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Africa - Safari, one person travelling alone??where to start

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1. Posted by wyre83 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi - Was just wanting some information on doing a Safari in Africa on my own.

Have heard Tanzania and Kenya are both really good but obviously South Africa are quite famous for them too.

Basically I want to keep it cheap, am fine with camping if I must.
Need to be seeing lots of wildlife

Just need some recommendations as to companies to use for young people, time of year to go, approx costs etc.

appriciate anyones help...


2. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'd recommend Tanzania, though it's the only place I've done a safari! If you are travelling around there just head to Arusha and see if they have spare places on safaris as this will be the easiest/cheapest way if you are on your own (it's always pot luck if you get stuck with a group of muppets though). Most hotels have an operator in them.

costs for Tz would be around $150US a day.

The best time of year is before the rainy season as animals concentrate around the few waterholes left. I think Jan-Feb is the short rains and May-June is the long rains, might want to double check that though.

I'd recommend Manyara/Serengeti and Ngorogoro, they're touristy but they do deliver the goods. I'm hoping to see tarangire this year which is also meant to be good.

3. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Stacey, there are all different kinds of tour operators offering camping, participation safaris. they cover all of southern and east africa. you could combine a tour that covers both...say something like a nairobi to vic falls or a vic falls to cape town. there are also tours that go through mozambique as well. how long did you want to go for? that will obviously factor in as well. you can opt for a big tour company like kiboko, drifters, gap tours, whichway, or look for something smaller. do a search on small group camping safaris to see what you come up with. there will be dozens. my advice is to book directly with the tour operator and do all your dealings directly with them. hope that helps! holly

4. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Stacey,
Both the above posts are spot on! Basically it looks like you are looking for a cheapish, backpacker, (possibly) camping holiday? I would recommend you have a definite idea of your available time frame and work from there. Dozens of companies run both short and long trips that cover your criteria so by having a set time frame in mind will narrow it down for you considerably - it can get a bit much looking at 30 different trips and trying to pick 1! :) The companies listed above all run fantastic tours but keep in mind there are many more and prices vary wildly depending on what is included in the tour cost. I would also recommend ATC, Oasis Overland, Nomad Tours in addition to the above.

If you only have a short time frame then definitely do the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater! Migration season is from about June to August and although there can sometimes be a lot of other vehicles in the area with you - you will never see anything else like it for wildlife!! (In my opinion).

You can ask who ever you choose to enquire with to supply you with a complete list of optional excursions (which may or may not already be featured on their website) so that you have ALL the costs at your fingertips before you choose a tour.

Good luck - you will have a blast! :) Tania