Namibia help you plan your next adventure.

Namibia gets its name from the Namib Desert and is a great destination to explore on the African continent. Located on the South West coast, it borders Angola, Botswana, and South Africa.It is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei, has the largest population of free-roaming cheetahs and black rhinos, and is the second least densely populated country in the world. You can drive for hours without seeing another person!Whilst the country isn’t as well known as South Africa, it has an incredible amount to offer, and you don’t need to pay through the roof to experience some truly amazing scenery and wildlife. Traveling through Namibia can easily be done on a budget, so here’s everything you need to know to help you plan your next adventure. How Much Do Things Cost? Compared to countries in Eastern Africa, Namibia is considered to be relatively cheap. It uses the Namibian Dollar (NAD) which is 1:1 with the South African Rand and prices are pretty similar to what you find in South Africa, if not a little cheaper. There is quite a big difference in prices depending on the season. High season is considered to be July to December, and low season from January to June. Depending on your accommodation and transport choices, you can get by on $45 per person a day. This would include hiring your own transport and staying in campsites, as well as food, water, and of course, beer. Your largest cost will probably end up being fuel, as distances are long and 4x4s are thirsty. If you’re on a tighter budget, you can get by on $20-$30 per person a day. You’d need to stay in campsites or dorm beds, cook your own meals, and use the train to get around instead of hiring your own truck. If you have a little more to spend and prefer the idea of joining an overland tour to explore the country with other people, you’ll be looking at an average of $90 a day.Average Prices Per PersonCampsite (outside main city)  – $6 (80 NAD) Campsite in National Park – $20 (250 NAD)Dorm bed – $8 (100 NAD) Private double room – $45-$60 (600-750 NAD)National park fees – $6 (80 NAD)Petrol – $0.80 per liter (10 NAD)Local beer – $1.10 (15 NAD)Cup of coffee – $2 (25 NAD)How To Get AroundMost people who visit Namibia like the idea of driving through the country to experience the desert, enormous sand dunes, camp under the stars, and spot local wildlife. Depending on how much you have to spend, there are a few ways to get around. BusAlthough there’s no official public bus system, there are local buses which connect most major towns and cities. The most reliable by far is the Intercape bus service, which connects cities across several countries including Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Their buses are in good condition and even offer air con, but it’s best to check their website for routes and schedules as they don’t run every day. Prices vary according to distance, for instance, from the capital Windhoek to Springbok in South Africa you’re looking at around $50 per person. Overland TourThere are a large range of overland tours operating in Namibia. They’re a great way to meet other people and a popular choice for solo travelers, and offer maximum fun with minimum planning. An average of $90 per day will cover all transport within the country, activities, camping, and most meals. Rental CarThis the most popular form of traveling through the country. Wide-open desert roads, enormous sand dunes, and lunar landscapes make the perfect road trip backdrop, and the rental truck industry is booming.You can usually rent a truck which is stocked with camping gear and a pop-up tent, but rates vary depending on the season, and if you’re looking for extra features then the rates will go up. You can get your hands on a 2 person Hilux for $75 a day in the low season and around $130 in the high season. At peak times the whole country sells out of trucks, so it’s best to make your booking in advance. TrainTraveling by train offers very interesting views of the country, but the TransNamib makes very few stops. Most trains operate at night but aren’t usually equipped with sleep cabins, so you’ll need to be prepared to sleep in a first class seat or economy reclining seat. Prices range from $6 to $15 depending on class. Note that hitchhiking is not recommended as a form of transport, as you can often wait hours between passing cars and it’s not somewhere you should be relying on strangers to bail you out of potentially dangerous situations. Tips For Exploring NamibiaIf you do decide to hire your own transport, you should know how to change a tire (or travel with someone who does!). Conditions are tough, and unless you’re close to a large town or city, there probably won’t be anyone else to help you out. Also make sure you’re stocked up with food and water. Dehydration is a very serious threat, so make sure you’re carrying plenty of water no matter what transport you use. Even if you buy a local SIM card, there will likely be no cellphone reception in the desert as cell towers are only located close to towns and cities. The same goes for western-style supermarkets and ATMs, something to bear in mind before you set off on your road trip. Namibia has some of the cheapest National Parks in Africa. Etosha, the largest park in the country, has a low entrance fee of around $6 and offers incredible wildlife sightings. You can also camp inside the park, but prices to tend to be higher than other campsites.  Final ThoughtsNamibia is a great country to visit with breathtaking landscapes, fun activities, friendly people, and affordable prices. Just remember to book as much as you can in advance, especially if you’re planning to travel in the high season.

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