You can see that our trip prices are shown in two parts Ė TRIP PRICE + KITTY.
The trip price is payable fully in advance, and the kitty you pay in cash to the tour leader at the departure city the day before we leave.
There are many systems for organising food and accommodation costs each with their own pros and cons. We feel itís most fair to run a kitty system for paying for accommodation, camping food, entrance to most national parks and a few activities.
The kitty is payable in American dollars to the trip leader, and they then use it to pay for food, accommodation, some excursions etc. The reason for giving us this part of the trip payment in cash is to avoid higher costs for importing too much cash into a country. This in turn keeps the overall trip prices low.
The total kitty amount we ask for is an estimate based on previous yearsí experience, and itís obvious that the final bill will depend on individual use, exchange rates, etc.
Each person has a separate kitty account, which can be viewed at any time so you know where the money is going. It is important that we keep exact records of the amount that has been spent as the amount left in your kitty will be refunded to you at the end of the trip. Conversely it may be necessary for you to put in some more should your kitty run out - but this is unlikely, and you will receive plenty of notice beforehand.