Our Contract

The person or organization making the booking on behalf of persons participating on the tour / safari does so on behalf of all such persons on the tour / safari (hereafter referred to as “the tour”), and all are bound by the booking conditions. All bookings are made with Sean de Nobrega trading as Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours. No person has any authority on the company’s behalf to vary the booking conditions.

Payment / Acceptance of Booking

A non refundable deposit of 50% of the tour price is payable to Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours on confirmation of the booking. Any variance to the deposit amount or payment date will be advised at the time of booking. Acceptance of the booking will be confirmed in writing at which time a contract comes into existence. The balance of the tour price is due 8 weeks prior to departure date. Should the final payment fail to reach us by the date specified, we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled. If a booking is made 8 weeks or less prior to the departure date the full amount is then payable on booking.

Due to the revised South African National Parks (hereafter referred to as “SANParks”) Terms & Conditions the exact deposit requirement will vary according to booking time frame and the proportion of the tour spent in SANParks accommodation.

Cancellation after Payment of the Full Tour Price

Any cancellation must be in writing. The date on which the letter is received by us will determine the cancellation charges applicable. The cancellation charges are expressed as a percentage of the total tour price and are as follows:

Tours excluding SANParks accommodation

Less than 6 weeks before departure        60 %

Less than 4 weeks before departure        70 %

Less than 3 weeks before departure        80 %

Less than 2 weeks before departure        100 %

 Tours including SANParks accommodation

Less than 6 weeks before departure        70 %

Less than 4 weeks before departure        80 %

Less than 2 weeks before departure        100 %

However, in the event of a cancellation we will endeavour to recover as much of the payment as possible on behalf of the client, subject to the cancellation policies of all the accommodation establishments used in the itinerary.

Tour Price

Prices quoted are based on costs at the time of quoting.  However, external factors beyond our control may affect exchange rates, transportation and accommodation rates and Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours reserve the right to alter the price of any tour and forward an amended invoice.  Where the increase is more than 20 % of the total tour cost, you are entitled to cancel the booking and receive a full refund, provided we have received notification within 10 days of the date reflected on the amended invoice. What is included in your tour price : Your guide, accommodation, vehicle, breakfast, light lunch and dinner. What is not included in your tour price : Drinks, neither alcoholic or soft, fuel is not included in the price of our tours due to constant price fluctuations, entry to game reserves are also not included for the same reason, visas and flights unless specifically arranged.

Cancellation by Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours

Should we be forced to cancel a tour for any reason, all monies paid to the company will be refunded in full. We shall not, however, be liable for any incidental expenses incurred by persons booked on the tour or their agents.


The type of tour we offer requires flexibility and we must allow for alternatives on occasions. The itinerary prepared by Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours will be adhered to as far as possible but we reserve the right to make amendments in the interests of the group as a whole and the itinerary, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local unpredictable or unforeseen circumstances or events, such as severe weather conditions, etc.


It is essential that all persons participating on one of our tours be covered by insurance prior to departure. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects, repatriation costs, cancellation and curtailment expenses and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience. This insurance cover should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit to cover you for cancellation from that time.


The nature of travel is sometimes adventurous and tours may involve some amount of personal risk, including injury, disease, loss or damage to property, inconvenience, discomfort. Neither Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours nor any person acting for, through or on behalf of us shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever, whether occasioned by negligence or not.


Some itineraries include travel to areas where there is a chance of contracting malaria.  Anti-malaria precautions should be commenced prior to departure. Consult your doctor for specific advice.

Dietary Requirements

Participants on an Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours are requested to advise us before departure of the tour of any special dietary requirements.


If one of our guides is unable to lead a tour due to illness or other reasons beyond our control we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.

Passport and Visas

The onus is upon persons participating on a tour to ensure that all passports and visas are valid for the countries visited and the expiry date of passports exceeds 6 months prior to departure from the countries visited. Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours cannot be held responsible for any visas, etc not held by participants or for invalid or expired passports.


Absolute Birding Safaris and Tours cannot be held liable for any delays due to airlines not running to schedule or due to a change in schedule

This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the tour takes place.

Updated:  20 June 2017