SO HOW MUCH RONT / WONGA / BUCKS ARE YOU GOING TO NEED?
Trying to work out a budget for any social rally is not as easy as predicting a Zimbabwean general election. In fact there are tons of things worth taking into account while planning.
THINGS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR BUDGET
Before you let your bean-counting co-pilot start hustling you for the last few coins in your underpants drawer, lets take a look what will influence your budget:
- Vehicle: hiring or buying
- Accommodation: camping or rooms
- The number of people in your vehicle
- The route that your take, more countries, more border post costs
- How thirsty your vehicle is
- How thirsty your Crew is
TIPS ON SAVING MONEY
- You can feed 5 people on $10/R100 per day.
- You really don’t need $10/R150 per day per person.
- Camping is cheaper, rooms are more expensive. Camping is more fun.
- Fuel is cheaper in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
- Fuel is expensive in Zambia and even more so in Malawi.
- Fill jerry cans before entering Zambia.
- Currency: Always keep US$100 in cashin case of emergency.
- You can swop currency in each country. NEVER change more than you need.
Petrol/Diesel - it makes sense to take a jerry can or two to reduce your costs. Prices start from (prices change daily, so check and budget accordingly):
- South Africa - R12,10/l
- Namibia - R10,74l
- Zambia - R12.60 /l
- Malawi - R15.50/l
- Mozambique - R11.10/l
- Botswana - R10,30/l
BORDER CROSSING COSTS
You will need to pay for entering at each Border Crossing. The costs are generally per vehicle and cover a TIP (Temporary Important Permit), Road Tax, Carbon Tax etc. Keep all your documents,stamps and receipts.
THIRD PARTY INSURANCE
One last word of caution. Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique require ‘Third Party’ insurance. Not your South African insurance, but an insurance that is purchased at the border crossing. MAKE SURE YOU BUY IT! Regardless of your South African fully comprehensive insurance. They WILL check for this insurance at every Police road-block. And you will go to jail. And we all know… bad things happen in jail. Especially in Africa! Even to Put Footers!
ALWAYS HAVE A "PLAN B"
As Leo Di Caprio once said 'TIA - This Is Africa' and anything can happen, most probably will happen... when you least expect it. It won't hurt to have a back-up plan and a few extra $$ tucked away just in case you need a new tyre or an extra ferry ride.