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Top African parks to explore as a solo adventure

Traveling by yourself has its perks,and more so if it is through the wilds of Africa. This massive continent is made up of 54 countries and some of the most beautiful wildlife parks on the planet.

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A solo safari may sound daunting,but going wherever you like, without worrying to wait or please others, promises a game viewing experience like no other.

So if you are planning to go on a safari on your own,here are some of the best national parks in Africa to consider, taking into consideration lodges offering single supplement accommodation and shared safaris and other activities.

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Sossusvlei, the heart of the Namib desert

Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa and visiting the secluded region of the Sossusvlei desert gives the solo traveler plenty of time to pause and reflect.

If you can bear the heat, discovering the iconic Sossusvlei desert by yourself can be a life-changing experience. After all,this is a safari of a different kind where you explore the dramatic landscape at dawn and dusk and relaxing in the lodge during the heat of the day.

Despite the harsh enviornment, wildlife thrives in Sossusvlei. Beneath the sand live reptiles,spiders,sand beetles and geckos,while among larger animals expect to see gamsbok,oryx, ostrich and even wild horses.

During the night,the rare and elusive aardvark is spotted at times, alongwith other nocturnal animals like cape fix, polecat and aardwolf.

Where to stay: Options to stay inside the park are limited,but there are many budget and luxury lodges around Soussvlei. Solo travelers can stay in the simple Sesriem campsite located inside the Nambib-Naukluft National Park right next to the Sossusvlei park entrance.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

There is kind of a particular adventure associated when you travel solo in the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. A safari here will take you take the visitor through places never imagined before and afford an opportunity for some calm and self-reflection.

Home to the biggest land animals in Africa,Kruger and an excellent network of good gravel roads has made Kruger easily accessible for the solo wildlife enthusiast,while the wide selection of accommodation makes travel a breeze.

Again solo travelers can take advantage of staying in the private concessions that give more opportunities for a personal safari experience.

The central and southern regions of Kruger are your best bet for spotting the big cats. Large campervans are available on rental for the individual nature lover to park at the myriad campsites for a dream safari trip.

Where to stay: The Kambaku River Sands lodge in Greater Kruger offers gueste value for money as every third solo traveler is charged a single supplement.This exclusive,but affordable lodge,is located in the heart of the private Timbavati Game Reserve,a part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Okavango delta,Botswana

If there was a  favorite destination for solo travelers in the heart of Southern Africa,it has to be Botswana.The country is home to some of the most secluded lodges for safari goers that can’t be found anywhere else.

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And of all the parks in this beautiful country the Okavango delta remains the eternal draw with solo visitors from around the world.The unique ecosystem which exists here offers some incredible game viewing opportunities to be had in the whole of Africa.

Animals here can be seen in abundance, especially during the wet season, when you can explore the region by mokoro, motor boat cruise,on game drives and even by foot.

Wildlife flocks here in search of water and you can easily come across lions,leopards, elephants and if you are lucky,the elusive African wild dog,which are present in plenty in the delta.

Where to stay: Khwai Leadwood is an elegant camp where on a solo safari the visitor can take advantage of shared day and night game drives and other game watching activities.Another well-known elegant accommodation option is the Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp which is strategically located and provides surreal views of the delta surroundings.

Masai Mara,Kenya

It is no secret that the Masai Mara National Reserve in East Africa is the best destination to go on a safari especially if you are going solo and it is your first time in the wild.

Apart from running like a well-oiled machine,the Mara is known for its abundant sightings of the Big 5 and ample camps and lodges for the single traveler to choose from.

Every year a magical natural phenomenon takes place in the Mara when millions of wildebeest, followed by zebra and other herbivores lead the charge of the Great Migration which attracts hordes of nature enthusiasts to this place.

Excellent game viewing and expansive plains offer visitors the ultimate wildlife experience which has Masai Mara one of the most sought after safari destinations anywhere on earth.

Where to stay:The Angama Mara is a top lodge situated in Masai Mara where solo travelers can avail of shared game rides and hot air balloon rides as well.Moreover,the selling point is the Angama waives off the single supplement and only charges on every third single supplement booked.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Though tourism in Uganda has taken a back seat because of its rough history,it means it is a wallet friendly place for solo visitors to explore.It is a safe country to visit and explore the country’s several parks, including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most famous in Uganda and one of Africa’s most precious as it is the only abode of the remaining about 400 Bwindi mountain gorillas,which is about half the worldwide population of mountain gorillas in the wild.

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Your best bet to go on this unique trekking safari is to book through an accredited trekking company as they have direct contact with the Uganda Wildlife Authority which is the sole gorilla permit issuing agency.

The trip requires an arduous trek for a few hours through the 128 square miles of mountain rainforest,meant for travelers with moderate fitness. Apart from the fascinating gorillas,there are 120 other mammal species which have Bwindi their home.

These include rareties like colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many colorful birds like hornbills and turacos.

Where to stay: Accommodation in Bwindi ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury options. However,for value of money nothing can come close to the Volcanoes Safari Bwindi Lodge for the ultimate staying and gorilla viewing experience.