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About AcaciaAfrica

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    UK & South Africa
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    Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia
  1. World Rhino Day is just around the corner, a global raft of activities planned for 22 September - their aim to generate greater awareness of the mammals plight. Susie Offord, Deputy Director of Save The Rhino International, comments “The world has already lost 95% of its rhinos, and the remaining few are being threatened with extinction within the next 10 years due to escalating poaching and loss of habitat.” Acacia Africa is already a proud sponsor of Save The Rhino International, and the tour operator has lined up several parks and reserves which have made major strides in stemming the demise of one of the best loved Big Five. Safari-goers visiting Africa will most likely spot a rhino or two and they will also be making a contribution to ongoing conservation projects. South Africa’s Hluhulwe-Umfolozi Park was originally set up to protect the last few remaining Southern white rhino. A conservation success story, Operation Rhino was put in motion way back in the 1960s, and it continues to this day, the white and more endangered black rhino being transported from the reserve to protected areas and parks across the continent. Unfortunately, poaching is on the rise in the rainbow nation, recent estimates citing increases of 50%, but despite the rhino’s continuing threat of extinction, the Kruger is still another great spot to spy these two horned beasts. Once a no show, the national park now boasts a population of over 300 black rhino and over 3,000 white rhino! Over the past few years, Namibia’s black rhino population has grown to more than 1,500, and white rhino fans won’t be disappointed either, as a few hundred reside in the country. The main populations can be found in Etosha National Park, the floodlit Okaukuejo Rest Camp, allowing for 24/7 game viewing, with black rhino paying regular visits after dark. Save The Rhino International is currently raising funds for Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) in Namibia, an organisation that has worked tirelessly to protect the world's largest truly free-ranging population of Critically Endangered and desert-adapted black rhino for over 30 years. Susie Offord, comments, “With scorching temperatures, rocky terrain and vast distances to cover, protecting Namibia’s desert rhinos is an incredibly tough challenge, but now people can help the Save The Rhino Trust so that they can continue their vital work by donating to our Operation Wild and Free appeal.” Nairobi National Park is a convenient option for anyone hoping to spy black rhino in the heart of the city. Kenya’s capital, the starting point of the small group safari, is home to 60 of these highly endangered hooked-lipped herbivores and a further 11 white rhino. Another highlight is Lake Nakuru. Originally a bird sanctuary, the park hosts over 400 bird species, including five globally threatened species, and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway. However, it also flies the flag for black rhinos, as Kenya's first national sanctuary, and it is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of black rhino. Polokwane is the ideal place to view the wildlife on foot – a number of walking trails contained with the nature reserve. Home to 21-game species, the safari paradise boasts frequent sightings of its impressive white rhino population. A visit to Botswana’s Khama Rhino Sanctuary is also included at the end of the tour. Established in 1992, the community based wildlife project has helped to restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state. The sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds. The Moremi Game Reserve was the first reserve in Africa to be established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife due to hunting and cattle encroachment – the Botswanan people of Ngamiland, proclaimed the site a reserve in 1963.

 It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta, and with both black and white rhino having recently been re-introduced, Moremi is now a Big Five haunt! Acacia Africa: 020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.com; www.acacia-africa.com. ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. For more details on Save The Rhino International please visit http://www.savetherhino.org/
  2. Acacia Africa has cut the size of its groups on 10 of its trips to Uganda from 24 to 16. Based on client feedback, the change applies to some of the operator’s gorilla and chimpanzee trekking programs. According to Leanne Haigh, sales and marketing manager, “Less is more as cutting numbers by a third will make the chimp trekking experience smoother, allow additional time for travel in southwest Uganda and improve the overall feel of the tours. We are not aware of any other overland specialists offering a small group experience in Uganda so the change will be a key selling point.” Acacia is also removing game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park from its overland trips. “We will continue to visit the park but we will suspend further game drives pending guidance on from the authorities on permits and time allocated in the park,” said Haigh. “A plus for travellers, this will enable us to enhance the quality of the experience and focus on the key activity in this location, chimp trekking." The changes will affect the following overland expeditions: the six-day Troop To The Gorillas (TTG6), the 14-day Gorilla Encounter (GEN14), the 28-day Game Parks and Gorillas (GAG28), the 18-day Mountain Gorillas To The Mara(MGM18), the 39-day Ultimate African Adventure (UAAV39), the 46-day Ultimate African Adventure (UAAJ46), the 58-day Ultimate African Overlander (UAO58), the 56-day Grand African Adventure (GAA56), the 36-day Rivers, Lakes and Mountains(RLM36) and the 44-day Rivers, Lakes and Mountains (RLM44). The changes will not apply to the GEN14 Aug 03 departure. For more information email info@acacia-africa.com
  3. Adventure operator, Acacia Africa has reported a surge in interest following BBC Africa series, the tour operator’s website showing a marked increase in hits over the period when the six programmes were aired. Leanne Haigh, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments, “While we’re in the peak period for bookings, based on last year’s figures there’s certainly been a spike in interest based on web traffic and our sales are up by 15%.” “The programme showcased the raw nature of Africa and that appealed to a huge number of people. Obviously, culture and adventure are integral elements of any journey on the continent, but David Attenborough brought back those magical safari moments that make Africa a one-of-a-kind continent.” Timely for the tour operator, Acacia Africa is about to celebrate its 18th birthday in May, the adventure specialist giving away 18 free seats as part of a social networking campaign running on Facebook and Twitter. Haigh, comments, “It was a great time for the launch as Attenborough put Africa at the top of any must have travel list. The captivating content of the series has also helped to generate interest on Twitter – our agents, clients and key bloggers joining the conversation” Acacia Africa’s 18th birthday campaign is live on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/14VR6VK. The tour operator is also running various birthday updates on Twitter under the #Acacia18 hashtag. Acacia Africa: 020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.com; www.acacia-africa.com. Members of AITO. ATOL 6499 and ABTA W4093 PROTECTED.
  4. cool will do =) As follows... 19-day Desert Tracker - http://acacia-africa.com/acacia_overland/desert_tracker_19_days_2012.php 4-day Kruger Encounter - http://acacia-africa.com/acacia_small_groups/kruger_encounter_2012.php City stays with Acacia Africa - http://acacia-africa.com/short_breaks_and_city_stays/
  5. Step back in time with the San Bushmen, a tribe who have been dancing themselves into a trance for near on 2,000 years. The chanting, foot stomping and rock art paintings found in Spitzkoppe are part of the entire spiritual process. Swap the commercial side of Halloween for something otherworldly on the 19-day Desert Tracker overland expedition, from £695pp (no single supplement) + local payment from £450pp including camping accommodation, most meals, transport and services of a local driver/guide. 18+ years. Guaranteed departure 27 October. Starts Cape Town – ends Livingstone. Adventurers in search of all things spooky should book an optional night drive to view the Kruger national park’s nocturnal residents. However, remember to sing when you pass a baobab, as some locals believe that the mind-altering devils who inhabit those very tree trunks will sneak up on you if you’re not humming a tune. 4-day Kruger Encounter from £645pp (no single supplement) including camping accommodation, most meals, transport, park fees and services of a local driver/guide. 18+ years. Guaranteed departure 29 October. Starts Johannesburg – ends Johannesburg. For a murder most horrid, add on a 4-day city stay in Johannesburg, home to Daisy de Melker, the second woman to die by hanging in South Africa. It is said that the serial killer, who poisoned her family with strychnine to claim the insurance money, can still be heard walking the floors of the city’s Supreme Court. And for extra chills the Braamfontein cemetery is a city must see when the clock strikes 12. 4-day city stay from £247pp (two sharing) including return transfers, 3-nights B&B accommodation, choice of 2 day tours and Johannesburg City Tour, Soweto or Lion Park (Apartheid Museum except Mondays). Daily departures. Acacia Africa: 020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.com; www.acacia-africa.com. ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED.

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