Singles holidays in Africa

By Cathy Winston, Editor

From the historic civilisations of northern Africa to the continent’s fascinating wildlife, white sand beaches, cosmopolitan cities, vineyards and mountain ranges, it’s easy to find a tempting singles holiday in Africa. Whether you’re looking to head off the beaten track, see some of the world’s wonders or take a cruise, solo travellers are spoiled for choice.

Small group tours

Sspecialist companies are an ideal starting point for solo travellers visiting Africa – Take Me To Africa runs small group tours designed to tick off unforgettable sights like the Great Migration in the Masai Mara, along with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

The Ultimate Africa tour is a fabulous taster, whisking you through four countries in 15 days, from Victoria Falls to the Cape. Or the Namibia Unbound road trip mixes city, coast, game reserves and desert, including the world’s highest free-standing dunes.

North Africa is often the first destination for those visiting the continent, with enticing options for solo travellers here too. On The Go Tours has a range of group tours in Egypt for different budgets, all led by a qualified Egyptologist guide.

Along with the pyramids and Sphinx, you can head to the temples of the south, take a Nile cruise on board a traditional felucca, relax by the Red Sea and discover the sun festival at Abu Simbel – as well as festive escapes to spend Christmas in the African sun.

For a solo holiday in Africa learning about the fascinating history and culture of the north, Martin Randall runs several group tours to discover Morocco’s great cities. Or explore Tunisia, shaped by the Carthaginians and Romans and its Islamic heritage, with no single supplement.

For a solos-only tour, Just You has escorted group trips in destinations from Morocco to South Africa, along with Uganda, Namibia and Ethiopia. Cox & Kings runs some solo-only tours of South Africa, packing in wildlife drives in the Eastern Cape, wine tastings and time in Cape Town, including a ride to the top of Table Mountain and its beaches, for an overview of the country.

You’ll find similar group tours of Africa, exploring the Garden Route and Western Cape, including a safari, some with no single supplement. And Mercury Holidays has its own group tour of South Africa, visiting Kruger Park, Cape Town and the winelands, with a small single supplement.

For a chance to explore a much less-visited part of Africa, the cultural group tours from Tadele Travel bring ancient Ethiopia to life, from the rock churches of Lalibela to the palaces of Gonder, ancient walled cities and spectacular scenery.

Tadele runs solos-only tours as well as tailored group holidays, focusing on anything from wildlife and hiking to history and religious festivals. Rather than standard organised tours, the company connects like-minded people to create an itinerary to suit the group, with a maximum of six accompanied by an expert guide.

Active holidays

For a more active adventure, there’s a wide choice of walking and cycling holidays in Africa for solo travellers. Ramblers Walking Holidays has an impressive range of walking breaks in Africa, for different levels of ability, in Botswana and South Africa. Its 21-day African Journey visits Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, with game drives alongside the walking.

Solos Holidays also runs singles-only trekking in Morocco, exploring the wonderful Atlas Mountains, discovering waterfalls and olive groves along the way, plus a day trip to vibrant Marrakech.

Or explore Morocco by bike. Saddle Skedaddle’s Road Atlas guided cycling holiday takes you through the High Atlas mountains from Marrakech to the coast at Agadir.

Safaris and wildlife holidays

If you want to see wildlife in its natural habitat, there are few places better than Africa, from mountain gorillas to the unique creatures of Madagascar.

You find countless options combining safari and sightseeing, but for a truly memorable wildlife holiday in Africa, Rainbow Tours has some wonderful itineraries. Spot gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, with the company’s gorilla trekking holidays, some teamed with safari game drives in the country’s national parks.

There’s nowhere like Madagascar. Home to more than 100 species and subspecies of lemur, along with animals and plants found nowhere else in the world – from baobabs to over 100 species of bird alone – the company’s tours take in the rainforests, canyons and barrier reefs of this fascinating island too.

Or for a truly luxurious holiday in Africa, Abercrombie & Kent visits 12 different countries: watch the Great Migration, walk with the San bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana, visit one of Africa’s elephant sanctuaries in Zimbabwe or take a canoe safari along the Zambezi.

Beach holidays in Africa

If you’re looking for guaranteed sunshine without a long-haul flight, Africa is a great option. Lounge by the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt on a singles-only break with Solos Holidays at Sharm el Sheikh, including holidays over Christmas and New Year. Or the Kenya Safari Adventure ends with several days on a glorious Indian Ocean beach near Mombasa.

Friendship Holidays also has a Kenya Safari and Beach holiday exclusively for solo travellers, with several days at Diani Beach just south of Mombasa, as well as game drives in Tsavo National Park.

Mercury Holidays has a string of tempting hotels with no single supplement for a sunny escape to Morocco too – stay near the beaches of Agadir, or swap sand for the pool at a five-star hotel near Marrakech.

Over 50s tours

Most escorted group tour companies have a mix of ages, including those popular with single travellers over 50. If you want to guarantee your travelling companions will be aged 50+, Saga Travel has singles-only tours of South Africa, exclusively for the over-50s.

Stay at Mabula Private Game Reserve, spotting both the big five and little five on the daily game drives, as well as discovering more about local conservation projects, and relaxing at the lodge’s spa or pool, before dining under the stars.

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