Affordable Solo Traveller African Safaris for 2019

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.

We’ve been venturing out on safari since 1998 and have rounded up not only our best travel tips for single travellers but also camps and lodges that waive single-supplement fees. Read on to see how you can finally plan your solo expedition to Africa!

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Tips & Travel Advice

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.

Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia

Where to Stay - Victoria Falls

Safari Accommodation for Solo Travellers

The following is a selection of accommodation that waives or lowers single-supplement rates under certain conditions. Please note that strict terms and conditions will apply such as only being able to travel in Green Season or only one single room per lodge or camp being available at any one time, among others. The single supplement is not always waived; in some cases, it may simply be lowered.

PLEASE NOTE This information is subject to change without notice. Please consult your ASE for more detail.

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Rikke was very helpful with arrangements and answered very quickly all my concerns during the booking process for my trip to Uganda and Tanzania. She worked with my budget and I was not disappointed at all. On the contrary, all lodges, guides, transfers, meals and activities were just wonderful. As a woman and solo travel I'm always a bit concerned before booking a trip but my experience was great and will definitely book my next trip to Africa with this company.
- Maria

 

Victoria Falls

Chundukwa River Lodge, Zambia

Why go

  • To see the world’s biggest waterfall
  • Adventure activities like white-water rafting, bungee jumping or bridge swinging
  • Swimming in Devil’s Pool on the precipice
  • Having lunch on Livingstone Island
  • Easy add-on to Chobe, Hwange or Lower Zambezi National Parks

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Kenya

Kenya

The Masai Mara

Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara.

Why go

  • 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

Where to stay

 

Amboseli

Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Why go

  • 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

Where to stay

 

Laikipia and Lewa

Loisaba Tented Camp, Laikipia

Why go

  • 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

Where to stay

 

Meru

Elsa’s Private House, Meru

Why go

  • A lush park with riverine forests and verdant swamps
  • At last 13 rivers and numerous mountain streams provide plenty of water for game
  • Lovely views of Mount Kenya and the Adamson’s Falls
  • Former home of Joy and George Adamson, famed raisers of Elsa the lioness of Born Free fame

Where to stay

 

Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi

Why go

  • Capital of Kenya and gateway to its safari destinations
  • Fun shopping for bronze sculpture, glassware and jewellery made from clay mined in the foothills of Kilimanjaro
  • Exciting excursions to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to adopt a baby ellie and to The Giraffe Centre to see endangered Rothschild’s giraffes

Where to stay

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Why go

  • Conservation and research area in the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya
  • Last outpost of the northern white rhino
  • Visit the sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees

Where to stay

Where to Stay - South Africa

South Africa

Sweni Lodge, Kruger National Park

Why go

  • Extremely good value for money
  • Excellent infrastructure, especially for children or first-timers to Africa
  • Reliable Big 5 sightings and award-winning accommodation
  • Combine Cape Town and the Winelands with Kruger’s private reserves

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Botswana

Botswana

Linyanti

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Kwando Lagoon Camp, Linyanti

Why go

  • Exciting transition zone to Chobe National Park
  • Linyanti and Kwando Rivers provide sustenance for game’
  • Known for sizable herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra
  • Included in a classic Botswana journey from Maun to Kasane

Where to stay

 

Nxai Pan

Nxai Pan Camp, Botswana

Why go

  • Classic semi-desert offers magnificent counterpoint to Okavango
  • Home of Baines’ Baobabs, a copse of these huge ‘upside-down trees’
  • Look out for cheetah, bat-eared foxes, wild dogs, lions and both brown and spotted hyenas
  • Drive out onto unearthly Nxai Pan, actually the bed of a long-gone prehistoric lake
  • Gorgeous from about November when summer rains transform the arid landscape

Where to stay

 

Central Kalahari

Tau Pan Camp, Central Kalahari

Why go

  • Second biggest wildlife reserve in the world and the most remote in Southern Africa
  • Off-the-beaten track adventure
  • Stunning array of semi-desert species especially honey badgers, African wild cats and jackals
  • Probably Botswana’s least-visited conservation area

Where to stay

 

Okavango Delta

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Khwai Bush Camp, Okavango Delta

Why go

  • The world’s largest inland delta
  • Botswana’s most exclusive wildlife area
  • Astounding accommodation featuring star beds, treehouses and suites on stilts
  • Water activities like boating and sunset mokoro (canoe) rides
  • Unusual species like Pel’s fishing owl, sitatunga and red lechwe

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Tanzania

Tanzania

Tarangire

Sanctuary Swala Camp deck

Why go

  • A part of Tanzania’s classic Northern Safari Circuit
  • Diverse park supported by the Tarangire River
  • Easily combined with the Serengeti
  • Known for populous elephant herds and huge baobabs

Where to stay

 

Serengeti

Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti

Why go

  • Tanzania’s best-known national park
  • See the Great Wildebeest Migration between about November and June
  • The wildebeest calve, rut and graze on the Serengeti’s wide-open plains
  • Huge variety of accommodation, from mobile tented camps to stately lodges

Where to stay

 

Arusha

Legendary Lodge, Arusha

Why go

  • Starting and end point for Northern Circuit safaris
  • Classic frontier town surrounded by coffee plantations
  • Lies at the base of Mount Meru plus easy access to Kilimanjaro

Where to stay

 

Ngorongoro Crater

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Why go

  • One of the most popular wildlife attractions in East Africa
  • Extremely easy Big 5 game viewing
  • An intact volcanic caldera keeps the animals contained in a diverse landscape
  • The mineral-rich soil provides plentiful grazing
  • Not unusual to see elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo in a single game drive
  • Very convenient for all-day safaris

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba

Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe

Why go

  • The world’s largest artificial freshwater lake on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Boating, fishing and water safaris to see hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds
  • Great relaxing end to a high-octane safari in Hwange or adventure activities at Vic Falls

Where to stay

 

Hwange

Somalisa Acacia, Hwange

Why go

  • Zimbabwe’s flagship conservation area and largest reserve
  • Easy add-on to Victoria Falls
  • Prehistoric rock paintings and carvings
  • Some of Africa’s best-trained guides

Where to stay

 

Mana Pools

Kanga Camp, Mana Pools

Why go

  • Right on the glorious Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe
  • Plenty of water activities including guided canoeing
  • Ramsar wetland of international importance for birders
  • Four large permanent pools or small lakes support good populations of elephant, Nile crocodile and hippos

Where to stay

 

Gonarezhou

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Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe

Why go

  • An exclusive wildlife area in southern Zimbabwe
  • Off-the-beaten track for experienced safari goers
  • See the magnificent Chijolo Cliffs
  • An elephant stronghold – Gonarezhou means ‘place of elephants’

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Uganda

Uganda

Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi

Why go

  • Superb, affordable mountain gorilla trekking
  • Convenient add-on to an East Africa big game safari
  • Excellent chimpanzee trekking in pristine rainforest
  • Boating on large lakes, surrounded by breath-taking scenery

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Congo

Congo

Ngaga Camp, Congo

Why go

  • Some of Africa’s easiest trekking of lowland gorillas thanks to flat terrain
  • Completely unspoilt rainforest experience
  • Very exclusive and immersive stay for wildlife lovers, photographers and birders
  • Once-in-a-lifetime adventure holiday in stunning forest lodges
  • Authentic cultural experiences

Where to stay

Where to Stay - Rwanda

Rwanda

Kwitonda, Volcanoes National Park

Why go

  • Forerunner in gorilla trekking and conservation
  • Exceptional scenery and exciting hiking
  • Unique sense of history and very uplifting and inspiring atmosphere
  • Reintroduction of Big 5 to Akagera National Park is a conservation success story

Where to stay