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Cape Town might be experiencing a water shortage, but South Africa’s Mother City is all go for visitors, and with average highs of between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius in March and April, why not add our new three-day Marine Eco Tour to your overland tour or small group safari.

Humpback Whale Breaching_DyerIslandCruises - credit Dyer Island CruisesThe city stay has a strong focus on the conservation of the Marine Big Five (including sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins) and not just the Great White Shark, for which the area is well-known, an expert marine biologist hosting part of your trip.

An interesting time to travel, in recent months the presence of Orcas has affected the population of Great White sharks, and the Gansbaai area is being monitored to understand this unusual behaviour.  An opportunity to delve more deeply into the world of marine biology; the Great White is a necessary predator in the Cape area and one which helps keep the abundant Cape fur seal population in check.

The new eco tour also includes a visit to the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Daily departures, year round.

At the end of last week, Day Zero (the date the city’s depleted reservoirs are expected to officially hit empty) was pushed forward to 09 July. If you are heading to Cape Town you should be mindful of your water usage while staying in the city. Feel free to share your water saving tips using the hashtag #SaveLikeALocal.

Submit a blog post, image or video from your Acacia Africa trip before 06 May and you could win a gold 32GB 8inch Samsung S2 Galaxy Tablet. To enter, simply register at AcaciaLive and share – the best post wins!