Payment Advice, Options & Tips for Your Safari, Gorilla Trek with Ngoni Safaris Uganda Ltd
What’s the Payment Plan? How much do I have to send in advance for my safari with Ngoni Safaris Uganda? Do you take Credit Card? What Currency is acceptable? When Do I pay the remaining balance for my Safari? How much spending money?
Once you have confirmed the final safari itinerary a non-refundable deposit will be required which shall be the sum of 15% of the Safari arrangement costs, plus the full amount for the gorilla permits (US$ 600 per permit), the chimpanzee permits per person US$ 150.
Please note that availability of accommodation and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by Ngoni Safaris Uganda Ltd. Accommodation, permit and activity reservations will be made as soon as your payment has been received in any of our bank accounts. For your convenience, the remaining balance should be settled at least 3 weeks before the start of your safari.
Most travelers make their payment via bank transfer. This is done when a client wants to send money directly to our bank account which is only in Equity Bank Uganda Ltd
We also take credit or debit card payments at our Kampala office – please note that there is a 3.5% service charge paid by you.
Cash is also acceptable at our office in Kampala – Uganda. For your convenience, we can come fetch the payment at your convenient spot/hotel in Kampala or Entebbe but would need prior notice to ease planning.
The standard is that we should have your full payment before you start the tour – meaning you can as well pay cash on the day. Besides, we need money to run your tour. Last minute payments may lead to late starts for the tour especially if you are planning to withdraw money from the cash machine. We advise not to rely so much on ATMs for payment safari payments. Most often the networks fail, cards get rejected and they are limited to a certain amount in Uganda shillings. As the search for a working ATM continues time is running so first causing unscheduled delays and consequential missing out on some tour activities for the day.
Bank to Bank / Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)
International Bank to Bank Wire / Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) is another way our clients send funds here. You can transfer money directly to our local US$ Equity Bank account in Uganda from anywhere around the world by using the information right down below. Some customers do it themselves and others have to go to their bank. Transfer costs vary from one bank to the other – better if you compare the various charges you may incur before sending money via this method. here.
Bank to Bank / Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Details
|Beneficially Bank Name:||Equity Bank|
|Beneficially Bank Address:||Plot 34 church house, Kampala Uganda|
|Branch:||Kampala Main Branch|
|Beneficially Account Name:||Ngoni Safaris Uganda Ltd|
|Beneficially Address||Nakawa Kampala, Uganda|
Tel: +256 783332332
We also take cash if this seem to be your better way to pay us. Since most of the payments for your safari including accommodations are set in US$ that makes it our preferred currency of choice. Use newer $ bills printed in 2003 or later and unmarred, unmarked and clean – $100 bills in particular should be dated 2009 or later. 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 lodging or convenient spot in Kampala and will issue a receipt for the payment. We’ll need prior notice if you are planning to pay us cash.
Please note that in Uganda, larger denomination bills (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 2009 or after. They are acceptable all over Uganda and will be considered with no compromise – a “give and take” deal! This helps your exchange rate and getting them accepted,…why?…. You may visit our monies advisory page for more information, but it’s simply due to forgeries in times past.
Credit Card Payments
We accept credit cards – Visa, MasterCard and American Express in Kampala using a PesaPal Swipe card terminal. If you use a credit card in Kampala you pay a 3.5% Surcharge. This is lowest – the standard 5% or higher surcharged levied in East Africa against Credit Cards.
This is normal, in Uganda, East Africa and some companies will charge you as high as 10%. East Africa, Uganda and Rwanda are cash based societies. Credit Cards are here, but most either use an ATM card or the much more popular Mobile Money where you pay for everything with your phone. The surcharge will remain common since credit card use is still uncommon.