Traveling in Africa as a Solo Female Backpacker
Ok everyone. I need some help so maybe some of you backpackers who traveled independently to Africa can provide some! After traveling to Europe, Asia, Central and South America, I’m ready to hit Africa. The only place I’ve been on the continent so far is Morocco (which I loved!) but now, I’m looking for slightly more adventure and safaris (yes, I’m an addict)! After starting 2010 on Copacabana in Rio, I’m looking to spend another New Year’s Eve abroad. I’m thinking of traveling to either Tanzania or South Africa but not sure which place to pick. New Year’s Eve in Cape Town or on the beach in Zanzibar. Difficult choice… So as a solo and independant female backpacker, and first real African experience, where should I go? Do keep in mind that I’m not a fan of organized tours and I really want to avoid taking one even though it’ll be my first time backpacking in East/South Africa.
So what’s so special about Tanzania other than climbing the Kilimanjaro? Hmm… white-sand beaches in Zanzibar, the preserved lake Tankayika, visiting banana trees and rice fields in Pemba and safaris from Arusha. Bus seems to be the preferred transportation mode for getting around the country. Overall, backpackers seem to love the place and doesn’t sound like it’s too dangerous. Would this be a good destination for a 3-week vacation for a solo female backpacker?
One of the gems of Africa, South Africa is probably more a of a hip place to visit. With a vibrant city such as Cape Town, National parks like Kruger that offer various safari tours and Dragensberg mountain to be hiked, it’s only normal that’s South Africa is a backpacker’s heaven destination! All sorts of activities can be considered when traveling in SA, from horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting to bungy jumping. In order words, it’s a adventure paradise for us crazy backpackers! After doing some research, roads also seem to be in good condition and travel time between places isn’t so bad.
So what African destination should I opt for? Any solo backpackers who traveled to South Africa have some advice for me ?