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(TRAVPR.COM) UK - March 8th, 2018 - If you’re female and travelling solo then paradoxically you’re not alone, you’re one of a growing number of women opting to forge their own path out on the road. Tour operator, Acacia Africa has also noted an uptick in the number of single women booking on their tours - the safari specialist’s overland itineraries specifically catering to singles.

Sabine Behrmann, Cape Town Manager at Acacia Africa, comments, “A growing number of female solo travellers (42%) are booking on our tours - an increase of 5% over the last year. While the increase is more pronounced on our overland tours - travellers on these trips aged between 18-39 years – we are also seeing a rise in numbers on our open aged Small Group programmes where women of all ages book with us.”

Acacia sees the change in travel preferences as a trend, and with more female bloggers opting to navigate the world independently and influencing the way we travel, they expect to see even more solo women adventurers choosing to book with them over the course of the year.

Sabine Behrmann, comments “Group overland tours are a great halfway house for anyone who’s thinking of going it alone, and attractive to expert independent travellers (many offering a ready-made source of solo travel tips) who want to buddy up and share their wanderlust for a while. On our tours, you can also test out your solo-skills en route through Africa and enjoy free days (group time-out) in the following locations: Swakopmund, Vilanculos, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi.”

Vast and massively underpopulated for its size, Acacia claims Namibia is one of the most popular countries for overland travellers, followed by Mozambique, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe and Malawi, but Uganda is also in the running to be a solo hotspot this year.

According to Acacia Africa, interest in gorilla viewing is at an all-time high. Nat Geo’s three-part documentary "Secrets In The Mist” which aired in December, was made honour of the 50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s work, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of Gorilla’s In The Mist, the 1988 biopic starring Sigourney Weaver. With permits in short supply, Acacia suggest booking early as places for this activity are limited for reasons of conservation, and even earlier if you’re considering travel to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - permits for Uganda currently half the price of those in neighbouring Rwanda. 

Acacia’s NEW nine-day Troop To The Gorillas overland itinerary includes gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, chimp trekking in the Queen Elizabeth National Park and optional white water rafting and volunteering at Jinja. From £775pp no single supplement + gorilla & chimp permit from £555pp including transport, camping accommodation, most meals, and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes return flight. Year-round departures. Starts Kampala - ends Kampala.


Acacia Africa

Established over 23 years ago, Acacia Africa is considered an expert on travel to Africa and the safari specialist offers a huge range of tours. From its original Acacia Overland tours, which are no single supplement, to small group, short safari & treks, city stays and tailor-made packages. Each itinerary stays true to the tour operator’s original goal – to provide adventure on exciting, affordable tours for those with a lust for Africa. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700). SATSA membership No. 1931, Atta membership no. 20151, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED.


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