in an increase equivalent to more than 8% of the total price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting or changing to another trip if we are able to offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel you must do so within one week of being told of the change.  

Should the price of your trip go down due to the cost changes mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you. We will deduct from this refund our administrative expenses incurred. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.

(b) Changes other than the price
It is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking. If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard, changes of carriers.

If we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package you will have the rights set out below.

  • We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative trip, where we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be cancelled.
  • If you choose to accept a refund we will also pay reasonable compensation except where the significant change is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.

8. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU

You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services included in this package. If any of the travel services included in your package are not performed in accordance with the contract, or are improperly performed, by us or the travel service suppliers, and this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements, you may be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or both. We will not be liable where any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services is due to: you or another member of your party; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel services in the package and is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.

Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to

a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the travel services that make up your package. These terms are incorporated into this booking; and

b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of and conditions under which compensation can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of the extent of or the conditions under which compensation is to be paid under these or any conventions.

You can ask for copies of the travel service contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and available from airlines. However, reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund  of the cost of your trip from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in these booking conditions. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline or any other service provider will be deducted.

If it is impossible to ensure your return as scheduled due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, we will bear the cost of necessary suitable accommodation, for a maximum of three nights. The limit doesn’t apply to persons with reduced mobility and any person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors, or persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you notified us of these needs at least 48 hours before the start of your trip to Africa.

NB this entire clause 8 does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on your trip in Africa.

9. PROTECTING YOUR MONEY

We provide full financial protection for our package holidays for all UK based travellers, by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 10614, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, 45-59 Kingsway London WC2B 6TE UK, telephone 0333 103 6350, email [email protected]. If you are based in the UK, when you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

10. COMPLAINTS

If you have a complaint about any of the services included in your trip to Africa, you must inform the supplier or our representative in Africa. This may be a camp or hotel manager where you are staying, or via the contact telephone numbers we will provide in advance of your departure.

If it is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to  [email protected]. Give your booking reference and all other relevant information, keeping your email as concise and to the point as possible. If you fail to report your complaint whilst on your trip, we will not have the opportunity to investigate and rectify it whilst you are travelling, affecting our ability to improve the situation for you and the possibility of claiming back any form of compensation.

11. ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

If you’re in difficulty whilst in Africa and ask us to help we will provide necessary assistance, in particular by providing information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, medical assistance; and helping you to find alternative arrangements and any necessary phone calls/emails. You must pay any costs we incur, or claim them back from your travel insurance company.

12. MEDICAL CONDITIONS, DISABILITIES AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUESTS

We welcome customers who may have special needs but it is essential you contact us before booking with specific details in order that we can advise on the suitability of your plans. Regrettably not every destination may be suitable and we must reserve the right to refuse a booking if we feel that your needs cannot be met. If you fail to advise us in advance, we must reserve the right to cancel the booking as soon as we become aware of the situation.

Should you have special requests such as food intolerances or meal requests for other reasons, we are happy to pass these to the relevant suppliers but these are requests and not guarantees.

13. EXCURSIONS

Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are in Africa are not part of your trip provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.

14. DOCUMENTATION

Please check all the documentation you receive and notify us immediately if you notice any errors. If you do not do so, there may be additional costs if changes have to be made later, particularly to flight tickets.

15. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Firstly, you must review the current travel advice to be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice before booking and ensure you remain up to date with this advice before travelling. 

Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements.

You must also ensure that your vaccination certificates are in order and that you have taken the advice of your doctor with regard to inoculations.

We refer in particular to our pre-departure information sheet. We will offer general advice but cannot be held responsible if you do not comply with current requirements before your departure. We do not accept liability for any advice given of a general nature prior to the holiday commencing. You are responsible for a timely check-in for all flights and for presenting yourself to take up all pre-booked components of your holiday. No credit or refund will be given to you should you fail to take up any component of your holiday or if you lose any travel documents. We also draw to your attention the fact that there are certain inherent risks involved in all of the holidays to Africa that we supply – especially concerning wildlife, but also plants, the environment and illness. These must be accepted by you at your own risk. If you wish to discuss any such risks with us we would be more than happy to provide advice over the telephone or in writing.

16. INSURANCE

It is a part of our Terms & Conditions that all clients must purchase adequate travel insurance. We reserve the right to cancel your holiday at any time should such a policy not be taken out by you.

17. LAW AND JURISDICTION

This booking is governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there and wish to do so.

18. WINNER OF THE 2017 SURVEY & YZ PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019

  • The prize of $1,000 off your next safari refers to safari bookings made for two persons travelling together and a minimum value of $4,000 per person, excluding flights.
  • The winner must book the safari within two years from the date on which he/she is notified by us that he/she has won the prize. The safari can take place at any time.
  • The prize is valid for bookings made directly with us. The prize is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions offered by YZT.

19. 2019 BROCHURE SURVEY

  • The prize of $500 off your next safari refers to safari bookings made for two persons travelling together and a minimum value of $4,000 per person, excluding flights.
  • The winner must book the safari within two years from the date on which he/she is notified by us that he/she has won the prize. The safari can take place at any time.
  • The prize is valid for bookings made directly with us. The prize is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions offered by YZT.