Accommodation, Travel Tips, Solo
Written by Julie Graham
Solo travel is a truly rewarding way to experience the world, and particularly the wild landscapes of Africa. With the time and space to reflect, get inspired, and immerse yourself fully into a far-flung remote environment, a solo adventure unearths unique experiences that are quite simply life-changing. Traveling unaccompanied however, tends to carry a hefty price tag in the form of ‘single supplements’. Quite simply, a single supplement is a premium usually charged to solo travelers staying alone in a room. This is due to most camps and lodges basing costs on two people sharing. These costs can add up quickly, particularly if you want to explore more than one region or destination.
Traveling with a company like Ker & Downey® Africa is your best bet to avoid these additional costs. Our expert team of intrepid explorers and travel aficionados have gone to great lengths to handpick the best luxury options that only charge single supplements during certain seasons, or none at all throughout the year. Here are our top destinations and lodges for the adventurous and discerning solo traveler:
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World-renowned for its abundant predator populations and richness of game, Sabi Sands Game Reserve is considered to provide one of the best wildlife experiences in South Africa. Situated deep within the reserve, overlooking a vast open pan and active waterhole, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is luxury personified.
The lodge combines tradition with sophisticated furnishings, and world-class service with phenomenal wildlife sightings. Solo safari travelers are offered a very attractive pricing prospect at this ‘luxury home in the bush’ with Sabi Sabi waiving any single supplement for a maximum of two suites at a time.
Situated on the banks of a game-rich waterway that links the Okavango Delta and Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, is Selinda Camp – a luxury shaded camp with breath-taking views over prolific waterways and savannas. Deep within one of the most abundant wildlife territories in the Delta, the region is home to some of the largest herds of buffalo and elephant in Southern Africa, as well as the rare and endangered African Wild Dog.
Guests can enjoy abundant land sightings on afternoon and night game drives, or take to the waters on mokoro or boat safaris before unwinding with a massage back at camp. With no single supplements during low and shoulder season, Selinda is the ideal Delta safari option for the discerning solo traveler.
Considered to be one of the most impressive geological features in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania’s Serengeti is a sunken caldera which is home to a wide range of thriving ecosystems and a remarkably diverse abundance of wildlife.
Situated in the rim valley of the crater, is Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp – a luxury mobile tented camp that offers guests unrivalled access to the game-rich crater floor, bustling with life all year round. A true bucket list adventure, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp waive single supplements during low season, affording those who wish to travel solo the opportunity to experience this wonderland for themselves.
For a deeply transformative experience on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, look no further than Singita’s Kwitonda Lodge – a haven for solo travelers seeking solitude, stillness and sanctuary. Named after the legendary 40-year-old silverback gorilla, Kwitonda is the only lodge within such close proximity to the famous national park that is home to more than a third of the world’s remaining wild mountain gorillas.
This luxury haven in the wilderness is the perfect base to have a life-changing trekking experience and remarkably intimate encounter with these “gentle giants of the forest”. And with no single supplement at any time of the year, it is a solo travelers bucket list dream.
Described as “a desertscape of sand, stones, stars, sustainability and silence”, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is the perfect escape from the maddening crowds and a gem for solo travelers. The lodge features 10 stone and glass suites situated deep within the world’s oldest living desert, overlooking rolling dunes, extraordinary rocky outcrops and gravel plains.
Located on a private concession bordering the International Dark Sky Reserve of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the lodge offers some of the most extraordinary stargazing opportunities in Africa, and the world. Offering no single supplements in low season, it is the ideal destination to truly reconnect with nature, and yourself.
With the team at Ker & Downey® Africa by your side, you can rest assured that your solo adventure to Africa will be done in absolute style, and with no hidden costs involved. Take the ‘me time’ you deserve, and get in touch with our LuxVenture® Designers who can help you start planning your unforgettable solo trip to Africa.