Get the best holiday deal, but don’t compromise on your departure date
There are plenty of travel deals, flash sales and even discounted mystery tours available to travellers, but a fixed departure date might mean missing out on your dream holiday. So is there an alternative?
Book as a group with Acacia Africa and you can plan your travel deal to coincide with everything from the annual migration in the Mara to the ultimate dive experience off the coast of Zanzibar.
For every four people booking on the same 2012 overland tour and departure date (before 31 March), one will go free, adventurers making savings of up to £548pp on the 58-day Ultimate African Overlander.
The annual migration is a must for most travellers opting for a safari in East Africa. The Mara Mara is the place to be from July to September, when around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra thunder across the plains. 31-day South East Adventure (save £1,375) or £343pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £2,030pp.
An adventure capital, the Victoria Falls is renowned for it’s scenic beauty and adrenaline activities. If you want to take the plunge and go white water rafting there are full and half-day trips for the serious adventure junkie. Travel in November through February when you can race the full length of rapids from the “Devil’s Toilet to the “Stairway To Heaven”. 43-day Kenya To Cape Town (save £1,625) or £406pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £2,502pp.
When it comes to gorilla viewing in Uganda there are no guarantees, and as an equatorial country you might experience more than a mild shower. For those in the know, the drier months lie between January and February and June to September. 6-day Troop To The Gorillas (save £295) or £73pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £367pp + gorilla permit of 350pp.
Wildlife viewing in Chobe National Park is sensational from May through October. With thinning vegetation, the animals are easier to spot and there will be large numbers crowding around the permanent water holes. During dry season you can also expect a pleasant climate and you won’t have to compete with the heat. 19-day Desert Tracker (save £695) or £173pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £987pp.
The Kruger is South Africa’s top national park and it’s all go for Big Five enthusiasts year round. However, from May through August you can up your chances of spotting them all, including the elusive leopard. 7-day African Insight (save £375) or £93pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £443pp.
Namibia’s desert landscape boasts 300-days of sunshine a year, but if you’re looking to surf the dunes between April and June you’ll be treated to more forgiving temperatures at an average 25-degrees Celsius. 25-day South West Safari (save £945) or £236pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £1,322pp.
Zanzibar’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination. However, divers might want to consider travelling from October through March – January hitting a high note with Manta fans. 13-day Kenya & Tanzania Adventure (save £745) or £186pp. Full discounted price with four booking (including local payment) £1,275pp.
For more information, visit acacia-africa.com.