Terms & Conditions

Please read the following carefully before booking a trip with Travel Animals.

Travel Animals is a trading name for Travel Animals Ltd, a company registered in England with limited liability. Registered office: 35, Maryfield, Wantage. OX12 8DY. UK Company Number: 11594691. Travel Animals Ltd., is a UK based company and all contracts are subject to English law.

Booking Form and Conditions

When booking you will agree to, and be bound by, our booking conditions. Please make sure you read the small print as it contains a lot of important information. Use the relevant link on our website to complete the Booking Form and read the Booking Conditions document.

Direct Booking with Travel Animals (either from UK or from Overseas)

As per these Terms and Conditions.

Booking through one of our Affiliates

Our affiliates work in conjunction with us, but once a booking has been made with Travel Animals, then all responsibility is waived from the agent you booked the trip through. From that point our Terms and Conditions apply.

Booking your Trip

To secure your seat we require a non-refundable deposit of US$500. The balance is due no later than ninety days before you travel. If travel is within ninety days of booking, then full payment is required immediately upon booking. Included in the trip booking, is a required amount to be paid into a local payment fund, as specified for the trip you are taking. See our itineraries for more information.

Booking Conditions and Jurisdiction

When you book a trip with Travel Animals, you must agree that English Law, and no other, applies to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between yourself and Travel Animals Ltd. This is the case even if the booking conditions of our affiliates state otherwise.

Booking a Trip and your Health

All trips are subject to our Booking Conditions. Our trips require you to be healthy enough to fully participate. Although we do not have age limits, except that you must be 18 years or over, you do need to be reasonably fit. When you read the booking conditions, be especially aware of your responsibilities for your own health and suitability to this kind of travel. Please make sure that you read the following section about trip suitability.

Trip Itineraries and Risk

Travel Animals is an operator who runs non-standard overland trips. The trips are often off the beaten track and in areas with limited, if any, western infrastructure. As these areas do not necessarily adhere to western safety standards and may have political or economic instability, there will be a higher risk and a degree of unpredictability associated with this type of trip.

Lifestyle and Flexible Itineraries

Our trips can be quite demanding and you must be prepared to fully participate. This may involve physical activities, such as lifting, pushing vehicles, digging, collecting wood and so on. When camping we rely entirely on our own provisions, and you are expected to put up and pack down your own tent and participate in all forms of camp life, including group cooking. Hotels, hostels and home-stays can vary greatly in standards, we try to use locally run accommodation where possible. Do not expect the same level of accommodation as in Western countries. Every trip we run will vary, and although we intend to follow the routes and schedules that we advertise, we will sometimes be forced to change itineraries. That is the nature of this type of travel. Itineraries are an intention only, but of course vehicles can develop mechanical issues, there can be unexpected border closures, blocked roads, adverse weather conditions and more that can all affect the running of a trip.

Health and Suitability

You need to be in good physical health in order to participate in our trips. Please make sure that you have read through your chosen itinerary carefully, assessing your ability to cope with the type of trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you will be suitable. In all cases you should be prepared for long, often rough driving days and limited facilities. We are always happy to give additional advice if you have any concerns.

If, in the opinion of your crew, you are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to yourself and/or to the rest of the group, Travel Animals reserves the right to exclude you from all or part of the trip without a refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical information prior to travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. We also advise you to declare any pre-existing medical condition to your travel insurer before purchasing your policy.

You are obliged to disclose any medical condition or medication that you are taking, prior to the trip commencing, for health and safety reasons. If at the time of booking you have any concern at all about a medical condition that may prevent you from participating fully on the trip, please let us know as soon as possible. If upon disclosure, our team is of the opinion that the trip is not suitable for you, then we reserve the right to cancel your booking or suggest an alternative.

IMPORTANT: No illicit drugs are allowed at any time on our vehicle or trips, this rule also applies to some pharmaceutical drugs including opiate-based painkillers. Any passengers found breaking these rules will be told to leave the trip immediately, without refund. We cross land borders on some of our trips, any person caught in possession of illicit or illegal drugs at these borders faces substantial fines or even imprisonment. If you have any doubt whether a drug is allowed or not, please contact us to discuss the facts. Travel Animals accepts no responsibility if a passenger, or passengers are found in possession of such drugs. We reiterate, the penalties are very serious.

Behaviour

All passengers are expected to behave properly at all times. We will not tolerate any form of violence, abusive behaviour or language, bullying, sexual intimidation, alcohol abuse, law breaking, vandalism, drugs or any other acts that we consider inappropriate or that jeopardise the safety of fellow passengers or the continuation of the trip. We have a simple warning procedure that will make any passenger aware of a problem, and if not addressed correctly, ultimately can result in that passenger being told to leave the trip, without any refund.

Altitude

Some of our trips climb to high altitudes, so you must think carefully about how fit you are and if altitude could be an issue. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to properly treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss any pre-existing medical condition with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatisation to high altitude, please discuss these options with your doctor. For trips that travel to areas of high altitude, your crew can also advise you on how to monitor and cope with the affects of altitude.

Health and Vaccinations

Vaccinations and other health protection is your responsibility, please check with your doctor for advice on required vaccinations and other necessary protection for the country or countries that you are travelling to.

Passport and Visas

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of your return. You will also need to make sure that you have sufficient blank pages for any visa stamps. You may also be required to obtain visas in advance of travelling. All the necessary visa, permit and travel document information can be dealt with by one of our affiliates. Please go to https://caravanistan.com/visa Foreign Office Travel Advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) https://www.fco.gov.uk/travel provides travel advice for UK nationals. We monitor and stay up to date as best as possible with any advice given by the FCO. We strongly recommend that you read the information about the country or countries you are planning to visit. Each country has its own summary and general information, as well as advice on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health and so on.

Not a UK national? Please make sure that you check your own country’s travel advice for your trip.

Please note: If you are not happy or willing to accept our Terms and Conditions then we advise you to not book one of our trips.

What to bring with you

Your clothes and equipment should be appropriate for the conditions, which may vary depending on which trip you do. Travel Animals will provide camping equipment (tents, cooking equipment etc.) but you will be required to bring your own sleeping bag, ground mat and pillow. Think about the climate and altitude of the areas you'll be travelling to. There is nothing worse than being cold at night so it's worth investing in a decent sleeping bag. Remember, even when it's warm during the day it can often get cold at night, particularly in mountainous regions.

Below is a guide of what kit we recommend bringing:

  • A small daypack is useful for short hikes or wandering around.
  • Two sets of comfortable travelling clothes.
  • Women should bring a scarf for visiting religious places.
  • Pair of shorts.
  • Warm hat and maybe a sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Warm sweater or fleece.
  • Waterproof jacket (best with a hood).
  • Pair of comfortable walking shoes or boots.
  • Pair of sandals or flip-flops.
  • Underwear and socks.
  • Swimwear.
  • Small towel.
  • Washing kit, toiletries etc..
  • Head torch or flashlight.
  • Passport scans x 4. (We may not need them, but just in case)
  • A pouch or money belt. (Best if it can be worn inside your clothing).
  • Writing materials. (Notebook or diary etc.).
  • Electrical adaptors for charging cameras/phones/laptops etc.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser gel.
  • A PacSafe or similar for security.

And for our camping trips, in addition, we recommend:

  • Sleeping bag. (Check the expected climate for your trip).
  • Sleeping bag liner. (Can be used on its own if it’s warmer weather).
  • Sleeping mat.
  • A small pillow.