What is Single Supplement?
A safari single supplement is a charge paid by a solo traveler to compensate a safari lodge, hotel or safari transportation for losses incurred because only one person is admitted instead of two sharing. This is mostly applied to a group safari or scheduled tours organised under the assumption at least two people will book. In fact, nearly all group safari pricing is based on double occupancy of booked rooms.
At Nkuringo Safaris, joining our small group safaris costs the same for someone who is travelling with a large family, a small group of friends or a partner. This makes small group safaris a great option for solo travellers, as you won’t need to pay the extra costs which are often associated with booking a safari, transfer, activity or lodge room as an individual. You’ll enjoy the same experiences at the same price, regardless of the size of your party.
Typically on small group safari, solo travellers can expect to share a room with a member of the same sex. You might be sharing a safari vehicle, for example, or perhaps a cottage at a safari lodge. If the numbers don’t match up, or during low season when trips aren’t filled to capacity, you may be lucky enough to bag your own room at no extra single supplement charge.
As our small group safaris are active trips, the chances are you’ll only be using your room or cottage for sleeping; it’s unlikely you’ll be hanging out there during the day when there is so much else going on. So sharing a room is a great way to have an affordable safari with minimum inconvenience.
However, if you would like to guarantee having your own vehicle or room without having to worry about when and where to stop and breath nature’s ambiance, what time to switch the lights out, when to take a shower or – horror – sharing with a snorer, then we encourage you to pay the single supplement or ask our expert safari consultants to help you craft a solo tailor-made safari that suite your personal style of travel.
How to avoid a single supplement
Single supplement actually means ‘single occupancy’ not an extra charge, or supplement for that matter. On a scheduled tour that is priced as ‘sharing’, avoiding a single supplement when travelling solo may be hard to achieve if you book late and can’t get paired.
If you’re looking for someone to share travel costs, your best bet is to find a traveling companion yourself. Your search would be some combination of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, members of your church/club/whatever, and the like. If you must take the solo safari, our consultants will help you craft a trip that fits your budget without compromises.
SMALL GROUP SAFARIS Scheduled
Small group safari vacations are suitable for so many people, but very popular with solo travelers. Safari with like-minded people, bonding over extraordinary wildlife experiences, golden savanna evening moments and unforgettable memories are created on these trips. Small group safaris are also magnificent for families and mixed generational groups travelling together. No itinerary planning worries, just book and go wild. All-inclusive with meals, transfers (4×4 Custom Safari Trucks), entry fees and activities.
My husband and I had a week long vacation, which is not a lot given all the things we wanted to do/see. Nkuringo organized our trip to make the most of this week. The trip was flawlessly organized. Time-management was perfect. They were flexible and accommodating, all our needs were met and we felt listened to, it was a truly customized experience. Our guide (Darrick) was amazing, he was knowledgeable, very informative, and very flexible too! He also went above and beyond to make sure we experienced the things we were showing interest on.