We attempt to make every
effort to ensure that our clients are fully aware of what costs are involved
in each rip, and to avoid the situation of any surprise hidden costs.
Our prices include transport for the duration of the tour, accommodation,
group equipment (tents, pots etc.) advise on equipment, hire costs (boats,
polers, etc.), permits and entry fee, a competent professional guide and
all food for the duration of the trip (restaurants excluded). The
food is healthy and every endeavour is made to suit all tastes, and we
make as much use of local produce as possible. We include coffee
and tea, as well as fruit juice at breakfast, but all alcohol and soft
drinks are for your own expense. DRIFTERS do not operate the food
kitty system, because this causes delays during the journey while the passengers
ship, and is open to misuse. All braais and breakfasts are provided
by us but not meals en route to and from the area of the tour. As
our programme must be projected so far ahead and our prices are thereforee
subject to exchange rate fluctuations, we reserve the right to surcharge
without notice, although this is against our intentions. Any special
extra excursions are for the client's expense.
The degree of satisfaction
and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will
depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity,
combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate,
is essential for any of our tours. If you wish to be pampered and
amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you.
Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help
with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of
flexibility is also essential because of the mere nature of the parameters
in which we have to operate.
Our guides are mature adults
who are young at heart and enjoy their work. They are chosen for
their personalities, their interest in their environment, their experience
and their ability to handle people. We have a hard core of full-time
guides as well as a pool of good reliable part-timers, all registered with
the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and Satour.
Usually in tents accommodating
two adults. Alternatively we utilise Inns, log cabins, bungalows
and rondavels, even under the stars if desired. This sleeping mats
are provided, but clients may bring inflatable mattresses for further comfort.
Single clients may share accommodation with other clients.
Baggage on all our tours
will be strictly limited to one large bag (barrel bag or internal framed
backpack), weighing a maximum of 15kgs. We will also allow a smaller
hand luggage bag or camera bag per person. In order to prevent complications
on vehicles, aeroplanes and boats, this allowance must be adhered to.
SUITCASES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
We hire out sleeping bags
if required. (See booking form).
Each trip will require differing
amounts of pocket money depending on the length of the journey, the individual's
needs and the specific conditions of each tour. Money is needed for
meals en route on the first and last day of travelling, curios, alcohol
and soft drinks, specified restaurant meals, visas, airport taxes and transfers
and additional excursions not included in the tour price. Tipping
is a customary practice in Southern Africa.
KIT LIST AND FINAL INSTRUCTIONS
On receipt of your deposit
we will send you a suggested kit list, which will supply you with a guide
as to what to bring along as well as further useful information.
You will also receive a receipt confirmation which must be read carefully
as it will display both the time and point of departure and return.
ACCEPTANCE OF BOOKING
A contract between DRIFTERS
and the client will only be deemed to be concluded once the client has
received receipted notification from DRIFTERS and DRIFTERS are in possession
of a signed booking form. The place of conclusion of contract will
thereforee be taken as Johannesburg.
DRIFTERS will assist with
any flight bookings and arrangements if requested. We will always
endeavour to obtain the best prices possible, but we accept no liability
regarding delays, cancellations or any other problems in this regard whatsoever.
Passenger tickets in use by the specific airline when issued shall constitute
the sole contract between the airline and the passenger.
Due to the nature of hiking,
camping, touring, driving and the general third-world conditions on our
tour/ventures, DRIFTERS, their employees, guides and affiliates, do not
accept responsibility for any client or dependant thereof in respect of
any loss, injury, illness, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience
experienced from time of departure to time of return, or subsequent to
date of return, such loss, injury, etc. arising out of any such tour/venture
organised by DRIFTERS. Should a tour/venture be cancelled by DRIFTERS
due to weather conditions or other reasons, it shall either refund full
payment or offer a substitute tour/venture. Should DRIFTERS have
to curtail a tour/venture for any reason due to weather conditions or other
factors after the time of departure, DRIFTERS will not be liable
for an form of refund whatsoever, although everything will be done to complete
a tour/venture or to utilise an alternative arrangement or venue.
All tours are subject to a minimum of 6 pax travelling, although a tour
may still run with fewer, at the discretion of DRIFTERS. Should a
client decide to curtail a tour for any reason whatsoever, DRIFTERS will
not be liable for any refund whatsoever.