Namibia is one of the places for the most rugged safari expeditions and one of the best when considering the costs involved in experiencing such an untapped wildlife adventure.
Tourists to Namibia are often surprised by this country’s rich natural resources, teaming with its uniquely rugged and beautiful barren deserts and grasslands. The Beautiful sunny and blue skies with its almost golden fields spanning as far as the eye can see.
Namibia leaves a definite impression in anyone’s mind and it is a sight like no other I’ve ever seen in Africa.
Consider which route to take.
For the occasional visitor to Namibia unfamiliar with its harsh landscapes it can be a daunting experience and the main reason why most new visitors prefer a guided safari.
While these guided safari tours offer a set number of tours with planned itineraries, a great option if you are visiting Namibia for the first time and do not want to drive around yourself, it however is not for everyone’s pocket.
The biggest reason for the above statement is the costs involved when not only booking a seat on these tour buses but these tour operators are also subjected to use over priced accommodation, when booking a place to rest.
There are of course exceptions too these tour companies who do consider a more customized experience but again are more costly by providing such services.
Taking the road less travelled.
I’ve dealt with quite a lot of tourism related companies over the years and I’ve taking only a liking to a hand full of these, one of which is a car rental company called Desert Car Hire managed and owned by Mike Duvenhage.
Taking to Mike about the rates of guided safaris he had this to say.
“In fact we are giving 15% discount on all our daily vehicle rental rates. This is however not applicable to camping equipment, Tire and glass insurance and other extras.”
Even with these extras the substantial difference can have a huge impact on your trip.
A self drive safari is the best option if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty or mud in your shoes. If planned accordingly it not only saves you money but becomes one of the best trips when exploring Namibia at your own leisure.
Compare the costs between the tours.
I do not want to point fingers as a lot of these tour operators provide excellent service; which is understandable since you’ll be paying for it, though I would like to provide an example by comparing the rates for a standard tour.
When looking at a round trip on a guided safari, stating in Windhoek on to the Namib Naukluft Park going through Walvis Bay to Swakopmund and then travelling up north to Etosha National Park and ending the trip back in Windhoek; normally one can expect to pay about 1200 Euro per person (with some tour operators offering their services in US dollars as an alternative).
These trips tend to come in a verity of flavors and this particular guided safari is 10 days long.
Desert Car Hire’s rates are offered as per business requirement, in Namibian dollars but for arguments sake I’ve converted it to Euro.
While if you would be looking at a family option of about 4 people on a self drive safari, I would have to only pay 105.35 Euro (which also implies that upon writing this article the exchange rate was at 10.82 to the NAD) for 22 days rent which would also mean that I would not only have paid less for renting a car but I would have an extra 10 days which I could travel at my own leisure.
With this in mind, I encourage you to consider a self drive tour the next time you’re visiting Namibia.