(TRAVPR.COM) 14th April, 2017 - According to Acacia Africa, walking safaris are in demand when it comes to families booking on their small group tours. The itineraries, which cover East and Southern Africa, are proving to be increasingly popular amongst those with kids in tow especially since the operator opened up their complete collection to parents with children from eight years.
Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “All wildlife sightings have the same wow factor whether its discovering a leopard tortoise (one of the “small five”) quenching its thirst from a puddle, or catching sight of lioness on the prowl. But, being able to view the continent’s animal kingdom at close quarters on a walking safari heightens the excitement, as it’s a more intimate encounter in the bush."
A bonus for any families opting for an African safari, Florence Williams, science journalist and author of The Nature Fix (published, February 2017), claims time spent in the great outdoors can not only make you happier, less stressed, but also more creative and "socially connected”. In fact, Williams says, "If you can get your kids outside often enough to develop their love for nature...you will be giving them a gift they will have their entire lives."
Acacia launched its 2017 travel catalogue in February, the 32 page brochure including the new 12 day Delta & Chobe Waterways accommodated small group tour. One of many highlights, the itinerary features walking safaris in the 3,200 hectare Polokwane Game Reserve.
Delport comments, “The park's main attraction is the amount of ground one can cover on foot in a single afternoon - white rhino, and some very rare game, like the sable and tsessebe antelope often encountered by safari goers.”
Additonal walking safaris in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are also listed on the itinerary. The trip ends with an insightful 4X4 excursion in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary - a community based project located on the edge of the Kalahari desert. Popular with the growing number of more adventurous parents, Botswana offers more rugged, unique experiences and fewer crowds. Bound to be a safari hotspot this summer, Prince Harry recently put the spotlight back on the country, the royal championing a campaign to protect endangered rhinos.
12 day Delta & Chobe Waterways accommodated small group tour from £1,200pp (two sharing) + Safari Pass from £950pp including transport accommodation (10 nights twin share rooms with en suite facilities, one night twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite) most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Starts Johannesburg - ends Johannesburg. Price excludes return flight. Year round departures.
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