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What to expect
Our goal is to provide you with access to some of the most remote and isolated regions on the earth and the opportunity to witness wildlife phenomena that occur there. When possible, in order to enhance a participant's experience and understanding of the areas visited, educational seminars and discussions will be offered on subjects ranging from photography instruction, to conservation issues, to cultural development and other related topics. Your expedition leader is fully equipped to take care of all the details of each day's itinerary including meals, transportation and accommodation, so you can have an expedition as enjoyable as possible. Finally, a traveler's experience will be enhanced if they bring along with them a sense of humor, flexibility, a quest for knowledge, and a spirit of adventure! The expeditions we operate take you to some of the most remote and undeveloped regions of the world. We strive to utilize the best accommodation, transportation and services for our guests, however, certain destinations lack the infrastructure and comfort most of us are accustomed to. Still, the benefits of traveling to such isolated areas will enable participants to witness wildlife spectacles and cultural events that few will see in their lifetime. Travel to these incredible destinations can often times be long and arduous, requiring extended periods of transport over unpaved bumpy roads, or boat rides that necessitate sitting for an extended duration. In order to cut down on travel time and provide an extended nature experience, Wildlife and Nature Travel will opt for airline travel when and where available. Accommodations can range from high-end hotels and elegant platform camps, such as featured in our Botswana trip, to rustic bush camps in the heart of a jungle, such as in our trip to the WWF camp to visit the eastern lowland gorillas of Central African Republic. Weather or other unforeseen circumstances can cause delays or changes in our itineraries. At such times, we will do our best to find an appropriate course of action to achieve our destination objective or find a suitable alternative. All meals and program excursions are generally included, and we will do our best to accommodate those with special dietary needs. Certain excursions can and do require modest to large amounts of physical exertion. Participants in trekking expeditions must be fully mobile, able to hike three miles a day or walk for two hours in sun, or high humidity environment while carrying a backpack with camera gear (if so desired) and water.

Reservations and payment
Your booking is only confirmed when the above stated amount of deposit arrived to our bank account in full. Deposit can only be paid by bank wire transfer and has to be received by our bank by the above stated date. Failure to remit your advanced payment on time will result in an automatic change of status of any confirmed space to a provisional basis and the possible inability to reinstate your reservation. Once your deposit is received you will immediately be informed and your reservation confirmed in writing. Remaining balances are due no later than 90 days prior to date of program commencement. Any reservation made within 90 days of commencement of a program may be accepted provided space is available and payment in full is received. Wildlife and Nature Travel will not accept responsibility for bank wire fees or rush mail delivery.

Cancellations and refunds
Remaining balances are due no later than 90 days prior to date of program commencement. If the balance has not been received 90 days prior to trip commencement, Wildlife and Nature Travel shall be entitled at our discretion to treat your reservation as cancelled, and the deposit shall be forfeited. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received up to 90 days prior to program commencement are refunded less an administrative fee of $500 per person (In case the local suppliers, like hotels, car companies etc demand deposit payment more than 90 days in advance and these deposits are non-refundable (so in case we already paid the local suppliers at the time of your cancelation), we will not be able to refund your deposit). If cancellation is received within less than 90 days prior to departure, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are requested to obtain trip cancellation insurance (see above). Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program you choose not to participate. It is understood that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever. Any request to amend or change a booking once it has been confirmed will be considered subject to space availability. No refunds will be issued for failure of passenger to obtain proper documentation for entering countries visited, lost travel time or substitution of facilities, for itineraries amended after departure, for circumstances arising beyond the company's control, necessitating alternative arrangements being made to ensure the safety and/or further participation and enjoyment of the program, passenger not appearing for any accommodation, service, sightseeing or trip segment without notifying the company, or passenger leaving program after it has begun, or missing any scheduled sightseeing, activities, meals or accommodations. If Wildlife and Nature Travel fails to run the trip due to its own mistakes or circumstances (management problems, financial problems, bankruptcy), or decides to cancel it for reasons within its own reach and reasons, all deposits and payments will be refunded. In case Wildlife and Nature Travel is unable to fulfill completely or partly its obligations due to: fire, acts of God, war, military operations of any kind, strikes, riots, acts of government or other authorities, de jure or de facto, the fulfillment of the trip contract obligations shall be extended correspondingly for a period during which such circumstances last. If these circumstances extend beyond 180 days, Wildlife and Nature Travel has the rights to refuse further execution of the obligations and passengers will not have the right for reimbursement of any possible damages. In which case personal insurances shall cover loss.

Itinerary
The itineraries described are subject to change at the discretion of Wildlife and Nature Travel. Due to the expeditions operating in remote parts of the world, we reserve the right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions, political conditions, or other factors beyond our control without consulting the passengers. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests and safety of all passengers involved and with regard to the ability to complete the final itinerary. Passengers have no right to any refund or other considerations in the event of these inevitable itinerary changes. The images featured on our website are inspirational in character and do not necessarily depict the exact people, animals and places encountered by the passengers.

Rates
Expedition rates are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.

Flights
Unless otherwise stated, Wildlife and Nature Travel trips do not include your international or regional air travel. This is in order to allow you the best flexibility in arranging your own flights, such as using your air miles, arranging stopovers, flying business class, arriving early or leaving later. Because the flight tickets are not arranged by Wildlife and Nature Travel, we can not take any responsibilities for any losses, inconveniences or damages that are results of your flights. Any consequences of canceled, missed or rescheduled international flights are the passenger's responsibility.

Insurance
It is mandatory to have your own travel insurance for the above stated trip. Your travel insurance must cover every day of your Wildlife and Nature Travel trip, including the arrival and departure dates, and must cover you for all health-related problems, for all airline failures and air ticket losses, for all trip cancelations that are outside of Wildlife and Nature TravelŐs control (including, but not limited to civil unrest, wars and other political situation, natural disasters and major accidents) and for medical evacuation up to USD 500,000. You are expected to provide your policy number latest by two weeks before departure.

Travel documents
You must be in possession of a valid passport and any visas, permits and certificates that are required for the whole of the trip and shall arrange such vaccinations as are normally recommended for the countries through which you intend to travel, including those vaccinations recommended by Wildlife and Nature Travel. Information as to these matters and as to climate, clothing, baggage, gear, and similar matters is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Wildlife and Nature Travel.

Compensation
Due to the fact that most of our trips operate in remote areas where unexpected events can happen, Wildlife and Nature Travel does not take any responsibility for any personal injuries whatsoever. Any rights to hold the company responsible for any personal injuries (wheter an accident or direct result of someone's fault), are waived and released by signing the agreement below.

Photography
Passengers extend Wildlife and Nature Travel permission to take their photograph during the voyage, and release all rights over those images. Passengers who do not wish to be photographed during the expedition must inform Wildlife and Nature Travel in writing, prior to the expedition.

Trip waiver and liability
We draw your attention to the fact that there are certain inherent risks involved in participating in the type of trip you are planning to join. We will ask you to sign a Release to acknowledge this warning and also to release and hold harmless the company from any damages that may result. It is your sole responsibility to take all appropriate medical advice prior to departure as to whether or not you are fit enough to undertake the trip booked. We shall not be liable for illness, injury or death sustained on the program which is not due to the gross negligence of the host organizations, their officers, employees, authorized representatives or agents whomsoever.