YOUR SAFARI PLANNING GUIDE
Straddling the equator and encompassing fifty-four countries, Africa is even large — and diverse. Filled with a kaleidoscope of ancient cultures, unique climates, exotic wildlife, and places of outstanding natural beauty, Africa is an excellent place to visit any time of year. Our safari experts will walk you through the ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘when’, and ‘how’ and make it easy to create an adventure you’ll never forget. Journey With Us To Africa — It’s Like No Place You’ve Ever Seen!
We have assembled over a dozen classic, time-tested itineraries that are the perfect starting point to planning any safari. Let one jump start your imagination and our safari experts will take care of the rest. If you already have a good idea of where you’d like to visit, we can help plan the best time of year to go and the style of travel you prefer. When working within a specific travel window, we will recommend destinations with favorable weather and excellent game viewing.
Through years of experience planning safaris, we have found that that ten to fourteen days is sufficient to enjoy a relaxing,yet in-depth Africa experience. Guests should also allow a full day for travel in each direction. We recommend that you start the planning process six to twelvemonths prior to your desired departure date. This will ensure the best availability of accommodations and flights — especially for travel during events like the annual Great Migration or over major holiday periods.If your planning timeline is shorter, don’t worry. We excel at putting together custom itineraries on short notice, as well. Our classic itineraries have flexible departure dates to fit your schedule. Once confirmed,Acacia will ensure that your safari departs on the date selected.We can assist you in finding the best airfare to and from the African continent if you prefer that we coordinate your trip from start to finish.
Selecting A Safari Destination
There are two major regions for safari in Africa — eastern and southern —each
spectacular in its own distinct way.Highlights of East Africa include mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the great game reserves of Kenya & Tanzania including the Serengeti and Masai Mara, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, and the exotic beaches and warm waters of Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean coast. Southern Africa offers diverse landscapes that include stunning Cape Town and its nearby wine-growing region, the venerable Kruger National Park, thundering Victoria Falls, and pristine and unique Okavango Delta. Many travelers choose one region to explore in-depth, though both can certainly be visited on longer itineraries.
East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda & Uganda
◉ These countries straddle the equator and temperatures are rather stable year-round with average high temperatures in themid-70s to high 80s. Temperatures are warmer near the Indian Ocean coastline and grow cooler on the high plains of the Serengeti, but the seasonality of the region is determined by rainfall.
◉ Rainfall is more frequent from April to mid-May with shorter rains falling in November and December. Rain is infrequent the rest of the year.
◉ Mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda is an excellent year-round activity due to consistent temperatures and climate.
◉ The Great Migration begins on Tanzania’s Serengeti Plain in June as great herds follow the rain in search of fresh grasses.Wildebeest and zebra travel north into Kenya’s Masai Mara, staying until early September when they begin the reverse migration back into the Serengeti.
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi
◉ Seasons here are the reverse of those in the United States and Europe; summer is generally from November through February. In June and July, mornings can get chilly, but days warm up to pleasant temperatures by mid-morning.
◉ In most parts of the region, rainfall is heaviest from December to February.Safari is best during the dry months,but can still be good during the rains —especially for guests interested in bird watching. Snowfall is rare and limited to the higher elevations.
◉ Weather in the Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate that is milder than the rest of the region. Temperatures cool during the winter, June through August, and damp,blustery days are not uncommon.December through March is a particularly pleasant time to visit Cape Town. Groups, Families & Honeymoons
Whether traveling solo, as a couple, with a group, or as a family, we can tailor your itinerary to best fit the needs and interests of your party. We offer special options for newly weds on their honeymoon —private game drives, a romantic tour of wine country, or a few days on a secluded beach in Zanzibar. We’re also experts at creating custom-tailored family safaris that use specially-trained guides, family friendly lodges, and private vehicles while on game drives. If you are traveling with a group of six or more, we offer special planning support like group transfers for parties arriving from different locations, a dedicated group leader to assist with the day-to-day details,and special group rates. No matter how you are traveling, our safari experts can help with the details that will make your trip especially memorable.
Whether a grand hotel on the Victoria& Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town,an intimate luxury tented camp in the Serengeti, a rustic-styled lodge perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, or an exotic beach side resort in Zanzibar, we only use the best camps and lodges throughout Africa. Selected for their unique locations, excellent food and outstanding service, our properties give you a wide range of choices to suit your preferences while always offering comfort and luxury in the heart of the African wilderness. Your accommodations are an essential part of the safari experience; you’ll never forget the sight of elephants walking past your private verandah, the sound of hippos in the river below camp, or the roar of Victoria Falls outside your window.