Safari camp opportunities now, right now?

Apr 21st, 2010, 11:58 AM
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thanks Patty.
I went to luxurylink to see what I could find and came up with this for Kirkmans Kamps. (I've been to Kirkmans and would go back). http://www.luxurylink.com/luxury-hot...81&pkid=255297
The deal that you bid on, is for 2 people for two nights at KK, min bid of $1,135. That works out to be $284 pppn.
I then went to Kirkmans site and looked at their special offers - http://www.andbeyondafrica.com/luxur...ravel_packages
A bit hard to understand, but as I work it out you can get 3 nights for price of two, or $336 pppn. Some savings, $50 pppn. The big problem I would have with the luxurylink deal is that two nights are not long enough for me, minimum of four nights.

Lynneb has a very good question and I hope we get some answers. But as secretive as people are, see postings above, about such, I'm not sure we will.

regards - tom
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Apr 21st, 2010, 12:58 PM
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You might be able to use more than one luxurylink package. A property I was looking at last year said I could use two back to back (this was not &Beyond).
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Apr 21st, 2010, 01:19 PM
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FWIW my statistical sampling of one booking a camp in Kenya one day in advance resulted in a 20% discount (I think this is basically equivalent to the agent commission). They wouldn't budge from 20% even though the camp wasn't full.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 03:56 PM
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Thanks Patty, they indeed might do two packages since time frame covers most of April and May.
I just went back into that link for above time frame and see they also have "buy now" working out to $331 per night and -you specify dates-. You mean the other at $284 pppn they pick the dates in Apr-May? Yes, it does say you have to be flexible with dates. Whoops!!

Thanks for your example of 20% off a Kenyian camp. You are the first posting, first person example, with specific numbers!!! Were you staying at the camp and asked then and there for an extension? I think that might work best of all for discount.

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Apr 21st, 2010, 04:41 PM
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No you pick the dates as long as there's availability. The buy now means you don't need to bid. In practice I've found you can generally get it for the min bid. By flexibility they mean that the property may not have availability for all of the dates in that range. I usually contact the property to check before bidding.

I wasn't asking for an extension. I was asking for friends who wanted to join us.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:00 PM
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Lynneb,

I'm guessing operators will accomodate revised bookings of people's safaris as long as there is availability in the camp/lodge and that they are able to get revised flight tix to get there. Any reason why they won't do it?
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:05 PM
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Tom,

Do you think those pay for x, stay for Y pricing options are fantastic offers? To me, they just mask the term "discounts" and put it these way. Just goes to show that the rack rates etc etc., are over-priced to begin with. It's just a way to trick the consumer that the offers are brilliant. But, it's still better than nothing, that's for sure.......

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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Typo: this way
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:44 PM
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"Do you think those pay for x, stay for Y pricing options are fantastic offers?"
"Fantastic"?? Well, sometimes you can 25% off with them. Better than a stick in the eye!!

"are over-priced to begin with"
So it's overpriced because they give a "volume" discount? Many businesses do that. Next time you're in USA, visit a Costco store

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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:21 AM
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Well ..... apparently, the marketing/strategy works! as you are interested in buying the safari!!!
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:43 AM
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"I'm guessing operators will accomodate revised bookings of people's safaris as long as there is availability in the camp/lodge and that they are able to get revised flight tix to get there. Any reason why they won't do it?"

I was wondering if any of the lodges/safari companies had refused anyone a refund perhaps if they couldn't reschedule or if the rates were higher for the new dates?
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