Acacia Africa will be adding a Nairobi Park Stay to its 2018 collection - a game drive in Nairobi National Park, Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage visit, return airport transfers, all food and drink and twin share ensuite accommodation at a tented camp (inside Nairobi National Park) included in the three day break.




Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “A successful black rhino sanctuary, Nairobi National Park is the only protected area in the world with such a huge variety of animals and birds close to a capital city, the budget friendly safari extension ideal for travellers starting or ending a tour in Nairobi.”




The city is also a jumping off point for the new Standard Gauge Railway and its nonstop passenger train, the Madaraka Express. Operating twice daily between Nairobi and Mombasa, the railway has made the country’s coast and palm-fringed white sand beaches more accessible, the fare costing only 700 Kenyan shillings (around £6pp) for economy class and 3,000 Kenyan shillings (around £22pp) for first class. 




Acacia Africa's three day Nairobi Park Stay is priced from £740pp. Daily departures available from 03 January 2018. 




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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. 

All prices exclude return flight. Year round departures. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; acacia-africa.com) SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED.
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Monday, 17 October 2016 14:36

Acacia Africa Launches Green Season Sale

Green season is one of the best times for clients to book a safari if they have a keen interest in photography.

 

Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments “From November to April the summer rains leave lush green grasses and flowering plants in their wake, the animal action bursting into life as calving season begins. Migratory birds fill the skies with colour, and better air and light conditions along with dramatic short-lived thunderstorms make photography all the more impressive. An added plus, the longer days mean there will be more time on the game drive.”

 

Acacia Africa is offering a 15% discount on selected November and December overland departures if before 31 October.

 

While dry season is one of the best times to view wildlife in the Kruger, green season still packs some punch. With calving season well underway it's a predator's paradise - and it's the also best time to visit the national park for birding. SAVE 15% (£123pp) 19 day Kruger To Cape Town from £702pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £100pp.  Departing 12 November. Full tour price £825pp.  Year round departures.

 

Arno Delport comments, “It’s all go for green season in South Luangwa, our camp overlooking the Luangwa River.” At this time of year the river often bursts its banks and plays host to the largest population of pods in the area. Going from no sightings to spectacular sightings, the population of endangered wild dogs has also made a recent comeback in the park and who could resist catching a glimpse of these curious characters on a walking safari, some pack members often spotted mere few feet away. Add in the opportunity to see baby impala taking their first steps, plus viewing large carmine bee-eater & stork colonies and you have an unrivalled safari experience. SAVE 15% (£224pp) 21 day East African Explorer from £1,271pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £690pp. Departing 11 and 25 November, 09 and 23 December. Full tour price £1,495pp.  Year round departures.

 

In the Okavango Delta game viewing becomes even more rewarding as the floodwaters withdraw. This leaves more areas open for bush walking. Clients can expect to see large numbers of sitatunga (a swamp-dwelling antelope), red lechwe, and a plethora of migratory birds including the Woodland Kingfisher. Mokoro safaris will still be available in the heart of the delta, making this the ideal time to combine water and land based wildlife pursuits. SAVE 15% (£119pp) 12 day Desert & Delta Express southbound from £676pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £260pp.  Departing 23 November and 07, 21 December. Full tour price £795pp.  Year round departures.

 

Green season at the Victoria Falls is best for birders, but you might still be able to get in on the animal action at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the Buffalo Bar overlooking its own waterhole. An added bonus for clients travelling between February and May, the world’s largest falling curtain of water will be in full flow. Spray permitting - on every full moon the Victoria Falls rainforest re-opens in the evening for special tours to witness the mystical magic of the lunar rainbow. One of the few places on earth where this natural phenomenon occurs, it’s a shutterbug must. SAVE 15% (411pp) 36 day Beach, Bush & Ramble from £2,334pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £860pp. Departing 24 November and 22 December. Full tour price £2,745pp.  Year round departures.

 

Hwange is only just gaining ground on the safari scene and in the emerald season there will be even less adventurers vying for the wildlife’s attention. Expect to see a smattering of plains game including zebra and impala, plus herds of buffalo and a fair few predators on the prowl.  The place to be if your client is an avid twitcher - the number of bird species usually jumps from 400 to around 500! SAVE 15% (£209pp) 14 day Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer northbound from £1,186pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £140pp.  Departing 24 November and 22 December. Full tour price £1,395pp.  Year round departures. 

 

All the above prices include camping accommodation, transport, most meals and services of a tour guide/driver and exclude return flight. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; acacia-africa.com) SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED.
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Families looking for an introduction to African adventures will be delighted with what’s on offer in Malawi. Known as ‘The warm heart of Africa’ this safe, friendly and compact country offers family friendly wilderness and beach luxury without the crowds or hefty price tag often associated with safari holidays.

With a rising demand for more adventurous holidays, more and more parents are looking to broaden their children’s horizons, educate them regarding new cultures and above all have fun together. In Malawi, the landscape, wildlife, lake and of course, the people, combine to make this country an amazing destination for younger children to experience their first African adventure.  

Malawi has an excellent tourist infrastructure. Getting around the country is easy as it is small by African standardsand there are good roads and inexpensive flights. Families can be swathed in culture by morning and be coming eye to eye with game by afternoon. Two hours later they can be relaxing on golden sandy beaches.

Lots of countries claim it but Malawi’s people really are the most friendly in Africa and they delight in seeing children from other countries, races and cultures.

There are plenty of activities to capture the attention of little ones who like variety during their holidays. There’s everything from cycling, nature walks, fishing, and boat safaris to tracking animal footprints, watching playful baboons, learning bush skills and help build a campfire before sleeping under canvas as a family.

Lake Malawi is the jewel in Malawi’s crown, hosting more fish species than the rivers and lakes of Europe and North America put together. It’s warm enough to swim in all year round, there are no tides and the water is clear and fresh not saline.  On Lake Malawi there are lots of different activities to choose from sailing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and lots more!

The beaches along lake Malawi’s coast are coated in soft golden sand and can easily rival the Mediterranean or nearby Indian Ocean in terms of beach resorts. Untouched by mass tourism you can find that perfect spot on the beach for your family to relax.

There is a wide range of family accommodation on offer at realistic prices too. Danforth Yachting has so many watersports on offer and lots of other stuff – mountain biking, a trampoline and their own swimming pool. Family-run Makuzi Beach, is very welcoming of families in a nice sheltered cove on the lake, offering lots of activities and great opportunities for village visits, or Mumbo Island provides families their very own Robinson Crusoe like island to explore.

The climate is family friendly too in Malawi, the best months to travel are April to November, taking in the school summer holidays when rainfall is low. Year round temperatures are in the early twenties and rarely ever exceed 30 degrees. 

Above all, Malawi, where the welcome is even warmer than the climate, is the perfect place to introduce the best of Africa to young children and mum and dad will have just as great an experience too.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Adele Cutler  - Malawi Tourism PR
adele@kamageo.com


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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:27

Swaziland Achieves New Highs and Lows

The Kingdom of Swaziland is the perfect choice for adrenaline seekers. As the smallest country of Southern Africa, you can enjoy a wide range of adventure activities from the tree top canopy tour in Malolotaja Nature Reserve to caving the only major granite cave system known in Southern Africa.

The Malolotja zip wire is a heart-in-mouth experience that everyone should try. Situated in a gorge deep in the Malolotja Nature Reserve in northern Swaziland, 11 elevated forest platforms await.  The lines begin slow and short to provide a slight taste of what is to come then gradually become more intense, ranging from fast to high (almost 80m off the ground!) to a shaky (but secure) suspension bridge over the Majolamba River. It can take up to 3 hours to complete, with exceptional views of scenery and fascinating wildlife. Baboon Rock is a favourite for tourists to see the baboons that frequently use it as their sunning spot.

This tree top canopy tour provides an opportunity to combine adrenaline with appreciation of the natural environment. As well as being a family friendly activity, the zip wire is also environmentally friendly. The lines go through the trees, rather than cutting them down, proving to have a minimal impact on the surroundings. The bases between each zip blend into the surroundings, offering a wonderful bird’s eye view of Malolotja gorge.

From high up in the sky to deep underground, an 800m course of subterranean passages 90m below ground provide a unique cave system formed by the Kophola River that flows underground between Msunduza and Kophola mountains. This is the only major granite cave system known in Southern Africa, and comprises of a series of water-eroded chambers with names such as ‘Key Hole, ‘French Connectionand for the Harry Potter Fans, ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters. Progress through the caves is slow and strenuous but also exhilarating - with belly crawls, body jams and fluttering bats! Swazilands highlands, mountains and gorges offer opportunities to both climb and descend a number of rock faces.

Swaziland has its fair share of offerings when it comes to an adrenaline rush, other examples include River Tubing down the beautiful Ngwempisi River, climbing and abseiling on Swazilands mountains and gorges, white water rafting on the Usutu river, Quad biking the ‘Devils Cauldron, mountain biking with wildlife at the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary or trekking at the largest exposed granite pluton in the world!


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Adele Cutler, Swaziland Tourism PR

Tel: +44 (0)1664 823750   M: +44 (0) 7976 578988    
adele@kamageo.com

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