One of the best things about solo traveling is the freedom it gives you, but after a few weeks on the road, it can get a bit lonely even for the most introverted introvert.
So if you’re looking to find a balance between solo traveling and group travel, the best solution is to meet other solo travelers.
Instead of staying in a hotel the whole time, why not try a hostel? You don’t even have to do your whole vacation that way, but mixing it up a few nights will allow you to meet other solo travelers.
Volunteer events are also widely available in Africa and can offer a few nights of cheap rest as well as allow you to meet up with people.
B&B’s also offer a great option away from big hotels and often attract both singles and couples looking to save a few books. Communal meals are great ways to get some conversations going and meet some day-trek buddies.
Check out vibrant coffee shops while in foreign countries, they are often full of travelers searching for a good WiFi connection, and it’s usually pretty easy to pick out who the travelers are and who the locals are.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with hanging out with locals either. In fact, it’s awesome, especially if they invite you into your home. But sometimes locals are just to busy to take off a day of work and hang out with you.
Finally, if you are gung-ho about staying exclusively in traditional hotels, try to find ones that have recreational activities and events so at least you can get some opportunities to mingle.