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15 days in Africa on my own

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15 days in Africa on my own

Hi there,

do you think that I can safely and effecitively travel on my own and for 15 days. I would consider a tour for ease and safety. but i can't find one that incorporates all that I want to do!

1. Vic falls

2. National park safari

3. river cruise

4. (hopefully) sea/beach experience

It has bee suggested that I could do it on my own - travel between the sites and get safari/tours whilst I am there.

I welcome any thoughts or idea for comfortable but bsic (and even flexible) tour companies!

Thanks

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1. Re: 15 days in Africa on my own

Hello again -

You've probably seen my response to your other post, but I thought it might be helpful to outline a Botswana-specific option.

I'd suggest flying into Joburg and connecting up to Maun, Botswana. From Maun you can fly to the Okavango Delta, spending about a week there in two camps, with 3-4 nights in each camp. If the budget allows I'd highly recommend staying in at least one camp in a private concession, where you can drive off-road and at night - in the national parks you need to be back in camp by sunset which can be very frustrating as that's right about when the predators start becoming active. I'd recommend one land-based camp like Chitabe and one mixed-activity camp like Little Vumbura or Mapula Lodge.

From the Delta you can fly to the Linyanti-Chobe region. Normally I'd suggest staying in one of the private concessions in the Linyanti (west of Chobe) for the reasons outlined above, plus one of Africa's best opportunites to see the rare African wild dog - there are several packs which den in the Linyanti concessions. The private concessions do offer canoeing (and some of them offer boating) if your main interest is doing some game viewing from the water - towards the end of the dry season the herds of elephants can be spectacular. However, if you want to do the classic Chobe riverfront cruise, you'll need to stay closer to the national park - I'd suggest Muchenje Lodge, which is located in a small private reserve on the much less visited western side of the park and offers river cruises as well as game drives both in the park and in their private concession. I'd recommend about 3-4 nights here.

From the Linyanti-Chobe area it's a straightforward flight or ground transfer to Victoria Falls. After a night or two at the Falls, you can connect to one of the beach options I mentioned on your other thread in Mozambique, Malawi, or South Africa.

You can definitely do all of this on a tailormade itinerary as a solo traveller. The flights and transfers between the camps can be arranged by any good tour operator - they are short scheduled charters on small bush planes. While you're in camp you'll dine with and share a vehicle with other guests (so being solo doesn't mean you'll always be alone - though keen photographers often book their own vehicle), but you have the freedom to choose your camps and decide how long you want to stay there. In some ways it's the best of both worlds.

Cheers,

Julian

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hey Julian,

Thanks so much for the response. I have just checked out your website. www.timelessafrica.com. And it's fantastic! Thanks so much for creating the most informative site around. I haven't got through all the content yet...but it seems like you have all my questions answered there already and even a photography help section.

Cheers

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3. Re: 15 days in Africa on my own

Glad I could help!

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4. Re: 15 days in Africa on my own

Hi there

I will just add some different aspects to Julian's advice.

Solo travellers are just fine in Botswana as a tour operator would put together an itinerary that aranges all flights and transfers and accommodation and it amazingly enough goes seamlessly. You are met at every point and escorted to the next flight or vehicle transfer.

The other wonderful thing for solo travellers is that most of the camps and lodges in the Okavango/Linyanti/Kalahari/Makgadikgadi or Nxai Pan areas are small and intimate and you are like one of the family. usually you join a small group to go out on game activities and all join together at the communal dining table for meals - so you are never alone (unless of course you choose to be!). The Chobe River area differs from the rest of Botswana in that it is much busier and has quite a few hotels rather than lodges (the names can be deceptive) and this is where, as Julian states, Muchenje Safari Lodge is a good option, being away from the main Kasane town area and operating as a 'lodge' rather than a more autonomous hotel.

Some lodges and transfer companies offer better value than others and it also depends on time of year that you travel. Many places do not charge a single surcharge in the green and shoulder seasons (which is Jan - June and Nov/Dec), or at the very least reduced.

So this is all part of your trip planning and helps narrow down what suits you.

Enjoy!

Erica

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5. Re: 15 days in Africa on my own

Thanks Erica - Your website too was very informative! Thank goodness for trip advisor.

Cheers

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