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19 May 2016 - Right now, the Rand is weaker than it’s ever been, making Namibia and South Africa alluringly affordable

Leading specialist safari operator Expert Africa reports a stark truth: fly-drive holidays to Namibia and South Africa are now selling at the same price as ten years ago.

The South African Rand (which is tied 1=1 to the Namibian Dollar) is weaker than it’s ever been, at around £1 = N$21. Compare this to 2011 - when the Rand was especially strong (£1= N$11), making both destinations very expensive – and it becomes obvious that travel to these two countries in 2016 is remarkably inexpensive.

To put this in context, Expert Africa’s 14-night Caracal Self-drive Safari - taking in the main highlights of both southern and northern Namibia, including the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha – costs in 2016 from just £1,057 pp (based on two sharing) including half board accommodation for nine nights, bed and breakfast for five nights, and car hire, but excluding international flights.

In 2011, an almost-identical itinerary was priced from £1,723 pp - 60% more than the 2016 prices.

Ten years ago, in 2006, the same trip was priced from £1,059 pp - almost identical to today’s cost.

Speak to the team at Expert Africa on 020 8232 9777 ( to book this bargain safari trip. The specialist operator also covers Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.

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