After 3,538 photographs, 658 blood sugar checks, 112 hours on buses and 25 different accommodations, we spent a whopping $17,548 in Africa over 78 days. And like South America, we’d say it was worth every penny!
For $17,548, we got tons of value. After nearly three more months on the road, we visited six countries (Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Rwanda), did four safaris and enjoyed plenty of adrenaline activities (shark cage diving, swimming in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, white water rafting down the Zambezi and motorcycling through street of Rwanda). Please read our past posts or check out Laura’s pictures for more information on what we did and saw.
As we’re getting better at tracking our expenses, we want to keep the tradition of showing you what we actually spent compared to our budget. We have a similar travel style as South America, but did increase our budget to ensure we ate healthier and did more activities. We did a ten-day safari in Namibia, a three-day safari in Botswana, a four-day safari in Zimbabwe, and a two-day safari in Rwanda. Each safari was very different and ranged from participation camping, to non-participation camping, to luxury camping to hotel lodge stays. The daytime activities ranged from $20 to $150 per person and including things like walking tours, visiting conservation parks, shark cage diving, white water rafting, hiking, boating, canoeing, cruises, etc..
Because of this, our activity expenses were $9,497 or roughly 54% of total expenses. The remaining expenses of $8,052 ($103 per day) covered all of the remaining costs like accommodations, food, transportation, flights, gear, gifts, fees, etc. These costs are higher than South America (where we spent $5,679 for activities and $79 per day in all other costs), since we did more expensive activities in Africa and the destinations are further apart requiring a few more flights.
Check out this chart, which summarized our total expenses by category and shows what the daily costs were for each.
This second chart shows what we spent at each major location compared to our budget, as well as what our actual daily cost was at each location. The idea is to show you what the daily cost range was at different locations, but please keep in mind that some of the costs are skewed by the safaris (we didn’t do a safari in South Africa).
Stay tuned for my next post about how we did for Spain and France!