How Am I certain I am choosing a good tour group

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Feb 16th, 2006, 07:21 PM
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How Am I certain I am choosing a good tour group

How have all of you gotten comfortable paying tour operators for your trips by cash? I am concerned that they will deliver. I have been working with Deeper Africa on a trip to Tanzania in late June. They take credit cards, but charge an additional 3.5%. If I pay cash I want to be certain that all the details of the trip are delivered upon.

How have all of you handled this with your trips?
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Feb 17th, 2006, 04:07 PM
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Trish, I just closed my eyes and took the plunge.

Okay, not really, but that's what it felt like. Of course I asked for references, checked for TATO membership, listed with TTB and TALA licensing, etc. Then I just wired my money and hoped for the best.

But I see from Deeper Africa's website that they won the 2005 TTB Tour Operator Award. How bad could they be?

Make you sure you know exactly what you're getting--and always be ready to roll with the punches.

I bet others will have better, more practical advice for you.
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Feb 17th, 2006, 04:49 PM
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Hi Trish,

Checking the qualifications Leely mentioned is a good way of making sure you're getting a good operator. The other thing to do is to make sure you have good travel insurance.

Cheers,
Julian
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Feb 17th, 2006, 06:58 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34723210

Have you seen this positive thread on Deeper Africa?

I agree with Patty that the award is a mark of approval.

For US firms, I also check the Better Business Bureau. You can ask for client references. I also ask if the agency has been noted in any newspapers (even local), magazines, travel articles, or guide books. For example, they may have a write up of the award they received.

Please keep us posted as your itinerary progresses.
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