Africa specialist forecasts five top safari trends for 2013

By Natalia Thomson
Toddlers on safari in Africa and a comeback for luxury safaris are among several safari travel trends being highlighted by Africa Adventure Consultants (AAC) for the 2013 season.

AAC President Kent Redding said the company is seeing an increase in families embarking on safari holidays. “People are often surprised to learn the scope of unique kid-accessible adventures to be had in Africa, including South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania,” he said.

According to Redding, luxury safari is back on track. “Top-end camps have been quietly filling up, so travelers should book early if they want to stay in top offerings like the Singitas, the Mombos and the Ngorongoro Crater lodges.”

Culinary tours have also become hugely popular, said Redding, who suggested travelers expand their visits of South Africa’s Cape Winelands to include the country’s craft breweries. AAC is offering a new South Africa Hops & Hippos safari for beer lovers visiting the country.

The operator has also launched a tip sheet of 10 suggestions for a worry-free safari honeymoon, offering a variety of romantic and adventurous eight- to 11-day honeymoon.

Lastly, Redding said an increasing number of travelers are embracing give-back travel opportunities that enable them to travel with a purpose while enjoying a great vacation with authentic cultural interactions. “The Pack for a Purpose website (http://www.packforapurpose.org/ ) offers suggestions on turning extra suitcase space into much-needed gifts,” he said.

AAC specializes in creating custom itineraries to 13 African destinations, from classic photo safaris and adventure trekking to luxury honeymoons and family holidays.

Find out more about its product at www.adventuresinafrica.com.
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