Namibia Travel Budget - Visit Namibia on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Namibia?

You should plan to spend around $70 (N$1,393) per day on your vacation in Namibia. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.06 (N$121) on meals
  • $13 (N$250) on local transportation
  • $40 (N$801) on hotels

A one week trip to Namibia for two people costs, on average, $979 (N$19,503). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Namibia cost?

A one week trip to Namibia usually costs around $490 (N$9,751) for one person and $979 (N$19,503) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Namibia on average costs around $979 (N$19,503) for one person and $1,958 (N$39,005) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Namibia will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Namibia on average costs around $2,098 (N$41,791) for one person and $4,196 (N$83,582) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Namibia?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Namibia is $359 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Namibia expensive to visit?

Namibia is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Namibia is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Africa for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Nigeria, but there are also more expensive countries, such as Zambia.

For more details, see Is Namibia Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Namibia?

The average Namibia trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Namibia travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) N$801 ($40)
Local Transportation 1 N$250 ($13)
Food 2 N$121 ($6.06)
Entertainment 1 N$2,534 ($127)
Tips and Handouts 1 N$355 - 1,064 ($18 - 53)
Alcohol 2 N$80 - 241 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Namibia
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Namibia is $20 (N$401). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Namibia is $40 (N$801). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Namibia

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Local Transportation Budget in Namibia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Namibia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 (N$250) per person, per day, on local transportation in Namibia.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in Namibia
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Namibia can vary, the average cost of food in Namibia is $6.06 (N$121) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Namibia should cost around $2.42 (N$48) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Namibia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Namibia
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Namibia typically cost an average of $127 (N$2,534) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Namibia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Namibia is $36 (N$710) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Namibia is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Namibia
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  • The average person spends about $8.06 (N$161) on alcoholic beverages in Namibia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Namibia
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  • On average, people spend $1.85 (N$37) on bottled water in Namibia per day. The public water in Namibia is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Namibia On a Budget
Namibia Dead tree in Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia
Namibia is a country in southwest Africa that is well known for its rust-colored Namib Desert and its location along the Atlantic coast. The country is home to a diverse array of wildlife, while the capital city of Windhoek has many historic buildings built during the German colonial era. Namibia finally gained its independence in 1990, and has since grown in tourism - especially for those seeking the country's unique landscape and wildlife.

Windhoek is Namibia's capital and largest city. Located at the very center of the country, the place was formerly a colony of Germany, and its influence shows in the architecture. Windhoek's Christuskirche (Christus Church) especially shows the colonial leanings and remains a landmark of the city. This is the point of entry for people arriving by plane, and is also the starting point from which most safaris embark. Keetmanshoop is a small town further south and jumping off point for treks in the Fish River Canyon Park, Luderitz is a colonial-era German coastal town, Outjo in the north serves as a gateway to Etosha National Park, Swakopmund is a coastal town popular with Namibians on holiday, and Tsumkwe is a desert town in the northeast surrounded by San (Bushman) villages.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Namibia is largely a land of natural beauty. One of its most dominant features runs along the Atlantic coastline for about 1000km in a sea of rust-colored sand - the Namib Desert from which the country takes its name. It is one of the oldest deserts in the world with towering dunes that catch the light and shadows of the changing sun throughout the day. Sossusvlei is the most accessible part in the southern part of the desert, a clay pan with impressive dunes and wildlife. The Fish River Canyon, located a bit further south near the border, is the largest canyon in Africa and the second most visited destination in Namibia.

Back in the northern part of the country, Skeleton Coast National Park, though mostly inaccessible, is known for its barren flatland of sand and stone, frequent fog, and a number of shipwrecks along the coast. Etosha National Park, on the other hand, is one full of life. It is the top destination in Namibia to see African wildlife in their natural environments. The park surrounds the Etosha salt pan, which attracts animals, particularly in the drier winter months because it is a source of water in a place mostly dry. Waterberg Plateau Park, the parks of the Caprivi, and the remote Kaokoland are also hotspots for viewing wildlife.

As Namibia is very much known for its natural features, outdoor activities like trekking and safaris dominate as the most popular things to do. The Fish River Canyon Trail, for example, is one of the most popular hikes in Southern Africa. It is a very tough and long trail, but there is some beautiful scenery as well as opportunities for swimming. There are also opportunities for hiking in the Namib desert, as well as in the handful of other national parks in the country.

As mentioned before, the top destination for safaris is the Etosha National Park. There are several safari companies operating from Windhoek and Swakopmund which offer tours of varying length in Etosha. The companies are also allowed to enter the western part of the park which is closed to private visitors, offering likely opportunities to see rhinos, lions, zebra, giraffes, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, elephants, and jackals.

Popular Foods
Namibian cuisine of today has been influenced by a mix of two cultures - that of the indigenous people and that of the settler community of German colonials. On the indigenous side of things, cuisine consisted of a range of fruits, nuts, bulbs, leaves and other products gathered from wild plants and by the hunting of wild game. Cattle was eventually domesticated which allowed for the use of dairy and wider availability of meat. In regards to settler cookery, typical German dishes like Wiener schnitzel became very popular and remain so today, as well as the brewing of German lager beers like the local Hansa and Windhoek. Outdoor cooking is also part of the Namibian way of life. The traditional Braaivleis (meat barbeque) is a tasty meal, as is potjiekos, a spicy stew of meat, chicken and fish cooked in a cast iron, three-legged pot over an open fire.

By air, Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main point of entry for air traffic. Air Namibia operates flights from Frankfurt, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Maun to the international airport. Flights between the smaller Eros Airport and Cape Town are also available.

By car, there are nine commonly used border posts with the neighboring countries of Angola, Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia.

By bus, the most convenient international bus service into Namibia runs from Cape Town and Victoria Falls. There is also service from Johannesburg. See Intercape Mainliner website for schedules and fares.

Be sure to research visas in advance. Tourists can generally enter Namibia for up to 90 days.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.