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Acacia Africa

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
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  • Standard
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  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1999
Headquarters
  • London, United Kingdom
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  • 22
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Had a good time! October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just come back from my amazing 34 day Zanzibar to Cape Town trip. It flew past - I had such a good time. Sam and Julius, my trip leader and driver, were awesome, really helpful and funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell. Had a great group too and have so many fantastic memories. From the white sands of Zanzibar, the smiling, waving children of Malawi, walking with lions and swimming at the top of Victoria Falls, gliding through the reeds of the Okovango Delta in a mokoro, elephants wandering through the campsite, seeing all the wildlife drinking from the watering hole at Etosha, skydiving over the Namibia dunes in Swakopmund, climbing up Dune 45 through the mist only for it to clear with the sunrise to going up to the top of Table Mountain and feeling on top of the world in Cape Town. Really want to go back and I've only been home a day. If you are hesitating about booking - just go for it! I loved every second, well maybe not taking down tents at 5am but practically every second! Acacia are a really good company, our truck seemed so much nicer than some others who didn't even have lockers inside the truck. I will be back to do the Kenya to Zanzibar leg of the trip at some point in the future and know I won't even bother looking at another company to do the trip!
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Based in London, Acacia Africa knows the continent from top to bottom -- Cairo to Cape Town and many points in between, including Kilimanjaro treks and Victoria Falls. They've been in business for 17 years and remain devoted to African tours.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

One size doesn't fit all here. Acacia divides its groups and traveling styles into several different categories. Overlanding tours go off the beaten track in trucks and group members help out with chores. Accommodated Overland tours are similar but the lodgings are nicer than regular tent camping -- safari lodges, hotels, or tented camps -- offering some nightly relaxation with daily adventures.

Whereas their small group tours are geared toward couples, singles or anyone who wants to have more flexibility than when traveling with a larger group; lodging may be more secluded or rustic. Acacia also offers short safaris and treks if you're combining their tours with others. The company has a voluntourism program as well, which combines sightseeing with volunteering in local communities.

Who Travels With Them?

They have something for everyone, if you’re seeking an affordable, exciting trip. Typically their Overland Tours are well suited to 18-39 year olds, and involve a bit of roughing it. Their small group tours and safaris are well suited to many ages and physical levels.

Where Do They Operate?

Acacia Africa operate tours all over Africa, from country specific safaris to extended Overland Tours, which travel through multiple African countries.

Why Travel With Them?

Acacia Africa offers affordable options for those who like to rough it to nicer options for those seeking a bit more comfort, wherever you may choose to go in Africa. They have established a solid reputation for their professionalism and knowledge of the area - the perfect introduction to Africa.

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From Acacia Africa

Welcome to Africa! a continent of diverse cultures,big game and thrilling activities. Of natural wonders, vast wilderness areas and big open skies. And everywhere you go, warm welcoming smiles. From the plains of the Serengeti or the iconic River Nile to thundering Victoria Falls and picturesque Cape Town, we believe there is nothing quite as fulfilling as a journey through Africa.

We have come a long way since out first overland trucks set off across Africa more than 18 years ago. Right from the start, our passion has been for adventure. Over the years, we have grown in size and experience, and developed our love and knowledge of Africa and ties with its people.

Today Acacia is considered as an expert on travel to Africa and we offer a huge range of tours. From our original Acacia Overland tours, to small group, volunteer tours, beach stays and dive packages. Yet we still keep our original goal – to provide adventure on exciting, affordable tours for those with a lust for Africa.

Quality & Protection As a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and licensed by ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) we are fully bonded for your financial protection. From office and reservations teams to our crew on the road, will provide a professional service that is hard to beat!

Acacia operates a variety of tours across Africa from multi-country overland safaris and small group packages, to city stays and adventure activity breaks. Our goal is to provide exciting and affordable tours, and we have in-depth knowledge of our destinations and respect for the local cultures and environments. From the plains of the Serengeti or the iconic River Nile, to thundering Victoria Falls and picturesque Cape Town, we at Acacia firmly believe there is nothing quite as fulfilling as a journey through Africa.

Tour Styles

Whether you are the adventurous type, someone who enjoys meeting new people, or simply after a comfortable intimate tour; Acacia Africa has the right tour for you. To help you decide, we have categorized our tours into several trip styles.

Acacia Overland: Experience the true African adventure when you travel overland on an Acacia Africa tour providing a fully equipped overland truck for an epic journey.

Accommodated Overland: Our Accommodated Overland tours still keep the essence of Overlanding and are very similar to our standard camping itineraries, offering the same level of excitement and adventure, but everyday ends with a night in a comfortable safari lodge, tented camp or hotel.

Acacia Small Groups: Small group tours are ideal for couples, single travellers and those who prefer to leave the crowd behind. Enjoy access to more rustic accommodation and secluded locations which bigger groups cannot.

Short Safaris and Treks: Acacia Africa’s selection of short, focused tours gives you the choice to see what you really want to see according to your own specific interests and curiosity about Africa.

Acacia Voluntours: Give something back to local communities when you help out on a volunteer tour in Africa and sightsee at the same time. You won’t miss any of the action.

Short Breaks and City Stays: Get a feel for African city life on a short break, city tour and private day tours. Soak up the vibe of a new and unique place without being confined by a group tour.

10 reasons to travel with us:

Putting something back: We firmly believe in travelling responsibly, and encourage our clients to do the same, by minimising the impact on the people, wildlife and environment at the destinations we travel to. Acacia also has ties with a number of African charities.

Financial bonding: As a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing), Acacia is fully bonded for your financial protection. You can travel safely in the knowledge that your money is fully secured before, during and after your tour. Something that is essential in today’s financial climate.

Planning your trip: Acacia offers peace of mind with a comprehensive booking service, which helps you decide when and where you want to go, how you want to travel, what type of experiences you want to have, and what to expect in Africa. We also provide you with all the pre-travel information necessary, and detailed tour dossiers.

A full African back-up team: Adventure travel can sometimes be challenging, unpredictable and itineraries may change at short notice due to local events or conditions. Acacia has its own operations base in Cape Town and by using local operators, vehicles and staff, our strong in-country support network ensure your tour continues to run smoothly.

Reputation is everything: We at Acacia understand that everyone’s choice of holiday is different. As such, we offer a wide variety of tour styles. Camping, trekking, diving, adrenalin activities or watching an African sunset from the comfort of your lodge – there is something for everyone. We use a range of local accommodation to suite the type of tour.

We’re privately owned: Acacia is privately owned and run and has a loyal, dedicated team of staff with a passion for Africa on all levels. This means we are more personable, attentive, flexible and willing to go the extra mile to both assist you with your booking, and to ensure a well-run tour in Africa

We’re value for money: Acacia is always working to offer quality adventure travel at an affordable price. Our range of tours allows you to choose a style that suits your pocket and level of comfort. Our Local Payment system not only ensures that funds spent locally are reflective of local prices, but are also kept in-country to support local businesses.

Variety is the spice of life: We at Acacia understand that everyone’s choice of holiday is different. As such, we offer a wide variety of tour styles. Camping, trekking, diving, adrenalin activities, or watching an African sunset from the comfort of your lodge – there is something for everyone. We use a range of local accommodation to suite the type of tour

We're African specialists: Nearly all our team come from Africa, or have at some point lived or worked there. Frankly, we love the place and being experts on travel in Africa, we have in-depth knowledge about our destinations, and a huge number of tours and departure dates.

Life needs adventure: All Acacia tours are designed to give you a genuine feel for the country you are visiting. By camping in the wild, developing an understanding for local cultures, and experiencing scenic wonders or unique wildlife, our tours offer you a great way to experience Africa on an adventurous grass-root level.

Associations:

Association of British Travel Agents, African travel and tourism association, Save the Rhino, Southern African Tourism Services Association, Association of Independent Tour operators, Air Travel Organisers' Licensing,

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39 days
Small Group Tour
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,500

Highlights

  • Explore Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Discover Great Rift Valley
  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe
  • Visit to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi
  • Explore Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Discover Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (optional excursion)
  • Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique
  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Explore Vilankulo, Mozambique
  • Visit to Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

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36 days
Small Group Tour
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,340

Highlights

  • Explore Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Visit to Great Rift Valley
  • Discover Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe
  • Visit Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Explore Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Explore Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (optional excursion)
  • Discover South Luangwa National Park
  • Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique
  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Vilankulo, Mozambique
  • Visit to Zanzibar, Tanzania
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35 days
Small Group Tour
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,470

Highlights

  • Chobe National Park, Botswana: The third largest national park of Botswana by area, Chobe National Park is by no means one to overlook. Having one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, there is bound to be something to look at around every corner, and is best known for its large population of elephants.
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Located in southern Tanzania on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam is a bustling, chaotic place, filled with life and color. It is the largest city of Tanzania, and is the countries richest city and an important economic centre.
  • Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana: Elephant Sands is a unique campsite situated on an unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy bordering Botswana's reserves and game parks. Enjoy viewing the elephants at their natural waterhole right in front of the lodge.
  • Etosha National Park, Namibia: Etosha National Park is dominated by the Etosha Pan roughly 130km Long and 50km wide. Declared a national park in 1907 and covering an aera of 22,270 square kilometres and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species.
  • Fish River Canyon, Namibia: The Fish River Canyon is located in southern Namibia, and is the second largest canyon in the world (and the deepest in Africa). It is the second busiest tourist attraction in Namibia. The canyon is approximately 160 km long, up to 27 km wide, and 550m deep.
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi: Lake Malawi is one of the great African lakes, and is the south-most lake in the Great Rift Valley. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is positioned between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is the second deepest lake in Africa, and has reportedly the most species of fish on Earth.
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia: The world’s oldest desert, the 50,000 square-kilometre Namib Naukluft Park, is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. It’s famous for its vast field of dramatic red-rust dunes. Blown by the wind into razor-sharp ridges, and at over 300 metres tall, they are the highest sand dunes on earth. The best time to scramble up is at sunrise, when the play of light and shadows create an amazing landscape of textures and colours.
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana: The Okavango Delta is a 15,000 sqkm maze of lagoons, channels and islands and is often described as a river that never reaches the sea. There is approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water flowing into the delta each year and only approximately 2% of this flows on into Lake Ngami. We explore the delta's network of channels and islands both on food and in local dugout canoes or makoros with our local polar guides.
  • South Luangwa National Park: The South Luangwa National Park is the Luangwa Valley's most accessible and popular park. It is 9050km² and the concentration of game around the river is of the highest in Africa. Great to get involved with the local activities are Walking Safari's and Game drives
  • Swakopmund, Namibia: Swakopmund is a coastal city of Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, and as such, has many examples of German colonial architecture.
  • Victoria Falls National Park: Victoria Falls or Mosi Oa Tunya, the smoke that thunders sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe where the Zambezi river drops 108 metres into the gorge.
  • Victoria Falls, named after Queen Victoria are also known by their local name Mosi Oa Tunya, which literally translated means 'The Smoke that Thunders' referring to the coloumn of spray from the waterfall that can be seen from miles around. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly Southern Africa's adventure playground and some of the activities on offer are: Bungy Jumping; White Water Rafting; Canoeing; Microlight Flights; Helicopter Flights; Walk with Lions; Walk with Elephants and Gorge Swing.  Your tour leader will be able to assist in booking on these activities and others too!
  • Windhoek, Namibia: Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia. Windhoek is located in central Namibia, and due to its relative size, is also the social, economic, and cultural centre of the country.
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania: The Island of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania and lies 25 - 30 Kilometres off the coast and consist of numerous small islands including the two main islands Ugnja (informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibar's main industry is spice exports, hence the name 'The Spice Island' that, along with tourism are the islands main income source. Zanzibar is home to fantastic coral reefs making for excellent diving and snorkelling, not forgetting beautiful white sandy beaches. Also not to be missed is the excellent and informative 'spice tour' where you will learn more about the island's interesting past.
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29 days
Small Group Tour
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,280

Highlights

  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Located in southern Tanzania on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam is a bustling, chaotic place, filled with life and color. It is the largest city of Tanzania, and is the countries richest city and an important economic centre.
  • Great Rift Valley: The Great Rift Valley is the name given to the geographic trench, approximately 6000 kilometers in length, which runs from Syria to Mozambique. The Rift Valley has been a rich source of fossils
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe: The Matobo National Park lies in the Matobo Hills, which are a 200 million year old range of granite domes, spires and unique smoothly-rounded balancing boulders created by years of erosion. The 424 sq km park is the burial ground for colonial imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his peaceful grave can be visited on the top of one of these outcrops of rock. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife, and has one of the largest densities of leopard in Africa, and considerable populations of both the black and white rhinoceros. The highlight here is a game walk to possibly get close to rhino on foot.
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa: Spanning 18,989 square kilometers, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, and is the premier game reserve of South Africa. Home to the Big Five, there are 147 mammalian species, as well as 517 bird species and 114 species of reptile.
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi: Lake Malawi is one of the great African lakes, and is the south-most lake in the Great Rift Valley. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is positioned between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is the second deepest lake in Africa, and has reportedly the most species of fish on Earth.
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe: The Matobo National Park lies in the Matobo Hills, which are a 200 million year old range of granite domes, spires and unique smoothly-rounded balancing boulders created by years of erosion. The 424 sq km park is the burial ground for colonial imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his peaceful grave can be visited on the top of one of these outcrops of rock. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife, and has one of the largest densities of leopard in Africa, and considerable populations of both the black and white rhinoceros. The highlight here is a game walk to possibly get close to rhino on foot.
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: The worlds largest unbroken caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is 16-19 km in diameter, has a crater floor of 26,400 ha and a rim soaring to 400-610 m above the crater floor. The formation of the crater is associated with the massive rifting which occurred to the west of the Rift Valley. It also has a population of about 25,000 large animals living in the crater, which makes game driving a true highlight!
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: The Serengeti is probably one of the most well known African Game Reserve. Located in the north western corner of Tanzania bordering Kenya and the adjoining Masai Mara the word Serengeti is derived from the Masai word meaning 'Endless Plain' and when you enter the Serengiti you can really see where the name came from. The Serengeti is home to the 'Great Migration' a wildlife spectacle as nearly two million herbivores cross the Mara River in persuit of the fresh grass after the rains.
  • South Luangwa National Park: The South Luangwa National Park is the Luangwa Valley's most accessible and popular park. It is 9050km² and the concentration of game around the river is of the highest in Africa. Great to get involved with the local activities are Walking Safari's and Game drives
  • Victoria Falls National Park: Victoria Falls or Mosi Oa Tunya, the smoke that thunders sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe where the Zambezi river drops 108 metres into the gorge.
  • Victoria Falls, named after Queen Victoria are also known by their local name Mosi Oa Tunya, which literally translated means 'The Smoke that Thunders' referring to the coloumn of spray from the waterfall that can be seen from miles around. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly Southern Africa's adventure playground and some of the activities on offer are: Bungy Jumping; White Water Rafting; Canoeing; Microlight Flights; Helicopter Flights; ; alk with Lions; Walk with Elephants; Gorge Swing Your tour leader will be able to assist in booking on these activities and others too!
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania: The Island of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomus part of the United Republic of Tanzania and lies 25 - 30 Kilometres off the coast and consits of numerous small islands including the two main islands Ugnja (informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibar's main industry is spice exports, hence the name 'The Spice Island' that, along with tourism are the islands main income source.
  • Zanzibar is home to fantastic coral reefs making for excellent diving and snorkelling, not forgetting beautiful white sandy beaches. Also not to be missed is the excellent and informative 'spice tour' where you will learn more about the island's interesting past.
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