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Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

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Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

Hello. I have a trip booked for Kenya in the beginning of September. I'm a solo traveler and looking to do a safari but am feeling overwhelmed with all the info on the net. I'm specifically looking for safaris that are accommodating to solo travelers but I am not finding too much. Does anyone have any recomendations or any information? Much appreciated, thank you.

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11. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

I just returned from a solo safari that was booked through Gamewatchers. Everything went very smoothly, and my guide was wonderful. The employees at the various camps went out of their way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. I prefer to travel solo and have found that if one is friendly and warm, the same treatment is returned. I never felt alone and never felt unsafe. You might want to try to join up with others for the actual game drives to cut costs. I didn't do that, but it is definitely more expensive to hire a private guide and vehicle.

Nairobi, Kenya
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12. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

Well one point to note is that road transport to various parks can be a bit expensive if you are alone, we recommend flying package safaris for you.

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13. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

I used &Beyond for lodge/camp stays in both of my safaris because they don't charge a single supplement. They also do great specials for longer stays which really helps when doing trips that are longer than 7 days. I found the fly in/out option to also be a great way of spending more time on safari instead of driving between different camps and also gave another perspective to seeing the lay of the land from above. Unfortunately the single supplement is a killer at most places and can limit the places one visits but a good travel agent should be able to point you in the right direction.

Good luck.

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Just back from a wonderful safari and solo time in Nairobi, Arusha and Zanzibar. I traveled as a single with African Specialist Travel/ Acorn/ Kenya/UK.

Whilst I did join a group safari, My experience as a solo traveler, at every lodge we stayed at, was fantastic. Staff were obliging and went out of their way to make my stays exceptional.

I had the privileged experience of going out on walks, alone with a Masai guide on two occasions, touring the eco facilities at Sanctuary Olanana and Amboseli Serena and exquisite interaction with the staff at Fairmont, The Norfolk, in Nairobi.

Nairobi locals made sure I got reliable, courteous taxi drivers to "look after me" if commuting around some sleazy ares of Nairobi.

Wondering around the periphery of grounds at lodges across Kenya and Tanzania birding, the security staff invariably stopped to chat and assisted me with birding and animal spotting, without unwanted sexual overtones or any sense of threat. Indeed, I got the sense that they enjoyed solo travelers, as they are adventurous, open to interaction with the staff, other travelers and locals.

As for my group safari experience, I was wary, as I too, enjoy solo travel, but the group I was away with were open to interactions and indeed, in awe of the 3 solos in our group."You are so brave"!

The great thing was, our safari made opportunity for time alone, as well as the group game drives and meals. Our individual interests were catered for, without exception.

My very best advice, is go for the very best you can afford. You appreciate both the comfort, safety factors and good drivers on those dusty, sometimes dangerous roads/tracks. Our vehicles never had more than 4 passengers and our driver/guides, who were a wealth of information and highly experienced.

There was room to move around to get those fantastic animal photos. They'd stop for me to get bird shots.

I too recommend flying, both to save time and long journeys on pretty awful roads.

As for the Kenyans themselves, they are fantastic and the Kenyan middle class is a force to be reckoned with, in transforming the traditional view of Kenya being simply a safari destination.

As a solo traveller, you will get to experience their warmth, generosity of spirit and pride in their history, culture, achievements and eco system.

Don't be put off by people that haven't been there saying "but it is a dangerous place". As solos, we are pretty good at dealing with the"dangerous places" within our own cities. Use common sense and intuition.

Don't flash unwarranted amounts of flesh. Travel as light as you can luggage wise. Make sure you try local foods, learn a few Swahili and Masai phrases(the staff will help you with this) and get to experience as much as you can, both on safari and of the Kenyan and Tanzanian people. You won't be disappointed!

Oh and you'll probably get asked "what is your view of polygamy" somewhere along the line. My considered response was " In Australia, the law does not allow polygamy, but many men (and women) do have more than one wife (husband), but they have them one at a time!

Travel with an open mind and thirst for new experiences and solo travel in Kenya and Tanzania can not be surpassed!

Edited: 10:07 am, October 18, 2013
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Dear Fional 943,

I'm glad that you had a wonderful time on your safari. I'm especially glad that you appreciated the warmth,

helpfulness, and increasingly sophisticated Kenyan middle class. I live 9 to 10 months a year in Nairobi and love living here. I warn you that safaris are addictive.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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16. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

❝Oh and you'll probably get asked "what is your view of polygamy" somewhere along the line.❞

Must be a girl thing, a bit of fishing maybe, it's not something I've ever been asked here in the last seven years ヅ

Sounds like you have great attitude and so had a great trip

Nairobi, Kenya
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17. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

Contact pkpoire@gmail.com or info@junglegreenwildsafaris.com

Nairobi, Kenya
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18. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

You can get a 3day package at an affordable cost joining a group.

Nairobi, Kenya
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19. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

You can get a 3day package at an affordable cost joining a group.

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20. Re: Solo Travel Safari in Kenya

You will love it on your own and you will not feel lonely just well looked after, its worth the extra for the room just to have the place and the country to yourself. Joining a vehicle with other safari goers helps you meet people and often make lasting friendships. Enjoy, I am in my 70's and have been 3 times now on my own its wonderful.

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