|That's us, the crazy ones :-)|
Skint Adventure is our little travel blog where we'll be sharing stories from our journey. The initial concept and planning for our South African adventure began way back in August 2014. Our list of stop-overs was extremely long at first and the toughest part was having to scale down and crossing some gems off our map (Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, etc.). The next challenge was coming up with some kind of budget for this trip, we've tried to be as frugal as possible in order to fit in as much as we can into this trip, but I'll let you know whether our budget was realistic or not when we get to the end of the journey.
Just a mini breakdown of estimated basic costs:
Accommodation: R6500 [£367]
Food: R1000 [£56] (non-perishables, etc.)
Fuel: R6000 [£338]
Tolls: R500 [£28]
Entertainment: R4000 [£225]
|Some crazy accommodation planning right there.|
For food, we decided to go really low cost and stick to easy non-perishables like 2 Minute Noodles, baked beans, canned tuna, crackers, etc. We'll probably do a small amount of cooking wherever we are, but will pick up fresh ingredients from the town and then of course there will be the occasional treat of a nice dinner out on the town.
We initially looked into hiring a 4x4 or a sturdy car for our trip, but since we will be travelling for almost a month the cost was exorbitant and trying to find a car rental company that didn't try and screw you over on insurance and other additional fees was a bit of a pointless exercise. So we decided to put our little VW Golf Chico 1.3 through it's paces on the long road. We've had the car for more than a year now and it's served us well and has been serviced regularly. Although it is a bit old (2000 model) we're optimistic that it'll survive the long road.
The toll roads are one thing we didn't initially think of when planning this trip and we actually only became aware of this when plotting our route on Google Maps, but it doesn't look as if we'll be encountering too many of these, so we've budgeted a relatively small amount for this. Our entertainment budget will cover all our day trips to local attractions and restaurants, etc. It's very skimpy, but we'll see how we get by.
We set off early on the 2nd of December and can't wait to hit the long road.