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Feb 14th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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Good Earth Tours

I just recently started the process of booking a tour with Good Earth. Although, they look great, they require the last final payment to be by check/money order. No Credit card. Does that scare or bother anyone? Any way to get around it for safety? Thanks.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 12:29 PM
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This is not unusual. We booked an East Africa trip with Good Earth last July and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend them. Their prices are fair and they provide excellent service. If you want you can see our photos and video at http://bodem.smugmug.com/.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Few East African outfitters accept credit cards for either deposit or final payments. Cash is what they want, so request payment by wire transfer. If GE is okay with check/money order, you're fine.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 03:47 PM
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Lbodem,

Your pics and video were wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Great pics! Sounds good. Thank you for the input. Shan.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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Solsenz,

I have travelled with GE twice now and the final payment by electronic transfer works fine. I have also paid for other safaris (deposits and final balances) without misadventure by transfer. I'm in Australia, not sure where you are based.

Being able to pay a deposit by cc with GE is bonus as it saves at least 1 transfer fee. Some companies insist on a wire transfer for both deposit and balance, and some add a whopping 5% to credit card payments which is another plus for paying by wire transfer.

Cheers,



Pol
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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:18 PM
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We used Good Earth for our Sept. 2007 Kenya/Tanzania Safari. We paid our deposit by credit card and then sent a check for the remainder. All was well and we had a fabulous trip.

Julie
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Feb 15th, 2009, 07:09 AM
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That procedure in general of no credit card is not unusual for foreign travel companies.
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Aug 9th, 2009, 11:24 PM
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Treepol,

I am also from Australia and looking at using GE for a 2010 safari. Were they OK to deal with from so far away? I wasnt sure if a local agent would be better/easier but I have heard such good things about GE.

Thanks,
Kara
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Aug 10th, 2009, 04:24 PM
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Kara,

I have used Good Earth twice now (2005 & 2008) and they are fine to deal with both by email and if you need to phone you might need to check the international time zones. I had success around 11 pm EST.

GE are a great company, and I'd recommend requesting Raphael as your guide.

Enjoy!


Pol
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