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Travelling to East Africa Alone – Essential Guide

One of the best places to travel alone in East Africa. Traveling alone will help you learn more about yourself, discover new people, and gain life-changing experiences. Traveling to East Africa alone may seem daunting; however, the journey is safe if you know your way around. This essential guide will provide information to plan your solo trip to East Africa. 

Things to Consider Before Travelling

East Africa is an exciting, adventurous, and culturally-rich place to visit. There are some essential precautions that you do need to take before you consider travelling. You must have specific vaccinations and pack medication for your journey. The essential vaccinations that you will need to apply for the visa include: 

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination
  2. Chicken Pox
  3. Polio
  4. Influenza
  5. Yellow Fever
  6. Measles
  7. Shingles
  8. Chlorella 
  9. Malaria
  10. Rabia

The list is extensive, but it is for your safety that you ensure that you have all the necessary vaccinations. You should also keep a first-aid kit, essential medications for existing conditions, DEET insect repellent, and antidiarrhea. 


The East Africa Tourist single-entry joint visa allows you to enter Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. If you also want to visit Tanzania, you will need to apply for a tourist visa for Tanzania. You can apply for both visas online, which will cost approximately $100 for the East Africa Tourist Visa and $50 for the Tanzania visa.  

Things to Pack

In addition to the medication, you should consider packing the following:

  1. Comfortable, light, and breathable clothes – you should only pack clothes you will be comfortable in, especially if you are planning to go on a safari. However, remember that the clothing covers you sufficiently to protect yourself from mosquitos and other insects. 
  2. Caps/hats to protect you from the heat.
  3. Appropriate shoes and slippers 
  4. Flashlight 
  5. Powerbank for your phone and devices
  6. Water-resistant backpack (helps to manage essentials you need to carry with you during safaris or excursions) 
  7. Sunblock
  8. Toiletries 
  9. Binoculars 


You will get the best experience by planning your visit from mid-June to October. 


Given that you will be traveling alone, you should avoid going out in the dark or walking alone at night. You should be wary of your surroundings and try to book tours with other groups. It will not only cost you less and keep you safe, but it is also a great way to meet new people.  

Places to Visit

There are so many places to visit in East Africa when traveling alone, including, but not limited to:

  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanznaia
  • Lake Manyara, Tanzania 
  • Mafia Island, Tanzania
  • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Arusha National Park, Tanzania
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Lake Nakuru, Kenya
  • Amboseli National Park, Kenya
  • Mombasa, Kenya
  • Watamu, Kenya

It may seem intimidating initially, but traveling to East Africa will change your life. There are many unique and exciting places to visit alone in East Africa. Our Guide to Air Travel in Tanzania will help you learn more about one of the region’s most spectacular countries.