Welcome! Kenya is a country full of diversity, from the lush coastal rainforest in the southwest to the arid desert plains in the northeast. The combination makes it an ideal destination for solo travelers looking to see a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife in one trip. But there are some things you should know before you book your flight to Kenya, as well as some strategies you can use once you arrive that will help make sure your trip goes smoothly and isn’t boring.
Choose a tour guide operator with care.
When choosing a tour operator, it is important to do your research.
- Choose a tour operator with an excellent reputation. Ask around or check online reviews before deciding who to go with.
- Choose a tour operator that has an exemplary safety record. When in doubt, choose an operator that is known for its safety and security record over one that isn’t as well established in the industry yet (but don’t write off the latter entirely).
- Choose the kind of experience you want and then ask your chosen travel company if they can accommodate this type of trip—you may have to pay more but it’s worth it! The right company can help you get exactly what you want out of your safari experience by providing top-notch accommodation and guiding services; remember that there are many ways to plan an African adventure so don’t settle for anything less than perfect!
Get around and vibe with other travelers.
If you’re staying at a lodge or resort, it’s easy to meet other travelers. Most places will have a bar or restaurant where guests can congregate and chat with each other. If you don’t feel like socializing after dinner, ask the staff to help you meet people from your room who would be up for an evening out.
If you’re staying in an Airbnb or private home, it’s even easier to make friends: just ask your host for recommendations for local restaurants and bars where other expats hang out!
Figure out where you want to go and the best places to see in advance.
Before you go, research the different parks and reserves in Kenya. It’s important to plan ahead! You should know:
- What you want to see in each park or reserve (the wildlife, the landscape, etc.)
- Where you would like to stay for overnight stays (if at all)
- How much time you want to spend at each location (how long will it take you?)
Your destination choices are endless; I chose Masai Mara because of its reputation as one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations and its proximity to Nairobi city. On my trip through Kenya I visited Hell’s Gate National Park on my way back from Masai Mara which was a great place for hiking around lava flows and seeing hippos in their natural habitat.
Carefully read the reviews left by previous guests before booking.
- Carefully read the reviews left by previous guests before agreeing to stay.
The following information is useful when deciding where to stay:
- The date of a review. Reviews written more recently may provide more up-to-date information than older ones.
- The source (i.e., TripAdvisor, Airbnb). Some sites have a higher number of fake or fraudulent reviews than others and you should take this into account when reading reviews from multiple sources.
- Patterns in the reviews that other guests have left—for example, if many people say that they had an unpleasant experience with their host or guide at this place, then it might be worth considering another option instead.
- Location (city vs rural areas). If you are traveling alone it’s best to avoid staying in remote areas for safety reasons since most solo travelers will not be able to easily find help if something goes wrong during their travels!
Be aware of what the weather will be like in Kenya during your solo trip
- Be aware of what the weather will be like at different times of the year when you travel.
- The rainy season is from March to May, and so it can be hot and humid during this time. During this time of year, many people visit Kenya for a safari or other forms of adventure activities.
- The hot season is from December to February when temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when most tourists come and enjoy their time in Kenya’s beautiful beaches and resorts. There are many places to visit in Kenya during this period including Mombasa, Diani Beach and Lamu Island among others.
- The cool season runs from June to November with cooler temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Kenyan safari tours don’t have to mean traveling with a large group.
If you’re nervous about traveling alone in Kenya, don’t be. You’ll be surprised by how many other solo travelers you meet on the road and how easy it is to make friends. The benefit of traveling solo is flexibility: you can pick any date for your trip and come up with your own itinerary. If there’s a particular place or activity that catches your eye before going on a tour, do it! And if there’s someone else who wants to join in, even better—you’ll have company!
Take holidays in Kenya to see wildlife as a solo traveller
Go on a safari! There are many different types of safaris to choose from: walking, driving and fly-in. Each type of camp has its own perks and downsides. Walking safaris are the most immersive way to see wildlife in their natural habitat; however, they can also be physically demanding.
Game drives are easier than walking ones but not quite as fun since you’re not interacting with animals as much. Fly-in tours allow you to get close to animals without having to walk or drive very far at all—but don’t expect a lot of time spent in the air!All of these types of safaris are great ways to see wildlife in Kenya; however, if you’re a first-time traveller it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. If you want to go on a walking safari, we recommend an operator who offers multiple levels of walking tours so that you can find one that suits your needs and fitness level.
Kenya solo beach to visit as a single traveller
We know the beach at Chale Wote as the “best beach in Kenya”. It’s a stunningly beautiful stretch of sand that’s perfect for swimming and relaxing.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most popular wildlife preserves, where you can see herds of wildebeest and other animals roaming freely. It’s also one of the most beautiful places in Kenya, with rolling grasslands and mountains that seem to go on forever.
The Nairobi National Park is home to several species of animals, including elephants, giraffes and rhinos (the big five). You can even see zebras here! P.S Check out Mount Kenya, It may be fun to stay in tented camps.
Nobody is going to tell you exactly how to travel solo in Kenya, but we hope these tips will help you feel more confident about your upcoming trip. Remember that there are many ways for a solo traveler to find company on their journey through the country!