Gorilla safari payment options – How to pay for my gorilla permits online – Can I pay for a gorilla safari with Credit Card?
Gorilla safari payment options – Once you agreed on the final safari program/itinerary you will be required to make a payment of 15% of the Safari total costs, and full payment of your Mountain Gorilla permits and the Chimpanzee permits. This is to confirm your slots as we buy your Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority where they are for first come first serve.
Please note that the availability of accommodation and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by payment. Accommodation, permit, and activity reservations will be made as soon as your payment has been received in our bank account. For your convenience, the remaining balance should be settled at least 2 or 3 weeks before the start of your safari.
Most travelers make their payments via bank transfer. This Bank to Bank wire transfer is a process that takes on average 2 – 3 days for the funds to appear on our side. The second most popular way is via PesaPal where you submit your payment online via our website with your Credit or Debit Card. The PesaPal Service cost an extra 4% – the service charge paid by you.
Cash is also acceptable at our office or upon arrival in Uganda. For your convenience, we can come to fetch the payment at your convenient spot/hotel in Kampala or Entebbe but would need prior notice to ease planning.
We always prefer that we have your full payment before you start your safari meaning you can as well pay cash on the day. Besides, we need money to run your tour. Last-minute payments may lead to a late start for the tour especially if you are planning to withdraw money from the cash machine.
Caution: We advise you not to rely so much on ATMs for your safari payment. Most often the networks fail, cards get rejected or eaten plus they are limited to a certain amount in Uganda shillings. As the search for a working ATM continues time is running, causing delays and consequential missing out on some tour activities for the day.
Tip: Try to have funds withdrawn from the ATM at least a day before the start of the tour.
What is the most efficient way to send Safari Money to Africa?
A common question when it comes to payments is; what is the most efficient way to send money to Great Adventure Safaris, Uganda? With efficiency, we are looking at the exchange rate (if applicable), transfer fee, method, processing time, security, and other factors like the origin of the funds and the amount to be transferred.
Banks can always be a quick way to convert your money to USD, which means you can pay us in any currency without having to exchange them for USD.
Our invoice document provides you with our local bank details which enable you to make a wire transfer and we receive your deposit. This helps you to pay straight from your bank account to Great Adventure Safaris. Once the funds are received in our account, we let you know with a confirmation email.
Please Note: Just like any other East African Country, the US Dollar is the currency of choice for Uganda’s tourism industry and prices, especially those for tourists are all in US Dollars.
- Online Credit / Debit Card Payment via PesaPal
PesaPal is East Africa’s answer to online payment services. It works much the same as PayPal. PesaPal allows you to submit your payment online safely and securely and you receive a receipt for your payment.
PesaPal has a surcharge of 4% of the total amount being transferred and you can pay using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express (Amex). PesaPal is a more convenient option and cheaper compared to bank wire transfers. Using this option, you can pay us directly through this website.
The money that you pay goes directly into the PesaPal trust account at a bank in Uganda. You automatically receive an email confirming your payment 0nce the transaction has been completed. We then transfer the money to our local bank account. It takes 48 hours for us to access the money at the bank from the time you make the payment.
PesaPal was introduced to us from Kenya after several years of operation doing money transfers using mobile phones. Many big firms signed up and have now been embraced by several other African countries like Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Cash Payments
Gorilla safari payment options – We also accept cash if this seems to be your better way to pay us. Since most of the payments for your safari including accommodations are set in US dollars that makes it our preferred currency of choice. Use newer USD bills printed in 2018 and unmarred, unmarked, and clean – USD100 bills, in particular, should be dated 2018. We also take UK pounds, Euros, and Uganda shillings exchanged against the current market rate. If you are paying for your safari, our agent can meet you at your convenient spot in Kampala or your hotel and will issue a receipt for the payment. We will need prior notice if you are planning to pay us in cash.
Please note that in Uganda, larger denomination bills (the 50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below. Obtain newer dollar bills with no tears or blemishes on them. 100-dollar bills should be Series 2018 or after. They are acceptable all over Uganda and will be considered with no compromise.