Acacia Africa
Acacia Africa
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Acacia Africa offers value for money Small Group Adventure Tours and Safaris, Treks and Private Tours in Southern and East Africa. We operate tours and safaris with passion and over two decades of experience, ensuring high standards allowing us to grow successfully in a socially and ecologically responsible way. Owner managed team and dedicated guides guarantee passionate attention to quality. Uganda - Kenya - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Mozambique - Botswana - Namibia - South Africa - Lesotho - Swaziland.
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Lorraine A
Delta140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I did the 43 day adventure trip from Kenya to Capetown. We can’t begin to tell you how much we loved this trip. Our tour leader Crispen and driver Harmony were the best. They were always eager to help in any way and were always the happiest. We chose the accommodated option and had to camp in regular tents a few nights because of some of our locations but those were amazing too. Crispen was our chef extraordinaire and Harmony was the fixer of all things and superb driver. We always felt safe.

We had approximately 15 in our group, as some came and left along the way. Everyone was truly lovely and easy to travel with. We are in our late 60’s and there were quite a few others in their 20’s and 30’s. In our opinion the variation in ages adds so much to the dynamics of a group. We are still in touch after a few months.

We enjoyed the cooking cleaning and washing up part of the trip. Lots of fun.

We were well taken care of on the outings and safaris as well. The animal exposure was nothing short of fantastic

If you want to truly experience Africa by meeting many locals, interacting with them in the villages, seeing sights you’ve only seen in books then we can’t recommend this company highly enuf.

This is not a 5 star tour but the experiences you will have are definitely 5 star and you will have the best memories. Go for it!!!!
Written 24 February 2024
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roux1648
Cary, NC86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I am a 75 yr old solo female and I’ve just completed Acacias 41-day overland tour from Cape Town, S. Africa to Nairobi, Kenya with our wonderful tour leader, Chrispen and driver extraordinaire, Harmony. I made the right decision to pay more and be accommodated in a room instead of a tent for my trip and it was definitely the right decision for me!

This trip is barebones with everyone helping out with the day to day chores of cooking, cleaning and packing up almost daily. Expect very long days in big overland trucks that are not too comfortable for 10-16 hour driving days! Often the toilets are a bush beside the road! But, if you are looking for a life changing adventure through the real Africa, this is it. It is not just a “tour” for “tourists” who want to see Africa and still have the comforts of home!

Whenever something didn’t go as planned, we just said TIA (this is Africa!) I can highly recommend this trip and would not want to do it with any other leader (Chrispen) and driver (Harmony)!! And, I was fortunate to have a small group (9 max), so we could really stretch out on the truck during those very long days!
Written 17 February 2024
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Dear Sandy, Thank you very much for your positive and constructive feedback. We are happy you enjoyed your tour with us and will share your kind words with Crispen and Harmony. Thank you, The Acacia Team
Written 22 February 2024
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SKBRUSSELS
Naples, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I approached Acacia, London with a view to get a bespoke tour of Kenya at the higher end of the price range.
From beginning to end I met nothing but valuable help, courtesy and efficiency.
British Airways aside, all went perfectly and I cannot recommend Acacia too highly.
Written 1 February 2023
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Dear SKBRUSSELS, Thank you very much for your review of our Tailor-Made services and safari. We are happy you enjoyed your Africa experience with us. All the best, The Acacia Team
Written 20 March 2023
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beth c
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Absolutely amazing from start to finish.
We did a tour from pretoria finishing in livingston and it was hands down the best experience of my entire life.
i honestly don’t think the trip wouldn’t have been the same without our fantastic guide kingston and brilliant driver moto. these guys deserve all the credit in the world because of their hospitality, knowledge and the 10 star treatment.
the experiences we had over the course of this tour were just absolutely unbelievable and we had no set backs what so ever.
i will never ever forget this trip, the people we met and friendships made along the way and most importantly kingston and moto…
Written 10 November 2023
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Michael S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
I did two tours back to back and they were both fantastic so I’m going to copy and paste here:

Pete and Francis our tour leaders were friendly, very experienced and catered for all expectations plus some! Fantastic atmosphere and was lucky enough to travel with good people. Sometimes in Africa in the camp parks the power/ internet may cut out but we were shown where to grab a wifi router etc and local sim.. the parks/resorts surprised me and were better than expected for the most part.. the food was healthy and a lot better than I signed up for. A few things you may be able to request as we did: bonfire, soup, ghetto blaster with tunes…
The fridge was icy for the beers.
When my card was t working they let me tap my Apple Pay for their food/fuel and they gave me cash. Certainly feel connected to Africa now.. keep up the good work #life memories!!
Written 1 July 2024
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Emmalou2605
Milton Keynes, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I did the camping option of this tour, and having previously overlanded around Africa with other operators, I was not disappointed. The truck/tents/day-to-day is much the same - so long as people accept that sometimes there will be long driving days, you need to pitch in with chores, and also take responsibility for yourself and your stuff there will be no problems. There is no point coming to Africa and then complaining you don't have free towels and soap every night, or your bed was creaky. Again, it is always just one or two people who genuinely don't seem to have read the dossier rather than the norm.

Our guide Colin was hands down the best guide I have ever had, there is honestly nothing he could have done better. Our driver Philip was also a great guy with the biggest laugh. Joe was also learning the route, and was quiet but a great cook.

We knew our plan for each day, were told plenty of facts and stories as we went along (Colin would research anything he didn't know and tell us all the next day), so much food, and a few nights were actually accommodated which were a nice surprise after it did rain for a few days. The glamping in St Lucia was perfect!
The itinerary was a good mix of game parks, beach, city, and mountains - my only slight issue is we had 6 straight days of hiking with two nights each in Drakensberg, Ampitheatre and Lesotho. But, understandably, if that is where the places are, then that is the order we will visit.

My only complaint would be having both accommodated and camping tours together. No-one realised there was another option and it meant the group was often quite divided as accommodation was far from the truck and people would disappear to their rooms rather than socialising or doing their turn at the chores. I have spoken to other people who had everyone camping on their tours, so maybe this was just because more chose the other option.

If you want to travel, see as much as you can, and don't mind getting a bit tired and dirty along the way then overland! I will definitely be back again.
Written 1 March 2018
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741guy
Wollongong, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Amazing safari tour, full of highlights…although…
The Acacia 14 day southern magic tour is a fabulous itinerary and overall we had an unforgettable experience and a great time. It's not for everyone though and we did have one concern. For those thinking of doing this tour I'll explain in some detail (worth it if you're seriously considering it, otherwise I'll probably bore you to tears) and include some tips you may find helpful.

Firstly, its jam packed with highlights and almost every day was a "wow" day. It's well organised and our guide/driver Lawrence did a great job showing us the sights (particularly the animals which is why most of us were there) keeping the tour on track, accommodating everyone where possible and doing it all with a sense of humour. The tour is for up to 12, but we had 8 which gave us a little more room on the bus, and generally made things a little easier. We were also blessed with a great multinational group who were fun, were considerate of each other, and looked after each other even though we'd just met. All essential for the tour to be a real success. We also creamed it when it came to spotting the animals. As you'll be regularly reminded, the animals are wild, and in their natural habitat - so there is no way to guarantee you'll spot what your looking for. However, we were very lucky, and spot we did, time and again and some things beyond everybody's expectations. Hope you're as lucky. The accomodation isn't luxurious, but comfortable enough in most cases- though there were 2 places that we felt needed improving or replacing (I'll have a brief summary of the accomodation at the end). The food varied a bit but was generally quite good. Overall, we loved it. Now why it's not for everyone, and
then to our concern (I'm not trying to build suspense, just keep a logical order!)

To keep to the itinerary, and see all the great things they have lined up, you need to keep a fairly cracking pace. Early starts and full, long days. Many hours spent on the bus and on game drives or other tours. Everyone was pretty tired by the end of each day. Then you have to eat, clean yourself up, and repack so you can bring your bags to the bus before breakfast the next morning, which is usually pretty early. It was all worth it, but if you're looking for a relaxing or easy paced or luxury tour, this isn't for you. TIP: If you're finding the pace tiring, only do the extra optional activities if it's something you really want to do - otherwise use the time to chill and recoup.

Our concern was related to those long days. The tour has only one driver/tour guide. In view of the long days and how tiring they were, most of us were concerned about the driver getting tired. Particularly as they do one tour straight after another, without any break, for several months at a time. Our guy did a great job, but he's only human and did look pretty tired at times. I raised the need for 2 drivers with Acacia after the tour, and they were quick to respond and offer explanations on how they determine the workload. Some of the explanations seemed reasonable, and they did appease me a little - but having experienced the tour firsthand, I wasn't totally convinced. It only takes a tired driver to have a "micro sleep" one time for tragedy to occur. TIP: Our group decided that on the days with long drives, or if the driver was looking tired, we'd take it in turns to sit up the front with him - just to make sure and add that extra bit of interaction that helps keep you alert. And occasionally buy him a cup of coffee at a drive stop, they don't usually spend money on themselves - even for coffee.

Some extra TIPS: The game drives in the mornings in open vehicles get VERY cold. And sometimes at the end of the day too. We did our tour at the start of spring, so probably if you did it in summer it would be fine. But even when the temperature seemed ok standing still, the moment the vehicle started moving it changed dramatically. Take more warm clothing on the game drive than you think you need, you can always leave it on the seat if it warms up; For the ladies- if you need a hairdryer, take one with you. Almost none of the rooms have one and often reception didn't either; For electrical plugs, you only need a South African to your country plug. Zimbabwe and Botswana accomodation already have adaptors to take an SA plug; Take a linen sleeping bag liner and pillow cover with you. Most of the places are fine but there was at least a couple of places we wished we had one; The lighting in most of the rooms is very poor - something common in hotels around the world- so packing and finding things can be a bit painful. You will need a good head torch for the one night you spend camping, so keep it handy for task lighting in your other accommodation; Victoria Falls is the first chance to do some souvenir shopping, but if you go to the markets you'll have to haggle. I thought things would be dearer here, and haggled quite hard. Later I found that prices elsewhere are generally more expensive and felt bad I'd haggled them down so much! After haggling, you will likely get a better price here than South Africa for souvenirs.

Finally if you're still reading this treatise (must mean you're keen about going!) then I'm including a brief (ish) comment about each of the accommodation places in the order that we went to them:
Nesele Lodge. Not fancy, but quite ok. Rooms were a little small (which is true of most of the places and sometimes makes it a little difficult to organise your luggage) but clean. Food included traditional African fare, very nice and plentiful. The owner takes you out on your first game drive (in Kruger) and does a great job of finding the animals- that was a sensational day. The only thing was the hired staff at the lodge never smiled or looked you in the eye (unlike everywhere else). One of guys on our tour made the comment that it felt like an old time plantation. Maybe we were imagining things but it made most of us feel a little uncomfortable.
Boma in the Bush. This is a caravan/camping ground with the accomodation being cabins (trailer homes I think our American friends call them). That's fine as they are little roomier with a kitchenette - but they were pretty run down and not that clean. They are need of a refurb and not really up to scratch. Food was fine.
Travellers Guest House. One of the nicer accomodations on tour, but rooms were very small -with the exception of 2 of the rooms that were in a different section. Food was great.
Sprayview hotel. This was the best accomodation on tour. Proper hotel with a higher standard. Breakfast only here, but very good.
Thebe lodge. Accomodation here was fine. Food was a bit ordinary.
Gweta lodge. This was one of the groups favorite places. The accommodation was good (though the roofless ensuite was a challenge for some!) but it was more about the quaintness and vibe to the place - which was really nice. Food was good too.
Delta Rain. This is billed as "simple accomodation" but we found it a little too basic, and not that clean the first night. This was mentioned to the staff by some in our group and it was better the second night. A better standard of accomodation would be nice at this stop.
Elephant camp. Proper bush/ tent camping but made relatively comfortable by your hosts. Was a nice inclusion for 1 night.
Kwa Nokeng. They have various accomodation here and different people on our tour got different accomodation. All were roomy for a change, which was great, and food was good in a lovely outdoor dining area. No real complaints here.

Hope all that helps someone!
Written 24 September 2017
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Dear 741guy Thank you for taking the time to post your detailed review of your tour with us. We are aware that we have responded to your email personally, but wanted to add our comments below for readers to have on hand in response to your comments here. Thank you again for your valuable feedback and assisting us in keeping our tour standards at their best. Kind regards Sabine --- Dear X Thank you for your feedback following your recent Acacia tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that you would recommend it to others. I am also very grateful for your comments about Lawrence, who has been leading our Southern Africa Magic tour for most of the last 12 months with consistently high passenger approval ratings. We are conscious of the workload of staff and from time to time review tours as to proper crewing level but believe that this tour is within the capability of a sufficiently experienced driver/ guide. I acknowledge that crew put in a great deal of effort and good work to make the tour a success and I take nothing away from that in discussing driving. There are no specific regulations for driving hours in southern Africa and so we look to the EU for guidance. These allow for a maximum of 56 driving hours per week with no more than 90 driving hours in any two week period. The daily maximum is 9 hours driving, extendible to 10 hours driving twice a week. There are rules for breaks. The Southern Africa Magic requires approximately 29 driving hours in the first week and 30 driving hours in the second. The longest day is the stretch between Maun and Kwa Nokeng (day 13), which is 9-10 driving hours. The shortest is where the driver is not required to drive at all - at Kruger, Bulawayo and Maun (days 2, 5 and 11) - and on days 7 (at Victoria Falls) and 12 (in Maun) where only a small amount of driving is needed. So while it is a busy tour this tour has operated successfully in in its present format for a number of years and Lawrence has returned repeated high approval ratings over a long period of time. I believe this bears out our assessment that the trip is manageable for one experienced driver/guide. I repeat that we keep matters under review, and retain a flexible approach. I should add that this is a seasonal business: there are other times of the year when tours do not run so frequently and guides including Lawrence get ample time off. In regard to accommodations, for the most part we avoid chain hotels in favour of smaller individually owned properties but sometimes choice is limited and it is a matter of taking what is available. I am sorry if you felt one or two properties were not up to scratch. If you can let me know which these were I would be grateful because it helps in our quality control. I find is more effective if I can say to our suppliers that comments / concerns are prompted by what our clients have said. Thank you again for writing to us so promptly following the end of your tour. ---ends---
Written 2 October 2017
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JohnH94
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
My wife, sister, and I took the Southern African Magic tour with Acacia traveling through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. The price was reasonable, as were the prices of the extras that we paid for in some of the locations on the journey. Having traveled to Tanzania where I booked safaris on site, I have learned that many companies charge outlandish prices, but I did not feel this way about this trip with Acacia. It is possible that I could have arranged a trip for a little less money on my own, but it would not have been worth the hassle, and I don’t think that the trip would have been as good as it turned out to be. Virtually every day on the trip was nothing short of spectacular. We had encounters with rhinoceroses on foot, camped in tents on the Okavango Delta, went on adventures in Kruger, Matoba, Chobe, and Victoria Falls national parks, the Rondavels and Blyde Canyon area of South Africa, a number of wildlife preserves, and we took boat rides on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, and a fantastic pole-driven canoe ride in the Okavango. As extras, all of which were worth the additional money, we walked with lions, rode elephants, horses, flew in a plane over the Okavango and a helicopter (over Victoria Falls), and we had great culinary adventures, including a traditional boma dinner in Victoria Falls. Sitting five feet away from a family of meerkats near a salt pan was as unforgettable as being approached by a bull white rhino while on foot in Matoba NP. There was a minor unintentional error made in regard to a charge for our transportation to and from the airport, but Acacia was quick to refund our credit card with an apology. Our guide, Simon, was wonderful and he bent over backwards to make the trip the great adventure that it was. The bus that we traveled in was quite comfortable as was all of our lodging. It may be the luck of the draw, but I enjoyed the company of everyone who accompanied us on the tour and found them all to be intelligent and friendly, which is something that I found quite refreshing after some of the experiences that I have had on cruises in past. I speak Arabic, Urdu, and German, and had a great time putting those languages to use with some of our fellow travelers. This was, of course, something that could not have been anticipated or arranged, but it did heighten my total experience. My wife declared that this was the best trip that we’ve ever taken. Considering that we have made amazing trips to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, South America and Easter Island, Egypt, China, New York, and a Mekong River cruise, I’d say that was saying a great deal. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another trip with Acacia, and may consider doing so in the future.
Written 26 July 2017
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Dear JohnH94 Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review. We are pleased to hear our team exceeded your expectations and that you and your family had such a great time on tour. I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to both Simon and Roxy as I'm sure they'll be pleased to hear their hard work was appreciated. We hope to see you in Africa again! Regards, Sabine
Written 2 August 2017
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Ann C
Oban, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
We have just returned from the most amazing experience in Africa, thanks to Acacia tours. We did back-to-back accommodated tours from Capetown to Vic Falls and from Vic Falls to JoBurg. Both our tours were more than we ever expected with such a wide variety of wild life, scenery, history and cultural visits. We just loved every minute of them.This was thanks in a major way to our guide Berven and driver TJ who went the extra miles to make the trip so good. Nothing was too much trouble. They were knowledgeable, organised and friendly.Our accommodation was very good with ensuites all the way. In some places it was down right luxurious! Our meals on the tour were a combination of restaurants and cooked meals at the truck. All were delicious and so varied and filling. The tour highlights were extensive with a good balance of activities to cater for everyone. We found that the majority of these activities were included, not optional which was also a bonus. There were other optional activities including flights over the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls and adventure tourism for people to choose. We compared other more expensive tours when we got home and found we had more included and covered more on our tour for half the price! The small group touring was also a bonus. If we went back to Africa we would definitely go with Acacia tours again.
Written 24 May 2015
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travelaholic007
Alfreton, UK66 contributions
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I joined as a camping guest but only actually camped for 3 nights where we had excellent facilities. In Swaziland we were able to upgrade from camping to log cabin dorms for just 15rand a night. On the final night we were in permanent tents with beds and linen.

All locations had excellent communal facilities.

There was lots of meals included and catered for vegetarians and gluton free too. The food was very very good. Jack was our guide and a fabulous guide and chef!

Lots of included activities and everything was arranged perfectly.

Compared with other tour operators, Acacia were much cheaper but do not compromise on quality so highly recommended - cheaper than doing this route independently too.
Written 14 July 2018
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Dear travelaholic007, Thank you for taking the time to review our 7-day Kruger, Swaziland and Beach Overland Tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour with us. We make every effort to include a variety of highlights in each country visited and to supply good wholesome food along the way. We hope to see you travel with us again. Kind regards, The Acacia Team
Written 25 July 2018
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