Every tour operator based in Tanzania which I have contacted have stated that I must pay for the safari by bank transfer to their account in Tanzania. Since reading about the scams and frauds which can happen when signing up for a safari I want to pay by credit card. One tour company said I could make payment by credit card but that there would be a 10% surcharge. My question is if the'method of payment' is negotiable if I take the position that is the only way I would sign up for their safari. I would be willing to pay a 3-5% surchage but not 10%. Otherwise my other option is to sign up for a safari with a tour company which has an office or agent in the U.S. but I will then have to pay an additional fee to this middleman.
I am working on arranging a safari for January, 2010 and what I don't quite understand is why a tour operator does not want to accept a credit card for payment as the charge would be processed several months before I begin the safari so what is the risk to the tour company? TIA for any replies.