Nile cruise operator African Safari Club has ceased trading, a victim of the recent political turmoil in the country which has hit bookings. The company went under yesterday with 500 clients on river boats in Egypt and at its properties in Kenya. They are all expected to be able to complete their holidays, although most are expected to return to the UK next week. It is not known how many forward bookings are affected, but the number probably runs into thousands.
A hastily-written and mis-spelt message (above) on the company’s website last night said “SORRY . . . WE ARE CURRENNTLY UPGRADING OUR WEBSITE Apologies for any inconvienience caused” (sic).
This was later updated with a rather more helpful statement headed “African Safari Club has ceased trading as of 16 March 2011” and informing customers due to travel that there would be no more outbound African Safari Club flights.
“If you were due to travel on a African Safari Club holiday you should NOT go to your departure airport as your flight tickets will NOT be valid. Any customers that booked through an agent should contact that agent in the first instance. Customers who made a direct booking using a credit card should contact their credit card provider. All other customers should make a claim from the
“The CAA will be making arrangements to ensure customers of African Safari Club can fly home at the end of their holiday. All inbound flights from Kenya and Egypt will operate as planned.
Until 2008 the company operated the small cruise ship Royal Star, sailing from Mombasa to the Seychelles and other islands in the Indian Ocean, and it used to fly its own aircraft, with distinctive zebra livery, from Gatwick.
Its year-round Nile cruises began in 2006 on board the the M.S. Star of Luxor and the fleet was increased with the addition of the five-star M.S. Da Vinci and the four-star M.S. Fleurette.