How it works:
- Opening: you may encounter street touts or “beach boys” going by the title “Captain” offering you cheap safari tours.
- Scam 1: they play on the late entry and early exit scheme. So in effect, you will be paying them fares for 2 days but they are only paying the rangers for one day and your time spent in the park is also around one day.
- Scam 2: they sneak into the parks and do not pay at the official entry and control points. If you are caught during a check by a ranger, they will say that it was you who has not paid!
- Note: to further cut costs, old, unsafe vehicles may be used or may be overcrowded.
- Anywhere (e.g. Mombasa: Diani Beach, Bamburi Beach)
What to do:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has many popular safari tours.
- Further, ask that the park tickets be given at the entry point to verify against what you have paid for. Also, ask for a detailed program to determine your effective hours in the park.