Terms & Conditions
Once Shoshin Walks has made the bookings we will endeavour to hold them on a provisional basis for you for 14 days to give you time to make a decision. Booking policies differ from property to property in the various countries we offer holidays to. Thus, this provisional policy is a guideline but may change. Once we have received a deposit of 50% of tour fare, we will confirm the arrangements. When we confirm to you in writing, then your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Once the booking is confirmed, we will send you a copy of our pre-tour information for your holiday. Please ensure that you also take out full travel insurance when the deposit is paid. Final payment is due to Shoshin Walks no later than 30 days prior to departure. If the booking is made less than 30 days prior to arrival, the booking requirements will be advised to you accordingly.
Please be advised that despite booking being confirmed, unless flights are paid for in full at time of booking, they remain subject to current Industry and Aviation Fuel Increases, including exchange rate fluctuations and if any flights have been quoted and booked on your behalf by Shoshin Walks, industry related fuel increases may be experienced. The client/agent will be liable for fuel surcharges unless they have been settled in full upon to guarantee the price which is only valid for 24 hours upon quoting.
After payment of the deposit invoice, your booking is confirmed, and the balance will be due 60 days prior to arrival (unless booking is within 60 days). Upon final payment you will be issued with your final details and air tickets (if applicable).
Credit card: We accept Visa and MasterCard for ZAR payments. Credit card fees may apply.
Direct deposit: Please deposit the amount due via direct deposit/money transfer to our bank account provided on the invoice.
The South African Reserve Bank prohibits South African companies from taking foreign credit card payments and keeping the payment in foreign currency. The payment has to be converted to South African Rand’s before it is credited to the recipient.
Guests are welcome to settle payment by means of a bank transfer. In this instance the amount will be converted by your bank on presentation of the invoice. ALL bank charges are for the guests account.
Shoshin Walks’ quotations are based on anticipated costs and are subject to change should the anticipated costs increase due to circumstances outside the control of Shoshin Walks.
Government Taxes And Imposts
Any increase in government taxes affecting costs included in the tour price will be passed onto and paid for by the client. Any increase in the tour price due to a government tax rate hike or institution of a new tax or impost shall not be sufficient grounds for any refund of fees already paid for the tour, or for the cancellation of a booking for a tour.
Cancellation fees are levied when guests cancel confirmed reservations. The costs of the cancellation fees will escalate the shorter the lead time is between your cancellation received and your confirmed departure date. Please note that any bookings cancelled after the deposit is paid will be liable for cancellation fees according to each property and service providers’ terms and conditions. We strongly recommend cancellation and curtailment insurance be purchased due to any unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, baggage loss or ill health.
Once the tour has commenced, refunds will not be made for tours, meals or other special activities that are missed by the client.
Any request to amend or change a booking once it has been confirmed may be accommodated, subject to space availability. If the Company is able to assist, an administrative fee of ZAR500 per change will be assessed. These fees will be added to your final invoice. In the unlikely event of there being unscheduled alterations to the itinerary caused by flight re-scheduling, flight delays, bad weather, strikes or any other cause which is beyond the control of Shoshin Walks, its agents or principals, it is understood that expenses relating to these unscheduled extensions (hotel accommodation etc.) will be for the Client's account. If you are a "no show," at the stipulated time of departure of the tour, without having given Shoshin Walks any notice, Shoshin Walks shall be entitled to treat your reservation as cancelled and the provisions of cancellations shall apply. (Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy held by you, such charges will normally be refunded by the insurance company, subject to the terms of the insurance).
Itinerary Variations & Transfers
While every effort is made to keep to all published itineraries, Shoshin Walks reserves the right to make changes for the Client's convenience, eg. in some cases, weather conditions can necessitate an alteration in the tour itinerary and this does not constitute any reason for refund.
Visa / Inoculations
Please consult your medical practitioner for any necessary vaccinations, inoculations or medication prior to travel. For malaria specific information in Africa, please see www.travelclinic.co.za
Visas and immunisation requirements vary from country to country and up-to-date information should be obtained from your local health department and consulate. The risk of not being able to commence or continue with the tour as a result of defects or deficiencies in visas or immunization, rests exclusively with the client.
Passports and Travel documentation
International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents. If travelling to South Africa then guests must please ensure that their passport is valid for at least 6 months after their entry date and that they have a minimum of 3 blank back to back pages (if there is insufficient space in the passport then entry will be denied) in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. All passport holders should verify with their relevant consulate concerning visa entry requirements. Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry) as Shoshin Walks cannot be held liable for any errors. If you are extending your journey to other countries, please establish entry requirements for those countries as well. In addition, a parent traveling with children, without the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The letter of consent must be certified by the police.
An unabridged birth certificate is required for all children travelling under the age 18 years old to South Africa.
Passengers will be allowed two pieces of luggage on International flights, the total dimensions not to exceed 107 linear inches for both pieces. One carry-on piece may also be taken, if it can be stored under the seat and its measurements do not exceed 45 inches. Note: smaller aircraft may have weight and piece limits. Please check your schedule.
Flights and Airline Responsibility Clause
Please note that in the event of flights being booked by Shoshin Walks on behalf of the guest, airlines require the full names of passengers as printed on their passports and will not accept changes once tickets are issued. Shoshin Walks accepts no responsibility for incorrect passport numbers or incorrect spelling of full names. Please ensure accurate information is sent to your Shoshin Walks consultant. Shoshin Walks and the company staff are not responsible for any airline schedule or airfare changes, cancellations, overbooking or damage or loss of baggage and property to the extent that such items are beyond its control. Any and all claims for any loss or injury suffered on any airline must be made directly with the airline involved and not Shoshin Walks. Air schedule changes may necessitate additional nights being added to your tour. Provided these schedule changes are beyond the control of Shoshin Walks, any resulting additional costs must be borne by the guest. Shoshin Walks cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule.
If a private guide is unable to lead a pre-scheduled safari due to illness, etc., Shoshin Walks and its operators in Africa reserve the right to substitute with another guide.
Shoshin Walks, its outfitters, operators of the tour and/or suppliers of services act only as agents in regard to travel, whether by plane, car or motor coach, and shall incur no liability for injury, damage or loss, for any reason including but not limited to accident, delay, war, insurrection, revolt or other civil uprising, other military action, strikes or any Act of God occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passengers or in carrying out arrangements of the tour. Shoshin Walks shall not be liable or responsible for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes. All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the client. Shoshin Walks reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary and the right is reserved to cancel any tour prior to departure. Shoshin Walks shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour programme. The submission by the client of the reservation & booking form shall be deemed to be consent to these conditions.
Medical Information / Liability Release
Participation on our walking activities requires that you be in generally good health and with appropriate level of fitness. All guests must understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is essential that persons with any medical problems and/or related dietary restrictions make them known to us well before departure. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken by the client, and these are the sole responsibility of the client. Any required inoculations must be recorded by the client's health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate which the client must carry in his/her possession throughout the tour. Shoshin Walks will not be responsible for the accuracy of any medical information. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements and personal recommendations.
Not Included In Itinerary
Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, money, and emergency evacuation; beverages at certain hotels and lodges; personal laundry at certain hotels and lodges; telephone calls, gratuities to guides and hotel and lodge staff; any excursion not related to the tour; fuel for self-drive tours; additional meals are not included in itinerary or cost structure.
Please be aware that during your participation in this tour certain risks and dangers may arise, including, but not limited to, the hazards of traveling in wild or undeveloped areas, travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft or other means conveyance, the forces of nature, political unrest, crime, accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Also, be aware and clearly understand that Shoshin Walks will not be responsible for the provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. It is understood that Shoshin Walks will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that all adequate measures are taken to avoid such occurrences. By signing the Reservations and Booking Form you are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge of the dangers involved and hereby agree to accept any and all risks.
Insurance & Liability
It is strongly recommended to insure against cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, loss or damage to personal property, loss or damage to luggage. Neither the Company nor persons acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the foregoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, late or non-confirmation or acceptance of reservations, loss or damage caused by delays, accidents, sickness, injury or death, whether caused by negligence or not. The content of Shoshin Walks’ brochures and other advertising material comprise advertising which changes from time to time and such advertising material does not comprise a representation or warranty as to the experience obtained on a tour. Shoshin Walks may, at its discretion and without any liability or cost to itself, at any time cancel or terminate a passenger's reservation and in particular without limiting the generality of the foregoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal, unlawful or incompatible behaviour of the passenger, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund.
You must advise Shoshin Walks in writing of any special requests; e.g. diet, facility or physical handicap, when you submit your reservation request to Shoshin Walks. Shoshin Walks will meet such requests, if possible.
If there is cause for complaint while travelling, it must immediately be brought to Shoshin Walks attention.
The payment of the advance payment OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in Shoshin Walks. The terms under which you agree to take these safaris cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorised officer of Shoshin Walks. Please remember, when you book travel related services with the Company, you are entering into a binding agreement that assumes all terms and conditions are fully understood as stated in this document.
Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
I acknowledge that I have voluntarily agreed to participate in the trip designated on the Reservations & Booking Form. In so doing I subject that I may be subjecting myself to dangers and hazards, which could result in illness, injury or death. I also acknowledge that there are inherent dangers which may arise at any time during the trip. I am specifically familiar with and accept the risk of these dangers and hazards inherent in partaking in my trip and am aware that medical services and facilities may not be available while I am participating in this trip. In order to partake in the enjoyment and excitement of this travel trip, I am willing to accept the risks and uncertainties involved as being an integral part of my tour.
Release and covenant not to sue
I understand that Shoshin Walks will contract with independent contractors on this trip, including transportation, travel services and guide services. I understand and acknowledge that Shoshin Walks has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the actions of any independent contractors, and that no independent contractor has authority to make commitments for, or on behalf, of Shoshin Walks. As partial consideration for my participation in the trip and for Shoshin Walks undertakings, I agree that neither I, nor any of my heirs, dependants, personal or legal representatives, nor family members will bring suit against Shoshin Walks, as a result of any acts or omissions by Shoshin Walks or its independent contractors, involved in this trip. I hereby release, indemnify and covenant not to sue Shoshin Walks, or its directors, shareholders, agents or employees for any and all claims of whatever kind arising from my participation in the trip, including, but not limited to, personal injury, illness, death, damage, or monetary loss, except for such claims arising out of the grossly negligent acts, omissions or misconduct of Shoshin Walks, or its directors, shareholders, agents and employees involved with this trip.
In the event of any dispute, default or disagreement (generically hereinafter referred to as "dispute") arising between the parties, whether during the continuance of this agreement or upon or after its termination, in respect of, or arising out of this agreement, including, but not limited to its implementation, validity, interpretation, termination, cancellation, or the rights or duties of any party thereunder, such dispute shall be resolved by way of arbitration in Johannesburg, South Africa. Either party shall be entitled to refer such dispute to the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa ("AFSA") or AFSA's successor, for resolution by an arbitrator in accordance with and subject to the provisions of AFSA's expedited arbitration rules and the provisions of the Arbitration Act 1965 or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof for the time being in force, but subject always to the stipulations agreed to between the parties and recorded herein.
Knowing and Voluntary Execution
I have carefully read and understand Shoshin Walks Booking Terms & Conditions, I have familiarized myself with all the information provided to me about this trip and agree to all stated conditions set forth in the Booking Terms & Conditions. I have also carefully read and agree to the terms & conditions of this agreement. I understand that it is a release of liability and a contract between myself and Shoshin Walks, and/or its contracted operators or affiliated organizations, and I sign this agreement of my own free will. This agreement is binding on my heirs, dependents, legal representatives and assigns.
Limitation of Liability
Should Shoshin Walks, its servants and/or agents incur any liability by reason of loss or damage to person or property, including but not limited to the event of a death, arising out of an event or events occurring on any trip to which these terms and conditions relate, which is not excluded by these terms and conditions, however such liability may arise, and whether or not such liability is attributable to any act of any person for whose acts Shoshin Walks is responsible in law, such liability shall in all cases be limited to R 100.00 (one hundred rand) for any one cause of liability and provided further that any liability of Shoshin Walks arising as aforesaid, shall notwithstanding the nature of the client's losses or damages, be limited to a total of R 100.00 (one hundred rand).
Integration and Severability
Subject to the obligations and duties set forth herein, this Liability Release and Covenant Not to Sue and the Shoshin Walks Reservations & Booking Form all of which are incorporated herein by this reference, constitute the whole agreement between the parties. In the event that an arbitrator or court of law declares any term or terms of these documents invalid, such declaration such not affect the remainder of the terms of the agreement, which shall be valid and enforceable.