Benefits of Solo Travel

Take your time nailing that perfect photograph or spend a few extra hours soaking up the sun by Lake Bunyonyi. Wake up at the crack of dawn to see the elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or lie in and listen to the abundant birdlife that make their home in the canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

One of the greatest things about travelling solo in Uganda is the ability to experience the country on your terms and at your own pace. The rat race doesn’t exist here.

Travelling Solo in Uganda

Incredible views that can't be found anywhere else at Sanctuary Gorilla Camp

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Solo travel doesn't have to mean without support, booking with us means you will have experts on your side from the get-go. From helping you create your perfect bespoke itinerary to providing you with ongoing support, knowledgeable guides and private vehicles once on the ground, we'll ensure your time in Uganda is just how you dreamed it. 

What To Expect

What makes Uganda so great for solo-travellers is its ability to combine such diversity of experience and activity into a single itinerary.

Gorilla and chimp trekking will always be at the top of the list for most first-time visitors to Uganda, but there's so much more on offer game drives, boat safaris, camping, relaxing, and adrenaline activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and quad biking are all on the menu in Uganda.

And don’t forget the big 5, as well as the elusive and Shoebill stork.

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Solo Travelling Safely in Uganda

Do's

  • Save and write down all your emergency contacts in case you need to access them quickly or lose your phone. 
  • Stay aware of your surroundings by keeping an eye on what's going on around you. 
  • Keep your valuables separate. If you are using cash, only carry enough for the day and consider using a money belt. 
  • Learn some key phrases in the local language. Although Uganda’s first language is English, Luganda is more widely spoken and can go a long way in helping you make friends or find help.
  • Dress conservatively. It is best to wear clothes covering the shoulders and the knees, as Uganda is still very traditional.
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Dont's

  • Don’t walk alone at night. If you go anywhere by yourself, let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back. 
  • Don’t flash valuables or money in public places. There may be opportunists hanging around popular spots. 
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended. Even if they are in a locked car, it is best to keep them on you. Decide ahead of time what is essential and what can be left in your accommodation safe.
  • Don't hike alone. Uganda has some fantastic hikes, especially in the Rwenzori Mountains, but don't be tempted to do it alone. If hiking is something you would want to include during your travels, this can be organised for you by specialists with the required training.  

Costs

The costs associated with private solo travel in Uganda will of course be higher than if you brought some friends/family along to split some fixed costs.

The unavoidable costs are gorilla/chimp permits, guiding fees, scheduled light aircraft flights, and vehicle and transportation costs.

You have more control on accommodation costs as Uganda has a range of properties available, ranging from budget to luxury options. 

Travelling Solo in Uganda

Arriving at Bwindi on Cessna Caravan light aircraft.

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Planning a solo trip to Africa is exciting, but it can be a nerve-wracking experience when it comes time to make payments. If you book with us, we'll deal with the complications of sending money to Africa, and you can book with confidence knowing your money is safe and protected.

How It Works

We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:

  1. We'll talk about what your dream Uganda adventure might look like, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident it's the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once you're on the ground in Uganda, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

Travel solo on these trips

The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.

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Get in touch and we can help you understand your options, design an itinerary that's right for you, and then get you set up and ready to go. 

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