Solo Safari | Best Safari Lodges For Solo Travel In Africa
Solo Safari | Best Safari Lodges For Solo Travel In Africa
Solo travel is synonymous with a thirst for adventure. It inspires a sense of independence and freedom to explore the unknown. With years of experience planning tailormade African safaris, our team appreciates that many solo travellers seek something different when travelling alone.
We have assisted many solo travellers and understand that you may have different needs than groups or couples. From airport meet-and-greets and avoiding single supplements to the option of communal dining and added privacy, you’ll be cared for every step of the way.
To help you plan your next solo travel adventure, our team has hand-picked their 'Best Safari Lodges and Camps for a Solo Safari' below.
Angama Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Angama Mara is an incredible luxury lodge located in Kenya's Maasai Mara, one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa. Here solo travellers can enjoy shared game drives, walking safaris and even hot air balloon trips. Angama also waives the single supplement and only charges a single supplement from the 3rd single booked. The selling point however is undoubtedly the views. One of the views being the site where many of the most memorable scenes from the movie Out of Africa were filmed.
Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania
Peeking out from the tree canopy and surrounded by boulders, Mwiba Lodge is an incredible Serengeti safari location for solo travellers. This camp is simultaneously relaxed and intimate, while still being ultra-luxe. You can spend time with other guests over shared meals and activities, as well as magical evenings under starlit skies as you reminisce about the day's adventures around the campfire. However, if you're seeking a more private experience, Mwiba offers the option of private game vehicles.
Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Somalisa Camp is a true luxury safari experience offering no single supplement at certain times of the year. A comfortable and elegant camp both inside and out, each tented suite has en-suite facilities and even a glass wood-burning fireplace for those cool Zimbabwean nights. Indoor and outdoor showers and copper bathtubs complete the rooms, while the main areas offer a splash pool and decks overlooking the camp water hole.
Khwai Leadwood Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Situated in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Khwai Leadwood is an elegantly designed camp, which effortlessly bridges the gap between luxury accommodation and feeling like you are in the great African outdoors. During your solo safari here you will experience shared day and night game drives, walks and mokoro safaris (dug-out canoes), all in search of Botswana's big attractions, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, buffalo, and hippos just to name a few!
Little Chem Chem, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Little Chem Chem is a vintage-style tented camp situated on the edge of an acacia forest and overlooking the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge in the Tarangire National Park. This is the perfect option for a more off-grid Tanzania safari. Small, inclusive and informal, Little Chem Chem offers solo travellers the option of sharing meals and game drives with like-minded guests. There are only 5 tents at Little Chem Chem, each with a large bedroom, a vanity area with a dressing room, a rocking chair and a study desk as well as an en-suite bathroom with a shower and toilet. Uniquely each tent also offers a private fire pit.
Tena Tena Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
With private views of the Luangwa River, this tented camp is stylish and has a charmingly traditional nature - perfect for an intimate solo safari experience. With no single supplement, Tena Tena Camp accommodates solo travellers wonderfully. The camp is small and laid-back, making it ideal for a Zambia solo adventure. If you want to enjoy some 'me-time' while eating meals and gazing at the spectacular river views, there is certainly the space and the peace to do so, but there is also the option of sharing meals and campfire or sundowner drinks with the other guests at the camp should you wish to do so.
Lemala Camps & Lodges, Tanzania & Uganda
All of the Lemala camps and lodges do not charge single supplements, making them perfect for solo travellers. If you're looking for a more private experience of the Ngorongoro Crater, then Lemala Ngorongoro tented camp is the place to stay. Lemala Mara, located in the northern Serengeti close to the Mara River, will fulfill the dreams of travellers who hope to witness a dramatic river crossing during the Great Wildebeest Migration. More Lemala properties in Tanzania include Lemala Nanyukie in the Eastern Serengeti National Park and Lemala Mpingo Ridge within the Tarangire National Park.
If you're planning to visit Uganda, Wildwaters Lodge is located on one of the islands that form the Wildwaters Reserve, offering plenty of wildlife and action-packed experiences along the longest river in the world, the Nile.
Kambaku River Sands, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Kambaku River Sands offers great value for money and only charges a single supplement from the 3rd single room booked. This exclusive yet affordable safari lodge is located in the heart of the beautiful Timbavati Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You most certainly won't be alone here with almost daily up close and personal experiences with the visiting wildlife such as elephants, buffalo, and hyenas. Meals are a mixture of European and local African cuisine and are usually served around the open-air boma bonfire.
With exceptional lodges, expert guides, and remarkable wildlife encounters, all underpinned by our commitment to sustainable travel, an African solo safari is an experience that belongs on your bucket list. And don't just take it from us, here is a quote from one of our favourite female solo travellers:
"Nothing groundbreaking ever happens in your comfort zone. Solo travel is hands down the most liberating way to discover yourself through discovering the world." - Brooke aka World of Wanderlust.
Get in touch with our team and let us create a magical solo itinerary that immerses you in Africa’s most iconic sights and spectacles.