West Africa Travel Budget Natitingou Benin West Africa Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The cost of travel in West Africa can be the most confusing subject about West Africa. The tourist that seem to travel here, are only short trip tourist, one country, and the ones that are across countries are scattered so far apart and so diverse in their nature, language, and methods of travel, there is no core travel information.
The internet can change this or bring together the folks traveling in Africa, however, how to do this, why, where, and all the other ideas is not so simple.
Hotels: 3000 to 6000 CFA is what should be paid, and max is 10,000 CFA. Camping is the cheap option.
CATTLE CAR: 1000 CFA or the equivalent will get me 50-100 Kilometers.
DRIVING: A van, Peugeot or Mercedes would save money I think, however the time involved, the commitment to the vehicle, the amount of money to get across borders is confusing. The money saved by sleeping in the van, and by being to tell a hotel to take hike, your prices are too high would offset the cost of any extra gas prices. The danger of driving is higher, a person can be isolated by bandits or police, while the do not normally just take over a cattle car.
FOOD. I truly think a person should buy an electric hot plate and buy foods in the Super Marche, then somehow figure out the cost of street foods. I am now buying some rice for 100 CFA and adding some of my own spices to make it eatable for me.
In the end, most people drink a lot of beer, I do not drink, do not need to sit in empty bars trying to have fun. I am happy being a normal person walking around in West Africa. The bottom line as of today is the cost of Africa is about 15,000 to 20,000 CFA per day or about 30 to 40 US dollars per day. I think it is very possible for the person with a small pack, and small drinking budget to travel for less than 25; however, they are going to constantly be searching for hotels, and need to map the hotels ahead or places where there are hotels.
1200 per month, not including airfare will get you by easily, and 600 if you are a good Hobo.