Have you always dreamt of going on safari but don’t have a like-minded partner or friend to go with you? Don’t despair a safari is the perfect holiday to travel solo.
You can have as much time on your own as you like or you can mix with the other clients at the lodges and make new friends with like-minded people. Most smaller camps have communal dining so you don’t have that ‘no mates’ feeling you may have when dining alone. You can meet other travellers at the bar, around the fire and on game activities but you have the privacy and quiet of your own bedroom/tent at the lodge with the reassurance that the team at the lodge are on hand 24-7 if you need anything.
There is so much to talk about and exciting stories to share when on safari, so there’s plenty of chat with a drink around the fire. You can relax after the excitement of the game drives, listen to the sounds of the wild from a riverside hammock, take a swim or enjoy a tranquil massage and enjoy a little ‘you’ time. On a tailor made holiday you are not stuck with the same group of people for 2 weeks. Like you, other people on tailor made holidays will be coming and going, so you will meet new friends throughout your holiday.
The other concern for solo travellers are the often hefty single supplements that many lodges and safaris add on. We can help you choose lodges and safaris who don’t charge single supplements, some all year round and others only in mid or low seasons but to be honest, these are sometimes the best times to visit.
Robin Pope Safaris: No single supplements all year round! Choose from a great range of locations in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe with classic tented accommodation through to high-end luxury. Walking safaris also available.
Sarara Camp, Samburu, Kenya: No single supplements all year except for peak season (1st July-15th Sept, 20th Dec-5th Jan). Escape to this luxury camp in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy with sumptuous tented accommodation, swimming pool, game drives, walks, hikes, pony trekking, village visits and you can even visit the singing wells.
Fugitives Drift, South Africa: No single supplements all year. Enjoy the wildlife of this private game reserve overlooking the famous battle sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The Lodge and Guest House have commanding views of the peak of Isandlwana and offer a great insight into the history of the area.
Wilderness Camps, Botswana: No single supplement (Jan to 31st March) at their classic or adventure camps. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Botswana with its incredible wildlife and culture.
Chiawa Camp, Zambia: No Single supplements all year. Located in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chiawa Camp is one of Zambia’s most luxurious lodges. Enjoy the amazing wildlife on game drive with your suburb guides as well as walking, fishing, canoeing and boating.
Lewa House, Kenya: No single supplements all year except for peak season (1st July-15th Sept, 20th Dec-5th Jan) Escape to this 7-acre luxury farm in the Lewa wildlife conservancy in Kenya’s Laikipia region. Take a dip in the swimming pool following your day filled with unforgettable game drives, guided walks and camel and horse safaris.
House in the Wild, Kenya: No single supplements all year except for peak season. (1st July-30th Sept, 20th Dec-5th Jan). Enjoy the beauty of this this private family run boutique lodge on the banks of the Mara River with epic game drives, guided walks and you can even go fishing the Mara River!
Kwando Safaris, Botswana: No single supplement (1st Dec- 31st March). Enjoy a safari to remember in their luxurious vintage camps set in some of the best game viewing areas Botswana has to offer from the Okavango Delta, the greater Kwando-Linyanti region, Nxai Pan National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
For more information and to design and book your dream getaway call Vicky on 0131 315 2464.