Solo Travel Destination: Tanzania

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Emily, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Emily is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Tanzania. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: Swahili, English

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Maasai Tribe.

Reasons to go:  The animals are what bring you there, but the people and landscapes are what make you want to return.  I feel that once one visits Africa, our soul always yearns to return to this mesmerizing land. Perhaps it is because our original ancestors are said to have come from this land?  I don’t know really, but my heart yearns to return to this country…and others.

I booked this $2300 safari (single supplement waived) through ET African Journeys, which I highly recommend. This covered airfare, safari, 5 star lodging, English-speaking safari guide, all meals, all transfers….literally EVERYTHING.  Unbelievable!!!  My safari outfitter was Ranger Safaris, again highly recommended.  Initially, this trip started out as a solo trip, but at the very last second, a friend from California heard about the single supplement being waived and decided to go as well.  I really had planned to go alone, though….and to be honest, once I got on the trip, I was wishing I had stuck with my original plan of solo traveling in Tanzania. Still, even though someone went with me in the end, I would recommend this trip for solo travelers, and would absolutely have done it myself.

In April 2011, I did an 8-day safari where I visited the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater.  After that, I worked with orphans in the Lake Manyara/Kibaoni area for 3 days.  This was, by far, the highlight of my trip.  I was also able to see Mt Kilimanjaro while there, and one day plan to go back and hike up to the summit.

Tanzania has been one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited to date and words just cannot do the country justice.

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Lions at the Ngorongoro Crater.


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The sweet orphans I worked with in the Lake Manyara region.


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Elephant crossing.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


  • Gemma @ gemmajaneadventures

    Sounds awesome, I’m hoping to add Africa to my travels after reading a few inspiring blog posts like this one.

  • Susan

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Africa is a dream destination for me, one that is intimidating as well as compelling. Your post made it seem doable!

  • Honey David

    The images of Tanzania destination are really cool and wonderful. I visited there last year before chinatown san francisco ca tour with my whole family. This country is famous for Wildlife lovers, mountain Climbing and many other interesting things. Anyway! Let me share my favorite places in Tanzania;
    Ruaha National Park
    Mafia Island
    Tarangire National Park
    Pemba Island

  • Krishna Sookrit

    I would highly recommend African Horizons travel and Safari based in Kenya and Tanzania. I had a memorable safari to serengeti and Ngorongo Crater in September.

  • tresco

    Please think very hard about working in orphanages. If it would not be acceptable in your home country then think carefully whether it is acceptable in another country.

  • Levineb

    Thinking about either Kenya or Tanzania in November. I’m a birdwatcher as well as someone interested in culture. How safe to travel on my own in Kenya do you think? Can I rent a car and do that? Better to ride buses? Can individuals get into the parks? How easy to find reasonable tour companies if the previous question is a no?

  • Em S

    Wish you could see all my photos!! They would blow you away!!!! I have about 600 photos! Each and every photo is so very special to me. 

  • Em S

    It actually only rained on one afternoon for about an hour!  And  was soooo glad it did. Hearing the thunder and seeing the rain against the Serengetti backdrop was unbelievable! 

  • Spinster

    Kenya, which is across the border, is also similar.  Hoping to get to Tanzania sooner rather than later.  Thanks for the safari company information, and thanks for sharing.

  • Campervan Rental Australia

    I read your post and I liked it. You have shared informative post and beautiful pictures of your Tanzania trip. Thanks for that. :)

  • beachgirl

    Thank you for the recommendation of tour group – I was looking at a different outfit which is much more expensive so will check this one out as well. How did you find traveling through Tanzania in April during rainy season? I’m considering a trip for April 2013 and am finding conflicting messages regarding the amount of rain to expect.

  • SoloTravelBlog

    I especially like the 2nd picture in this post. The landscape of Tanzania looks simply incredible.

  • SoloTravelBlog

    I especially like the 2nd picture in this post. The landscape of Tanzania looks simply incredible.