FROUWIEN’S TIPS FOR TRAV­EL­LING ON A BUD­GET

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Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. Visit in sum­mer or early win­ter. The rates in Etosha are 70 % cheaper from Novem­ber to June than they are from July to Oc­to­ber.

Get carded. Namibia Wildlife Re­sorts has a NamLeisure card. The join­ing fee is high (about R700 per per­son; nwr.com.na), but the 25 % dis­count at Etosha and other na­tional parks makes a dif­fer­ence. The card is worth­while if you stay in the parks for more than three nights. You can buy a card even if you’ve al­ready made your book­ings – they will ad­just your fi­nal pay­ment. We worked out that the group saved about R1 400 with the card. The longer you stay, the more you’ll save.

A Gond­wana card ( gond­wana­col­lec­tion.com) of­fers South Africans up to 40 % off ac­com­mo­da­tion and 25 % off meals. Make sure you un­der­stand all the terms and con­di­tions.

Travel light, drive smart. Fuel costs add up quickly. Use a roof box, pack light and fit more peo­ple into each ve­hi­cle.

Rent a house. If you’re trav­el­ling in a group and you want to spend time in a coastal town, try to rent a pri­vate hol­i­day house in­stead of book­ing into a ho­tel or guest­house.

Be self-suf­fi­cient. Try to cater for your­self as far as pos­si­ble. Shops are scarce in the plat­te­land, but you can buy ev­ery­thing you need in Wind­hoek or Swakop­mund. Meat is avail­able al­most ev­ery­where.

Eat on the go. Pack wa­ter and non­per­ish­able snacks like bil­tong, nuts and dried fruit for the road. Shop­ping at ev­ery fill­ing sta­tion can get ex­pen­sive.

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