Going on an African safari is something that's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us, mainly due to the high costs and the amount of holiday time required. It’s usually more cost-effective to travel with a companion, too, as many lodges impose a supplement on single travelers. So, what happens when the chance to visit Africa happens and you can’t find anyone to go with you? You go to Zambia.
Zambia for the solo traveler
Zambia is an excellent destination for the solo traveler, especially if one goes in the off-season. Several lodges in South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks waive any single supplement fees.
One of the companies in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi is Robin Pope Safaris. They have lodges in both parks and are very amenable to single travelers. In Kafue, I stayed at Musekese, an intimate bush camp with only four chalets. As I was going during the low season, they could offer me a chalet without the single supplement. This would not have been possible in the high season. And, because it was the low season, they were able to offer me a private game drive, should I wish. I didn’t have this option with Robin Pope Safaris.
As a solo female traveler, I never once felt unsafe. If anything, I found that staff—male and female—were extra attentive and pleasant. All my transfers and day stays were flawlessly executed.
On my final eve in Zambia, I was at the fantastic Pioneer Safari Lodge. It’s well-known among local expats and is a great place to chill and grab a bite to eat. I wasn’t in the lodge for five minutes when I made the acquaintance of two young American girls. One was living in Lusaka and was here for a bit of respite. The other worked in Kasanka and was going meeting her parents there to celebrate Thanksgiving. Before I knew it, I was having dinner with them and exchanging stories and details. Our passion for this wonderful country was mutual, and I was truly sad to go.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to go on safari in several countries. I’ve always gone with someone else—my partner or family and friends. This was my first solo safari and, in some ways, it was my best.
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