I don't think our problems in Tanzania were part of a
scam as the lock was broken when it came down from the
KLM luggage shute. Really, I think it was that the
lock was larger than usual, and it was flopping all
around on this 3 sided piece of soft luggage.
The tour group recommended secure luggage--so that is
what we did. Now we still lock our luggage, keeping
the locks under the handle.
Would you please email me privately with more details
of your Safari? We'd like to do a private group at
some time in the future.