Privacy and Cookies

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Privacy and Cookies

Safaris and Expeditions respects the privacy of users of this website.

Information you supply

As you use this website, you may be asked to provide personal information by entering it on a web page, and submitting it by clicking a button or link (this includes discussion boards and feedback forms). Generally, this information will be requested to help us provide a service. However, whenever you enter such information on a web page, we have obligations to you about the ways in which we may use and store the data you provide. We will treat that data in accordance with current legislation and aim to follow best Internet practice. The data will not be supplied to anyone without your consent unless required by law, and when stored in a database, this will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information we gather

When you access a web page, information about your usage is automatically collected. This will usually include your operating system, browser, IP Address (a number, assigned to your computer to identify it on the network), the pages which you browse, the referring page that led you to the current page, your software and aspects of its configuration. This information is available to web service administrators. Some of this information is also automatically included in feedback e-mails sent from the website, but does not represent the passing of any additional information to us (and is used to help us resolve any technical issues related to your use of the site).

You are not personally identifiable as an individual from such information alone. However, we may be legally obliged to release this information to appropriate authorities.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. For example, they may be required to keep you logged in to a service, or to remember your choice of accessibility settings. A cookie will typically contain a record of the website which issued it, its own name, and a value which is often a randomly generated unique number.

The cookie will also have a “lifetime”, which tells your browser when to delete it. Cookies can be “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary and should be deleted by your browser when you quit. Persistent cookies can remain on your hard drive indefinitely (how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie) and may continue to be accessed via your browser.

Can I turn off cookies?

You can manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser, please consult the appropriate website for your browser.

However, please note that cookies are essential to the effective functioning of some of the services we offer online. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our websites may not operate correctly in your browser.

Which type of cookie do we use?

Where we use cookies on this website they will be session cookies with the following exceptions: Web Metrics; and where part of the website other than the above has a particular need to set a persistent cookie and you are provided an opportunity to refuse it.

ICC categories

For those familiar with the ICC categories of cookies, we use:

  • Category 1, “Strictly Necessary Cookies” to maintain service levels across servers (“load balancing”), to maintain security of access where the user has logged in, and where a programming language issues cookies as a fundamental requirement of delivery.
  • Category 2, “Performance Cookies” for anonymous analysis of our web pages, to help us understand how people use them and how we can improve them. This analysis is always anonymous.
  • Category 3 “Functionality Cookies” to deliver specific requested functionality, such as display options to support accessibility. Your consent is sought before these cookies are issued.

We do not use Category 4, “Targeting Cookies” unless you are advised on the page.

Cookies and personal information

We do not use cookies to store personal information about you, and will make no attempt to identify you through use of cookies, except on systems which require the user to “log in” by entering a username and/or password.

Web metrics

To maintain and improve the quality of our website we use the Google Analytics to record how audiences use the website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to measure use of websites.

If you visited the website by following a Google Adwords link, Google will have set a cookie to confirm that you have used their service.  The website will support confirmation that the Adword has been used.

The following Cookies are used on this site:

Here is a list of cookies that we use on the website. If you object to us automatically storing any of this data, please adjust your browser settings or clear your cache history following a visit to this site. In common with most information-giving websites such as this, none of the data collected from your visit is used by us for any purpose other than to make subsequent visits by you quicker and easier.

Necessary Cookies

catAccCookies – This cookie is set by the cookie consent plugin to record that you accept that the site uses cookies. It is a functionality cookie.

wordfence_verifiedHuman – Used by Wordfence to protect the site against malicious attacks.

Statistical Cookies (Google Analytics)

Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. We use a programme called Google Analytics, which in turn uses cookies to help us find out how many people visit our site, which pages and parts are most popular, how long people spend in each area and what information people are searching for. All this insight helps us to understand how we can improve our site. You can find out more about Google Analytics cookie usage on the Google Developers website.

_ga – Used by Google Analytics  to Register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

_gat – Used by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate

_gid – Used by Google Analytics to Register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

Preference Cookies

vfvt# – Remembers the user’s submitted data when a comment is submitted in a blog post. The purpose is to auto-populate form fields for subsequent comments, in order to save time for the user.