Acacia Africa Releases List of 2017 Travel Hotspots
With authentic and experiential travel gathering momentum, Africa is set to be one of the top continents for travel in 2017. Acacia Africa has identified destinations which will be trending, and outlines why they will have bucket list appeal for clients over the course of the coming year.
* Namibia secured second place on Lonely Planet’s Best Value travel list with its currency pegged to the South African rand. Brexit means UK budgets will be stretched in 2017, so we would also expect Lesotho and Swaziland (the country being tipped as Southern Africa’s next adventure capital) to be key destinations next year, the value of the Loti and Lilangeni also tied to the rand.
NAMIBIA: The 11 day Cape Desert Safari northbound overland tour includes stops at the Fish River Canyon, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the adventure playground of Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and the Etosha National Park. From £755pp (no single supplement) including transport, camping accommodation, 27 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Cape Town - ends Windhoek.
LESOTHO & SWAZILAND: The NEW 19-day Kruger To Cape Town includes two nights in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (staying in traditional Swazi Beehive huts), a thrilling 4X4 adventure along the Sani Pass and guided 4X4 excursion in Lesotho and two nights in Malealea; pony trekking with the Basotho herdsmen one of many optional activities. From £1,145pp (no single supplement) including transport, twin share accommodation, 50 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Johannesburg - ends Cape Town.
* Kenya started to make its comeback after travel advisories were removed and the country continues to grow in popularity - the 50th anniversary of the film adaption of Born Free heightening interest in the destination. The country and more specifically multi-destination overland travel will undoubtedly benefit from the tripartite agreement between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, which was signed in October: the objective being to boost African tourism, increase the number of visitors, and indirectly help the economy of each of the three countries.
KENYA & UGANDA: The 18 day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara overland tour includes two nights in the Masai Mara and game drives, wildlife viewing at Lake Nakuru, gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimp viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. From £1,405pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £510pp + Gorilla & Chimp Trek permit from £540pp including transport, camping accommodation, 50 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Nairobi - ends Nairobi.
* With the WWF issuing a warning that nature is facing a global “mass extinction” for the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs, there couldn’t be a more important year for conservation. While travellers might not have the budget or time to commit to a voluntour, we need to make them aware that every stop they make in Africa’s parks and reserves will make a difference. A continuing success story, recently Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas have gone on a wild baby boom, with yet another mountain gorilla recently born in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Businza, an adult female in the Rushegura mountain gorilla family gave birth on the morning of 11th November, and mother and baby were spotted by a Uganda Wildlife Authority tracker later that day.
UGANDA: The Six day Troop To The Gorillas overland tour includes gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimp viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. From £605pp (no single supplement) + Gorilla & Chimp Trek permit from £540pp including transport, camping accommodation, 16 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Kampala - ends Kampala.
* Cape Town took second place in Lonely Planet’s Top Cities list for 2017 and in a recent Long Haul Holiday Report, South Africa’s Mother City emerged as the cheapest of 34 resorts and cities surveyed for Brits. As of 24 November, British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Cape Town three times a week, making this hip urban destination even easier to reach.
CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s Mother City is the starting point for our 41 day Cape Town To Kenya accommodated overland tour. From £4,415pp (no single supplement) including transport, accommodation (36 nights twin share accommodation, one night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); three nights bush camping at (Spitzkoppe/Serengeti/Ngorongoro) equipment supplied), 100 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Cape Town - ends Nairobi. We also offer an add on four day Cape Town City Stay priced from £210pp (two sharing) including arrival transfer, Cape Peninsula & Winelands Tour and twin share ensuite accommodation.
* The date for the official launch of the new Victoria Falls International Airport has not yet been confirmed, but once plans are set in place, it will spell good news for Zimbabwe, the landlocked country, depending to a large extent on arrivals of tourists by air. The reintroduction of the KAZA univisa between Zimbabwe and Zambia will also be well-received by travellers, as they will be able to combine activities on both sides of the falls.
ZIMBABWE: The seven day Southern Africa Safari accommodated small group safari begins and ends at the Victoria Falls. From £710pp (no single supplement) + Safari Pass from £680pp including transport, accommodation (twin share lodge with private facilities two nights, twin share B&B with shared facilities two nights, safari tents with en-suite one night, private hotel with private facilities one night), 17 meals and services of a tour leader/guide.
* The number of tourists visiting Zanzibar is on the up. This has rekindled the hope that the Indian Ocean archipelago will meet its goal of attracting 500,000 visitors by the year 2020. The Spice Island will also strike a chord with the growing number of millennials wanting to dive deeper into destinations; Stone Town's guided spice and historic slave market tours and Darajani Central Market (which is where the locals shop), making this more than a stop for some sun, sea and sand.
ZANZIBAR: The 11 day Highlights of Tanzania overland tour includes a four night stay on Zanzibar. From £1,125pp (no single supplement) including transport, camping accommodation, 22 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Dar es Salaam - ends Nairobi.
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