FROUWIEN’S TIPS FOR TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET
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.