Traveling Alone to Kenya? Enjoy the Masai Mara Game Reserve by Joining Other Travelers on Safari
One of the biggest challenges for safari adventurers traveling alone is the cost of sight seeing. The high cost of transportation in some destinations makes it difficult to enjoy various tours.
However, if you are traveling alone and do not mind joining other like-minded, although strangers on safaris, you can break through the cost barrier and enjoy magnificent safaris. Most of such safaris would invariably be the budget type. That they are called budget safari does not however mean that they are low quality safaris. These are well-organized tours that offer value-for-money experiences. The little compromise you would be making is that you are accepting to be in the company of persons not acquainted to you for the duration of the safari. The Masai Mara game reserve is one of the most popular safari destinations in Kenya. Most persons coming to Kenya would love an opportunity to visit this wildlife reserve. For those who cannot afford the short flight safaris that are accessible to single travelers, joining a budget safari presents a viable way to enjoying the wonders of the Mara in a more affordable way.
Advantages of Joining Safaris
The obvious advantage and reason for anyone to seek out these types of safaris is the cost factor. They come cheap and affordable. But they also come with less trouble in the planning process. Simply put, you pay less because you share the cost of the transportation – an important element of the tour cost.
Next, planning is made easy. If you call or email the travel agent, they will tell you if it is available or not, depending on your dates of travel. If you are flexible on dates, chances are that you will fit into the next available departure. If not, then the next one is mostly likely the one for you.
But the most important factor and advantage is the fact they are made for persons traveling alone. The prices and programs are designed from scratch with the single traveler in mind.
Disadvantages of Joining Safaris
Conversely the obvious downside of this type of safaris is that you are in the company of persons that are strangers to you. For some people, this might be a problem. But there is also the option of looking at this as a chance to meet new people and make friends.
Another small inconvenience, in comparison with a private safari, is the lack to flexibility. Activities are likely going to be scheduled so that each person who wants to take part must join in at the agreed scheduled time. Since participants are joining from diverse backgrounds, it might not be easy to make changes on the times to do some of he safari activities.
Several safari companies offer tours that allow individuals traveling alone to join with other travelers and enjoy safaris. They may even have regular daily departures or weekly. As a traveler, you book your seat on a date or day or choice. You are then assured of travel. Usually, a minimum number of 2 persons is required. In the unlikely event that fellow participants make a last minute cancellation, making it impossible to operate the booked tour, a refund will be given if there is no alternative, suitable tour for you.