Safari lodges attract solo travelers
01.07.2024 Africa   15
Safari lodges attract solo travelers

African game lodges are phasing out solo surcharges to make safaris more attractive to solo travellers.

Solo travel has been identified by many experts as a key trend for 2024. The cruise industry in particular has seen an increase in travelers choosing to travel alone, and in response, many cruise lines have responded with special packages and waived the single occupancy surcharge.

As Travel Weekly reports, the surcharge for single occupancy in the African safari industry discourages travelers who would like to go on a solo safari.

Wilderness, which operates in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe has waived single surcharges for the period 2024 and 2025 outside the high season.

“The optimal safari experience is not only determined by the high season. The green or low season (usually November to March) offers the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife species at more affordable prices, making them ideal for solo travelers,” the company said.

According to African safari providers Ker & Downey, other lodges including Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in South Africa, Selinda Great Plains Camp in Botswana and Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp in Tanzania have also waived the fee. Kwando Camps in Botswana even offers great discounts for solo travellers.

The safari industry is not a tourism sector that can be easily adapted for solo travellers, as rooms are limited, making it difficult to cover the costs of a single traveler staying in double room.


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