With British travellers looking to escape to sunnier climes after the recent heavy downpours, Africa’s sunny springtime is proving to be a win-win for wildlife enthusiasts who like it hot, Acacia Africa’s discounted September and October departures in demand.

 

The specialist operator is discounting selected dates on 45 of its camping overland tours by 15%, if booked before 31 August.

 

SAVE 15% (£132pp) A Big 7 safari, the 19 day Kruger to Cape Town makes stops in the Kruger National Park and Hermanus - opportunities to view the Big 5 and the Southern Right whale (one of the Big 7) a major drawcard for safari goers. 




Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments "The seaside town of Hermanus has its own whale crier - complete with whale-tail feather in his cap and a distinctive kelp horn - so sightings of these magnificent creatures are almost guaranteed."  




Hermanus claims to have world's greatest land-based whale- watching, and clients are also able to book optional whale viewing boat tours on arrival. From £753pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £150pp including transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes optional activities and return flight. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 16 & 30 September - 14 & 28 October. Starts Johannesburg - ends - Cape Town. Full tour price £885pp.

 

Link to tour: http://acacia-africa.com/tours/kruger-to-cape-town-17KTCT19

 

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The Rwanda Development Board recently announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Tracking Permits from US$750 to US$1,500 for all visitors, effective immediately. On hearing the news, leading safari specialist, Acacia Africa was encouraged by comments* from Stephen Asiimwe, CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, after the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) reported that their current tracking charges will be maintained.

Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments “The recent increases in gorilla tracking permits by the Rwandan government will inevitably have a knock on effect on tourism in Uganda where the cost of a permit is now substantially less and priced at only USD 600pp. Clearly, the percentage of revenue obtained by the use of the gorilla permits contributes to the primates’ survival, the recent baby boom in Bwindi impenetrable National Park giving hope to conservationists and exciting travellers looking to book this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.”

Stephen Asiimwe, CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, comments ”Once you have looked into the eyes of a mountain gorilla, you understand how important it is to protect these primates. It is important, that not only a wealthy minority can get the chance to experience these animals in their natural environment, but everyone who wants to contribute to their conservation. Besides, we feel obliged to our tourism partners worldwide to keep prices stable.”

Acacia Africa is discounting 11 of its gorilla focused camping overland trips by 15% in its current Primate Promo, if bookings are made by 30 June. All of the tours feature gorilla viewing in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the prices include transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes return flight.

SAVE £210pp (15%) 18 day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara from £1,195pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £510pp + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 19 August and 16 September. Starts Nairobi - ends Nairobi. Full tour price £1,405pp.


SAVE £158pp (15%) 14 day Gorilla Encounter from £897pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £100pp + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 26 August and 23 September. Starts Nairobi - ends Nairobi. Full tour price £1,055pp.


SAVE £90pp (15%) Six day Troop to the Gorillas from £515pp (no single supplement) + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 04 July, 22 August, 26 September. Starts Kampala - ends Kampala. Full tour price £605pp.


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Safari specialist, Acacia Africa is continuing to honour its commitment to responsible tourism by supporting one of its many ethical partners, Greenpop, and asking its adventures to join the TREEvolution. A social enterprise, Greenpop will be hosting its seventh annual ReForest Fest this March in South Africa’s Platbos Forest Reserve and the overland tour operator is providing transport from Cape Town and helping to promote the event.




Running over two weekends, ethically conscious families and adults are being targeted, the activities which include, tree planting, eco-talks, yoga, live music, helping festival goers to reconnect with nature.




Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “Tour operators can no longer afford to pay lip service to the idea of responsible tourism. We have to be actively engaged in making a positive impact on the environment. While our partnership with Greenpop has allowed us to highlight the importance of carbon offsetting with our adventurers through the organisation’s tree planting programme*,  by supporting the ReForest Fest we’re encouraging ethical travellers to play a hands on role in urban reforestation." 




A thriving success, nearly 35,000 trees have been planted through the Friends and Family weekends to date.




The Friends Weekend (March 17-19) is for people who would like to get their hands dirty and make a positive impact on the environment. As well as planting thousands of trees, ReForest Fest goers will be treated a wide range of eco flavoured activities, including live entertainment. While the Friends Weekend is tailored to adults, all ages are welcome.




The Family Weekend (March 10-12) allows parents and children to connect in nature while planting trees. An ethical way to experience Africa with the kids in tow, this is the perfect opportunity for families to unplug in the great outdoors and learn lessons about the planet. 




Misha Teasdale, Tree-E-O of Greenpop, comments, “Platbos Reforest Fest truly is Greenpop’s mission in action: (re)connecting people with nature, and getting active for the planet, all in an ancient indigenous forest. Together, we are able to see the thriving trees we planted in previous years and get our hands dirty to add to this beautiful project. It is quite the thing to be with inspiring people doing awe-inspiring work in a place that is this awesome. We are not separate from nature. We are nature. I hope to see you there in March.” 




Acacia Africa is also helping to promote Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action with its safari-goers and through its online channels. Every June/July, the Livingstone based event brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active. Over three weeks there will be the opportunity to plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops and celebrate with live music.




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Who is Greenpop?: Greenpop (http://greenpop.org) is a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental education, and activate people through green workshops and events.




Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 70,000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees, Greenpop is inspired by the 132,000 hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our beautiful planet.




For more information on Greenpop’s ReForest Fest please watch the latest video.




Acacia Africa’s travellers have the option to add a tree to their safari booking to help compensate for the carbon they will be using on their trip. The tree is then planted by Greenpop as part of its urban greening and reforestation projects in Southern Africa. Once the tree is planted, owners receive a certificate with the GPS co-ordinates, so they know exactly where it is growing.




For more information on Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action please visit the website

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:40

Acacia Africa Launches Africa Travel Catalogue

Acacia Africa has taken a fresh approach to marketing this year with the adventure travel specialist producing its first ever catalogue. A condensed version of the specialist's yearly brochure, the 2017 catalogue’s 32 pages cover the complete collection including Camping and Accommodated Overland tours, Small Group Safaris, Short Safaris & Treks, and City Breaks & Short Stays. With its eye firmly on Generations Y and Z, social media cues feature prominently and the catalogue uses bold imagery, brief tour snapshots and inspiring travel quotes throughout.

Arno Delport, Acacia’s Sales & Marketing Manager comments, “We have recently made some exciting changes. After last year’s successful launch of the Accommodated Overland program, we are now offering six new tours for 2017. In addition, we have recently added a series of new video-clips to our social media profile showcasing the Acacia Africa experience, and a further 'adventure highlight' video is scheduled to go live in March. The fresh look, slimmed down catalogue goes easy on the environment and we hope it will encourage our trade partners and consumers to explore the exciting fresh content online.”

According to the tour operator catalogues or brochures are still relevant for prospective clients especially those looking at a wider range of adventure tours and itineraries of a longer duration. Good news for its partners: Acacia’s trade bookings for 2016 were up on the previous year and the operator is already seeing encouraging signs of growth for 2017.

Arno Delport comments, “Booking with agents is popular. ‘Agent friendly’ millennials are likely to spend more than those who travel independently, and - according to a recent Skift report - they prefer the expertise and support given by the travel agent rather than the hassle of “do-it-yourself” travel. From this perspective, overland travel in Africa continues to show promise, especially in areas where the local infrastructure is less well developed and is less suited to independent travel. The reliability offered on an overland tour, and the fact that we are ABTA bonded, is also crucial for prospective clients (and their parents who in many cases are contributing) in their decision about how to experience Africa.”

Acacia Africa’s 2017 catalogue includes six new accommodated overland options for the 18-39 market including the four day Kruger Safari, seven day Kruger, Swaziland & Beach, 12 day Coast, Lesotho and Cape Town, 19 day Kruger to Cape Town, 40 day Southern Africa Adventurer and 46 day Southern Africa Explorer.  Prices start from £395pp (land only, no single supplement). 

Acacia has also introduced a new 12 day open age small group safari, the 12 day Delta & Chobe Waterways accommodated tour. The tour includes game-walks in the Polokwane Game Reserve. From £1,200pp (land only, no single supplement) + Safari Pass from £950pp including transport, accommodation (twin share en suite 10 nights, twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite one night), most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Johannesburg - ends Johannesburg.

The NEW 12 day Coast, Lesotho and Cape Town accommodated overland tour includes a visit to Lesotho (optional pony trekking) and to the Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa's third largest park. From £715pp (land only, no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £70pp including transport, twin share accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Durban - ends Cape Town.

NEW seven day Kruger, Swaziland & Beach accommodated overland tour includes Big Five game drives in the Kruger and optional mountain bike riding in Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. From £485pp (land only, no single supplement) including transport, twin share accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Johannesburg - ends Durban.

To request a 2017 Acacia Africa catalogue please visit the website. Visit Acacia Africa's channel on YouTube. View one of the latest Acacia Africa “Experience” videos

All the above tours operate year round and prices exclude return flight. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.comacacia-africa.com). SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 


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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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Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:38

Acacia Africa Launches Snap Gap Sale

Acacia Africa is running a snap gap sale on 25 itineraries, the tours covering ten countries in Southern and East Africa. The promotion includes 15% discounts, with selected departures available in October, November and December. The offer applies to bookings made from now through 30 September.

Acacia's camping overland tours are strictly targeted at adventurers aged between 18 and 39 years, its budget focused trips a huge draw card for youth travellers who want to tick off bucket list locations in Africa. Tactically timed after the recent release of ‘A’ level results, the promotion will be attractive to the increasing number of gappers opting to shorten the traditional year long travel stint to trips ranging from just a few weeks to around three months.

Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “More youth travellers are recognising the advantages of taking time out before continuing their studies and the rise of the snap gap means agents have an ideal window of opportunity to bring in higher commissions on sales of our longer overland tours.”

For example, the 21-day South East Adventure starts at £1,229pp (no single supplement) down from £1,445pp (a 15% saving of £216pp), and includes 16 nights’ camping in two-person dome tents, four nights in a twin-share rooms; 21 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners; all ground transportation, including a safari vehicle; camping and cooking equipment (BYO sleeping bag); and services of a tour guide/driver. Starting in Nairobi and ending in Livingstone, the camping overland trip visits Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi and Zambia. Departing 19 October, 16 November and 14 December.

SAVE 15% (£389pp) The 41 day Cape Town To Kenya begins and ends at a mountain, Table Mountain and Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way, travellers will be trekking across the giant sand dunes of Namibia, lazing on the beaches of Zanzibar, and gazing upon the thundering Victoria Falls. From £2,206pp (no single supplement) including transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour guide/driver. Departing 05 and 19 November,  03, 17 and 31 December. Full tour price £2,595pp.

SAVE 15% (£411pp) Acacia’s 36 day Beach Bush & Ramble is an overland adventure and beach safari combo. Highlights include Big Five animal action in the Kruger and Hwange national parks and optional dive excursions at friendly laid back beaches, the itinerary passing through Mozambique and making further stops at Lake Malawi and Zanzibar. The tour also visits the Victoria Falls. From £2,334pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £860pp including transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour guide/driver.  Departing 27 October, 24 November and 22 December. Book by 30 September. Full tour price from £2,745pp.  

With Acacia Africa's collection heavily focused on the youth market, the tour operator will also be exhibiting at this year’s World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 20 to 23 September.

All prices 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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