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The Top 5 African Destinations Trending With Solo Travelers Right Now

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Solo travel is having a moment, and who can blame anyone for wanting to get away by themselves and enjoy some new views, cultures, and environments?

While there is no shortage of ideal places for solo travelers to head for their alone time, some regions are a bit more popular than others. 

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Europe seems to be a big draw, as does Latin America, yet there are many other fantastic destinations around the world that are great for solo travelers to enjoy. 

Africa, for example, at first glance might seem either too expensive, too remote, too tedious to organize, or any other obstacle that solo travelers might worry about.

Yet the reality is that many places across the vast continent of Africa offer a great place for a solo trip, no matter if you are looking for wildlife, culture, or beaches. 

Le morne Brabant, Mauritius island

A new study from Explore! Travel has found the top destinations across the globe, which are seeing huge increases in travel interest for solo trips. This study looked at Google searches from the past 2 years and found these destinations to have the biggest increase for the keywords solo travel, based on the past 24 months. 

Keep in mind these places are not necessarily the ones with the largest number of solo travel searches overall but with the largest increase in searches, meaning they are trending with travelers right now. 

Here Are The Top 5 African Destinations Trending With Solo Travelers Right Now:

1. Mauritius, Indian Ocean

This idyllic island nation has seen nearly a 150% increase in Google solo travel searches in the past 12 months, with many hoping to come to explore its beauty.

With lush tropical green forests and soft and sandy beaches, you can choose luxury resorts or budget accommodations, and taking the local transportation is a good way to see some sights and experience a local vibe.

Although previously considered a honeymoon destination, Mauritius is gaining more attention with a wider audience, and solo travelers especially, as it’s considered quite a safe destination. 

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man surfing in Mauritius

2. Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa’s capital city has also seen an almost 150% increase in Google solo travel searches in the past year and shows no signs of slowing down.

This vibrant city offers something for everyone, beaches, mountains, culture, fantastic wineries, and more. Join a group tour if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, or head to the beach and watch the wildlife.

Safety in Cape Town is something to pay attention to, and while the tourist areas are safe, walking alone at night and other precautions are advised. 

Beach at Camps Bay before the twelve apostles in Cape Town, South Africa

3. Cairo, Egypt

Taking the third spot on the list of trending African destinations for solo travel is the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, which has seen an increase of just over 100% in the past year for solo travel searches.

Of course, the main thing to do here is to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx and the world-class Egyptian Museum. Don’t forget to explore some more lesser-known places with a guide and with proper safety precautions. 

Travel man in hat stand background Egyptian pyramid sunset Giza Cairo, Egypt.

4. Seychelles, Indian Ocean

With a jump in solo travel searches, Seychelles is gaining more attention from travelers who are hoping to come to wander this tropical paradise.

Many will tell you that this island nation can actually be quite affordable for solo travelers, so long as you plan early.

Most travelers stick to the three main islands of Mahe Island, Praslin Island, and La Digue Island, and relaxing on the beach and taking in the island vibe is the best way to explore here. 

Single Blonde Sun worshiper with Beach all to herself in The Seychelles

5. Nairobi, Kenya

Last on the list of top five trending African solo travel hotspots is Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling and beautiful capital city. At first glance, Nairobi might seem a bit intimidating, but there is much to uncover here and more than enough attractions to fill your time.

The best way to travel around is to find a good taxi driver with an agreed-upon rate and get their contact. Using the same driver when possible is always a good idea, and can help you also establish local connections.

Of course, Nairobi National Park can’t be missed, nor can the Giraffe Center, where you can get your own kiss from one of these gentle giants.

A tourist woman feeding a Rotschild's giraffe with her hands.

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