African Safari Club Bankrupt

African Safari Club Bankrupt

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

African Safari Club (AfricanSafariClub.com) has ceased trading as of 16th March 2011.

The Swiss owned company, which was established in 1967, is thought to have carried in the region of half a million passengers a year. 500 passengers are overseas and it is understood they will be able to carry on with the rest of their holiday and will be repatriated by the CAA. Passengers with future bookings will have to make a claim for a refund. African Safari Club’s ATOL number is 2313 and their ABTA number is V4000.

Our commiserations to the employees as well as the affected passengers from this bankruptcy.

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  1. vivien says:

    Until more holiday makers go back to wonderful Kenya there will be difficulties for their tourism. The AFC hotels are in fabulous positions on the beach and close to all amenities. They do need a bit of tlc but the infrastructure is superbly apppointed and the Kenyan staff the most welcoming and helpful in the world.

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    • jeni says:

      iam looking forward to go back to kenya and stay in the same hotel vasco da gama. i miss, cool breeze and the monkeys

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      • ann says:

        had fantastic time at vaca stayed there 5 times would love it to re open

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  2. vivien says:

    Please let us know when the Dolphin and Flamingo hotels are reopening!

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  3. Peter says:

    We were out in Kilifi a year ago to the day and along with other visitors to the African Safari Club Sea Horse, it was obvious that the firm could not afford such low bargain prices, even if the product was basic and past its sell buy date. The exception being the excellent staff, who also realized the firm would soon fold.

    The excuse from Austrian head office that the political unrest in Kenya has damaged their business is rubbish. There were and are plenty of people who would willingly pay more for their holiday (per other Kenya coast hotels) but expect running water and clean sheets, without rip off euro prices for local beer.

    The remain locations, Flamingo, Dolphin, with tlc can be attractive holiday destinations. The Sea Horse has been sold and Watamu burnt down ??

    Kenya, its coast, its people, still great for holidays.

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  4. caroline says:

    I used to live in Kenya and my brother-in-law managed Watamu Beach, what a wonderful group of hotels it was then in the 70′s, unfortunately we went back in 2006 and what a mess, they had run the hotels into the ground and not paid their staff for however long. Kenya is a wonderful country and the people are exceptional, please do not believe stories about unrest, Africa is safe and like all cities including London you need to be streewise, but you cannot experience anything like Africa anywhere else in the world.

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    • MARGARET RUTHERFORD says:

      we used to live in South Africa and have been to Kenya on holiday many times and we agree with you that once you have seen Africa nothing else compares.

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    • afzal khan says:

      i was born and raised in africa due to change of circumstances i moved to uk..i absolutely agree with you….nothing like africa…beautiful and lovely place and most of the people are friendly and hospitable with the exception of a minority thugs and conmen which is apparent in every country….streetwise as you said and avoid the no go zones..thers crime in every..country.someday i shall return to re-settle at the coast..africa is calling…..africa is trully fabulous and i dearly miss it…

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  5. The Hayters says:

    Why why why…have they closed the Dolphin hotel,we have been 5 times to Mombas and stayed everytime at the Dolphin.yeah,ok,it was not a luxury hotel,but,gawd we got some fantastic deals with ASC,the hotel was in a great spot,right on the white sands on the Indian ocean…we NEVER had problems with the hotel as we were always out on the beach or off on Safari,and the staff,were absolutly marvellous,so helpful and friendly…there is nothing wrong with Kenya..the locals are so friendly welcoming..come on someone,please please re-open the Dolphin and Flamingo

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    • Jan says:

      Try Mnarini hotel in Kilifi. There are still great deals to be had with Neilson or Thomas Cooke. Kilifi is fabulous, white sands, unspoilt by tourism. Fishermen, sunsets not to be missed,dhow trips and friendly safe shops to visit.

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  6. Carol Brooks says:

    karembo is my kenyan name, it was given to me by one of the many friends I met whilst staying at the various hotels near Shanzu beach. I only heard last night that African Safari club had gone. To me this is a major disaster, they might not have been the most amazing hotels, but the people who worked there were the best, they made my holidays all 6 of them, I returned again and again, I loved it. I made loads of friends, I have my own hairdresser in Shanzu village, who would put long braids into my hair, so that I came home looking like a different person. The Masia, the Safari’s, being chased by an enraged elephant – the most amazing holidays ever, and only affordable so many times because I went with African Safari club. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go and see all those friends again, I spoke to one of them only last night. It will be sad if we never see each other again. Here’s to African Safari club, for a whole holiday that was cheaper than the price of a flight, I congradulate you. Wishing you all the best for the future, for all my friends in Kenya, for all the guides who have been so helpful, to the beach boys who posed for photos, for the friends who carved me beautiful things, for my hairdresser, her Mum – a special friend. For my best mate Alli and his family, for all those who made my holidays so perfect, I wish you the best. Heres hoping one day to return. Life won’t nbe the same without you.

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  7. Jan says:

    I agree with all the comments. ASC were not the best, didn,t look after their staff and needed to improve however, without them we would never have been able to afford to visit Kenya as often as we did. Kenya and it,s people is the most amazing place to be. We have travelled to many countries but always missed Kenya. We recommended so many people to use ASC as their holiday was the cost of other companies flight only.
    I,m lucky as I now virtually live in Kenya but miss the cheap flights and friendly crew with firstly ASC own planes and later with Monarch.Thompson / first choice also have some good deals on flight only and there are many hotels that you can book yourself.Mnarani hotel in Kilifi also has some great deals if booked with Neilson or Thomas Cook.
    Don,t give up on Kenya, use other companies as the people are still friendly, the weather is great and the safaris are different every time.
    Kilifi is the place to be. It is upcoming but unspoilt.

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  8. jeni says:

    LET COME RAIN LET COME SUNSHINE I WANT ASC.
    I MISS GREETING GOOD MORNING MADAM DID YOU SLEEP WELL?

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  9. rafiki says:

    Although ‘shenzi beach’ was absolutely awful, I cannot fault the staff at Laguna Lodge near Kilifi. As returning Kenyans (expat variety) we were welcomed back and rebuked for leaving our home. We had a wonderful time with the staff improving our rusty Swahili, eating great locally sourced food and our twice daily swim in the creek. Whilst aware of recessive restrictions on the tourist economy, the demise of African Safari Club is a surprise to me as it provided low cost holidays for the impoverished as I. Basic facilities were clean and well looked after and the staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful.

    Kwaherini marafiki zangu.

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    • nigel says:

      you know one of the things people who call afs a great company should remember is the appalling way it treat it’s staff. No pay for months and dreadful working practices and conditions. Shame on anyone who condones exploitation like this to their own financial gain and self benefit.

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      • ravi..... says:

        I agree with what Nigel said with regards to the paying of the staff and working conditions being very poor, have seen it for myself as I have stayed there several times
        Kenya people are very friendly and Africa is gods own country…….

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  10. andrew james miller says:

    i to am so sad i traveled with the african safari club so many times. Allyou moning minies who used to give the hotels in Shanzu a bad name nou you must take some of ther demise of this good company The area is still great the hotels are in good condition some enterp[rising company could take them on. I am so sorry for the hotel staff who all lost their jobs they were the best.Asanti Sana.my wife is still living in bamburi give her my regards her name Stella Kely her husband Andrew James Miller

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  11. Glenda Keys says:

    We only managed one visit and loved it and was planning to return many times.The news saddens us.
    Yes, the Paradise Hotel was needing some TLC but we were relaxed and comfortable in it.Its’ setting was wonderful and its pleasant hard working staff were helpful and friendly. The cheap holiday prices made our visit to Kenya possible – not a great profit to have been made from us but we would have kept coming.

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  12. Helena says:

    Sadly missed,best hol I ever had,what a shame,I wouldve gladly paid more for my trip,just to keep the company going as I planned to return each year.

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  13. Hanif says:

    Its a big shame especially for the staff the majority of whom are top end.The writing was on the wall over two years ago.Need to contact Einess Illing who worked in reservations office.My number is 07828 133 549.Best wishes to the new owners.

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  14. Stella says:

    bonjour, nous sommes très triste d’apprendre que ASC a fait faillite, nous étions allés plusieurs fois au Kenya sur la plage de shanzu (hotel vasco de gama, et flamingo hotel)…nous voulions revenir chaque année! le personnel était très aimable et très compétent,les beachs boys et les kenyans sont des gens merveilleux, accueillants, chaleureux… que vont devenir tous ces gens qui vivotaient grâce au tourisme???? de plus ces hôtel sont magnifiques, c’est sûr qu’il faudrait les entrenir un peu, et surtout régulièrement,vont-ils rester à l’abandon? si personne ne les rachètent se sera la mort de shanzu beach! mais quel dommage! J’ai appris par un ami Kenyan que le paradise beach hotel serait en rénovation, savez vous quand il va ouvrir, et par quelle agence faudra passer pour y aller? pouvez vous nous faire savoir quand les hotels flamingo, dolphin, vasco de gama rouvriront? Nous sommes vraiment triste pour tous ces employés qui ont perdus leur travail, c’était déjà dur pour eux car leurs salaires faisait à peine vivre une famille complète, mais sans leur travail que vont ils devenir? surtout que le travail ne courre pas les rues au Kenya! bon courage à tout le peuple Kenyan, car le tourisme va souffir sans ASC.

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  15. Caroline says:

    They didn’t pay their staff for 6 months when I was there. Hope hey got their money before the bankruptcy. The money they got wasn’t spent on the hotels. Hope a decent company takes over.

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    • Angie Dixon says:

      Jambo former Afican safari guests we had both stayed at Dolphin & Flamingo many times over the years and made many friends localy, who knew us by name each year we came out, we loved the people & location, so sad, but any lotto winners come on this is a gold mine, the setting animals just take a trip out there and judge the area its breathtaking,we are low level earners and this was in are budget be possitive such a opportunity with everything already there we were out there in late January 2011 staff you could not fault,the best.

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  16. Marilyn Norman says:

    We have been going with ASC for about 16 years and enjoyed ourselvs, hotels good, food good,situation good. Sorry to see it go but hope in the future it may start up again. The village will suffer, maybe some other company will take over the hotels but will not be as cheap as ASC.

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  17. b tate says:

    I PAYED AFRICAN SAFARI CLUB £1300 ON THE 18 MARCH NOT KNOWING THEY HAD GONE INTO LIQUIDATION. ALMOST 5 MONTHS LATER STILL HAVE NOT HAD A PENNY BACK

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  18. Alison says:

    My friend and I have had a couple of wonderful holidays with ASC. We were so surprised and upset to read of the closure of this company. We could not fault the service we received and can only hope that it may retrade in the future.

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  19. Peter says:

    Am sad to hear that the ASC went bankrupt. Am Kenyan born and worked in ASC hotels for two years as a security personnel in the late 90′s. I always met happy tourist(some came back every year). I now live in Denmark and yesterday I talked on the phone with a friend from Germany who wants to travel to Kenya and needed my advice. The first thing I thought was ASC. And now am sitting here trying to see if I can get her book a holiday with them just to see that they went bankrupt!! Sad!
    Am sorry for those who had paid for holidays and can not get their money back. I hope that they will all get their money back.
    Am however happy to read all those positive remarks written here about ASC, Kenya and Africa in general.

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  20. Joe says:

    Am happy to hear all the comment, i worked with Asc and i didn’t like the way we were treated by the management.though we were mistreated we didn’t let our client notice all that we gave them all the needed service 4 them 2 enjoy their hoilday.Thank u 2 all.

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  21. Christina says:

    I agree with a lot of the comments, we had an amazing holiday but it was coloured by the discomfort we felt about the staff’s treatment by the management, so sad it didnt work out! :(

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  22. barry harvey says:

    Has ASC been replaces. If so by whom?.

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  23. Suzy Bricknell-Sproston says:

    I am so disappointed to hear about ASC. My husband and I went to Kenya to stay at the Dolphin/Flamingo hotel near Mombassa with them 3 years ago this May. We also got married whilst on the holiday and they did a wonderful job in laying on the Masai group of dancers, flowers from the gardens, and a wonderful photo shoot in the grounds afterwards. They even managed to get a doctor in to see my husband, who had a bad stomach upset on the day to make sure he was well enough for the ceremony. We then had two wonderful safari’s and chilled by the beautiful pool in between. You have to go to Kenya to experience the feeling you get, Africa gets into your blood, it is a wonderful and magical place, for me a dream come true to visit, but without the competative prices offered by ASC – would never have happened. The only downside was the treatment of the staff, the non-payment of wages, which they did not let affect their friendliness or helpfulness during our stay.

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  24. Loris Fray says:

    I was telling a friend this evening about my wonderful trip to Kenya, all arranged by African Safari Club in 2009. My friend was so excited by it all and asked me to see what deals they had for this year (2012). What a shock to find they had gone bankrupt. That is so very unfortunate, not just for the company, but the staff also.I will definitely return to the Shanzu area, although at a much higher price.I can’t help wondering whether I will ever find such a friendly and professional staff as in the Flamingo Hotel.

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    • Safari william says:

      Its a pity no more ASC. I worked with them for over 15 yrs organising for safari and transfer transports, supervising departures and arrivals at Mombasa airport, at times supervising safaris Tsavo east/west and Amboseli with meagre salary that was painfuly paid in bits. Am still in the tour industry, Kenya is still a paradise even without ASC. There are reasonable rates still with interesting packages in some tourist firms just come to kenya.

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  25. Lesley Jensen says:

    Just been looking at my photos of my holidays with African Safari. I went in 2005 and 2006 with my daughter to Watamu Beach (sadly now burnt down). We had a great time made so many friends most we are still in touch with today. The staff greeted us with open arms are were very friendly and helpful. On second visit in 2006 the staff had not been paid for many months but they still had a smile and nothing was too much for them. The hotel had gone downhill a lot but this did not detract from the friendlyness of the staff I would have loved to go back but the unrest and the somali pirates have put me off. Very sad for the staff and the villagers of Watamu.

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  26. Robert Chappell says:

    Our 1st holiday with African Safari was a cruise on their ship the Royal Star Followed by a stay in 1 of their hotels.We repeated this 2 years later & then had a Hotel holiday,WE enjoyed every minute & were sad to hear of its demise.

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