5 Best Destinations for Solo Travel in Africa

Traveling alone may seem daunting, but you'll realize how soothing and empowering the whole experience is when you give it a try. Take a solo trip to any of the beautiful African destinations mentioned in this blog for a selfcare vacation you won’t easily forget.

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Having solo travel in Africa is a great way to practice self-care. It presents the perfect opportunity to leave everything behind and destress from your daily routine and all the hustle and bustle of life.

If you are considering a solo trip to Africa, you are in luck! This article reveals the five best places to visit in Africa for solo travelers. 

5 Best Destinations for Solo Travel in Africa

Okavango Delta, Botswana

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The Okavango Delta is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is rightfully named so. The delta is one of the largest stretches of inland deltas globally, spanning between 6,000 to 15,000 square kilometers.

Apart from its beautiful scenery, you’ll get a special opportunity to watch and interact with about 260,000 exotic animals that cluster about the delta during the dry season. And if you solo travel there during the wet season, you may have to tour the Okavango delta in a mukoro (local canoe).

You are guaranteed to have a swell time in Okavango Delta, Botswana, regardless of the season you choose to solo travel there. The view, learning experience, and interactions with the Batswana (the people of Botswana) will have a therapeutic effect on your body and mind.  

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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The Victoria Falls is a beautiful waterfall that pours down the Zambezi River (the largest river in Africa) in Zambia. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is a UNESCO tourist center that currently houses Victoria Falls.

The body of water is so grand that it is listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The fall has a whopping 550 million liters of water flowing every minute, making a roaring sound as it rushes down the 305 feet cliff. Little wonder why the native people named it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to “smoke that thunders.”

Simply closing your eyes, focusing on the roaring sounds of the water and the smell of nature, and feeling the mist can bring you the satisfactory feeling of imagining all your worries being thrashed and reduced to naught.

The best time to visit is right after the rainy season when the water current is the strongest. You can take a helicopter flight for a wholesome aerial view or take the bridge opposite the waterfall for a much closer view. 

Aside from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, there are other popular places like the Time + Tide Mchenja Camp, Lusaka city market, Kafue National Park, and Lake Kariba, which you should see when in Zambia.

Marrakesh, Morocco

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Another solo travel in Africa location idea is Marrakesh. She is an incredibly exquisite city in Western Morocco. 

Marrakesh is rich in culture, colors, aromatic spices, music, and dance. Her people are predominantly Muslim, and they are highly devoted, so you may need to show respect for their religious culture. While the city is quite safe for solo travelers, you should note that it is busy and conservative, so you should be alert and dress decently. 

While in Marrakesh, you can explore the Le Jardin Secret, Be Dazzled by Bahia Palace, Badi Palace, and the Majorelle Gardens. You can also shop in the Medina Souks or take a hot air balloon ride across the Medina. What’s so special about Marrakesh is that you can never run out of fun activities.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Sossusvlei is a salt pan in the Namib Desert in Namibia. It also refers to the region around the desert, which is one of the prettiest places in Africa.

The ambiance and scenery of Sossusvlei are so therapeutic that taking a solo trip there should be top of the bucket list of anyone who longs to go on a self-discovery journey to get more in touch with themselves and nature.

There are many landmarks that you can visit while in the area. You can check out the dunes of Sesriem, Big Daddy, Hiddenvlei, Dune 45, or Elim Dune. 

Namibia is one peaceful and beautiful country, so it is easily one of the go-to places in Africa for tourists. The Namibian people are also warm and friendly, so you can rest assured that your time there will be truly relaxing and adventurous.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Zanzibar is one of the most popular travel destinations in Africa. In fact, this list would be incomplete without it. It lies in the Unguja island in Tanzania and is surrounded by several other islands. 

If you wish to visit Zanzibar island, be sure to pack some picture-perfect bikinis or swimwear for a relaxing, memorable time in the unbelievably beautiful water. The place is not just famous for its water but its tasty seafood and traditional dishes. It is also known for its aromatic spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and clove. 

While in Zanzibar, there are endless places to visit, including Cheetah’s Rock, Nungwi Beach, Prison Island, Stone Island, and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve.

Traveling alone may seem daunting, but you’ll realize how soothing and empowering the whole experience is when you give it a try. Take a solo trip to any of the beautiful African destinations mentioned in this blog for a selfcare vacation you won’t easily forget.

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