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Safari specialist, Acacia Africa explains why group travel is favoured by solo travellers visiting Namibia - their 11-day Cape Desert Safari recently receiving rave reviews

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - May 25th, 2018 - Namibia is the most popular destination for solo travellers booking with Acacia Africa - 42% of whom are women*. The second least densely populated country in the world attracts even the hardiest of backpackers; driving a car solo across a barren desert, when the possibility of seeing another car passing by is slim and cellular signal is nil, often viewed as a non-starter. For UK millennials at least, overland travel appears to be the safest option, a recent poll finding that nearly 75% of millennials are unable to change a car tyre*.

After seeing images of Sossusvlei's "hauntingly beautiful" dead trees set against the towering dunes and bluest of skies, Lauren Detweiler felt compelled to visit Namibia: "It didn’t look like they could even be real in photos, so I knew I had to see them in person." Unsurprisingly, the country also stole fourth place on Acacia's 2018 hotlist - "Instagram Has Final Say On The best places to see in Southern & East Africa."

In her recent review* Lauren noted, the shock and awe she felt watching her first sunrise over the desert at Spitzkoppe, the excitement of the group's shoeless hike up Dune 45, and the incredible (and refreshing) feeling of seclusion from the rest of the world - experiencing places where you can feel the absence of progress already a travel trend. Add in an endless number of adrenaline pumping activities from skydiving to sand-boarding and eight months of prime time game viewing a year, and say’s Acacia, Namibia is one African country which is yet to have its day in the sun.

SAVE 20% (£167pp) The 11-day Cape Desert Safari southbound visits Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund (Namibia's Adventure capital), Sossusvlei, the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River before crossing the border to sample South Africa's wine and the delights of Cape Town. From £668pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £20pp including transport, camping accommodation, all highlights, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver.  Offer valid on 14 June and 12 and 26 July departures. Tour price before discount £835pp. Book by 31 May. Starts Windhoek - ends Cape Town. 18- 39 years.

Acacia is land only and the above price excludes return flight.  Independent flight prices available on request. Year-round departures. Acacia Africa’s Camping and Accommodated Overland tours are strictly targeted at travellers aged 18-39 years. The tour operator’s small group safaris are open to travellers from eight years, as are many of Acacia’s Short Safaris & Treks and City Breaks & Short Stays. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700). SATSA membership No. 1931, Atta membership no. 20151, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 

Notes to Editors:

* Namibia takes Acacia Africa’s top slot for solo travellers, the second least densely populated country in the world followed closely by Mozambique, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

* A poll of 2,000 drivers were polled by TV show Flipping Bangers. The study was commissioned by TV channel BLAZE® to mark the launch of the new show, which follows car experts and enthusiasts Will Trickett and Gus Gregory as they risk their own money to buy ‘bangers’ and ‘flip them’ (do them up) for a profit.

*NAMIBIA: THE LAND OF NOTHING AND EVERYTHING, 07 May 2018: Review of 11-day Cape Desert Safari by Lauren Detweiler, editor of Latitudes of Lauren 


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