Terms & Conditions
Rates quoted in this brochure are valid through December 15, 2014,
First-class hotel accommodations based on twin-bedded rooms with private
bath or showers—the categories assigned to hotels reflect the opinion of
Three meals daily per the itinerary, based on evening arrivals on Day 2.
3. Air Transportation
Your travel agent should arrange international flights or Micato can refer you to
its preferred purveyor of air tickets. Internal African flights on safari must be
purchased through Micato.
Tour rates include the transport and handling of two pieces of luggage per per-
son per airline regulations. Guests are urged, however, to travel with only one
medium-size suitcase. On certain flights within Africa, strict luggage restrictions
apply; details are provided in tour documentation. Luggage and personal effects
are at owner’s risk throughout the tour.
The tour program includes hotel taxes as imposed by city and state govern-
ments, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, and airport taxes for
intra-country flights. International airport taxes are not included.
~ Please Note: If a minimum number of travellers is not reached, Micato
may provide local guides in each location in place of a Micato tour or
safari director. Extensions are locally guided. ~
Not Included in Quoted Tour Rates:
Cost of obtaining passports, visas, travel insurance, excess baggage charges,
items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, communication (calls, faxes,
emails, etc.), international airport departure tax (to be paid in U.S. dollars or
acceptable foreign currencies), and deviations from the tour.
A deposit of 20% (30% for a bespoke trip) at the time of booking. The balance
or final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Cancellations received by Micato 90 days or more prior to departure are subject
to a $500 per person cancellation penalty; cancellations received 89–60 days
prior to departure are subject to a penalty of 20% of the total retail tour rate;
59–30 days is 50% of the tour rate. Cancellations received 29 days or less are
subject to forfeiture of 100% of the entire retail tour rate including internal
airfare. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
Quoted tour rates include planning, handling and operational charges, based
on the current rate of exchange and tariff as of December 2013. In the event of
an increase in foreign exchange or tariff rates, rates are subject to revision.
Micato guarantees departure of all group programs once a deposit is paid
excepting only cases of force majeure. This includes any major world event that
adversely affects international travel patterns and circumstances beyond
Taicoa Corporation d/b/a Micato Safaris, its employees, shareholders, officers
and directors (collectively “Micato”) does not own or operate any entity which
is to or does provide goods or services for your trip, including, for example,
lodging facilities, transportation companies, local ground or safari operators,
including, without limitation, various entities which may utilize the Micato
name, guides, entertainment, food or drink service providers, equipment sup-
pliers, etc. As a result, Micato is not responsible for any negligent or willful act
or failure to act of any such person or entity. In addition, Micato is not responsible
for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity it does not
own or control, nor for any act or inaction of any other third party not under its control.
Without limitation Micato is not liable for any direct, indirect,
consequen- tial, or incidental damage, injury, death, loss, accident, delay,
inconvenience or irregularity of any kind which may be occasioned by
reason of any act or omis- sion beyond its control, including, without
limitation any willful or negligent act, failure to act, breach of contract or
violation of local law or regulation of any third party such as an airline,
train, hotel, bus, taxi, van or safari operator, local groundhandler or guide,
whether or not it uses the Micato name, financial default or insolvency of any
supplier and/or restaurant which is to, or does supply any goods or services for this trip.
Similarly, Micato is not responsible for any loss, injury, death or inconvenience due to delay or changes in schedule, overbooking of accommodation, default of any third party,
attacks or bites by animals, pests, or insects, injury or death while on activities
sponsored by lodging facilities or by other third parties, sickness, the lack of appropriate
medical care, evacuation to same, if necessary, weather, strikes, acts of God or government,
acts of terror- ism, or the threat thereof, force majeure, war, quarantine, epidemics,
or the threat thereof, criminal activity, or any other cause beyond its control.
Photography: Micato may take photographs or film of its trips and trip
partici- pants, and participant grants Micato express permission to do so and
for Micato to use such for promotional or commercial use.
Unused Services: There is no right to a refund for any unused services.
Baggage is at “owner’s risk” throughout the tour unless insured. The right is
reserved to alter or cancel the itinerary, at Micato’s sole discretion, as it may
deem necessary or advisable, Micato reserves the right to decline to accept or
retain any passenger on any of its tours if, in its sole discretion, it deems
accepting or retain- ing any such passenger as being detrimental to the tour.
In the event any passen- ger is removed from a trip, Micato’s only obligation
is to refund to that person that portion of the payment allocable to unused
services. Air arrangements are based on December 15, 2013, airfares which
are subject to change. Rates may vary accordingly. All airfares and conditions
are subject to change.
All scheduled airline flights are occasionally subject to overbooking, delay
or cancellation. If this occurs, Micato will use its best efforts to assist clients
in find- ing alternative arrangements. Micato, however, is not responsible for
any such events and the costs associated therewith.
Changes in the Responsibility clause can be made only in writing
signed by an officer of Micato.
Arbitration: Any and all disputes concerning this contract, the brochure or
your trip shall be resolved solely and exclusively by binding arbitration
according to the then current commercial rules of the American Arbitration
Association. Any such arbitration will take place in New York City, New
York. In any such arbitration, the substantive (but not procedural) law of New
York will apply.
The arbitrator and not any federal, state or local court or agency shall have
exclu- sive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation,
applicability, enforceability, conscionability or formation of this contract,
including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is
void or voidable.
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