Polly Nightingale

Arranging a holiday is exciting but for single travellers can also be daunting. As well as the usual considerations of where and when, you have the choice of travelling solo or as part of a group. Each has its advantages, so it’s not an easy decision. As a general rule, a group trip gives you the benefit of company for the duration of your holiday and offers excellent value for money. Tailor made holidays give you flexibility, to go where, when and for as long as you want. You’ll rarely be alone, as there’ll be guides and other travellers along the way.

Walking group in Botswana

Group on walking Safari

Here are some examples of trips we offer which I hope you find helpful, but your best bet is to talk to one of our consultants. They’ll be happy to chat over the pros and cons and you’ll soon be well on your way to your dream holiday!

Sundowners take a seat

Sundowners take a seat

Botswana is a good example of the relative merits of each style of travel. The group Buffalo Safari spans 3 superb game viewing areas and, with a maximum group size of 12, you’ll soon know everyone. Staying in semi-participation camp sites is fun and helps keep the holiday price down. The five Rivers Safari Special is a private trip, operating in the green season (November to March). You’re free to construct your own itinerary from a selection of camps, demonstrating the flexibility of tailor made travel. What’s more, there’s no dreaded single supplement.

Looking for something more challenging? How about a Kilimanjaro climb! You can join our great value group trip on our favourite route, the Machame. There are two departure dates in 2014, which at the time of writing still have places available. If these don’t suit, we can organise a private climb on the date of your choice. You’ll have your own tent and the option to add an extra day for acclimatisation, which many find helpful. You won’t be alone. Even if no-one else is climbing, there’ll be guides and porters to help you on your way.


Snow covered summit of Kilimanjaro

A Galapagos cruise is, justifiably, on most people’s wish list. If you’re willing to share a cabin, we’ll get you a competitively priced holiday aboard Cachalote Explorer, a small yacht taking a maximum of 16 passengers. If you’d prefer to have your own space, we can arrange that too. We use several boats, including the elegant Mary Anne, where you’ll have your own cabin, while still benefitting from the company of others on board.

Mary Anne sailing around the Galapagos Islands

Mary Anne sailing around the Galapagos Islands

As you can see, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to group tour versus tailor made travel for the single traveller. It varies according to destination, to itinerary and, of course, to you – the traveller! Most of all, remember we’re here, ready and waiting to offer our help, experience and expertise to plan your perfect holiday.