Terms and Conditions
Our tours are a great introduction to Australian nature & wildernesses areas and are adventure learning journeys where our intention includes maximising enjoyment for all and engaging with the wonder of nature, and the places we visit, and the people we meet.
On our extended some journeys, we require permits to enter Aboriginal traditional and protected areas. We are travelling some routes that have been travelled for many thousands of years, and aim to remain flexible to maximise the experience for all, respecting local customs and protocols.
Always, our intention is to deliver great value for you – this is your journey. You are invited to share your intentions and objectives in joining us. This will provide clarity for you and will help us, and the people and communities we connect with to better deliver what you want.
Please complete the Booking Page or Booking Form and send to us online, or by email or mail to us as soon as possible to PO Box 488, Neutral Bay NSW 2089 or PREFERABLY to our email address.
Thank you ….. Spirit Safaris
Update to Terms and Conditions – December 29, 2020 – Travel insurance that includes cancellation cover for COVID-19 issues is recommended.
REVISED REFUND POLICY – Refunds are available with no penalty up to 30 days prior to departure date, if your request is received in writing (SMS or email preferred). Bookings are confirmed with a small non refundable deposit, the deposit amount depending on tour chosen and accommodation options. Refunds requested with less than 30 days notice are subject to conditions as below in General Terms & Conditions. NOTE – we always try to make refunds available if requested, even at short notice, but we may incur costs (eg relocation of vehicles and people, accommodation terms etc) that do not make 100% refund possible, hence the General Terms and Conditions as below.
Exceptions to 30 day notice refund policy – As some accommodation venues require 100 days notice of cancellation for refunds, if you have an accommodation booking that includes one of these venues (eg APT at Imitji / Bell Gorge or Mitchell Falls), we need 110 days written notice to enable refunds of that accommodation, if your tour is affected by COVID-19 issues or border closures. Otherwise our 30 day cancellation policy applies
2021 Bookings – New Booking Terms for 2021 – as at 1 December 2020
- Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, we offer a postponement option …
- Booking will be held with $200 deposit for most tours. (some tours need extra as shown at Booking link for that tour)
- Accommodation bookings may require additional as advised by the property at time of booking
- You can postpone your holiday up to 110 days prior to departure
- Your deposit will be used towards a new booking within three years of original departure date
- Early bird discounts apply for full payment and will be refundable as per these terms
Terms & Conditions for 2021 Bookings
Valid for new domestic bookings up to 110 days prior to travel. Your booking can be postponed prior to final payment date and the deposit will be retained by Spirit Safaris as a credit to be used for future bookings. Deposit held must be used for future Spirit Safaris products. Deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties eg accommodation bookings (usually refundable with 110 days notice) Applies to new bookings for 2021 departures only and is only valid up until 90 days prior to travel. After three years, unused credit funds will incur the original cancellation conditions as per product terms stated at booking. This does not replace Travel Insurance, which you are recommended to purchase at the time of booking. We can assist with suitable travel insurance.
Revised Terms and Conditions – for bookings from 15th September 2020 for Spirit Safaris
Special booking & refund conditions for Bookings for tours affected by Covid-19 restrictions.
We comply with COVID-19 compliance and cleaning conditions recommended by all states in which we operate.
Due to Covid-19 creating uncertainty regarding border openings, lifting of non-essential travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, Spirit Safaris have introduced special leniency for bookings in 2020 and 2021.
Tailored tours are available for your family or group. We operate tours from 2 -4 passengers in Toyota Landcruisers or for families up to 7. We also can combine vehicles for convoys or larger groups.
Tours booked for 2021 departures will be reserved with a minimum $200 deposit which will be fully refundable if COVID-19 restrictions limit travel, and a written claim is received at least 90 days prior to tour departure. Discounts may be offered for early payment, and funds paid on that basis will also be refundable as above. Accommodation from third parties may have other restrictions, so may not be refundable as above. Please ask if relevant.
These “Special booking & refund conditions for Bookings for tours in 2020 affected by Covid-19 restrictions” override the refund policy of our General Terms and Conditions as below. Other aspects of the General Terms and Conditions remain the same. When it is clear restrictions are lifted and tours can proceed, 20% deposit will be requested, or full payment if within payment day depending on specific tours days of departure.
General Terms and Conditions
1 The tour operator or agent reserves the right to vary or cancel tours or part thereof owing to extremes of weather or changes to conditions eg road closures or other circumstances to ensure safety and value to clients 2 Every effort will be made to keep to published departure times, connections, and itineraries, but no guarantee can be made and no compensation shall be payable if variations occur. 3 The operator reserves the right to substitute drivers and/or vehicles, or equipment, or subcontract suppliers as circumstances may require, or vary or cancel tours without prior notice. 4 Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to change. Prices are confirmed at time of booking. 5 The tour operator does not accept any liability for the acts, omission, defaults, or negligence of other operators, suppliers, wildlife parks, rides or any other service provider used in conjunction with these tours.
6 Smoking and the consumption of alcohol are prohibited on public passenger vehicles & aircraft. The operator reserves the right to exclude a passenger if he/she presents a danger to other passengers, or impairs their comfort, or if he/she commits an unlawful act. 7. I understand 4 wheel drive travel in remote areas can be dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death 8 The tour operator shall not be responsible or liable for death, illness or injury to any person, or loss of, or damage to any property or otherwise due to the operator’s or agent’s negligence nor for any inconvenience, delay, injury, accident, theft, or negligence caused to, or expenses incurred by, any passenger/ client however caused by or arising out of the provision of, or failure to provide services. 9 Tours are sold subject to conditions of the operator supplying the services & these General Conditions. 10 For multiday tours, a deposit of $300 or 25% per person (whichever is greater) is required to confirm the booking. Final payment to be made at least 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation Policy: Written notice is required. For multi day tours, cancellation up to 30 days prior to departure is subject to loss of deposit. Cancellation within 20-30 days of departure, loss of 50%. Less than 20 days 100%. Travel insurance is recommended and may compensate if variations are required. For day or short tours, cancellation by client and alternative tours not being available, cancellation fees may apply of 10% per day from 10 days prior to tour date depending on tour type/duration. 11 All travellers are advised to take out travel insurance in case of unforseen circumstances such as cancellation, missed connections, illness or lost luggage. 12. Prices are subject to change without notice and the current price is confirmed at booking. Older web pages may not show current price. Early bird and Special price offers generally apply to tours over 8 days long, unless otherwise specifically stated.