Being a solo traveller is a two-fold affair! On the one hand you’re utterly unbiased, having to assume solely of your self and nobody else’s likes and dislikes. (Phew!) However on the opposite you’ll have to rigorously think about points like the additional value of guides and personal transfers, in addition to safety and security, single dietary supplements and so on.
We’ve listed some necessary ideas and choices to consider for your solo journey to South Africa. From our expertise, we discover that there are some locations – and a few methods of travelling – that work higher than others for solo travellers in Southern Africa.
Methods to get round
Small group excursions
One choice is to take a small group scheduled tour. This lets you meet fellow vacationers in a pleasant environment. You possibly can choose to take a full tour of 11 to 14 days to cowl your entire journey. Or you may take shorter excursions solely Three or Four nights at a time.
The previous provides you the chance to actually get to know individuals over an extended time period. However the latter ‘hedges your bets’ in case you are unsure you’re a ‘groups’ type of individual.
The Draw back
The one draw back is that small group excursions are typically organized round the preferred issues to do and mid-range resorts. Additionally they are likely to cowl various floor shortly as many individuals have a restricted time to spend.
So for these causes we don’t have a lot of small group excursions on our web site as most of our shoppers have rather more unbiased concepts. However typically a scheduled group can match the invoice!
Particularly, a brief Three-Four day tour of the Backyard Route is usually a great choice to mix with a keep in Cape City (see days tour under) and a safari (see under).
South Africa Highlights – this tour combines a brief Backyard Route tour with a safari and Cape City
Grand Tour of South Africa – that is an instance of a full-on 2 week escorted tour.
Mixture of Personal Transfers and Scheduled Excursions
An alternative choice is to combine personal transfers with some scheduled day excursions in the bigger cities of Cape City, Durban, and Johannesburg. Some scheduled excursions are additionally on supply in the Winelands space and in the environs of the Kruger park.
This provides you extra flexibility than a gaggle tour as you’ll be able to select your very best lodge AND you possibly can keep longer in one space. It additionally means you aren’t locked into one group of people that might or will not be your ‘type’.
The Draw back
Nevertheless, scheduled day excursions (the place you’re picked up out of your lodge) usually are not an choice all through South Africa, and so this isn’t actually attainable in the agricultural areas. Typically there are excursions on supply which you can even be a part of.
BUT… typically you continue to need to get out of your lodge to the departure level of the tour and native taxis usually are not all the time a viable choice.
So that you must be open to totally different choices. Ask to remain at resorts that are centrally situated to be able to simply stroll to the departure level for excursions.
Plus plan your excursions concurrently your lodging. You don’t need to determine on a rustic lodge after which understand that you simply can’t simply do some deliberate excursions at a later date.
Southern Africa Tradition and Wildlife
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If cash is not any object then a personal tour could be the best way to go. It provides you the last word flexibility in phrases of touring and a ready-made individual to talk with. However in fact it’s daunting to think about spending an extended time period with one individual you don’t know! Even when all our guides are very pleasant and convivial. However it might be an choice for a day or two if there’s something particular that you simply need to do which isn’t provided on a scheduled tour. (However keep in mind that is expensive for one! Principally it’s double the price of a personal tour for 2 individuals and Three-Four occasions the price of a personal tour for Four individuals as you’re paying for the information and his car.)
Many individuals usually are not actually eager on a self-drive if they’re travelling alone – and we perceive why. There’s naturally extra trepidation when doing it alone and no-one else that will help you navigate a wierd nation.
BUT should you don’t thoughts doing self-drive for a number of days, it may be a useful method to hold prices of travelling solo underneath management.
A safari is a perfect choice for solo vacationers in South Africa, and all through Southern Africa, as you discover that you simply naturally combine together with your fellow safari-goers. You share a Four×Four car and information for the period of your keep, and often take part in some other actions, reminiscent of strolling, collectively as properly.
Naturally the smaller safari camps are extra conducive for mixing and we now have really helpful a few good ones:
Reasonably priced South Africa, Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe
Okavango Delta Safari
Cape City, Botswana & Victoria Falls – this isn’t the most cost effective of pattern excursions however the routing is a superb choice for solo vacationers and might be tailored to fit your price range.
Botswana Water & Wildlife
Zimbabwe Safari Supply
No single complement
There’s typically no single complement at many safari camps in Southern Africa, outdoors of the height safari season (which is usually July to October). Certainly a couple of camps haven’t any single complement at any time of yr. See our suggestons for the place to remain. These lodges have single dietary supplements starting from zero% to 25% (which is far decrease than the extra typical 50% additional).
It’s all the time simpler to combine with others over a standard curiosity – a basic instance is our Spring Wild Flower Tour.
In case you are a passionate photographer and travelling solo, happening a photographic safari is right! There’s nothing worse than being on a recreation car the place you’re the solely eager photographer (no-one understands the necessity to wait 10 extra minutes for the sunshine to be good!). As an alternative, be a part of a photographic safari the place recreation drives are particularly geared for photographers. These automobiles are usually nicely set-up to help in capturing these golden moments, and the drivers are there to make sure you have sufficient time at every spot. You’ll even be with fellow photographers who know all too properly what it takes to take the right picture.
As with photographic safaris, it simply is sensible to encompass your self with like-minded individuals. If birding isn’t fairly your factor, it may be very irritating to be on a recreation drive with visitors who need to cease for EVERY Lilac-breasted curler, and vice versa! Birding safaris subsequently assure that your journey will probably be targeted round the most effective chook sightings.
Cellular safaris – the place you be a part of like-minded individuals on an exploration staying in extra rustic fly camps or typically a mixture of tented camps and fly-camps is an ideal safari choice for the solo traveler in Southern Africa. We now have a variety on our website (see under) however we will supply many extra…
Botswana Superior Explorer Cellular Safari
Desert Dune Safari – upmarket cellular choice in Namibia
Strolling Excursions & Strolling Safaris for Solo Vacationers
In all probability our most frequent request from solo travellers in South Africa is that they need to be a part of others on a strolling tour.
Sadly that is typically NOT potential. Although South Africa has some beautiful strolling terrain, we don’t have native corporations who specialize in set departure strolling excursions.
Most strolling excursions are organized, (like ours), on a personal foundation for a gaggle of associates, or perhaps a couple. That is fairly costly if it’s solely a pair, and super-expensive for a solo traveler.
Choices for the Solo Traveller for Strolling
So usually in case you are travelling alone and need to do some strolling, you must take a look at combining a few of the concepts that we talked about above. ie. mix personal transfers with some strolling day excursions.
That is often an inviting setting for the solo traveler. Zambia is the religious residence of strolling safaris however we will additionally tailor-make a strolling safari in Zimbabwe…
Cellular Strolling Safari with Robin Pope Safaris
South Luangwa Safari with NCS
South Luangwa Strolling Safari with the Bushcamp Firm
Many slackpacking trails are additionally organized round a selected personal group.
However some strolling trails depart each day or with set departures. Then it’s straightforward for a solo traveler to guide right into a departure.
Typically individuals are completely happy for solo vacationers or different individuals to hitch them. Typically this brings down the price for all so everybody wins!
Tip: Nevertheless for this to work, you might want to be fairly versatile together with your timing as you would wish to suit in with an already booked departure. In actuality, that is solely potential sometimes!
1. Single complement inns
Ask for inns and lodges with a low single complement e.g solely 20-30% additional than per individual sharing. The norm is 50% additional for single occupancy and a few inns cost on room charges, so attempt to keep away from this!
2. Pleasant Lodges
In case you are selecting your personal resorts, keep in mind to ask for smaller nation lodges, particularly ones which supply some complimentary actions the place you’re more likely to meet different visitors.
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
Grootbos Forest Lodge
Three Timber at Spionkop
Fugitives Drift Lodge (or Guesthouse)
Three. Convivial Excursions
Excursions are an awesome, inclusive solution to meet and mingle with individuals. Some lodges supply a variety of excursions that let you be a part of a gaggle, like Thonga Seashore Lodge (sundowner journeys, canoeing on the lake, night-time walks and so on).
Additionally contemplate visiting locations like Victoria Falls or Livingstone which have quite a lot of day excursions and actions that may be organized by no matter lodge you’re staying at.
Or when you’re staying in a metropolis or its surrounds, you’ll be able to all the time be a part of cooking excursions, wine excursions, ocean safari experiences, and different metropolis excursions to maintain you busy and socializing!
Four. Set applicable expectations
As you’ll be able to see, South Africa has tons to supply the solo traveler however it’s not New York or London the place there are a great deal of excursions to take pleasure in with easily-available public transport and taxis.
Have applicable expectations. Don’t anticipate a great deal of scheduled strolling excursions all over the place you go. BUT do encourage your journey skilled to assume creatively in an effort to see as a lot as attainable and in addition meet different individuals.
5. Use a Journey Skilled
Lastly we DO advocate working with a journey skilled – akin to us (shameless plug!). As your wants are extra particular than many individuals’s. A journey skilled can make sure that you get the most effective choices for you! Reserving a vacation by yourself may be daunting! We’ve got years of expertise and we’d like to plan the perfect vacation or safari for you!
Extra about Cedarberg Africa
Cedarberg Africa is a journey and safari firm specializing in African tailored itineraries. We’ve got particular charges with all of the inns and recreation lodges. Reserving by way of us will value not more than reserving direct, and typically much less. So our experience and information comes at no additional value to you!
Be happy to contact us if you’d like us to plan the right journey for you.