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Anybody familiar with any of these companies

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Seattle, Washington
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Anybody familiar with any of these companies

Australken - they have an unusual policy for deposit. They sent me the following:

S5. For all our budget camps we do not ask for deposits as our clients pay on arrival or before safari departure and where we inconvenience you(if it happens) during safari then we will be happy to discuss and reach an amicable settlement.

Absolute Adventure Africa

African Sermon

Any comments on any of these I would appreciate it hearing from anyone

Kampala
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I have dealt with Australken, their services are good.

You can also contact

other companies that are KATO members.

Zanzibar
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Australken is well organized and competent Operator on ground.

Regards,

Zanzilandholidays

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Nairobi, Kenya
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"We are small and upcoming Tour Operator but real competent giving the big companies a slap in face"

Learning to speak proper English would be a great start. Post reported - try reading the forum posting guidelines before posting/responding.

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Oh gosh no, don’t do it! Everything that could go wrong did. Absolute Adventure Africa were great on email before leaving Australia then when I arrived everything changed. I was put onto about 5 companies – Jockey Tours, Bonfire, Mongoose, East Africa Safaris, one that had no branding or ever even introduced themselves – these took me at the end of safari back to Arusha and left me on the town outskirts 5.5 hours after I should have returned which meant it was night, I was on my own and don’t speak any Swahili.

The biggest problems were I didn’t get to go into the parks I booked – totally missed Lake Manyara to see all the flamingos, got 2 hours in Lake Nakuru when it was supposed to be 1.5 days. Didn’t stay in the accommodation I was supposed to – I booked camping. In one hotel I got electrocuted in the shower! The campsites I actually got to stay in were not the ones booked – the guides pocketed the money and took us to the far side, outside of Serengeti then asked us for petrol money! They didn’t give us the water promised, took us to crappy parks without many animals e.g. Tarangire. They were totally irresponsible when it comes to protecting/respecting animals and our safety. In Kenya the driving was really reckless – our guide even let some trainee cook from a campsite (where I had to sleep inside a green concrete block worse than Alcatraz) drive – he stalled at least 50 times and insurance would not have covered us had we crashed. I ordered vegetarian meals – no one knew! In Tanzania the Land Rover broke down SO many times. We were put into other trucks without our bags, camping gear, food, warm clothes (on way to cold Crater). Then about 6 hours later our stuff turned up – everyone else had gone to bed so we finally ate and could get warm and sleep. In that time no one communicated with us to explain what was happening. It is Africa but they can still communicate. We would go for up to 20 hours without food – again the guides obviously sold the food off or didn’t cater enough for us. We’d get tea/coffee and one biscuit at 5.30am then not return to camp for breakfast/brunch/lunch until mid afternoon, no snacks were in the van for us. The lunches we did get were all yellow- off banana, muffin, sweet rice cake, sponge cake and white bread sandwich (4 slices of bread) with one slice of cheese in it.

Good luck, if you need more info just ask. I have blocked most of the bad things out. I have reported Absolute Adventure Africa to KATO. In between the Kenya and Tanzania parts I met with the owner of Absolute Adventure Africa who promised Tanzania would not go wrong – it was worse! There will be no refund. Such a shame for a once in a lifetime holiday to be so terrible.

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