How to Choose An online Travel Agency for African Safaris

    How to Choose An online Travel Agency for African Safaris

    Your vacation is a very important item on the bucket list. It is not something you can take for granted. For a whole year, you have been working. You now want to take some time away from work and relax. In fact, you may have made quite a bit of sacrifice and savings for this same vacation. And now the time comes to take the time off, hopefully, for a well-deserved rest and enjoyment. This time has come and you have chosen your destination to be Africa. You want see Africa, African wildlife, the African culture, the wilderness, and the people.

    This requires some planning. Let’s just say, some extensive planning will be required to ensure a nice, successful trip to Africa. You will probably need the assistance of a travel agency. These guys have what it talks to help you realize your dream vacation to vacation. They have the experience, they have the contacts, skills and destination knowledge. They are also likely to have some great deals too.

    At this point, some question arise…. Do you need to work with a travel agent? Why do you even need one in the first place? Would it be better to work with an online travel agent. How do you choose a good, reliable online travel agency for the trip to Africa? There may be many more questions. But let us just assume you have decided to work with an online travel agent, what are the things to look out for?

    Check for License and Regulation

    All travel agents are regulated. This ensures that they adhere to some clearly spelt out rules in terms of their obligations. But even more important is to ensure they deliver the services promised. A good travel agency will have a good track record and reputation. So it is important to establish, by whatever means possible if the travel agent you intend to work with is licensed by the relevant body.

    Talk to Friends or Family members

    Talk to family members or friends who may have, in the recent past, taken vacations to Africa or any other destination. Find out if they used an online travel agent. If yes, ask them which travel agency they used and if they were happy with the services.

    Ask for references

    Once you have picked a few online travel agencies, including the ones suggested by friends or relatives, check their backgrounds – licensing, service delivery and reliability. Ask each agency to give you a reference of clients or several clients who have used the agencies services to go on vacation in the recent past. A personal positive recommendation from such clients demonstrates that the travel agent has satisfied customers.

    The size of the Agency

    Another indicator that you might use when choosing your online travel agency is the size. Common sense dictates that a large travel agency, probably the one with many affiliations should be able to offer better and more reliable services. That may or may not be the case. One is also tempted to think that the bigger the agency, the easier it is going to be for them to negotiate and secure better prices. This, again may or may not be the case. So do not make your final decision based on the size of the agency alone. Consider the other factors mentioned above too.

    The author, Levis Omondi is editor and Senior Safari Consultant at Hallmark Travel Planners. This is an online African safari operator based in Nairobi, Kenya . In case you are considering an Safari Vacation this year, Levis would like to invite you to look at some deals from the site.