Solo Travelers

Cool places, friendly hotels & tours where you won’t feel like the odd one out

Overview

So many travel choices open up when you’ve only got yourself to answer to. With no-one else’s quirky habits and irrational fears to take into consideration, you are free to choose on a whim. And travel exactly as you please. What is sometimes overlooked are the annoying downsides for Solo Travellers in Africa. From safety considerations, to the extra cost of transfers and private guides. As well as the dreaded single supplements…

We’ll always do our best to get intrepid solo travellers where they want to go. But sometimes the logistics and costs simply don’t add up. From our experience, we find that there are some places, and ways of travelling, that work better than others for solo holidays in South Africa.

Below we outline some safaris & friendly hotels in Africa where solo travellers will feel at home.

Top Tips & Trips for Solo Travellers in Africa

The above article gives a candid low-down on the best ways to travel. And it also showcases some possible safaris which you might like to consider.

Solo man at Marataba safari lodge

Solo Holidays to South Africa

There’s no reason not to travel around South Africa independently. But we reckon that the driving distances make a pure self-drive slightly daunting for most people. (Though it well could be an option for a few days in the Cape.)

That leaves other modes of transport. Unfortunately, there is surprisingly little choice in group tours. Some Cape & Garden Route tours have guaranteed departures which single people can join. But you are unlikely to be able to get to the more remote or unique areas without paying a heavy price for a private tour or transfer.

The answer may be to join some scheduled tours in Cape Town. Or take a multi-day tour along the Garden Route. Finish it off with a safari which is a convivial activity by its very nature?

Another option is to combine some scheduled day tours in Cape Town with private transfers to a convivial country lodge in the Cape which offers a range of activities in-house? Examples include Grootbos, Lekkerwater or Cederberg Ridge.

Solo travellers - singita sweni

Accommodation for Solo Travellers in Africa

So which lodge or hotel should you choose? The selection below features hotels and game lodges in South Africa where the single supplement ranges from a welcome 'zero' (yay!) to not more than 25%-30%.

However there are many other wonderful options which could also work for you. These are small, friendly lodges where the owners are very hands-on and happy to chat. Sometimes they meet their guests for evening drinks. At others dining is around a communal table. Often there are activities on offer where you can meet other guests if you wish to. Chat to us about your needs.

Safari Trips for Solo Travellers in Africa

A safari is a sociable experience by its very nature. Guests from around the world, and all walks of life, tend to mix easily on game vehicles. Dining is often around a communal dining table. And you are united by a common interest in the natural world. Thus, most of our game lodges would be good for single travelers. Especially the ones mentioned below which don’t charge much of a single supplement.

Handy Tip: Consider Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia in Green or Shoulder season

We don't  specifically mention camps in Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe. But most of these camps don't have single supplements outside of peak season. So there are simply too many to mention!

Solo travellers - Tarangire

Safari Trips for Solo Travellers to Botswana or Namibia

In Botswana, and Namibia, mobile safaris with no more than eight other guests are also a great option for single travellers. They offer a more rounded understanding of the country, its landscape and its people than fly-in safaris. Though far from cheap, the ‘per night’ cost is lower than lodge accommodation. Comfort levels are high and the trips are fully serviced. With camp assistant taking care of all the chores. But, as with all group travel, mobile safaris will appeal most to those who are flexible and adaptable. Especially about departure dates!

Solo travellers - Fish River Canyonn

Zambia Or Zimbabwe  Trips for Solo Travellers

The relaxed and authentic safari ambience in Zambia and Zimbabwe means that these are wonderful destinations for solo travellers. Add to that the focus on walking safaris and getting out of the vehicle - by boat, canoe or on foot. And it all adds up to a good recipe for those travelling alone.

Solo travellers - Nyamatusi Camp, Mana Pools

Solo Travel in Kenya

The small and friendly safari camps on Kenya's private ranches attract lots of solo travellers. Many of the camps charge no supplement. Plus the popularity of the country means that most flights are charged ‘per person’ rather than ‘per chartered plane’.  We’ve run into lots of single people in the Kenyan camps, from wildlife artists to off-duty models.

Highlights

  • A safari is a sociable experience by its very nature. The shared sightings get re-lived over coffee and around the camp-fire.
  • Safari activities are typically shared with others so there's naturally people to chat to about the experience.
  • No single supplement is charged in the green & shoulder seasons in The norm in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana. ie all months except July to October.

Special memories

"I would like to thank you for the very full and comprehensive travel documents you put together for us – it made our trip so easy! The organisation was perfect and it was so helpful to have contact names for our hosts along the way! Our trip has certainly wetted our appetite for more holidays farther from home and other parts is SA. I have no doubt we’ll be returning one day! My overriding memory though is of the friendly people !” " Mr Mo Hemsley, UK

Peter did a brilliant job

"Everything went as planned Peter did a brilliant job helping us to plan the holiday " Mrs Sandra Cutmore

Clearly experts on South Africa!

"Very helpful on the phone and by email. Lots of detailed advice and clearly experts on South Africa! Would definitely use again and have already recommended to friends. " Ms Abrahams, UK
 

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  • Single SupplementsMost safari camps in Zambia & Botswana have no single supplement outside of Peak Season
  • Private ToursVery Expensive for Solo Travellers

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Wonderfully professional, yet absolutely approachable

"Bookings made to your perfect itinerary, with ease. No stress, just marvellous conversations about what you would like to see and do. Really really knowledgable consultants. And when they have sorted your dream itinerary, they follow up with lots of help and advice. We have always felt totally relaxed and looked after during our adventures in Africa. Cedarberg take care of everything. " Mrs & Mr Birchall, UK

Amazing holiday in SA

"Thank you for the most amazing holiday in South Africa. The three lodges were all selected with great care and each had a different atmosphere. All transfers worked entirely smoothly and we were even met on arrival at Johannesburg airport to be escorted the few yards to the airport hotel! Cedarberg really came into their own when BA messed up the outgoing flight (twice) and Ginny spent her entire Bank Holiday weekend sorting it out for us. " Mr Mike Ricks, UK

Extremely helpful

"Peter was extremely helpful. He answered any questions and concerns I had really quickly. Cedarberg website is great with lots of tips. I thought the booking information and itinerary were outstanding and all the pre holiday information made us feel really looked after. " Mrs Lottie Murphy, UK