No deposit for new guests planning future travel

We know many of you are still dreaming of Tanzania and are eager to begin planning. We’re just as excited to welcome you to our home, so we want to make the process easier than ever.

You can now book your future safari with no deposit until “May 1, 2021´´

As with any travel, the anticipation and preparation are part of the fun; we want you to enjoy it without the stress that comes with the current unknown. Browse all of our trips through 2020/21 here. With so many guests postponing travel from 2020  year to next, we’re already seeing many of our Christmas 2021 trips start to sell out, so contact us soon to reserve your spot.

*This policy is valid for new bookings only. To confirm trip participation, guest agrees to pay a 50% refundable deposit on or before May 1, 2021. Once deposit is received, standard Excellent Guides Safaris and Tours Conditions apply. Offer ends May 1, 2021. Please contact us for more details and complete terms and conditions.


For our currently booked guests

Tanzania is currently at a Level 2 travel advisory. There is also a global Level 4 travel advisory in place. If you are booked to travel in the next few months and are worried about the possible impact on your trip, you may wish to consider rebooking for next summer now, penalty-free.

Reschedule, Don’t Cancel

You may have already heard this mantra being repeated by Travel + Leisure, Afar, Conde Nast Traveler and other travel experts. Rescheduling your trip instead of canceling is a great way to support small businesses like ours who want to be there to serve you in the future. It also supports the local economies of your favorite destinations, so many of which rely on tourism. Tanzania is no exception, and for many, responsible tourism provides a literal lifeline. There’s one more reason to postpone rather than cancel: as one guest put it, “I just need something to look forward to right now.”

Managing Flights

If you booked your flights on your own, please contact the airline directly to change or cancel them in accordance with your travel plans. If you booked your flights through Excellent Guides Tours and Safaris, your trip manager will work with the airlines to change or cancel your flights. Please note that every airline has its own cancellation and refund policies, so we cannot guarantee you will be refunded.

Worry-free options

Many of our guests have chosen to move their trip to the same or similar dates next year for peace of mind. Should you decide you are not comfortable traveling now, we are allowing unprecedented flexibility: You have until 35 days before departure to transfer, penalty-free, to a future date. This applies for trips departing in 2021*.

*Please note that guests are responsible for any price differences that are incurred with their future trip.
contact us for complete details.

What If’s

  • If we cancel your trip:
    • We will offer a 115% travel credit toward a future trip.*

*This offer applies only if your trip is already paid in full.

  • Your trip will be canceled if any of the following apply 35 days before departure:
    • The Global Health Advisory is still at a Level 4
    • If the CDC rating for Tanzania is Level 4 or above
    • If Tanzania’s rules regarding quarantine are still in place
    • If air travel to Tanzania is not available

Commitment to the team 

There are so many people who make your trip exceptional, and while we’ve all had to change how we work, we are still committed to doing our best.

In Arusha, our staff has moved to working remotely full time. Zoom calls and daily instant messages have replaced in-person meetings and office chats, but we are all still working diligently to keep the safari dream alive for everyone in our community.

In Tanzania, guides, camp crews, logistics teams, the camping department and reservations staff are all working remotely. While the pandemic coincided with the normal hiatus in safari activity, Our guides are already eager to welcome guests back!

We encourage you to stay in touch with us!