Self-love, magical destinations, remarkable activities and unforgettable memories are the simplest but most meaningful ways of experiencing nature without limit, having fun without boundary, and making your dream come true in this dynamic world. At the present age, millions of travelers are opting to fully utilize their space and time, and speak to their inner spirits all alone, catching up with the changing world, and responding to the rhythm of the ticking clock. A solo luxury safari is when a person opts for a quality experience, freedom, quick response to one’s orders, privacy, and classic accommodation all for him or herself while exploring and enjoying unique destinations and attractions all alone. From the initial stages of the preparation, things are made simple and put in place, right from the solo travel luxury accommodations, transportations, documents, and activities to be done among others.
The silence of the calm Indian Ocean, the beautiful ancient decorations of the Arabs and Europeans in and around Zanzibar island, the strong and charming voices of the Tanzanians, the beautiful faces of the Rwandese; the warm receptions by the Ugandans; the Congolese or the kindness of the Kenyans, solo luxury safaris across the boundaries of East and Central Africa is an amazing idea and ends not without exceeding the traveler’s expectations. The unmatched good weather, security, amazing cuisine, hospitality, modern and ancient facilities, authentic cultures, and a wide range of biodiversity forms the beauty of the nations and a perfect reason for your visit.
Spending nights in luxury lodges and hotels in and outside the parks, choosing from what to do, where to go, how to travel, when to rest, and the meal to eat is the defining moment. it is the perfect opportunity of having the most of your safari as you perfect on your camera photographing skills, pursue your dream. Watch different sceneries and natural wonders in Africa without interruptions; such as the most powerful waterfalls in the world; Murchison falls, the highest standalone mountain in the world; the snowcapped mountain Kilimanjaro; one of the most active volcanoes in the world; mountain Nyiragongo, the endangered mountain gorillas across the Virunga ranges; the largest land caldera in the world, Ngorongoro crater and one of the world’s wonder; the annual wildebeest migration along with the Serengeti and Maasai eco-system.
Each moment that passes by, day or night leaves one with a great statement, and what to think about in the continent of Africa, right from the hospitality, good security, modern infrastructures, warm and friendly natives, cool climate and wide range of biodiversity. It can be a solo luxury wildlife safari, beach safari, research trip, hot air balloon safari, primate safari, hiking safari, nightlife, city tour, cultural experience, water sports, canoeing, camping, bungee jumping or white water rafting adventure for as many days as possible, throughout the scenic corners of east and central Africa. At certain points, there will be mingling with either other travelers or the natives of the visited place right from your tour guide, during the communal dining which is usually a norm, during cultural experience if you intend to engage in any, beach adventure or evening campfire for the camp lovers.
Though most of the travel destinations have hidden their faces to the world (the wilderness), solo travel enables one explore, write history, and have unusual fun. Take a look at John Speke who discovered the source of the Nile (the longest river on earth), and Winston Churchill who visited Uganda but couldn't hide his happiness to the beauty and variety in Uganda but call it the “Pearl of Africa”; Both of them exploring the African continent as solo travelers but living words that last in the history for centuries.
What to see on a Solo Luxury Safari in Africa
Expect to encounter unique attractions namely; a variety of flora, lakes, rivers, birds, mammals, vultures, primates, scavengers, and reptiles among others. You have the privilege of tracking some of the primates not found elsewhere on earth; call them the endangered mountain Gorillas inhabiting the Virunga Mountains in the different destinations of Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chimpanzees are found and open for visits in Mahale national park, and Gombe stream national park in Tanzania, Kibale national park and several other destinations in Uganda, and Nyungwe national park in Rwanda among others. But not ignoring the rare Zanzibar red Colobus monkey in Jozani Chwaka national park in Zanzibar, glittering golden monkeys among others.
The notable mammals and birds across the different game reserves and national parks include the African big five namely lions, cape buffalos, elephants, rhinoceros, and leopards, besides the giraffes, different antelope species, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, and cheetahs among others. Birds include the ostrich, flamingoes, Rwenzori Turaco, the shoebill stock, crested crane, and the Egyptian geese, among others. The annual wildebeest migration is another remarkable event in the wilderness, where millions of wildebeest, accompanied by thousands of zebras, gazelles, and several other antelope species are seen and heard heading north words through the Serengeti- Masai ecosystem in search for fresh foliage and water. During this period, predators such as the lions, hyenas, and leopards among others, vultures, and rivers such as the Mara River; infested with crocodiles and Hippos pose a strong obstacle and a death trap to the weak and unlucky migrants. Fun, surprise, and anxiety define each passing minute.
As a solo traveler, the most recommendable way of exploring the biodiversity of some of the nationals parks namely Serengeti nations; the annual wildebeest migration; Masai Mara reserve, home of Africa's big 5; Ngorongoro conservation, the world's largest caldera; Murchison's falls national park, world's most powerful waterfalls; the famous queen Elizabeth nations; haven for the wildlife; Lake Nakuru national park flamingo hub, and the most visited paradise of the Gorillas, both low land and mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable, Virunga, volcanoes and Mgahinga gorilla national parks spread across the Virunga chain of mountains. To enjoy the adventure and explore the fascinating landscape and wildlife, one may opt for a game drive, guided nature walk, hiking, Hot air ballooning safari, photography, nightlife, city tour and boat cruise in the different destinations.
Culture is a way of life, the fusion of modern and traditional believes which forms the cutting edge of them all. Africa upholds the beliefs and positive traditions left behind by their forefathers, showcasing to the visitors during a cultural encounter. It is the only way they can elevate from poverty but also show the world what their cultures hold. The must-visit cultures Include the Maasai people found in Tanzania and Kenya, around different nations, and famous for their pastoral background; the Karamojong people in the northern part of Uganda known for herding; the IK people believed to be the Original Ugandans, Batwa pygmies; hunters and gatherers believed to be the shortest humans in East Africa. All these cultures take visitors through a series of stories, cultural dances, drama, and village tours around their ancient hideouts, caves, and Manyattas among others. It is a fun time and the perfect way of learning and appreciating other people's culture, as well as buying some souvenirs for memory purposes.
Packing list & best travel time for a solo traveler
East Africa has some of the best beaches in the world, very beautiful, safe, and calm; spread across some of the most recognized water bodies worldwide such as the world's third-largest lake; Lake Victoria, and the famous Indian Ocean. Visitors to these destinations engage in diving, swimming, bungee jumping, chilling by the shorelines, photography, tasting the different kinds of seafood, boat ride, and above all admire the serene and all that is adorned to it, such as the flora, birds and the undulating hills.
Depending on the number of days you are to spend, destinations to visit, activities to engage in and the season of travel, there is no need of over packing, but rather moving with the most essentials items, and ignore the less essential such as the Jewelleries, party or official clothes among other, be casual yet descent. You will need documents such as the Visa, passport, medical insurance, among others; Garments such as long sleeved shirts/tops, long trousers, beachwear, jackets, sleeping bag if you will have personal camping, and many more, hiking boats, torches, mosquito repellents, and first aid especially for those with allergies; Gadgets such as Camera, binoculars, memory cards, charging ports and several others.
Since the hidden intention of most of the solo travel is self-meditation, adventure, and beating congestion, the time for a traveler must be perfectly selected. On that note, we recommend the dry season (June to October and December to February) when the weather is very favorable. This time comes with its challenges such as congestion, but by no means does it affect your experience.
Accommodation range from budget to luxury lodges, homesteads, hotels, and Inns among others, well decorated with modern facilities and personal services you need, including delicious meals, comfortable beddings, security, active bars, and hospitality among others. Solo luxury safaris are a perfect way of making the passion you have for that dream destination come to life while maximizing your space and time, but not forgetting the comfort and quality experience across the borders of Uganda (the pearl of Africa), Kenya, Rwanda (the land of a thousand hills), and Democratic Republic of Congo among others.