FlyerTalk Forums - View Single Post - Booking Agent for Botswana Safari + Etosha/Bwabwata in Namibia
Old Jan 24, 19, 10:00 pm
  #4  
Jasper2009
Moderator: Le Club Accorhotels
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: FRA / YEG
Programs: AC Super Elite, Radisson Platinum, Accor Platinum
Posts: 11,509
I can vouch for Travel Beyond and the expertise of their agents. The owner - Craig Beal - also is an active FTer (SafariCraig) and has shared a lot of valuable information on FT over the years.

One thing to potentially keep in mind when booking a safari via a tour operator or travel agent is that you're probably paying a premium for their expertise and experience. This doesn't necessarily have to be the case - especially at high-end and luxury properties - but the nature of booking safaris is much more challenging andf time-consuming for travel professionals than booking trips to other regions (I'll just mention the need to contact many lodges individually to check availability and deal with a "different" attitude towards time vs. the ability to check inventory and rates instantly online). So if you value that, there are many good reasons to use a reputable tour operator, but if you're planning to take the operator's information and book the same lodge for $50 on Expedia, it probably won't be a mutually beneficial relationship.
Jasper2009 is offline