For over eighteen years Acacia have shared & developed their knowledge of Africa with the people of Africa & adventurers alike. They offer a comprehensive selection of adventure holidays, overland safaris, plus tented and lodge safaris, all carefully chosen for their value-for-money, enjoyment factor and intriguing itineraries. Acacia pride themselves on the high quality of their vehicles, tour leaders, meals and the cultural and wilderness they offer.
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Styles of Travel
Overlanding - Travelling ‘overland’ is an adventurous and exciting way to see the sights, meet the cultures, and feel the soul and rhythm of Africa. The roads can be rough, driving times long and there can be lengthy delays. If you don’t mind roughing it a little, or helping with the day to day chores this style of tour will suite you. In a self-sufficient vehicle, that carries everything, including camping and cooking equipment and get off the beaten track to the real Africa. This style of travel is designed for clients who are 18-39 years old.
Accommodation overlanding - – If you have been to Africa before and want to return with your family to share your experiences with loved ones. Or if you are visiting Africa for the first time and like the adventurous style of overland travel but prefer some comforts at night then this is the style for you. These tours offer local accommodation, perhaps occasionally staying under canvas, but still offer the traditional Acacia ‘overland’ style of travel.
Small Group Adventures - Perfect for those short on time, but wanting tours high on activity and to see as many attractions as possible. Get closer to the action, away from the crowds, book optional activities easier and make less impact on the local environment.
Short Safaris & Treks - Designed to cater for all levels, from the ‘laid back’ to the extreme. These tours offer specific activities like hiking or canoeing. They give you the chance to upgrade to a lodge or tented safari with a touch of luxury at an affordable price. Acacia lodges and tented camps have been carefully selected for their character, design, service and cuisine. Their itineraries combine quality accommodation with the best things to see and do, many safaris include game activities such as game walks and drives whilst others are designed purely for those wishing to relax in stunning African locations. Many of the lodges have game viewing decks and a swimming pool. A tented camp is designed to give you that rustic feeling of camping in Africa without doing the hard work yourself.
City & Short Stays - For those who are interested in the historical and cultural aspects of the cities and surrounding districts, these short stays offer the visitor the chance to enjoy and explore the area and take in the sights and activities available. Discover city breaks in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi & Victoria Falls or book a short stay in Zanzibar or Rift Valley.
Adventure Tours - Designed to cater for all levels, from the ‘laid back’ to the extreme. The activities include white water rafting, bungee jumping, 4-wheel driving, sky-diving and gorge swinging. For the more sedate there is horse riding, elephant back safaris, canoe safaris, trekking and beach getaways and safaris for the whole family.
Lodge and Tented Safaris - Combine excellent game viewing with a touch of luxury at an affordable price! Acacia lodges and tented camps have been carefully selected for their character, design, service and cuisine. Their itineraries combine quality accommodation with the best things to see and do, many safaris include game activities such as game walks and drives whilst others are designed purely for those wishing to relax in stunning African locations. Many of the lodges have game viewing decks and a swimming pool. A tented camp is designed to give you that rustic feeling of camping in Africa without doing the hard work yourself.
Fly-In Safaris - Africa is a vast continent and fly-in safaris are a great way to save time avoiding sometimes long, uncomfortable and arduous journeys. With these specially designed tours you can fly into remote and untouched parts of Africa direct to experience incredible African safaris and beach breaks.
Self Drive - With well developed roads and infrastructure, southern Africa is ideal for self-driving tours. These tours give you the flexibility to explore this part of Africa at your own pace. Overnight stops are flexible, with a voucher system in place. Maps, directions and suggested itineraries are provided along with a 24hr help-line.
Diving Tours - Programmes for both qualified divers and those wishing to learn. All Acacia's dive operations are PADI or NAUI registered which guarantees the highest possible standards in service, safety and training. Their dive partners are highly experienced, with in-depth knowledge of their destinations and are passionate about diving. This experience ensures that you have the best possible experiences on your diving holiday. Dive Destinations include: Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique and Zanzibar.
Physically Challenged - Whether you are wholly or partly restricted to a wheel-chair, Acacia have custom made safaris that can take you off the beaten track to experience some of Southern Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas. The Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Etosha NP and Moremi Game Reserve are just a few of the places that on their scheduled itineraries. They also have tours for people with visual impairments in Southern Africa and Botswana.
Comfort Class Safaris - These are locally run tours with an added degree of comfort. Enjoy a day packed with adventure but return to a comfortable bed in the evenings. Accommodation includes small hotels, chalets, cabins and tented lodges, all without breaking the budget - a great option for friends, individuals or families. Relax by the pool or watch game from a viewing deck as the sun sets on your days adventure.
VolunTours - Contribute in a positive way to the people and places you visit on your trip. As well as enjoying sites, wildlife and activities, Acacia;s voluntours offer the chance to roll up your sleeves and help as a volunteer at one of a number of local projects we support. From assisting at a local school in Tanzania to helping at an anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe, there's plenty with which to get involved. It's a great way to get under the skin of a place, make special friends, make a difference and experience something really uplifting as part of your tour.
How do they get around?
Purpose built hard-sided trucks, fully equipped for any conditions. Each truck carries 24 passengers with comfortable 20 forward facing seats. The truck is completely self contained with the following: Interior & exterior lighting, downward sliding windows, 220 volt sockets, lockers, freezer, cooking equipment, first aid kit, small library, seatbelts, some sporting equipment, camp chairs, tables, large 2 man tents, & sleeping mats.
In many game reserves Acacia use 4x4 Land rovers with local guides and drivers.
Mini buses, public transport, horse riding, feluccas and trekking can also be experienced.
Acacia Crew and Guides
One or two driver/tour leaders on most tours, except for Overland Safaris which always have two professional Acacia crew per Overland trip.
Where do they stay?
On camping safaris campsites vary from basic to luxurious, from a forest clearing, to a fully equipped site. Spacious, two person tents with built in ground sheets and mosquito nets. Where camping is not practical, we stay in local budget class accommodation.
On Hotels and Lodge tours, a range of options from budget hotels to cottages & deluxe lodges.
What about food?
Their Overland Safaris, participants share the cooking and shopping and pay a local payment to the Tour Leader. Other tours have some meals included, allowing the chance to experience the local cuisine.
What does the price include?
With Acacia there are NO hidden extras. When considering a holiday in Africa you need to check prices and products before you buy. Nobody likes to pay more than necessary but sometimes it can be easy to be misled by something that looks too cheap. The general advice is, if it looks too cheap, then it probably IS too cheap! Our prices are as competitive as possible but realistic to ensure services are provided to the level you would expect and that this is done without sacrificing safety and safeguards. Also being half African we like it that some of what you pay remains in Africa to benefits local communities and businesses.
The tour price for all Acacia tours consists of the core cost that is paid to your travel agent and the local payment that you give to your tour leader on day 1 in Africa.
All transportation mentioned in itinerary.
Road tolls, camping and cooking equipment, services of a driver/tour leader, accommodation, campsite fees, some meals, major game park and attractions.
What is Local Payment?
Local Payment is an amount paid by you to your guide (in US dollars cash) on arrival on tour. It is usually collected on the first day or at the pre-departure meeting. It is a way of allowing your tour leader fund money which will be used by them to run the tour. It should be considered part of the cost of your tour and is not tips kitty money nor pocket money for the guide.
There has been much debate over recent years regarding the merits of Local payment VS all inclusive pricing. Here at Acacia we constantly monitor what works best for our clients in Africa and have looked carefully to weigh up the pros & cons of each: The option of paying everything upfront before you travel but not perhaps always being exactly sure what you are paying for, against the benefits of paying part of the tour in Africa as a Local payment where what you are paying for is clearly set out.
We are under no doubt: The Local Payment system is best for Africa. As Africa specialists we don’t have to worry about what might work better in Asia or South America where local transport, infrastructure and banking may be more efficient: we simply do what works best in Africa!
Many operators ask for a lump sum up front and do not explain where the money goes and you will never get a refund of left over amounts. With Acacia this is different! Acacia itemises everything that is covered on tour in the Local Payment, and then allow you do decide whether you want to pay for those activities or save your money for something else.
So you can either:
Fully Inclusive Local Payment
Acacia’s Fully Inclusive Local Payment covers all parks, ferries and activities indicated in the tour highlights. By paying this up front, you can then relax, safe in the knowledge that your destinations are paid for and get on with enjoying your tour.
Basic and Flexible Local Payment
Acacia’s basic Local Payment is mandatory and covers food and camping costs and at least one visit to a major game park per tour. You can then choose to add some or all of the other highlights as part of the Flexible Local Payment and pay for them as you travel.
Benefitting from Local Prices
By requiring you to pay on tour Acacia ensures you pay local prices at the time you travel. On occasions, if local costs increase, a small increase in Local Payment may arise. Meanwhile, funds not used by the end of the tour are refunded amongst all passengers so you can be sure of receiving the absolute best value for money.
Who is the Acacia traveller?
Acacia cater for individuals, couples, and families with children of all ages.
Overlanding clients tend to be 18-45, or for those that are active and “young at heart”.
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Pay all the Local Payment at the start, both Mandatory and Optional - Fully Inclusive Local Payment.
Pay half at the start and choose what you pay for the rest of the tour – Basic Local Payment (Mandatory) and Flexible Local Payment (Optional).
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