Am I booking with your organization or with the local expeditions operator?
You reserve directly with us at Pete Oxford Expeditions.
Are taxes included in the expedition cost?
Yes they are included.
Are there any age restrictions on your expeditions?
For most expeditions there are no age restrictions, so long as the individuals are physically capable of staying with the group. Some expeditions are not suitable for children (such as Patagonia due to the risk of pumas). We will specify which expeditions have age restrictions in the expedition summary.
Are your expeditions family friendly?
Our expeditions vary. Some of our expeditions such as the Galapagos Islands are perfect for families with children, while others are not suitable. Consult us for this information. We are happy to plan a customized family expedition for your family and friends at no additional cost. E-mail Pete at [email protected] or Renee at [email protected] for more information. We will be happy to call you back to discuss options.
Can i join the expedition late or leave early?
Typically not unless it is arranged with us ahead of time. We do not encourage late arrivals or early departures due to difficulties with transportation and logistics. We may be able to arrange exceptions IF we are given plenty of advance notice, and if it is logistically feasible. Any additional costs associated with changes and exceptions will be the responsibility of the client.
Do I need a lot of Photographic Experience?
Pete Oxford Expeditions trips are not (unless specifically requested) photographic workshops. We are happy to cater for all levels of photo enthusiasts from beginners to professional. Whatever level you may be at we consider our approach to the subject the same, i.e. to spend quality time from the best vantage point. We will invest the time on site to observe, understand and photograph the subject. Pete is a professional conservation photographer who has made his living from the sale of images. From vast experience, on all continents, specific camera questions are probably best answered by mail or phone. Feel free to contact us.
Do Pete Oxford Expeditions trips include international air flights?
No this is not possible as we have people coming from many different parts of the world. You are responsible for booking your flights to the expedition starting point and return home. We will be happy to suggest airlines or routes.
How can I ask a specific question about a Pete Oxford Expeditions trip?
How do I book an expedition with Pete Oxford Expeditions?
You can book your expedition by visiting our website, going to the page of the expedition of your choice, and booking directly on the right hand side. However it is our preference to communicate with you directly beforehand such that the trip will be a good match for both parties. You can also reserve an expedition by contacting us by email at [email protected] or [email protected]. We receive all of the major credit cards, personal cheques and bank wire transfers.
How do I deal with Camera Malfunction or breakage?
The nature of a Pete Oxford Expedition often means that we are far indeed from the possibility of camera repair or replacement. Please bring spares where you can, especially of the more delicate pieces of equipment. Another tip might be to overlap a few items with friends or fellow travelers such as a spare camera body between two people as both photographers are unlikely to suffer similar problems. Equipment can also be rented fairly easily these days which might be a good idea if you have some suspect gear or want to try out new products.
How do I submit a review about a specific expedition?
There is a review section on our website under each respective expedition. We strongly encourage (and appreciate) reviews after the trip.
How do payments work?
All payments can be made through www.peteoxfordexpeditions.com. We are happy to take your credit card information over the phone if you so wish. We require a 25% non-refundable deposit which may be paid using credit card, personal cheque or bank wire transfer. Another 25% of the expedition cost is due 180 days before expedition start date, and the remaining 50% is due 120 days prior to the expedition start date. You will receive an email notifying you when each installment is due. If at the time of booking you are within 180 or 120 days then we will require more than just the 25% deposit. You may also pay for the entire expedition at once using credit card or cheque.
How do we charge battery-powered / electrical equipment?
In most locations outlets will be available in the rooms. If this is not the case we will have a generator, solar charger on hand or charging devices in our land vehicles. For the majority of our expeditions, there will be a source of power to charge camera batteries and laptops unless otherwise mentioned. In all cases, we recommend that you bring extra batteries for your cameras and keep them charged. We also recommend that you bring an international adapter that is appropriate for the outlets in the location of your expedition. This will be covered in the handbook that you will receive before the expedition.
How many times have the guides lead an expedition to this area?
Our company priority is to put you in the best location for the wildlife, culture and/or scenery. Thereafter, we will find the best possible accommodations in this area, which could be a high-end lodge, hotel, cruise ship, yacht or sometimes even a tent! We will always have a good support team on the ground to make your stay is as comfortable as possible.
How much extra money do I need to bring?
It is difficult to say because some people shop or consume more alcohol than others. Consult the ‘what is not included in the expedition list’ and use it as a guideline as to how much you would need to budget for the expedition. The handbook that will be sent to you before the expedition will also give guidelines according to location.
How much notice do you need to cancel an expedition?
Once the expedition is booked you are liable for the 25% non-refundable deposit. Thereafter the charges are based on how many days before your departure date we receive your cancellation notice, and will reflect a percentage of the total cost of your booking.
The 25% deposit is non refundable, except in extreme circumstances (such as death). If the second payment of 25% of expedition price has been received by the 180 day prior-to-departure date it is fully refundable until 179 days prior to departure. Thereafter it becomes nonrefundable. If the remaining 50% of expedition price has been received by the 120 day prior-to-departure date it is fully refundable until 119 days prior to departure. Thereafter it becomes nonrefundable. No refunds are given within 119 days or less of the departure date.
We will send you a statement for insurance purposes once your cancellation has been processed. If you send your cancellation notice by email, we cannot be held liable for non-receipt of email. Please ensure that you receive confirmation of cancellation from us before assuming the cancellation was successful. If you have arranged insurance with a provider other than World Nomads or goodtogoinsurance.com, please refer to your insurance provider for claims requirements.
I am single and cannot pay the single supplement. Can you find me a roommate?
We will do our best to find another person of the same sex to share with you. If this is not possible you will need to pay the single supplement to join the expedition.
I’m a single traveler, will there be a single supplement cost?
Yes, on most of our expeditions there is a supplement for single travelers, unless there is another single traveler of the same sex available to room with you. Each expeditions will detail single supplement costs if they apply. The advertised cost of the trip is always quoted as per person sharing.
I’m interested but i am not from the USA. Can I still join a Pete Oxford Expeditions trip?
Yes, by all means, everyone is welcome on our expeditions. People from all over the world travel with us.
Is group travel for me?
If you want to have fun with a small group of like-minded adventurous people, have a desire to learn in-depth about the area you are in, and not have to worry about taking care of any arrangements, then yes small group travel is for you. Always feel free to reach out to us about anything that may concern you. Contact us by email at [email protected]peteoxfordexpeditions.com or [email protected] for more information. We can arrange to phone you back to discuss everything in more detail.
Is smoking allowed on your expeditions?
If a client would like to smoke, smoking is allowed however we kindly request that they do so in a designated area. Please talk to your trip leader. We travel in mostly wild, pristine, remote environments. We are very strict about leaving any evidence of our presence as we do not want to leave even a footprint behind. If a client chooses to smoke, we ask that they do so responsibly in order to consider the rest of the group and the natural environment itself. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Is travel insurance required?
In the case of certain destinations, it is mandatory to have travel insurance and we will make this clear in these instances. Otherwise no, it is not mandatory, but highly recommended as the initial deposit is non-refundable. At minimum, Pete Oxford Expeditions recommends that you have emergency medical coverage, and additional benefits like trip cancellation and interruption.
What accommodations will we have in the field?
At Pete Oxford Expeditions our priority is to put you in the best location for the wildlife, culture and/or scenery. Thereafter, we will find the best possible accommodations that best serve the attraction, which could be a high-end lodge, hotel, cruise ship, yacht or sometimes even a tent or homestay! We will always have a good support team on the ground to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
What currency do I need to bring?
US Dollar is the most accepted currency on all of our expeditions. We will specify if a destination requires a different currency.
What do I need to bring?
Each expedition will have its own handbook that will be sent to you and you can print out the last page which is the checklist and mark off items as you pack. These checklists are made by our leaders, who know and have years of experience traveling in these areas. The expedition checklists cover everything you might need.
What does the cost of each Pete Oxford Expeditions trip include?
The cost of each expedition includes transportation, lodging, meals and tips from our starting point onwards, unless otherwise stated. The accompaniment of at least one local guide (depending on group size) and your leaders is also included. Cost inclusions will be listed at the bottom of each expedition.
What expeditions do you recommend for people with disabilities?
This largely depends on the type of disability. Contact us by email [email protected] for more information. Pete or Renee, a nurse by training can phone you back to talk about any concerns you may have. Please refer to each expeditions’ Physical Rating for preliminary guidance on fitness requirements.
What happens if I need to cancel my expedition?
What is the weather typically like?
This is expedition specific, but we design our expeditions with weather in mind, choosing the optimal time of year. Our goal is always to offer the best wildlife and photographic experiences during the best season. The local weather during our trips dictates wildlife patterns and behavior and so we plan our trips accordingly in order to maximize the intensity of our wildlife experiences. In our trip Handbook (provided prior to the trip), we will give you all the necessary details concerning weather, clothing and other information pertinent to the trip.
What is your maximum group size?
We specialized in small group travel to provide the most intense, educational and exciting experience. Group size is dependent on the destination, accommodations available and nature of the expedition. We generally do small expeditions between 8 and 12 travelers. We typically have groups between 12 and 16 travelers when we charter boats for our expeditions (with the exception of the Antarctic where our ships are larger). When we charter a boat or ship it will be the best suited vessel for the location no matter the number of beds and the same with safari lodges; we will generally book out an entire camp.
What kind of physical shape do I need to be in for the expedition?
Most of our itineraries are designed for people with an average level of fitness, but some expeditions will involve more strenuous activities. We have a rating system from 1-5 as a general guide to help you decide if a expedition is suitable for you. If you have any doubt about a expedition’s suitability, please contact either of the trip leaders: Renee ([email protected]) or Pete ([email protected]).
- Non-tented expedition, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
- Lodge and/or tented-safari, optional hikes, potential for higher/ lower temperatures.
- Lodge, tented safari and/or cruise vessel, potential for higher/ lower temperatures, possible half day hikes on uneven terrain, and/or potential snorkelling.
- Lodge, tented safari, potential for even higher/lower temperatures, potential moderate to higher elevation gains, two half-day or possible full day hikes, participant should be moderately fit to carry a day-pack with camera gear or additional layers of clothing and be prepared to spend full day outdoors.
- Camping or hiking steep terrain, high altitude (above 10,000 feet/3200 meters), potential full day hikes. Participants should have high level of physical fitness.
What languages are offered during the expedition?
All trip leaders speak English and expeditions are conducted in English. Between Pete and Renee they also speak Spanish, French and Afrikaans and have facility in several other languages, such as Portuguese and Indonesian. We will be happy to translate when needed.
What safety precautions are necessary on your expeditions, or in the areas we are traveling?
We are very familiar with the areas where we travel and do not assume additional risks. We keep apprised of political, environmental and health risks in each region of our expeditions.We encourage you to contact us with any concerns you might have. However, we also suggest you consult your government website to see if there are any travel advisories.
What types of meals do you offer? Do you take dietary restrictions into consideration?
We try to take dietary restrictions into consideration, however due to the remoteness of some of our locations we may be unable to fully accommodate very specific needs. The farther in advance you let us know about your dietary restriction the better chance we have of being able to accommodate it. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Where can i get travel insurance?
Which vaccinations and visas will i require?
Required and/or recommended vaccines are location specific. We provide detailed specific information for each trip in our expedition details.
Who are your guides and what are their credentials?
Each expedition will have team leaders, usually two, and their bios can be found under the TEAM button on the top of the expedition page. We will also have at least one highly experienced local, English speaking guide with expertise in the area. Our expedition TEAM leaders are highly experienced in the areas that we travel having typically worked many years in these locations photographing.
Why can’t i do these expeditions on my own?
Some of our expeditions are in locations that require logistical expertise – in short, they are not easy to get to. Because our team has vast knowledge and experience as photographers traveling the world, we oftentimes know of unique areas that may be unknown to you. We often charter an entire boat or take over an entire lodge so as to provide more flexibility and added experiences for you. Our expeditions include 2 experienced trip leaders, as well as local guides. We have intimate knowledge of these areas, know the ins and outs of each region, and can help smoothly guide you through your expedition.
Will i experience seasickness on the boat expeditions?
Seasickness is specific to each individual. Some are more prone to its effects and some less. It can affect any seafaring traveler but the degree may vary per trip and season. We are happy to discuss this with you and make some good suggestions that have been appreciated by our clients in the past. Contact us for more details.