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Payment Advice, Options & Tips for Your Safari, Gorilla Trek with Lifetime Experience Safaris in Uganda

What’s the Payment Plan? How much do I have to send in advance for my safari with Lifetime Experience Safaris? Do you take Credit Card? What Currency is acceptable? When Do I pay the remaining balance for my Safari? How much spending money?

Payment advice, Options & Tips for Your Safari, Gorilla Trek with Lifetime Experience Safaris

Once you have confirmed the final safari itinerary a non-refundable deposit will be required which shall be the sum of 15% of the Safari arrangement costs, plus the full amount for the gorilla permits (US$ 700 per permit), the chimpanzee permits per person US$ 200 or Habituation US$ 250, and all in country Airplane Tickets for a Flying Safari (if needed) for each person in the group.

Please note that availability of accommodation and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by Lifetime Experience Safaris. Accommodation, permit and activity reservations will be made as soon as your payment has been received in any of our bank accounts. For your convenience, the remaining balance should be settled at least 3 weeks before the start of your safari.

Most travellers make their payment via bank transfer. This can either be the standard Bank to Bank wire transfer – a process which takes on average 1 - 2 days or via Wise which takes from just few hours to a day. Regular Bank to Bank WireTransfer are sent to our local US$ Stanbic Bank account in Uganda. Payments via Wise are sent to any of our accounts in the US - US$ (checking account), UK – GBP, Belgium – EUR, Australia – AUD and NZD – New Zealand.

The second most popular way is via PesaPal where you submit your payment online via our website with your Credit or Debit Card. The PesaPal Service cost an extra 3.5% - service charge paid by you.

We also take credit or debit card payments at our Kampala office – please note that there is a 3.5% service charge paid by you.

Cash is also acceptable at our office in Kampala – Uganda. For your convenience, we can come fetch the payment at your convenient spot/hotel in Kampala or Entebbe but would need prior notice to ease planning.

The standard is that we should have your full payment before you start the tour – meaning you can as well pay cash on the day. Besides, we need money to run your tour. Last minute payments may lead to late start for the tour especially if you are planning to withdraw money from the cash machine.

Caution: We advise not to rely so much on ATMs for your safari payment. Most often the networks fail, cards get rejected or eaten plus they are limited to a certain amount in Uganda shillings. As the search for a working ATM continues time is running, causing delays and consequential missing out on some tour activities for the day.

Tip: Try to have funds withdrawn from the ATM at least a day before the start of the tour.

What is the most efficient way to send Safari Money to East Africa – Uganda?

Wise (formerly Transferwise) – Online Low-Cost and Convenient Money Transfer Service Visa, Visa electron, Master Card, Amex, JCB

A common question when it come to payments is; what is the most efficient way to send money to Lifetime Experience Safaris, Uganda. With efficiency, we are looking at exchange rate (if applies), transfer fee, method, processing time, security and other factors like origin of the funds and the amount to be transferred.

Our attention was drawn to Wise due to numerous requests from customers who had used it with fast results. Payments arrive in any of our accounts same business day or next day.

Wise is a British online money transfer and international account service founded in January 2011 and is based in London. The company supports more than 750 currency routes across the world. At the moment, you can send money directly into our account in Australian dollars (AUD), British pounds (£), Euros (€), Hungarian forints, New Zealand dollars, Polish złoty (zł), Romanian leu (lei), Singapore dollars, Turkish Lira, and US dollars ($) if you a checking account.

Uk Pound, Euro and AUD transferwiseAlthough banks can be a quick way to convert your money to USD, Wise provides multi-currency accounts and works with several partner banks spread across the globe. That means you can pay us in any of the above mentioned currencies without having to exchange them to USD.

Our Wise Borderless account provides you with local bank details for those currencies which enable us to swiftly receive your deposit. Wise lets you pay straight from your bank account to Lifetime Safaris’ without incurring any additional fees, yes, it's free, depositing into any of our TW accounts. Once the funds are received in our account, we'll receive a Wise confirmation email.

We then do the conversion via the Wise website which uses real exchange rates like the ones you see on google. You only pay a small and transparent fee to convert from your currency to USD, plus another small fee ($4.5 now Oct 2023) from our overseas account (where you deposit the money) to our local US$ account. Conversion fees vary from one currency to the other and will also be determined by the amount to be converted. You don't need to be registered on TW to use this option. You can use a debit or credit card to pay to our TW account.

Please Note: Just like any other East African Countries, the US Dollar is the currency of choice for Uganda’s tourism industry and prices, especially those for tourists are all in US Dollars.

Below is our Wise accounts information

Transferwise - Lifetime Experience Safaris Account details
USD - Use the details below to send USD from a bank account inside the US
Account Holder Lifetime Experience Safaris LTD
Account number: 9600000000278148
Routing number: 084009519
Account type: Checking
Address: TransferWise
19 W 24th Street
New York NY 10010
United States
EUROS - Use the details below to send EUR from a bank account inside EU and SEPA (Single Euro Payment Area)
Account Holder Lifetime Experience Safaris LTD
IBAN: BE30 9670 3623 4011
Address: TransferWise Europe SA
Avenue Marnix 13-17
GBP - British Pound Bank Details (Use the details below to send GBP from bank accounts inside the UK)
Account Holder: Lifetime Experience Safaris LTD
Account number: 52351627
UK Sort Code: 23-14-70
Address: TransferWise
56 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6JJ
United Kingdom
AUD - Australian Dollars (Use the details below to send AUD from bank accounts inside Australia)
Account Holder: Lifetime Experience Safaris LTD
Account number: 414697116
BSB Code: 802-985
Address: TransferWise
36-38 Gipps Street
Collingwood VIC 3066
NZD New Zealand Bank Details (Use the details to send NZD from bank accounts inside New Zealand)
Account Holder: Lifetime Experience Safaris LTD
Account number: 02-1290-0396895-000
Address: TransferWise
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JJ
United Kingdom

Online Credit / Debit Card Payment Via PesaPal

Payment options, Information and advice for your Safari, Gorilla tracking (trekking) and Car Rental in Uganda - online payment using pesapalPesaPal is East Africa's answer to PayPal services. - it works much the same as PayPal. PesaPal allows you to submit your payment online in a safe and a secure manner and you receive a receist for your payment.

With Pesapal, the cost is 3.5% of the total amount being transferred and you can pay using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express (Amex). Pesapal is a more convenient option and cheaper compared to bank wire transfers. Using this option, you can pay us directly through this website. Just look at the top menu and on the top right is "Payments" click on "Pay Now" from the drop down list and follow the prompts by by filling out the form with the information as required.

Below are the details you will be required to fill out at the time of making the payment:

  • First Name*
  • Phone Number:
  • Last Name*
  • Card Number: (example: 3210 7654 8765 9876 )
  • Email address*
  • Card Expiry Date:
  • Country:
  • Card Verification Number: (example: 962) – your card info is safe and neither stored nor shared with any third parties.
  • The money that you pay goes directly into PesaPal’s trust account at a bank in Uganda. You automatically receive an email confirming your payment as soon as the transaction completes. We then transfer the money to our local bank account. It takes three - six business days for us to access the money at the bank from the time you make the payment.

    Pesapal was introduced to us from Kenya after several years of operation doing money transfers using mobile phones. Many big firms signed up and has now been embraced by several other African countries like Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Bank to Bank / Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)

    Bank to Bank transifer payment i  Uganda

    International Bank to Bank Wire / Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) is another way our clients send funds here. You can transfer money directly to our local US$ Stanbic Bank account in Uganda from anywhere around the world by using the information right down below. Some customers do it themselves and others have to go to their bank. Transfer costs vary from one bank to the other - better if you compare the various charges you may incur before sending money via this method. Our bank charges $15 for every incoming international wire. Customers from the US, Canada and without Wise membersip find this an ideal way to send funds here.

    Bank to Bank / Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Details

    Beneficially Bank Name: Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited
    Beneficially Bank Address: Crested Towers Plot 17, Hannington Road Kampala Uganda
    Branch: Kabalagala Branch
    Beneficially Account Name: Lifetime Experience Safaris Limited
    Account number: 9030014765033
    Beneficially Address Nsambya Road, Millennium House Plot 472 Kampala, Uganda
    Tel: +256 777 201697

    Cash Payments

    Cash_payment_in_UgandaWe also take cash if this seem to be your better way to pay us. Since most of the payments for your safari including accommodations are set in US$ that makes it our preferred currency of choice. Use newer $ bills printed in 2003 or later and unmarred, unmarked and clean – $100 bills in particular should be dated 2009 or later. We also take UK pounds, Euros and Uganda shillings exchanged against the current market rate. If you are paying for your safari, our agent can meet you at your lodging or convinient spot in Kampala and will issue a receipt for the payment. We'll need prior notice if you are planning to pay us cash.

    sample of acceptable us dollar bill for uganda kampalaPlease note that in Uganda, larger denomination bills (50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below. Obtain newer dollar bills with no tears or blemishes on them. 100 dollar bills should be Series 2009 or after. They are acceptable all over Uganda and will be considered with no compromise - a “give and take” deal! This helps your exchange rate and getting them accepted,...why?.... You may visit our monies advisory page for more information, but it’s simply due to forgeries in times past.

    Credit Card Payments

    Credit Card payment via pesapal terminalWe accept credit cards – Visa, MasterCard and American Express in Kampala using a PesaPal Swipe card terminal. If you use a credit card in Kampala you pay a 3.5% Surcharge. This is lowest - the standard 5% or higher surcharged levied in East Africa against Credit Cards.

    This is normal, in Uganda, East Africa and some companies will charge you up to 10%. East Africa, Uganda and Rwanda are cash based societies. Credit Cards are here, but most either use an ATM card or the much more popular Mobile Money where you pay for everything with your phone. The surcharge will remain common since credit card use is still uncommon.

    Payments for Gorilla, Chimpanzee permits and other individual bookings

    Unless specified at the time of requesting for the deposit for your safari, advance payments for anything else apart from Gorilla, Chimpanze and/or in country flights tickets is really optional. We shall secure your permits on receiving your money and keep them till your arrival. Also, you can choose to wire up your permits' money directly into the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) bank account and they will save the permits for you, however, this can be quite a tedious process which involve numerous emails and probably phone calls, ... and requires a lot of patience as its a government agency, .... they mostly deal with cash and on a first – come first – served plan. It may sound like a straight foward process but may take a month or so from the time of your first contact to the time permits are secured. This option really works, I love my country “Uganda” but our past experience with many of our customer going through this alternative has not been very pleasant. If you have less than a month and wanting to book gorilla of chimp permits this way,...forget!!...until when this changes.

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