Acacia operates a variety of tours across Africa from multi-country overland safaris and small group packages, to city stays and adventure activity breaks. Our in-depth knowledge of destinations, local cultures and the environment make our tours exciting, while still being affordable.
From the plains of the Serengeti or the iconic River Nile, to thundering Victoria Falls and picturesque Cape Town, we at Acacia firmly believe there is nothing quite as fulfilling as a journey through Africa.Find your perfect tour
If you like to travel with friendly like-minded people, believe the journey is as important as the places you visit, don’t mind roughing it a little, Camping Overland is for you.Find out more
Our accommodated safaris offer the option to pre-book your bed on our overland routes so you know you'll be sleeping in comfort while on safari, or book a fully accommodated tour on our short safari's and treks. Check out our accommodated tour style for more!Find out more
If you like being part of a smaller pack then our small group safaris are for you. Using smaller vehicles, and travelling on shorter more comprehensive routes, our small group tours are ideal for single travellers and families too.Find out more
Designed to be more country and activity specific, Acacia's Short Safaris & Treks are ideal if you've got limited time, want to upgrade your accommodation from budget to lodge, or only want to focus on a specific activity or adventure.Find out more
Our City Breaks & Short Stays are ideal if you want freedom to explore and are a perfect add-on to your longer overland safari and allow you to see the sights of the city before heading off.
Our tailor made tours cater to those who wish to plan on their own time, and suits those who would like to hire a car and drive themselves, or need a little more luxury in their travel arrangements. Enjoy train trips, river cruises and private game reserves in this tour option.Find out more
I did this trip as a solo female traveller as part of a 18-39 tour. My group size varied from 10 to 19 people, and consisted of a great mix of ages, nationalities, and travel experience. I did the tour as a camper, and so I was in a tent most nights - the tents provided are sturdy and well suited to the climate, and all of the campsites were very good, most of them having hot showers, electricity, and basic wifi. The Acacia bus was secure, comfortable, and well equipped. All of my guides and drivers were absolutely lovely people, who obviously love their jobs and are passionate about everything that Africa has to offer. All in all, I will certainly be using Acacia again!
If you have any hesitation, just book it. It's great value for your money, and if your trip is anything like ours, you'll see incredible things, spend time with wonderful people, and learn lots from some of the best guides your could ever ask for. Special shout out to Jack (Moyenda) and Masai (Paul) our guides from Cape Town to Livingstone, who made living in tents and riding a big truck with 22 people some of the best times we've had. Don't worry about it being a participation tour--that really just means you'll help pack up the chairs from around the campfire, might cut up some vegetables, and will take a few turns cleaning some of the cookware. If you're not uniquely lazy, you'll probably even enjoy the few assigned tasks which help bond the group--especially the dance of the dishes. A few tips: pack light (you don't need that many sets of clothes), bring warm clothes for the chilly nights if you're there in winter (the right clothes and a good blanket make all the difference), buy yourself a good pillow when you arrive (you can donate it at the end), plan to do some of the optional activities (almost all of them were worth it), and keep in mind that you'll see some incredible places that you'll certainly feel the need to come back to for a longer stay. Also, the food is incredible, so don't worry about that. Plus, the toilets, showers, and wifi were generally clean, hot, and working adequately where that was advertised.
I just travelled through East Africa with Acacia Adventures and it’s been one of the best trips of my life. The guides throughout the trip were fantastic, being both hospitable and knowledgeable. The truck was spacious and comfortable and the lockers at the back for our bags were super convenient. The tents were easy to put up and pack up. The food was AMAZING! I never expected to put on weight on this trip but it definitely happened haha. I still can’t believe how Sam and Crispin managed to produce such amazing food while camping. As far as the itinerary goes, we got to see all the hot spots with some unexpected additions. For those going to see the Gorilla’s, the Chimpanzee trekking was an addition that I didn’t expect to be a highlight, but it went so far above and beyond my expectations. It was one of the most moving experiences and I loved every moment I spent in the jungle with them. The accommodation in Zanzibar was absolutely beautiful. I would definitely travel with Acacia again, this trip was the best way to spend six weeks and Africa was the adventure of a lifetime.
We visited nice places with really friendly people and guides. An adventure that we will never forget. I can really recommend travelling with Acacia!
In my opinion, Acacia Africa is the perfect way to see the spectacular splendour of Africa. The trips combine a perfect combination of tourism and exposure to the real Africa. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Each days itinerary is very carefully explained the night before. The drivers keep your safety in mind at all time and double as excellent spotters of animals while on safari. While the accommodations are not luxurious, they are perfectly satisfactory and I loved supporting local businesses rather than chains. The food provided exceeded my expectations. It was delicious and there was always enough to have seconds. While traveling through Africa itself can present unexpected challenges, traffic, bad roads, unexpected breakdowns, the team handled everything professionally and kept us happy and well cared for. It all just added to the experience. A special shout out to our guide Liz Njuguna whose energy and enthusiasm made our trip unforgettable. If you want a vacation, go to the Caribbean. If you want an adventure go with Acacia Africa.
I had a fantastic time on this accommodated Cape Desert Safari Tour which was perfectly organised. The accommodation was great and we also slept 2 nights in a tent, which was easy to put up. The truck we used was perfect for this kind of trip and well equipped with all the travelling necessities including a freezer. Our driver (Khumbu) and guide (Philile) were amazing, professional and shared a wealth of knowledge. The meals they prepared were outstanding! Read the full review here.
I joined the Kruger, Swaziland and Beach 7-day tour as a camping guest but only actually camped for 3 nights where we had excellent facilities. In Swaziland, we were able to upgrade from camping to log cabin dorms for just R15 a night. On the final night we were in permanent tents with beds and linen. All locations had excellent communal facilities. There were lots of meals included and catered for vegetarians and gluten-free too. The food was very very good. Jack was our guide and a fabulous guide and chef! There were lots of included activities and everything was arranged perfectly. Compared with other tour operators, Acacia was much cheaper but do not compromise on quality so highly recommended. It was also cheaper than doing this route independently too.
I travelled on the Desert Tracker 19-day tour and it was my most memorable trip ever! My favourite part was the mokoro canoes in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. 100% recommend Acacia😊 Remember to bring warm clothes and a solid sleeping bag if you’re camping, the temperature drops ALOT as soon as the sun goes down.
I am not long back from the East African Explorer 21 day tour and thought I would share my experience. Overall, the tour was well organised and the guides ensured we felt safe at all times. The truck was well equipped and I was surprised at how comfortable the seats were - so comfortable I was able to sleep despite the 'African massages' along the way. Some of the journeys on this trip are quite long but they are unavoidable if you want to see these parts of Africa. Anyway, the route was quite scenic and the guides provided info about the surrounding area along the way and we stopped every so often to stretch our legs. The main guide, Sammy, also informed us when to stock up on snacks and drinks at the better supermarkets as a lot of the local shops were poorly supplied as you can imagine. Most of the stops had some form of toilet however my group found that the bush toilets were generally cleaner (this is Africa after all). The tents provided were pretty good and the mattresses were spot on too. I have to say, one of the things I was anxious about before going on the trip was the quality of the meals as catering for large groups often leads to small portions of massively overdone food but both Sam and Ali were great cooks and we always had plenty to eat. Read more about RCrozier's East African Explorer tour and find out about the highlights along the way by clicking on the link below.
I travelled from Livingstone to Nairobi with Acacia. The service provided was second to none. I was worried about travelling to Africa due to safety but at no time did I feel unsafe. Our tour leader and driver were very professional and offered a lot of information and went out of their way to help with anything we needed. The camp sites were all great. I loved there was an option to upgrade for a small fee in a lot of locations. The food was awesome and there was always plenty available. I would highly recommend Acacia Africa. I would definitely travel with them again.
9 days Gorilla Trekking - Troop to the Gorilla (TTG9) This is my 2nd review for Acacia Africa as I decided to go back and do another tour as my first tour was life changing and they did not disappoint. I did a 9 day tour from Kampala to Jinja around Uganda - the main reason was to see the Gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The tour was run by Masai and Maja and they were incredible! They are both such lovely people and made the tour run smoothly and ensured we got the most out of our trip. I would highly recommend Acacia Africa for an incredible life changing experience. It is great value for money and you will honestly experience things that you will never forget.
Amazing! 7 Day Camping INSIDE National Parks from Vic Falls to Okavango Delta We heard the lions roar! The "7 Day Best of Botswana" tour had us camping inside the National Parks. No fences! Inside our tents with elephants roaming around outside... and lions. When a lion roars at night you wake up - instantly. They can be heard up to 8kms. One night after the elephants had passed us by maybe 100 meters from our tents I started to hear a male lion's deep roar... that kept getting closer... I must have dozed off till a hugely loud roar seemed just meters away. Later roars told it was moving away. We jumped up early into our LandCruiser and quickly found the lion tracks as close as 300 meters from our camp. If a close-up adventure with the animals is what you are after there is nothing I can recommend better than camping right along with them. It has an expert driver/guide (Morgan) and a chef (Noga). All we had to do was put our tents up and they did the rest, from feeding to educating us. We had 7 on our trip which is just about full so there's not a whole gaggle of tourists but a small group of really interesting people. My memories of sleepless nights under the stars with wild animals so close to camp will remain with me the rest of my life. At any price, a lifetime memory is worth it... that this safari is one of the
Our guide Colin was hands down the best guide I have ever had, there is honestly nothing he could have done better. Our driver Philip was also a great guy with the biggest laugh.
Our driver Lawrence was absolutely amazing and took care of all our needs and wants!
Amazing safari tour, full of highlights… The Acacia 14 day Southern Africa Magic tour is a fabulous itinerary and overall we had an unforgettable experience and a great time. Read more about tips for this tour.
The highlight of our entire traveling experiences ever. By far the most amazing tour/safari we've ever done. Incredible staff who are super knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. Amazing food, perfect itinerary, great prices & overall life-changing experience! Couldn't have booked with a better tour company.
Unbelievable Trip! Just got back from my two-week safari through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana with Acacia. My parents and I took the Southern Africa Magic tour and we all absolutely loved it! Simply a magical experience and I would not hesitate to use Acacia again. The value of the trip for the money was quite a steal compared to most of the other companies out there. Really makes Africa an affordable destination! Read more...
My wife, sister, and I took the Southern African Magic tour with Acacia travelling through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. The price was reasonable, as were the prices of the extras that we paid for in some of the locations on the journey. Having travelled to Tanzania where I booked safaris on site, I have learned that many companies charge outlandish prices, but I did not feel this way about this trip with Acacia. It is possible that I could have arranged a trip for a little less money on my own, but it would not have been worth the hassle, and I don’t think that the trip would have been as good as it turned out to be. Virtually every day on the trip was nothing short of spectacular. We had encounters with rhinoceroses on foot, camped in tents on the Okavango Delta, went on adventures in Kruger, Matoba, Chobe, and Victoria Falls national parks, the Rondavels and Blyde Canyon area of South Africa, a number of wildlife preserves, and we took boat rides on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, and a fantastic pole-driven canoe ride in the Okavango. As extras, all of which were worth the additional money, we walked with lions, rode elephants, horses, flew in a plane over the Okavango and a helicopter (over Victoria Falls), and we had great culinary adventures, including a traditional boma dinner in Victoria Falls. Sitting five feet away from a family of meerkats near a salt pan was as unforgettable as being approached by a bull white rhino while on foot in Matoba NP. There was a minor unintentional error made in regard to a charge for our transportation to and from the airport, but Acacia was quick to refund our credit card with an apology. Our guide, Simon, was wonderful and he bent over backwards to make the trip the great adventure that it was. The bus that we travelled in was quite comfortable as was all of our lodgings. It may be the luck of the draw, but I enjoyed the company of everyone who accompanied us on the tour and found them all to be intelligent and friendly, which is something that I found quite refreshing after some of the experiences that I have had on cruises in past. I speak Arabic, Urdu, and German, and had a great time putting those languages to use with some of our fellow travelers. This was, of course, something that could not have been anticipated or arranged, but it did heighten my total experience. My wife declared that this was the best trip that we’ve ever taken. Considering that we have made amazing trips to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, South America and Easter Island, Egypt, China, New York, and a Mekong River cruise, I’d say that was saying a great deal. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another trip with Acacia and may consider doing so in the future.
We started our tour in Cape Town then headed towards Cederberg and all the way up to Swakopmund. Our tour guide, Pete, was INCREDIBLE and our driver Ben was awesome too!! They were both so inviting and fun. We were unsure what to expect with the food as well but we were pleasantly surprised with how good it was and well portioned. I HIGHLY recommend this company and this tour. I wouldn't go with anyone else after my amazing experience I had.
I just finished a tour with Acacia (African Insight - NAI7) to Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Guides Justin and Khumbu did an excellent job. The food was outstanding and better than a 5 stars restaurant. Very Yummy!!!! Overall, a great experience camping.
I hopped onto the Kruger to Durban 7 days (KSB7) tour (also part of Kruger to Capetown 19 days). The tour guides were lovely and they cooked the best food! I did not find this tour expensive and if you want to travel around for a good price with a group, I can certainly recommend this tour. There was a fair bit of driving, however there were plenty stops too. The table in the truck was great to play cards and kill some time on the long drive days. I highly recommend Acacia and would use them again.
Our group of 3 women traveled with Acacia Africa in August 2016 on their small group safari, Southern African Magic Accommodated. We cannot say enough good things about our tour. Our tour leader, Lawrence, was attentive, knowledgeable, and had a good command of the English language. Our safety was his main concern and we were thankful for that. Our tour group consisted of 12 travelers, ranging in age from 25 to 67 and women outnumbering men 9 to 3. We found all accommodation on the tour to be comfortable with some lodges even having pools. The food served at the lodges was delicious and plentiful and gave us the opportunity to sample some local cuisine. Thank you for selecting lodges with local colour and flair. It brought us closer to the African people. Our itinerary included the main game parks and tourist sights in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Yes, there were long days on the road but it gave us an opportunity to get to know our fellow travelers better. Read more about hsterghi's adventure on the South African Magic tour on Trip Advisor.
I did the 43 day trip from Kenya to Cape Town and it was the best thing I have ever done! The trip covered so many highlights which have made it hard to narrow it down to which ones were the best! The trip started off at the famous parks of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti before making our way to the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi. We then headed for Livingstone to enjoy the adrenaline activities such as Devil's Pool and Bungee before crossing over to Botswana, the Okavango Delta and Namibia, the Namib desert, ending at the beautiful city of Cape Town. This is just a nutshell but there is a lot more activities involved at all the places. The thing that made this trip incredible was our tour guide Rachel and truck driver Sam - they are the perfect team and made this experience unforgettable. I would happily book another tour with Acacia, it was very organised and completely blew my expectations out of the water. Thank you for giving me the experience of a lifetime.
I have just come back from the 19 Day South West Safari from the Vic Falls (Zambia) to Cape Town. This is a camping tour in an overland truck for 18 - 39-year-olds. I thoroughly recommend this route if you don't have time to do the full circuit from Uganda to Cape Town. We have seen so many different landscapes like the open plains in Botswana to the sand dunes in the Namib Desert. I went to Africa with no expectations for what animals I was going to see as I didn't want to be disappointed if I didn't see them... oh boy, was I impressed! We had seen over 100 elephants (Botswana has the highest population in Africa), countless Zebra, Giraffe, Hippos, Lion, 7 Rhinos (people who had been on the tour since Kenya hadn't even seen one yet), Buffalo + so much more. The only animal we didn't see was a Leopard, but they are really rare and remember this is the wild, no sighting is guaranteed! Our driver Sam and tour guide Rachel are both two of the nicest people I've ever met, both from Kenya. They were so informative, like two books of knowledge about everywhere our tour went and the countries we visited. Rachel is a fabulous cook, it was like eating at a fine-dining restaurant every night. They were the best guide's I've ever had, out of all the tours I've been on over the world. Overall - we are going back to Africa next year to do East Africa and I wouldn't even consider a different tour company to Acacia for a second. Read more about Katy's response on Trip Advisor about the tour pricing and tips.
I just came back from a 7-day Small Groups accommodated tour from Johannesburg to Vic Falls with Acacia Africa. This was one of my best travel experiences ever! The itinerary was great as it allows you to see all the main highlights along the route. We were able to see four out of the big five - just because leopards are very difficult to spot during the day. We stayed in very nice places and the lodges/guesthouses/hotels were nice and clean. Our tour guide, Lawrence, was incredible - with a great sense of humor and he made sure everybody's interests were met. He was fantastic at creating a true family spirit within the group despite that the composition of the group was changing along the way. All local tours in the national parks were amazing as he provided lots of information along the way, even taking us as close as possible to the animals. At some point, we were as close as 5 meters to white rhinos. Oh, and the food was amazing! I didn't expect steaks, nice big salads etc. included in the package. If I ever decide to take another tour in Africa, Acacia will be my go-to company. Well done! I will definitely recommend this to other travelers.
“BEST TOUR EVER!” I did a 14-day overland from Vic Falls to Johannesburg including Mozambique and it was the best two weeks I have ever spent! We saw all the attractions you could ever want to see and had plenty of time to do our own exploring if we wanted to. There were also plenty of opportunities to do our own activities and have as much fun as we could. The camping facilities were amazing! Tents and food were provided including a cooked breakfast every morning and dinners to die for. Our tour leader Shingi was the most enthusiastic person I have ever met and is really knowledgeable, helpful and flexible. (We love you, Mama). Our driver Jairos was equally lovely and drove our truck amazingly on the bumpy roads of Africa. I would definitely recommend this tour for 18-39-year-olds and is a must do adventure.
We are a German family with 3 teenagers and had a wonderful tour through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Acacia has put together a very exciting trip through these three countries, visiting Kruger NP, Victoria Falls, Chobe NP and Okavango Delta. We were travelling with a small group of German, English and Italian people, all very nice. We had the perfect tour guide, Simon, who was always very supportive, calm and reliable in all situations. A big, big thank you to Simon. The lodges were clean and comfortable, we enjoyed the African style and friendly people. We booked the tour via the agency African Budget Safaris, which also was very good, providing all information about the tours. Especially the agent Claire Monson helped us a lot, a big thank you. We really recommend this tour, if you are looking for an adventure trip for the whole family without driving on your own. The National Parks were amazing, we never saw so many wild animals so close in nature, the rangers were very skilled and explained all details.
I just finished the overland camping trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls/Livingstone. Amazing!! The guide and driver - yo Big Sam! - were great, nothing was too much trouble and they really worked hard to make sure we all had an incredible time. The itinerary was perfect, we got to see and do so many amazing things - the Okavango Delta, dune 45, sandboarding, skydiving, Chobe National Park, Vic Falls... I could name so much more! And the campsites were incredible, think watching shooting stars on a huge rock in the middle of nowhere, or camping literally next to a elephant watering hole with no fences around you! If you have doubts about camping please don't - the mattresses were A LOT more comfy than i expected, the tents were HUGE and i had hot showers most of the time! And the FOOD. I definitely put on a few kgs. Overall it was an incredible experience with an amazing group of people that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend! Thanks acacia!
The highlight of our tour to Victoria Falls was our excellent guide Simon. He really went above and beyond to keep us happy and safe. Simon's enthusiasm is infectious, he is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about show what Southern Africa has to offer. We had an unavoidable change of itinerary due to the political situation in Zimbabwe and Simon was able to keep us well informed and make alternate arrangements. The tour itself was a great way for us to see Kruger, Botswana and Victoria Falls. There are some long days driving but the spectacular views of Victoria Falls are worth it. The accommodation is adequate, with the first 2 nights at Nsele Lodge a highlight. The host are very welcoming and the food amazing. We would recommend Acacia Africa to anyone looking for a guided tour in Africa.
From Vic Falls to JoBurg - camping all the way. So much fun and what an experience. Great guide! Beautiful places to visit. Highlight was Elephant Sands!!
The whole trip was spectacular from the border crossings to the safaris in the truck every bit of it was cultural and enjoyable. The scenery is something from a story book, from lush rainforests to salt lakes and sand dunes it's incredible that you get to see so much in one continent.
As a solo woman traveler I would totally recommend booking with this company! You get to meet a lot of people on the truck and the tour guide makes everything so much easier and pleasant.
Fantastic tour from joburg to Victoria falls. Very knowledgeable guide who gave great facts without personal opinion. Fantastic value also.
I can't pick my favourite moment - Sleeping under the stars at Spitzkoppe, skydive in Swakopmund, swarms of elephants in Chobe, rafting on the Zambezi, bushman walk in the Kalahari, scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. These incredible experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life.