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Solo Travel in Africa
Some of our trips don't work well for travelling alone, whilst others are perfect. Generally, we find that self-drive trips aren't ideal if you are on your own – simply because it's often better to have company in the car.
Some solo travellers like to join a group – and for trips in Namibia and Botswana we'd warmly recommend our Wild about Africa programme of small-group escorted trips well-suited to them. Many have no single-person supplements and prices start from as low as £1,185 per person for trips to Namibia.
Others will prefer more independence, and they will find that many of Expert Africa's tailor-made fly-in itineraries work very well for single or solo travellers. Many stay at small safari camps and lodges, which can be like visiting friends at their country house: you'll dine together with your hosts and fellow guests, whilst spending your days exploring the area and enjoying safari activities together. Eventually, you'll move camps – and so won't stay with the same people all the time. Thus you'll have the company of like-minded travellers at each camp, yet the advantage of moving on and meeting different characters during your trip.
For specific places to build into such a trip – here are a few ideas:
Solo travel to ZambiaWalking in a small group is a particularly sociable activity. In Zambia's Luangwa Valley many of the walking bush-camps are great options; a few of which have especially low single-person supplements. Among these are Luwi, Nsolo, Chikoko and Crocodile in South Luangwa National Park, and Mwaleshi and Kutandala in North Luangwa National Park. Scheduled walking safaris run by Robin Pope Safaris are also well worth considering – but book early!
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Solo travel in BotswanaGiven our excellent, long-standing relationships with many camps in Botswana, we can sometimes reduce or even waive single supplements. However, this is easiest to arrange outside peak season which runs from July to October. Sandibe and Nxabega are good possibilities; best to discuss these options with us well in advance.
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Solo travellers in TanzaniaFor adventurers, a guided trip around northern Tanzania, travelling in your own 4WD with a local guide, can be a fascinating way to immerse yourself in the country and its culture. Obviously the success of the trip depends on the relationship that you strike up with your guide, and we can help you with recommendations of specific guides.
Alternatively, in the south of the country, lodges like Beho Beho, in the Selous, stand out as being particularly inclusive and friendly, which goes a long way to making even the shiest single traveller feel completely at home.
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Wild about Africa adventures for single travellersAre you planning on travelling solo? Would you like to join a small group of adventurers on a simple or luxury camping safari to Botswana or Namibia? Wild about Africa specialises in small group holidays, and offers a variety of superb-value safaris for single travellers – click to read more!
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Travelling solo in Tanzania is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, get to know the local people and like-minded single travellers. In northern Tanzania, travelling alone with your own guide in a 4WD gives you great flexibility and the closest possible insight into their knowledge of the wildlife and culture. In southern Tanzania, several safari lodges are well suited to solo travellers; joint activities, communal dining and sociable lounging areas give you the opportunity to get to know other guests if you wish to.Ideas for solo travel in Tanzania