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Tanzania has long been one of our favourite destinations for solo adventurers

Tanzania Solo Safari Holidays

Tanzania is superb for a solo adventure. Not only is there enough wildlife throughout the country’s parks and reserves to excite even the most seasoned safarist, but there are some really friendly and great-value camps and lodges too!

A key reason the country is so good for single travellers is that it’s possible to join up with other solo adventurers, couples, and small groups on set itineraries, with companies such as Elewana and Hoopoe. This really helps bring down the cost – the more people in a safari vehicle, the less expensive a day on safari is!

If you don’t want to join up with others for your whole safari, preferring to travel on your own to each property, we’ll simply book your accommodation and you’ll go on safari with whoever is staying at the lodge or camp. For this kind of solo traveller, there are a couple of considerations to take on board. The first is the cost – there are a number of companies that operate better-value trips than others. This is all down to the levy some companies put on single travellers, known as the single supplement. The single supplement can be as much as 50 per cent and goes towards the cost of the other person who is not in your room.

Where to go in Tanzania on your solo safari

The area we recommend for solo travellers joining a ‘group’ safari is northern Tanzania. Here we offer a number of safaris to:

Many of these trips involve mobile camps, while others are lodge-based safaris – so the choice for solo travellers is very wide. We also work with a number of expert guides, such as Alex Walker, who lead specialist safaris across the region – these safaris tend to be more expensive, but they do feature the best properties and guarantee a very high level of guiding. A specialist guide would be based at the property you visit, accompanying you on private game drives, or he/she would accompany you throughout your trip.

For travellers making their own way through the country we recommend:

  • The Serengeti
  • Ngorongoro
  • Tarangire

No single supplement is payable in Elewana and Lemala properties during low and shoulder seasons. Elsewhere, the single supplement ranges from approximately 30 to 50 per cent. You could also consider whether you’d like to dine with others or alone, as some camps provide set dining sittings.

Recommended solo activities in Tanzania

Game drives

- Parts of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater are amazing for game drives featuring all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! There are numerous smaller predators and herbivores too, and hundreds of birds. Please contact us if you’re interested in visiting the Serengeti while the herds of the Great Migration are in residence, and we’ll do our best to get you a front-row seat.

Walking Safaris

- We recommend Tarangire for the big elephant migration – again, just let us know if you’re keen on visiting at this specific time of year.

The best solo safari lodges in Tanzania

Serengeti Safari Camp

Owned by the superb Nomad Tanzania, which has over two decades’ experience in operating safari properties, this property follows the Great Migration as it moves across the Serengeti’s plains. There are just six guest tents, and guests gather around the fire-pit every evening to share their safari stories.

Lamai Serengeti

Also run by Nomad Tanzania, this 12-room permanent camp is one of the Serengeti’s best properties. Blending luxury and adventure, it offers Great Migration viewing from July to early November and plenty of sightings of resident wildlife during other months of the year.

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Here’s another of Nomad’s smash hits! Entamanu has a fabulous location on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s a classic camp, with only six guest tents and an adventurous feel. In addition to enjoying vehicle safaris in the Crater, you can head out on walks along the rim.

Kuro Tarangire

This mobile camp is also run by Nomad. Set on the banks of the Tarangire river, it has just six en-suite rooms, making for a very exclusive feel. The open-sided dining tent boasts spectacular views over the park and is often the setting for informal communal meals.

Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp

This mobile property offers exceptionally good value and great game viewing. It’s situated in the heart of Tarangire, well away from the park’s busier areas, and focuses on the elephant migration. There are at most ten guest tents, each with well-appointed en-suite facilities.

If you are interested in a solo safari to Tanzania, just let one of our experts know here and they can help you plan your adventure today.

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