With authentic and experiential travel gathering momentum, Africa is set to be one of the top continents for travel in 2017 according to Acacia Africa, and the operator has identified destinations that it predicts will be trending - and why.

The company's sales and marketing manager, Arno Delport, said: "Namibia secured second place on Lonely Planet’s Best Value travel list with its currency pegged to the South African rand. Brexit means budgets will be stretched in 2017, so we would also expect Lesotho and Swaziland - the country being tipped as Southern Africa’s next adventure capital - to be key destinations next year, the value of the Loti and Lilangeni also tied to the rand."

As an example of prices, an 11-day Cape Desert Safari leads in at £755 per person (with no single supplement) including transport, camping accommodation, 27 meals and the services of a tour leader/guide. Kenya has also started to make a comeback since travel advisories were removed according to the operator.

Delport said: "The 50th anniversary of the film adaption of Born Free heightening interest in Kenya. The country and more specifically multi-destination overland travel will undoubtedly benefit from the tripartite agreement between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, which was signed in October: the objective being to boost African tourism, increase the number of visitors, and indirectly help the economy of each of the three countries."

An 18-day Mountain gorillas to the Mara itinrerary, covering Kenya and Uganda, leads in at £1,405, with an Adventure Pass costing an additional £510 and a Gorilla & Chimp Trek permit from £540. Prices include transport, camping accommodation, 50 meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Meanwhile, in a recent Long Haul Holiday Report, South Africa’s Cape Town emerged as the cheapest of 34 resorts and cities surveyed for Brits - and following the launch of British Airways' new flights from Gatwick three times weekly, the destination is expected to gain popularity.

To book or for more information call 020-7706 4700 or see acacia-africa.com

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