Guide to Solo Travel in East Africa

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Guide to Solo Travel in East Africa

Traveling solo is not everybody's cup of tea. It requires extensive knowledge of the places you're visiting, along with lots of planning. There are millions of people who think of traveling solo but never do because of fears and uncertainty. However, traveling solo is one of the best ways to rediscover yourself! 


In this blog, we'll be answering questions that arise in a first-time solo traveler's mind.


  1. Is It Safe to Travel Alone in East Africa? 

Of course, it is! Whether you plan on going to Tanzania, or Kenya, there is absolutely nothing to worry about as a solo traveler. The security over the years has improved, and the increasing number of tourists every year in the East African countries have developed a sense of respect and safety for the foreign guests in the minds of the locals.


  1. How Much Cash Should I Carry?

It all depends on the number of days you are planning to spend and the nature of your trip. If you want to relax on the beaches of Zanzibar sipping on cool mimosas, then on average, you spend $50 total. For the beautiful safaris of Kenya and Tanzania, the expenses can reach up to $250 - $300 per week. 

Be mindful that ATMs are not always available everywhere. So, make a smart move and keep yourself loaded with some local currency. 

There’s immense economic potential of tourism in Tanzania, so the country’s expected to develop more ATMs for the tourists. 

  1. What Kind of Clothes Should I Wear?

It's good to pack light, loose clothes, fabrics like cotton, linen, silk which can be easily washed and worn again. When visiting the Tanzanian and Kenyan safaris, avoid wearing clothes in black, blue, and dark colors because Tsetse flies are attracted to such colors, and their bite can give African sleeping sickness.

A note for the ladies: Be mindful of not wearing too revealing clothes in traditional areas as most of the East African tribes are conservative.


  1. What Should I Pack?

Remember, you're going on vacation and not moving! Your luggage should be light-weighted and easy to handle since you'll be all alone. Tanzania And Kenya are always sunny, so it would be good if you carry sunscreen, light summer clothes, sunglasses, and a nice pair of walking shoes or slippers. 

In addition to this, be sure that you have packed enough medication so that you do not fall short and be sick.


  1. What are the Best Places to Visit Solo?

In Zanzibar 

The Blue Safari, Chole bay, Uzi island, Kiwenga caves, Vanora Zanzibar, Zanzibar butterfly center, Kizimkazi Mosque, and Baraka Natural Aquarium.

In Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Serengeti National Park, The Ngorongoro Crater, Manyara Lake, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Tarangire National Park.

In Kenya

Nairobi, Mombasa, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara National Reserve, Tsavo Parks, and Buffalo Spring National Reserve. 


  1. Should I be Worried About the Crime Rate?

Crimes prevail all over the world. However, you can keep yourself safe if you travel smartly. Wearing expensive jewelry in the East African countries late at night is not recommended. Always book authentic guides, transports, and hotels so that you are safe from scams. Don’t walk through lonely streets.

Be mindful of these minor things, and you're good to go.


  1. How Do I Keep Myself Safe at A New Place?

Self-safety for solo travelers is very important. Here are some necessary things that one should do to be safe while traveling alone.

  • Be active. Observe people around you; if you suspect something fishy, exit.
  • Always have the address of the hotel you are staying at
  • Do not travel in local transportations.
  • Download security apps.
  • Say no to strangers 
  • Learn to fight.
  • Plan your trip and stick to it.
  • Avoid late-night plans as they can be risky.


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to East Africa and have a great time! 

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