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3 Solitary African Escapes for the Discerning Solo Traveler

18 Sep 2022|Mary Rijnberg

Solo travel is rising in popularity with those looking to experience Africa a little differently. While traveling with loved ones can be life-changing, there’s something unique about consulting only yourself on the day’s plans, visiting places that call to you most, and following your own instincts.

The African continent has many destinations ideal for discerning solo travelers. From remote camps in vast landscapes to a front row seat to the Great Migration and gorilla trekking on your doorstep, there’s a solo adventure for every taste.

Enjoy our selection of luxurious solitary escapes in Africa, where time and space are yours to enjoy as you’d like.

1. Sarara, Northern Kenya

Image showing the view overlooking the vast plains visible from Sarara Camp in northern Kenya. Steps and an infinity pool are visible in the foreground | Planet Africa Safaris | Blog | Sarara Camp

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Is this the quietest place in Africa? Located within an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Sarara Camp provides a luxury stay while keeping the wild the way nature intended. 

Overseen by the indigenous Samburu people, these custodians of some of the largest remaining wilderness left in Africa – including key endangered species – maintain and preserve this land for future generations alongside the Sarara Foundation. 

A stay here would not be complete without a walk with a Samburu safari guide. Learn from their intimate knowledge of the landscape and take time to pause and reflect. Here, luxury is best served for one.

2. Olakira Migration Camp, Tanzania

Image showing the mesh tents of Olakira Migration Camp in the Serengeti. Guests enjoy front row seats to the Great Migration between June and November yearly | Planet Africa Safaris/True Africa | Blog | Asilia Africa

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Claim your front row seat to the Great Migration of wildebeest that occurs in the Northern Serengeti between June and November from the secluded luxury of Olakira Migration Camp

With arguably the best location of any migration-view camp and just 9 tents, this camp is small and intimate, allowing time for reflection and solitude while in the midst of Africa’s ‘race for life.’ Eager to add another perspective? Hot air ballooning is possible in both the northern and southern locations.

3. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Uganda

Image showing views over the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Uganda. Lush forests and luxury wooden furniture are visible creating a sense of serenity | Planet Africa Safaris | Blog | Sanctuary Retreats

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Imagine waking up in an ancient rainforest with the prospect of a day spent tracking gorillas among the trees. Visit Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp and you could find more than your imagination even allows for. 

Overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this exclusive camp features unrivaled seclusion and space. A stay here puts you one step closer to a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Uganda’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. Tracking begins on your doorstep, literally.

Africa is teeming with places to explore, reflect, and reset. And if you’re looking to travel solo while still staying social, conversations around a communal fire on a remote safari often entail stories of close encounters and strange places from some of the most interesting people around.

Ready to change dreams into plans?

Our expert team of safari specialists – many who are seasoned solo travelers themselves – is on hand to curate an itinerary perfectly matched to your taste, with safety and security recommendations included. Reach out to us and let’s start your solo adventure, together.