What it takes Traveling Solo on Safari
To Go or not to go on a Private Solo Safari in Uganda – Rwanda? – the choice is yours.
You have decided that Traveling Solo on Safari is right for you. We have taken many Solo Travelers on a personalized, private Safari just for them, most of them have been women who have chosen to travel alone in Africa, in Uganda or Rwanda and go on a mid-range or upmarket Solo Safari.
Solo Safaris are great for photographers since they can linger for however long they want to take the pictures of wildlife and have no fellow travelers urging them on.
The downside of solo travel is at a higher cost. A solo traveler has no one else to share Transport and Room expenses with and it costs more to travel alone on a safari. For many, the good outweighs the negative – the choice is yours.
Solo Safaris give you a choice – the choice of activities while on Safari, the choice of parks, the number of days on a Safari and the amount of money you want to invest in you.
The Reality – You receive Individual Attention, but 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 that means more money
Transport 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 90 Cents 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. Thre is also the added cost of single rooms. A single room is more than a shared room with another person.
More and more, primarily women choose this route for their upmarket or mid-range Safari looking at the experience and not just dollars and cents.
Tips – Advice – Information for those Traveling Solo on Safari 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 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 from 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
You have the choice of lodging, a choice that you only have on a private Safari whether it be upmarket or mid-range. All of them come with an en-suite bath, and your dietary preferences can be accommodated.
Lodges are safe and secure. You have the privacy that you want, or you can interact with other travelers at the Main Lodge.
Lodge Staff are friendly and accommodating to the Solo Safari Traveler and will do almost anything to make your stay most comfortable.
Most lodges have Internet Access in one form or another. WiFi is even reaching remote locations, and you can stay in touch with friends and family.
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 proximity with the park itself, much 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 a pop-up roof. Even more critical 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.
Dietary Needs such as Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free can be met at mid-range and upmarket lodges.
Lodging is not only necessary in regards to a room, bath facilities, mosquito netting but decent food that will not make you ill.
Get a Taste of Uganda on a Solo Safari. It makes your safari even more enjoyable.
Private Solo Safaris – Our Take:
A Private Solo Safari in the heart of Africa. We find that many are choosing that option since they not only are traveling Solo but have pretty good ideas about what they would like to do and see.
Solo Travel means higher cost, but also freedom of choice in picking lodges, options when it c, mode of transport, and lodges. That alone says a lot to many an African Traveler.
Worldwide Solo Travelers are on the increase, and the same applies to Uganda, nevertheless due to the uniqueness of Safaris, and in particular transport and solo rooms, the cost remains high.
The alternative that you have is to choose a company that offers scheduled group Safaris that you can join. You do lose the power of choice when it comes to dates, activities, and lodging.
You have our knowledge of Uganda and Rwanda, along with the Authentic African Experiences that you can partake in a while in the Heart of Africa.
A recent Solo-Traveler writes:
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I can not express my gratefulness enough for helping me organize this trip to Uganda! It has exceeded ALL of my expectations, and I have had the best time! Traveling as a solo female traveler, I always felt at ease and welcomed everywhere! Everyone from the staff at lodges and restaurants to rangers and guides has shown me the highest respect and friendliness. I have never been to a country with such happy and friendly people!
All of the activities I’ve done during the week have been so exciting, and I’ve seen so much beautiful nature and amazing landscapes. I also learned so much from the rangers about animals, plants, and environment. The safaris have shown me amazing animals very close. The gorilla tracking in Bwindi being the highlight and a true once in a lifetime experience!
The drive between different parks and areas of the country showed me the beautiful landscapes and variety of nature that Uganda has to offer. It was almost a safari itself!
I also want to take this opportunity to send my most significant and warmest THANK YOU to Gerard, my driver-guide! He helped me through the week to make sure everything was exactly as I wished and needed! He even made sure I got to see the ”right” gorilla family and taught me about Ugandan history, culture, and food along the way! This safari would not have been the same without him! I would, without a doubt, book him again!
I am so, so, so happy with this trip and I hope to be back soon again! Uganda quickly stole a piece of my heart!
Traveling alone on a Solo Safari in Uganda – Rwanda – If you have any questions – please ask us.