South Africa is currently one of the most affordable long haul destinations for Australians to visit. The dollar will now buy you around two rands more than it would a couple of years ago, but it’s the country’s hidden treasures which make it a ‘go to’ destination for 2016. The Kingdom of Swaziland and Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho are contained within the Rainbow Nation’s borders and with tourism about to take off in these less well travelled enclaves, Acacia Africa’s latest overland tours are bucket list central for adventurers. Both landlocked countries have realised the potential of community tourism early on – visiting villages and engaging with the locals an integral part of the Africa specialist’s latest overland safaris. Remote and unspoilt, they remain largely off the radar, even after Prince Harry’s visit to Lesotho late last year, but according to Acacia, that’s all part of the attraction. Scheduled for a June launch, the new itineraries will range from four to 46 days, the new seven day Kruger, Swazi and Beach priced from only AUD $695pp.
Arno, Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments “South Africa is a big seller with budget backpackers, our new four day Kruger Safari costing from only AUD $595pp and with the Lesotho Loti and Swaziland Lilangeni pegged to the South African rand, these two destinations also offer great value for money. The ideal time to visit the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, this year the Zulu nation will celebrate its bicentennial.”
Acacia Africa is running introductory deals on selected departures.
SAVE AUD $139pp: The seven day Kruger, Swazi & Beach kicks off with Big Five game drives in the Kruger. A river cruise at the coastal town of St. Lucia, safaris in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and optional mountain biking in Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary also feature on the itinerary. From AUD $556pp (no single supplement). Departing 25 June. The tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. The largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, Zulu culture is alive and well in ‘Durbs,’ an urban beach paradise. The price includes transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Full price AUD $695pp. Excludes return flight. Book before 30 April.
SAVE AUD $329pp: An opportunity to peer into the heart and soul of Southern Africa, on the 19 day Kruger To Cape Town there are village visits in Swaziland and Lesotho and guided tours of South Africa’s historic battlefields. Skirting the Rainbow Nation’s wild coastline and Indian Ocean beaches, the itinerary includes the Tsitsikamma National Park – a hiking and marine paradise. With the promise of Big Five viewing in the Kruger and Big Seven wildlife watching in the Addo Elephant National Park the tour is bound to excite safari-goers. From only AUD $1,316pp (no single supplement) + adventure pass from AUD $200pp. Departing 25 June. The price includes transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Full price AUD $1,645pp. Excludes return flight. Book before 30 April.
Additional new overland tours include, the 12 day Coast, Lesotho & Cape Town, 40 day Southern Africa Adventurer and 46 day Southern Africa Explorer.
Overland travel 18-39 years.
Venture Holidays is the GSA in Australia for Acacia Africa and is an independent travel wholesaler established in 1979.