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Reasonable Deposit

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Reasonable Deposit

Hi, wondering what % people on here generally pay for a deposit, we just got asked by an operator who we had decided to do a 1 week safari with for the full amount now( that aint gonna happen) , our trip doesnt start till April.



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1. Re: Reasonable Deposit

I think most companies have there own policies. I have found when booking our holiday, as I am doing this independently.

Some Hotel Operators want between 20 to 50% deposit and full amount about 60 days before departure. Our Safari company asked for full amount and when I queried them they said 30% would be ok and full amount 60 days before departure.

Good luck

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2. Re: Reasonable Deposit

There's a wide range, can be from 25-50%. Outfitters require funds as deposits for the lodges/camps you've booked. Few will pay on your behalf with nothing in hand.

For trips booked within 60/days of arrival, outfitters want payment in full. As you're not too far out from the 60/days is probably why you were asked for payment in full.

If not till April, then offer 30%, and if accepted you're set, though the balance will be due in Feb. a few weeks from now.

Good luck!

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