The main reason the country is so good for single travellers is that there are many companies offering set itineraries specifically designed for solo travellers, couples and small groups to join up. In some cases the reason is solely down to cost – the more people in a safari vehicle, the less expensive a day on safari is!
The main focus of this kind of ‘group’ safari is northern Tanzania. Here we offer a number of safaris to visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire. Many of these trips are mobile set-ups, while others are lodge-based safaris – so the choice for solo travellers is very wide. We also work with a number of superb guides who lead specialist safaris across the region – these tend to be more expensive but feature the best camps and guarantee a very high level of guide.
For solo travellers who do not want to join up with others for their whole safari but would prefer to travel on their own to each camp, the whole of Tanzania works well – we simply book you into camps and you go on safari with whoever is staying in those camps.
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 – 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.
One of the companies that we favour over others is &Beyond who offer luxury camps with no single supplement (Crater Lodge, Kleins Camp, Serengeti Under Canvas, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge & Mnemba Island).
With regard to all the other camps, the single supplement ranges from approximately 30 to 50 per cent. It is then a question of whether you prefer to dine with others, or alone – some camps have set dining sittings.
We organise a lot of trips for solo travellers so for our best advice please give us a call and we will talk you through our recommendations.