What it takes Traveling Solo on Safari
The Reality for those Traveling alone on a Solo Safari in Uganda – Rwanda
You have decided to that Traveling Solo on Safari is right for you. We have taken many Solo Travelers on a personalized Safari just for them, most of them have been women who have chosen to travel alone to Africa, to Uganda or Rwanda and go on a Solo Safari.
Solo Safaris are great for photographers since they can linger for however long they want taking the pictures of wildlife and have no fellow travelers urging them on. The negative side of solo travel is cost. A solo traveler has no one else to share expenses with and it costs more to travel alone on a safari. For many the good outweighs the negative – the choice is yours.
Our suggestion always is to find a friend who will go on safari with you, a win-win situation for all concerned.
The two factors that raise the cost of a solo-safari are transportation cost and that you have a single room and pay a supplement.
The Reality – Why Traveling Solo on Safari costs more:
When it comes to the cost of a Solo Safari it is not the park entrance fees, the gorilla and Chimpanzee permits, it is the transportation including the fuel.
Transportation is using a proper safari vehicle for maximum viewing of wildlife, an experienced driver – guide with experience and having no one sharing the cost of fuel. Presently diesel fuel runs about .80 USD plus a liter.
When there is no one to share the costs – it is you alone who has to bear the expenses of transportation, driver, fuel. That simply can amount to a lot for one person.
Tips – Advice – Information for those Traveling Solo on Safari in Uganda – Rwanda
Smart Choices for Solo Travelers in Uganda – Rwanda
Travel on Safari with a friend or friends:
The best way to save money on a safari is to go with a friend or friends.
The cost of the safari will drop quite a bit, now you are sharing the transportation cost of the Safari and for many sharing the experience of a Safari in Uganda is a most welcome experience and the benefit is that you will save money on the journey.
Fuel, Vehicle cost and maintenance, driver’s cost per day are all shared now and you benefit through a lower cost safari in Uganda or Rwanda.
No matter what kind of lodge or hotel you might use, share the room and save a lot. A single supplement can add up .
Go on a Safari with a friend and save
Stay in Budget Lodging and save if you are traveling alone:
In 2014 an 18% VAT Tax was added to lodging in and near parks. That 18% changed the lodging scene in Uganda overnight.
The added 18% made Shoestring into Budget Lodges, Budget Lodges became moderate in price, moderate turned into upmarket priced lodging, and upmarket reached the luxury price level overnight.
The lowest lodging price comes from establishments where they have a shared bathrooms are today the most affordable in Uganda and Rwanda.
One person pays a single supplement, two person sharing lodging is a lot lower in price.
Safari Transportation and Tour Guide for Solo Travelers:
I love the Bradt Guide to Uganda but the portions of it that paint a wrong picture, such as getting rides into Parks on the back of some official vehicle, of taking buses that do not bring into close proximity with the park itself, much the less the activities in the park such as game drives.
The best ways to get around is in a safe and sound 4 wheel drive Safari Vehicle with pop-up roof. Even more important is the Driver Guide. One of our Solo Safari Clients called her tour guide – a guardian angel who treated her like a brother, taught her to eat Mangoes like an African, even bought some local gin, called Waragi for her to taste. She loved her time on a Solo Safari because she felt safe and secure from arrival to departure, was introduced to local culture and experienced Authentic Africa.
Food and Drink on Solo Safari:
If you go on your own Solo Safari when it comes to meals there is a good chance that you might become ill. Roadside food is questionable, drinks in plastic sacks can be and are often contaminated. Cholera or Typhoid or Idi Amin’s revenge can part of your safari.
We use lodges where for the most part you should be fine and not be disqualified due to illnesses on the day of your Gorilla or Chimpanzee Trek.
Lodging is not only important in regards to a room, bath facilities, mosquito netting but decent food that will not make you ill.
Traveling alone on a Solo Safari in Uganda – Rwanda – If you have any questions – please ask us.