How to travel solo in Tanzania

Something tussles in the tall grasses only twenty meters from your safari vehicle. Your attention sharpens. Your shoulders start tingling, too. After scanning the savannah from your custom, pop-up rooftop Land Cruiser, you are the first to spot movement here in Tarangire National Park. “Not I, nor anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.”
Walt Whitman

That nice couple you joined for the small group safari is sitting down and fiddling with their cameras, swiping smartphones, and discussing work back home. But you? You are traveling on your own and don't want to miss a blink.

The grass continues to shift and bend so you grab your binoculars and peer into the bush, only to witness two lion cubs ripping an unlucky warthog to shreds. Your heart thumps faster now like the ngoma drum ceremony you heard yesterday on your cultural tour. It helps that you've been traveling alone; earlier the driver shared with you his favorite personal tip for spotting wildlife. Scan the grasses, he said. The advice worked.


Here's Why Solo Travel is the Best…

Nothing brings the wild world sharper into focus than traveling on your own. Think about it: when you're solo, you're free to craft your adventure on your own time, pace, and budget. It's easier to be open with others, meet new people, and learn about their ways (a primary reason to travel in the first place, right?). Solo travel should be renamed "Discovery Travel," because going it alone truly sets you up for maximum discovery—of place, of culture, and of yourself.


Fact: Traveling Alone is Trending

For these reasons and more (source), traveling on your own is en vogue these days. According to a recent survey conducted across 25 different countries, 24% of people decided to travel alone on their most recent trip, up 10% from 2013, (source). Also, numbers of solo women traveling are sharply increasing (source) . So, if you thought safari was only for families and honeymooners, think again.


What Solo in Tanzania Looks Like…

More and more people are arriving each year to Tanzania as solo travelers with long bucket lists. And, while Tanzanians might find it a bit curious that foreigners travel by themselves, it's not uncommon.
Small Group Tours: The best advice for keeping things within your budget (and fun!) is to join a small group tour. Joining a group (maximum of 6 people) offsets the costs of vehicles and guides. From volcano treks to safari packages, from Maasai market tours (link to Tribes of Tanzania post) to Zanzibar's Stonetown, Easy Travel can accommodate solo travelers on most small group departures. Walking safaris are a particularly enticing option to join others for an epic adventure afoot. (What Happens On A Walking Safari)
Private tours: Though you'll pay more to have your own personal guide and support, private adventures solo afford you maximum flexibility and control. Easy Travel organizes these packages frequently. If requested, we can even select more communal accommodations that are designed for the solo traveler in mind.

Travelling Solo On An Expedition With Easy Travel In Tanzania


But Wait…Is Solo Travel in Tanzania Safe?

In short: yes. Tanzania is a leader in East Africa due to its infrastructure and political stability. That said, it's always important when traveling alone to stay vigilant and attentive to your valuables. Here are three of our time-tested tips for safe solo travel in Tanzania:


  • Sun Down? Team Up. This is catchall advice for anyone traveling anywhere, really, but safety in numbers, people. For solo female travelers this is especially important.
  • Take Cabs. In major cities like Arusha or Stone Town, ask your hotel concierge to call a reputable taxi that will get you safely to your destination. Having them help negotiate a price before getting in the cab is highly recommended.
  • Be Direct. Tanzania is known for jovial attitudes and persistent street vendors. If someone approaches you and asks you follow him back to his art gallery, it's okay to be direct and decline, especially if you're alone.

Bottom Line?

Traveling alone is pure alchemy. Be prepared for your self-confidence, self-reflection, and self-amazement to shoot off the charts when discovering the world at your own pace. By choosing Tanzania as your solo destination in 2018 (recently voted by Conde Nast as one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, no big deal), you won't be disappointed. Easy Travel can work with any solo traveler's goals: for the budget-mindful, small group tours are the way. For those less concerned about budget and more interested in itinerary control? Solo private tours are fully available.



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