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Namibia Budget Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  221 Namibia Reviews

Budget travelers love Namibia, thanks to its generally low prices, range of safari attractions, and excellent safety record. There’s so much to see here, including wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, Damaraland and the Caprivi Strip. Also popular are the astonishing sand dunes of Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei, and there is Fish River Canyon – Africa’s very own ‘Grand Canyon’. The largely linear path through the country makes it easy to get around. With the makings of what could be southern Africa’s most diverse safari experience, Namibia is custom-made for your next budget safari.

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6 Questions About Namibia Budget Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Why should I choose Namibia for a budget trip?

“Namibia is an excellent choice for a budget holiday in part because the cost of living is generally quite low and this can filter through into the costs of a safari. An excellent network of campgrounds makes Etosha National Park one of the most accessible of Africa’s top-ranked wildlife reserves. Namibian campsites are invariably fenced, unlike those in Botswana’s national parks, so nervous sleepers will get a better night’s rest. A Namibia budget safari will take you from private reserves (most have well-priced camping zones) to the rugged charm of Damaraland (with its desert-adapted lions and elephants) or the beautiful sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei. Budget safari packages ensure that these world-class attractions are accessible to the budget traveler. Hiking the precipitous gorges of the south is similarly economical. Although flying into Windhoek can be expensive, as its popularity grows, ticket prices should fall. It’s also possible to travel here by land if you’re on a longer southern African adventure. As a general rule, Namibia is usually safer than South Africa and cheaper than Botswana. This makes it a natural choice for a budget safari if you have your eye on southern Africa.”


What is included in a budget Namibia safari?

“Most safari packages will include transport from Windhoek (or wherever the safari begins) and for the duration of your stay. Some will include three meals a day, although you may be expected to contribute to the preparation of meals. If meals aren’t included, you may be asked to provide an extra payment to cover the cost of purchasing supplies. Accommodation should also be included. If you’re on a camping safari, always ask whether you’ll need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and cooking stove. This is usually only the case for the cheapest safari options. Drinks are almost always extra. You should always ask exactly what is included when you’re booking a safari. If some packages appear cheaper than others, remember to make sure you’re comparing like for like.”


What are the pros and cons of a self-drive budget safari?

“The advantage for budget travelers in taking a self-drive safari in Namibia is that, having paid for your vehicle, you’ll pay very little more for food and accommodation. Buying food and preparing your own meals is inexpensive on a cheap Namibia safari. Camping fees are also low, especially when you consider that all of the camping equipment you could possibly need is included in the cost of your vehicle. That said, petrol can be a significant extra cost (depending on how far you plan to travel). The cost of a Namibia self-drive safari is unlikely to be cheaper than an organized budget safari if you’re traveling alone. Vehicles cost the same whether you are one or four travelers. If you can resolve the cost issue, there are many advantages to a Namibia self-drive safari. If you’re driving your own vehicle, you’re in control of your trip, including where you go and how long you stay there. That said, freedom isn’t absolute. Many campsites, especially those in national parks, require bookings weeks or months in advance, so you may still find yourself locked into an itinerary. If you’re the one driving, you’re the one responsible for making decisions and solving problems. This can be a pro or a con, depending on your perspective and level of experience. At one level, help is rarely more than a satellite phone call away, and most Namibian trails don’t require 4x4 experience.”


Can you describe a typical day on a Namibia budget trip?

“A budget safari in Namibia focuses on looking for wildlife. If you’re staying in a tented camp, hotel or lodge, the time between wildlife viewing, meals and village excursions will be your own time for relaxation. Most Namibia budget tours, however, involve a real camping experience, and this usually means that you’ll play a role in making sure that camp life runs smoothly. On arrival at each new camp, you’ll help to set up, including your own tent and the communal tents (kitchen, toilet etc.). When it comes time to move on, you’ll help to dismantle the tents and pack everything into the vehicles for the next leg of the journey. While in camp, every safari-goer is expected to help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up afterwards. Each day, you’ll likely go on an early morning and a late afternoon game drive to take advantage of the times that animals are most likely to be out and about. Lunch is usually a relatively simple meal, often taken as you move from one campsite to the next. After dinner, campfire festivities and conversation round off the safari day.”


What type of accommodation can I expect?

“At the lower end of the scale, there are dome tents with room for just two and a thin mattress on the hard African earth. There are variations on the theme: sometimes those tents sit atop an elevated platform, sometimes they have more space. The next step up, at least out in the parks, reserves and wilderness areas, is the semi-permanent safari tent. Sometimes called the Meru-style tent, it has a proper bed. It might also have an en suite bathroom and outdoor shower, as well as a small deck, sitting area and desk. Four-walled accommodation, either in the form of a lodge or guesthouse, is also found in most Namibian towns. These offer greater protection from insects and wild creatures wandering through camp but lack the atmosphere of being able to listen to the night sounds of Africa. Accommodation on Namibia tours varies, and where things differ is almost always a function of price – the less you pay, the simpler your accommodation. Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is a government-owned organization that provides accommodation in a lot of the country’s parks. It usually has affordable campsites and comfortable if bland rooms and bush chalets. The latter pushes more into the mid-range category for accommodation.”


How much will this safari cost?

“Namibian budget safaris begin for as little as US$130 per person per day. This figure usually assumes that you will be traveling on a twin-share basis. The per-person cost for solo or individual travelers can be higher, sometimes considerably so, beginning around US$165 to US$195. Prices can, of course, go much higher again. For each incremental increase, you should be receiving some corresponding rise in comfort levels, services or other benefits. Other variables in a budget safari package can include where you sleep, and how many people will be traveling with you in your party. Other factors are how many guides and/or drivers will be looking after you, and the quality of food, transport and the like.”


Namibia Reviews

4.6/5 221 Reviews
Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Unspoilt wilderness and unique and stunning landscapes offering a variety of contrasting safari expe

A hauntingly beautiful country that stretches along the west coast of southern Africa, with wide open spaces, big skies and some of the earth's most mystical and vivid sunsets, any visitor is blown away by the way Namibia ‘looks’ –...

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Mike Unwin  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mike is an award-winning wildlife writer, former editor of Travel Zambia magazine and author of the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.

Harsh beauty

Namibia breaks the mould. Its rugged rock and desert landscapes provide a quite different backdrop – and thus different visitor experience – from any other African safari destination. For many, the country’s attractions are as much...

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Panagiotis Giannopoulos  –  
Netherlands NL
Reviewed: Feb 22, 2024

Incredible trip of 10 days all around Namibia. The travel agency organised everything and personalised it. All the lodges were excellent. Can't decide what was better, the dunes in Sossusvlei, or the wildlife in the North.

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Aaron Roberts  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Feb 20, 2024
Namibia was one of the most enchanting, fascinating, and beautiful countries I've ever been to!

My recent trip to Namibia was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment I set foot in this captivating country, I was greeted by a landscape that seemed to stretch endlessly, offering a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders and...

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Aris  –  
Cyprus CY
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2024
Wild, remote, exclusively for adventurous nature lovers...

From all the many things we worried about before booking our Namibia trip that potentially could go wrong, nothing did! I think that must my starting point of my review. We didn't get sick, we had no road accident (not one flat tyre in 4000...

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Herbert Tai  –  
Hong Kong HK
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2024
Exceed expectation, will definitely visit again!

If you are from urban area, you can never imagine there is a place like Namibia in the world. Animals and breathtaking sceneries everywhere! Comfortable lodges and good food make sure you can also take a good break. People in this...

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