So, good thing we are flexible.
We could have opted for a larger RV, but that's really not what we were looking for. Plus, the extra cost would have reduced the number of paid days we were receiving. So we decided to go the other way.
By getting a 4 wheel drive Toyota Hilux with a rooftop tent and all of the camping gear we will be able to extend the paid for portion of the trip.
This is the style of camping rig we're looking at!
Our tour operator Christine at ATI Holidays has been GREAT at putting up with all of the changes and things that we've asked for, and now she's seeing if the reduced cost of this unit versus the motorhome will allow enough extra days to take us up through northeastern Namibia and into Zimbabwe and the world famous Victoria Falls.
Looking at the benefits of this style of camping...the weather is always great in Namibia at that time of year. It will be hot and sunny, so this should be actually a little cooler than the motorhome style would have been. And, an easier style of vehicle to go anywhere. The main drawback is the lack of a toilet, but we'll be staying in campgrounds most of the time anyhow, so we'll just deal with it.
It does come with all the gear, and the vehicle is of course set up for wilderness camping. Extra fuel cans, two spare tires...that sort of thing.
Your camping equipment includes the following: rooftop tent with mattress and mosquito net, free of charge bedding on request, folding table, folding chairs, braai-grid, braai-set (bbq), coolbox, fridge, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, storage box, gas cooker with gas cylinder, gas lamp with gas cylinder, spade, water & petrol canister. Bedding includes sheets for mattresses, sleeping bags (-10), pillows & pillow cases.
It's not booked yet, so things may change still...we'll let you know what the final schedule will be as soon as we're confirmed!