Top Safari Trips for Solo Travel in East Africa

The wild keeps on calling and not everyone is able to go for safaris in groups but instead choose solo travel. East Africa being Africa’s ultimate safari destination, it has attracted many solo travel tourists though many still fear to come.

Wildlife safari destinations in East Africa even the most remote ones are safe for all tourist including solo travelers. Below are top safari trips that solo travelers must not miss out on while in East Africa.

Gorilla Tracking Safaris

Mountain gorillas in East Africa live in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park Rwanda and Virunga national park DRC. Mountain gorillas are endangered primates species with a DNA of over 95% similar to Humans.

Gorilla tracking safaris to meet gorillas in their habitats are incredible and very enjoyable even for solo travelers. You can choose one of the above national parks and ensure to have your gorilla permit booked in advance.

A total of 8 tourists are allowed to track one gorilla family per day. Here solo travelers get to join others as they are guided in the forested mountains. The national parks are easily accessible by road and can be visited anytime of the year.

Mountain Gorilla Hand and Foot. Solo Travel Safaris
Mountain Gorilla Hand and Foot. Photo by Lionel Egger
Wildebeest Migration Safaris

Wildebeest migration safaris are done in Masai Mara reserve in Kenya and Serengeti national park Tanzania. The great wildebeest migration is a mass movement of Thompson gazelles, wildebeest, zebras and other antelope species searching for fresh pasture.

This annual wildlife wonder happens attracts many herbivores who are usually ready to hunt their prey. Most iconic on this adventure are animal river crossing where the herbivores face a challenge of huge Nile crocodiles. These are also eagerly waiting to hunt meals for the day.

The wildebeest migration is often observed on game drives and its a great safari option for tourists on solo travel. At a comfort of a safari van or land cruiser you get to witness one of East Africa’s natural wonder

Wildebeest Serengeti Tanzania. Solo Travel East Africa
Wildebeest Jumping into Mara River. Photo by PJ Hicks
Savannah Big Five Safaris

East African safaris featuring Savannah big five mammals are very rewarding even you are solo travel. Savanna big five mammals include elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and Buffaloes.

These savanna wildlife species make safari game drives in East Africa pretty outstanding. Game drives are very perfect for solo travel as you get rewarded with sightings of these wild animals.

Big Five destinations in East Africa include major national parks. These include Murchison falls NP, Selous game reserve, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Tarangire and others. The best time to spot these is in the dry season from June to October and December to March.

Leopard in Serengeti National Park. Safari Destinations
Leopard in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Photo by George Benjamin

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