Category Archive: Budget

Dec 15 2013

Final budget summary – Africa

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After much work, we finally have put together a budget summary from our amazing adventure.  We hope that you find it helpful in planning your own African adventure. As a reminder, our adventure was broken into 2 stages: Stage I: Europe and North Africa, October 2012 – February 2013 Europe was expensive to travel through, …

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Sep 15 2013

Budget Update – Uganda

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From reports of other travellers, Uganda was said to be a more inexpensive country to travel in.  Our start in the country was slightly pricy as we had to pay for 2 visas at $50 each (the only country in this part of the world that African GirlChild needed to pay for a visa for) …

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Aug 19 2013

Budget Update – Tanzania

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We crossed into Tanzania from Zambia on a little remote border post near Lake Tanganyika, and realised immediately that we were far from the tourist crowd in this part of the country.  Only 1 visa was needed ($50), and a small fee of $25 for various vehicle related fees. The western part of Tanzania is …

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Aug 07 2013

Budget Update – Zambia

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Our budget for Zambia was almost completely blown out of the water at the border crossing: US$200 lighter, we arrived in Livingstone. The official currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha.  The kwacha isn’t traded outside Zambia, so it isn’t possible to obtain any currency before arriving in the country.  It also means if you …

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Jul 28 2013

Budget Update – Malawi

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Entering Malawi was a welcome surprise – the first country we entered where we didn’t have all sorts of fees to pay when we crossed the border. Finally our COMESA insurance was paying off, and neither of us needed visas for the tourist friendly country! Malawi’s official currency is the Malawian Kwacha, and at the …

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Jun 13 2013

Budget Update – Namibia

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Namibia – it has been a country African GirlChild has wanted to visit for many years.  So, despite it seeming like a detour, we did a 5 week tour of Namibia, starting and finishing in Katima Mulilo. Namibia’s official currency is the Namibian dollar which is pegged to the …

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May 10 2013

Budget Update – Botswana

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As we always expected, travelling in southern Africa was bound to be more expensive than our travels in north west Africa had been.  Botswana was certainly a rude awakening! The currency of Botswana is the Pula.  The exchange rate while we visited was 12.5 pula to the British pound. We did spend a lot of …

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Feb 22 2013

Budget update – Senegal


As promised, we have been tracking trip costs so that others have some idea of what may be incurred.  Of course, at the end of the day, it does all depend on your own choices. The Central African Franc (CFA) is the currency in Senegal and other parts of west Africa.  It is apparently pegged …

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