More and more solo travellers are wanting to explore Africa. We know that, coupled with long-haul flights, transfers, activity fees and other expenses, a safari can be a pricy vacation, especially if you then also have to pay a single-supplement rate on your accommodation because you’re travelling by yourself.
Tips for Solo Travellers
Our experienced Africa Safari Experts have crafted hundreds of thousands of tailor-made itineraries for all sorts of travellers. These are their top suggestions for singles:
1. Book in advance
Lodges and camps that waive single-supplement charges will often only do so on one room. The earlier you begin planning, the better your chances of securing that room for yourself.
2. Choose your season
You are far more likely to get a solo travel deal in Green Season when both rates and demand are lower than peak season. Green Season has plenty of advantages, not least of which are more options for single travellers.
3. Let your Africa Safari Expert put together a tailor-made itinerary
She or he will know which lodges and camps work best together for solos. Not all safari accommodation makes allowances for singles so leave it up to your ASE to do the groundwork for you. He or she will then also be able to slot in seamless transfers and activities.
4. Be upfront about your expectations
Let your ASE know your preferences so they can craft the best possible itinerary for you.
Consider the following:
- Do you want to dine alone or communally? Do you want a choice of who you dine with?
- Do you want to join a scheduled departure tour with a group or be fully independent?
- Is there a specific reason for your safari such as spotting a significant bird or photographing a wildlife event?
- Are activities like hot-air ballooning or elephant interaction important to you?
- Do you want to be around young children or do you prefer a more mature environment?
- The same for being around honeymooners – do you prefer a less romantic atmosphere or does it not matter?
- Do you prefer bigger establishments or much smaller, more intimate accommodation?
A great safari starts with great communication. There is no detail too small for your ASE to know while they are building and costing your journey. Let them know anything that concerns you, what you hope to achieve from your holiday and what your budget limitations are.
The Masai Mara
- Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration between about July and November
- Very easy year-round game viewing
- Hot-air ballooning at dawn over the plains
- Masai cultural encounters
- Easy add-on to Amboseli, Diani Beach, Meru, Laikipia, Samburu and Lewa
- Small but pretty park with a variety of habitats
- Move between wetlands, woodlands and classic savannah for different species
- The best views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa
- Good proximity to Nairobi for a shorter transfer time
Laikipia and Lewa
- Off-the-beaten track private wildlife conservancies
- Excellent conservation ethos
- Among the best places in Kenya to see rhino
- Close to Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in the country
- Superb accommodation with access to off-roading, star beds and guided walks