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I'm booking a safari with a reputable tour guide company in Tanzania. We are currently discussing the itinerary and options. They are coming back to us with documents that describe what the tour would be like and the price for it.

Is there any way to negotiate a discount on this? What would be some ways to do that?

  • It does depend on the company, but more companies than many people expect do accept negotiation. It will not hurt to ask, and if you do not ask you will never get that discount. – Willeke May 28 '16 at 16:37
  • There are probably dozens of companies organizing tours in Tanzania, sold through hundreds of travel agencies around the world. Some are negotiable, some are not. As it stands this question is too broad. – JonathanReez May 28 '16 at 17:38
  • I'd be wary of negotiating too hard on something like this. The company is providing a service and if you insist on 25% discount, say, they may very well say yes and provide you with 75% of the service – Berwyn May 28 '16 at 21:28
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When the tour guide / tour operator quotes you a price for a private package, it is more often than not a set offer. You can always ask if they can discount the price a bit, but most likely they would respond by simply changing up the package to use other components, lower grade hotel room, less game drive time, etc.

A reputable tour company has already established the value of its programs and is not really inclined to start discounting for the sake of getting just one more booking. A small, lesser known company would be more amenable to discounting to build up their customer base and word of mouth. This is part of the reason why you rarely see the big name tours offering trips on discount offer websites like ZOZI, LivingSocial, etc.

You can always ask, but don't count anything huge (a couple of percent off).

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Please keep in mind that a considerable portion of the cost of a safari is the park fees. These fees continue to increase as these safaris become more popular. With this in mind, it limits the extent of discount available.

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