In 1977 sport hunting was banned in Kenya. It still is. Yet there is a website that states hunting safaris are available in Kenya. Depending on what guidebook you read, Mt. Kilimanjaro can grow another 200 feet or shrink. Therefore, be diligent when seeking safari or destination information.
It’s nothing new that differing opinions and information flourish on the internet as well as in guidebooks. But for prospective clients who have never been to Africa it’s confusing and can be dangerous.
Does any of this matter? It should. Consider: Your tour operator announces he has put you in a different tented camp since it is closer to your price point. He explains the property is nice and compares it to the original camp you had requested, and besides, all other camps in the immediate vicinity are booked. You cruise the internet and find the property has a website.The place looks great.The site professionally done. Reviews are not bad, so you agree to the revision.
Upon arrival you find the place in disrepair – nothing like the website photos. Amenities mentioned don’t exist. In this situation, best intentions failed. Even if the tour company has a disclaimer regarding accommodations, it’s still a no-win situation that could have been win-win had more research been involved.
It’s imperative that prospective clients or someone looking for pertinent information on a destination research obsessively. If need be, call the tourist board for that particular country, check out credentials and associations the tour operator or website is affiliated with. Get references and follow-up. Ultimately it’s up to you.
*Names have not been mentioned due to the nature of this article.