Travelling solo can be a very daunting experience. A lack of proper planning and a bad destination choice can lead to much regret. However, the flip side of the coin is that a solo trip can also be a fondly unforgettable and pleasurable experience.
In fact, solo travel can be viewed as the ultimate self-indulgence. You get the chance to bond with self and to partake in activities that your loved ones may find boring. It is also a great way to meet new people.
South Africa has many parts that are suited to solo travel. Here are some of the best:
City life and buzz in Cape Town
When in the Mother City, it is highly unlikely that you will feel lonely. As such, it is the perfect destination for solo travellers. Whether you’re looking to connect with self or meet some new people, it’s the right place to be. There is plenty to do and explore including visiting popular landmarks and partaking in activities that tickle your fancy.
If you’re lucky enough, you may even bump into other solo travellers who are willing to spend time with you around any of Cape Town’s pristine beaches. For some alone time, you can have a solo date at one of the many stunning restaurants, or head to one of the city’s luxurious spas for some peace and pampering.
Taking it easy in Umhlanga
Close to King Shaka International Airport, the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga has an all-year round holiday feel. As a solo traveller, you can enjoy a peaceful walk around the promenade, try out interesting restaurants and even spend some time at the beach. Gateway Mall is also not too far, so you can catch a movie or satisfy your inner shopaholic.
Due to the number of tourists who are usually around the area, you’re also bound to come across new and interesting people who may be solo travellers like yourself.
The scenic Garden Route
Keen for an experience you won’t regret along a scenic stretch of coastline? The Garden Route is for you! Embarking on a solo roadtrip along the Garden Route is nothing short of marvellous. Places such as Plettenberg Bay and Knysna which are along the route have a lot of beauty and fun to offer, including unique restaurants which you can try out as a solo diner.
A tranquil Mpumalanga safari
Mpumalanga is a lovely and tranquil destination to visit. The province has a lot of great safari lodges, affording you some much needed time off in the quietude of nature. For wildlife sightings, you can join into group game drives. This way, you can meet new people and share your Safari experience.
There is also never any shortage of fellow travellers wanting to chat about their own sightings, restaurant visits and overall experience in and around the area. After all, being alone doesn’t have to amount to an experience of unbearable loneliness.