There is something exciting about packing your bags, grabbing your plane ticket and your passport, and heading off to Africa, alone!
You fancy yourself Karen Blixen, Amelia Earhart, or even…Jane Goodall. The flight gives you time to jot down notes for your blog. You toy with the idea of what Christiane Amanpour would say. You bought a fountain pen and a Moleskine for this very purpose. This is no ordinary adventure. This is your solo adventure. Luckily your dash of bravery is more for the memoir than for reality. On landing, the guides and camp staff greet you. The details of the trip are all taken care of and your fellow travellers provide opportunities for new friendships. Traveling alone is perhaps a rite of passage for every young professional. As millennials, it’s our duty to fill our Instagram-feed full of jealousy inducing experiences, and to Tik Tok that lion sighting. You put your phone back in your pocket. Breaking the internet can wait until after sundowners on the river.
This is the time to treat yourself. Sipping coconut water directly from coconuts, enjoying the locally inspired cuisine prepared by the lodge chef or sampling the best wines the Western Cape has to offer. Ways to experience the bush go beyond the game drive vehicle include flying by microlight, in a hot air balloon, on horseback or quad bike, mountain biking, canoeing, walking safari, traditional dugout canoe and even camel-back! The question isn’t just how to go, it’s also: where to go? Going it alone means you get the opportunity to cherry-pick which part of Africa you most want to experience without worrying about anyone else’s opinion.
A good sign you’re ready to travel solo is that you want a memorable experience more than you need to take someone with you. It’s Africa, not coupledom, that’s calling you. Another good sign is that you enjoy traveling on your terms and moving at your own pace. You naturally have an independent streak, or perhaps you want to throw yourself in the deep end and cultivate one. If your life feels like it’s hit a bit of a wobble, a solo adventure is the perfect way to regroup. Think Eat, Pray, Love. You’re Julia Roberts, and the continent is your oyster. There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with committing to traveling alone. You’ve got this. You can do this. Or perhaps you’ve always been a rebel at heart, and you not only want to travel alone but you relish the idea of pushing the envelope. For you we recommend the remotest camps, the almost deserted desert, and the most unspoilt jungles.
You might also enjoy more extended travel – then aim for two and a half or three weeks, rather than ten days. Alternatively, you might be taking on this travel to enhance your skills. Africa lends itself to painting, drawing, and photography. There are landscapes, wild creatures and bird life. Or perhaps you’re a foodie on a culinary quest; in this regard, Africa won’t disappoint. Furthering self-development and enhancing your skills are great reasons to take a trip on your own.
Small Group Set Date Departures
If you’re a bit nervous about embarking on your first solo journey, then know that our staff will be taking care of you – from helping you organize your travel and flights to the moment you hit the ground in Africa. We are experts in making your travel experience safe and easy. And you aren’t going to be that alone after all with the presence of staff, camp guides, trackers and fellow travellers all around you, from the moment you arrive.
As a solo explorer we know exactly which lodges and camps will be the most enjoyable for you, where you can meet other travellers and join like-minded travellers on adventures. On a budget? Don’t worry, we can recommend lodges with very low or no single supplements. A group tour offers in-built travel companions. A small group tour allows you to get a more intimate experience of the bush and slip away for some alone time, if you’d like to. Booking a group adventure also increases the likelihood that you’ll be with a likeminded crowd with similar interests to your own.
If it’s your very first time going it solo, a small group tour is not a bad idea. You’ll technically still be traveling solo, but strangers will soon become friends. And the guides are always nearby to answer questions, offer advice and thrill you with tales of the bush. A small group tour also means the nitty-gritty is taken care of. You don’t have to worry about booking flights or hotels or checkout times, it is all taken care of. A group tour is also the way to go if you’d like to meet new people. You’ll encounter bush lovers from around the world who will become your travel buddies.
A group tour is also the most cost-effective way to go, but if it’s a personalised experience you’re after and money is no object, then by all means go with privately guided.
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Set Departure Safaris
Affordable Tailor Made
If you have a vision board cut out of your dream safari, then a personally designed safari is the way for you to go. safariFRANK will pull out all the stops to make your unique vision come to life. The possibilities when it comes to Africa are boundless. Whether it’s photographing leopards on the grassy plains you’re after or if you prefer wondering through the thick of the jungle looking for chimpanzees, all you have to do is book the ticket.
It’s worth noting that a personalised safari does not have to break the bank. The team at safariFRANK match your enthusiasm for the bush, and planning your trip together is a part of the fun.
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Affordable Safari Trip Ideas
A privately guided safari is as close to a Royal safari as you can get. The only thing missing is the paparazzi. From the moment you hit the ground in Africa to the moment your plane takes off again, your guide caters for your every need.
safariFRANK takes your travel seriously, and every guide has been handpicked for his or her expert knowledge of the bush. Your guide is dedicated to you. These are not the sort of guides that make an appearance at the game drive and then duck back out to their quarters. This guide is there for your edification, your comfort, and to make your bush experience especially memorable. The bush is unpredictable, but the guide speaks its language, bettering your chances. If it’s a leopard that’s your heart’s desire, put in your request, and your guides will do their very best. Maybe your worry for the day is more of a domestic nature such as whether there will be a laundry facility at the next camp? Your guide is there for that too. If you’re a millennial I’d like to address what is likely your chief concern-yes, the guide will be your Instagram boyfriend. (Disclaimer for non-millennials: that simply means he’s the person behind the cell phone taking the 107 pictures to capture that perfect Instagram shot).
The arrangement of a privately guided safari can also come with a private vehicle, private activities and, if the budget allows, even a private plane. Our private guides know Africa inside out and could tell you a story or two. The guides know all the go-to places, the best local hangouts and where to look for those elusive big cats. If you’d like both the flexibility of getting to do exactly what you want to do, go where you want to go, and learn as much as possible along the way, then a privately guided safari is for you.
So, you want to go on safari, learn as much as possible and not break the bank?
A ‘guide training safari’ might just be the thing for you. safariFRANK offers a range of training trips from 7 days, 14 days, 28 days and up to 12 months. These training courses are hosted in the bush at training camps with likeminded learners. The knowledge gained will set you up for a lifetime in conservation and make all your future trips just so much more enjoyable and the envy of your friends.
Did we mention that the training courses are also the most affordable safaris?
Whatever you choose, we are here to tailor solo travel to meet your needs.
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Safari Guide Training Courses
Tips and FAQ
- Refer to the Blog article on Traveling During Corona to take the necessary safety precautions.
- In Africa, seasonal rainfall heavily influences the safari going experience. So deciding on when you want to book your trip for is the first step. This is especially crucial if you’d like to catch the migration, as the northern plains of the Serengeti will empty onto the southern plains at a certain time leaving you staring at tall grass. Or if you want to save costs and travel during the quieter season.
- Goal setting helps you set on a destination. What is it that you most want to get out of this Safari? What wildlife do you most want to see? Once you know what creature is at the top of your list you can start narrowing down the best places to find them.
- Budget and preferred duration of the trip are essential details to start the planning process so give this some careful thought and if you don’t know jump on Skype and chat to us.
- Picking a mood is particularly helpful when designing a tailor-made safari. Do you want a fast-paced adventure or do you want a more laid-back experience? Are you a lady of luxury or does a remote tented camp draw your fancy?
- Remember god is in the details. Dietary requirements, disability accessibility, need for WIFI – all of these are important, so inform your safari planner beforehand.
The quality of your trip relies on the details, but do not worry about trying to catch all of these on your own, safariFRANK has you covered.
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