When talking about solo travel, most people don’t immediately think of a solo safari. But in talking to some of our coworkers about their own experiences, we wondered: Are safaris kind of the perfect trip to take alone? Consider this: Your days are scheduled out with game drives in the morning and evening, and time to relax, read, and chat with your campmates during the hottest part of the day. You’re in a group, whether you’re gorilla-trekking in Rwanda watching for elephants in the Serengeti, so you can choose when to be social—and when to hang out in your villa’s plunge poolalone.
But the trip takes a lot of planning, so we called in our team of experts, who’ve all taken solo safaris, including Traveler‘s features director Alex Postman, travel specialist and founder of Roar AfricaDeborah Calmeyer, and Mary Holland, whose story about a recent solo safari ran in a larger package of solo travel articles. They all pitched in for a laundry list of questions solo travelers should consider when planning their trip (about single supplements, public versus private land, and truck versus walking safari).
But most importantly, our experts called out the lodges that are putting an emphasis on hiring women in a space that has been largely male-driven for decades. Among them, Tswalu in South Africa’s Kalahari, which has been prioritizing hiring female trackers, guides, and pilots, and Asilia Africa’s Dunia camp in Tanzania, where everyone from the chefs to the guides to the managers to security are staffed by women.
Thanks again to Mary, Alex, and Deborah for sharing their expertise. As always, big thanks to Brett Fuchs for engineering and mixing. Check back every Tuesday for the latest installment of Women Who Travel. To keep up with our podcast each week, subscribe to Women Who Travel on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and if you have a minute to spare, leave a review—we’d love to hear from you.