A growing number of women are opting to forge their own path out on the road. Tour operator, Acacia Africa has seen a noticeable rise in women booking as single travellers on their tours, the safari specialist’s overland itineraries catering to solo nomads.
Sabine Behrmann, Cape Town Manager at Acacia Africa, comments, “A growing number of female solo travellers (42%) are booking with us - an increase of 5% over the last year. While the increase is more pronounced on our overland tours - travellers on these trips aged between 18-39 years – we are also seeing a similar pattern on our open age small group programmes where women of all ages book with us.”
Acacia sees the change in travel preferences as a trend, and with more female bloggers choosing to navigate the world independently and influencing the way we travel, they expect it to become more pronounced over the course of the year.
Proof that travel is empowering for women, in a recent study* of over 1,000 women, the results showed 73 percent of the women see travel as a source of independence and strength while 69 percent consider travelling as inspiration.
Sabine Behrmann, comments “Group overland tours are a great halfway house for anyone who’s thinking of going it alone, and attractive to expert independent travellers (many offering a ready-made source of solo travel tips) who want to buddy up and share their wanderlust for a while. On our tours, you can also test out your solo-skills en route through Africa and enjoy free days (group time-out) in the following locations: Swakopmund, Vilanculos, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi.”
Vast and massively underpopulated for its size, Acacia claims Namibia is one of the most popular countries for solo travellers going overland, followed by Mozambique, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Acacia Africa's is currently discounting select camping overland tours departing in March and April by 15%.
SAVE 15% (£125pp) Visiting South Africa and Namibia, the 11-day Cape Desert Safari northbound kicks off with a township tour in Cape Town. A desert dune climb in the Namib Naukluft National Park, bouldering at Spitkoppe, a canoe safari on the Orange River and wildlife viewing by overland truck in the Etosha National Park also feature on the itinerary. From £710pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £50pp including transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes return flight. Offer valid on 07 April departure. Starts Cape Town - ends Windhoek. Full tour price before discount £835pp. Book by 31 March.
SAVE 15% (£245pp) The 14 day Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer southbound covers South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and includes safaris in the Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park and the Kruger. Skirting the southern coastline of Mozambique, optional underwater safaris are also available at Tofo and Vilanculos - the gateway to the Bazaruto archipelago. From £1,390pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £125pp including transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes return flight. Offer valid on 26 April departure. Starts Victoria Falls - ends Johannesburg. Full tour price before discount £1,635pp. Book by 31 March.
All prices exclude return flight. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; acacia-africa.com). SATSA membership No. 1931, Atta membership no. 20151, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. * Study by Trafalgar.