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DIY Van Life in South Africa for 2 Years


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Michael and Acacia have been living in their self-converted van in South Africa for the past two years. While van life is not particularly popular in South Africa, they’ve had lots of success and enjoy staying at campgrounds for very little money.

Their conversion only cost them about $10K, which is the average cost of a basic car in South Africa – and instead of just a car, they have a home on wheels! Check out their awesome budget build below.

  • Follow Michael and Acacia’s two-year DIY van life journey in South Africa, where they’ve thrived despite the trend being less popular in the region.
  • With a $10K budget, they’ve transformed their van into a comfortable home on wheels, featuring unique epoxy counters and clever design elements.
  • Engage in their adventure as they earn income by filming local businesses and enjoy the freedom of van life, all while showcasing South Africa’s stunning landscapes.

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Their $10K Van Conversion with Epoxy Counters

DIY Van Life in South Africa 2

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There’s plenty of headroom to sit up in the bed.

DIY Van Life in South Africa 3

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The ocean “splash” on the countertop is so creative.

DIY Van Life in South Africa

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VIDEO: 10K DIY Camper Van

Highlights:

  • They only spent the equivalent of $10K on their van conversion!
  • Van life is still pretty new in South Africa
  • The couple shoot footage for businesses in the area to earn money
  • They have an epoxy “splash” near the sink — super cool!
  • There’s a fixed bed
  • Michael and Acacia have been living in their self-converted van in South Africa for the past two years.
  • Despite van life not being very popular in South Africa, they’ve had a successful experience and have been staying at campgrounds inexpensively.
  • Their van conversion only cost them around $10,000, which is equivalent to the cost of a basic car in South Africa. Their van serves as both transportation and a home on wheels.
  • The van conversion features epoxy counters, including a creative ocean “splash” design near the sink.
  • The van provides enough headroom for sitting up in bed, improving comfort.
  • Van life is relatively new in South Africa, making their journey somewhat unique in the area.
  • To earn money, the couple films footage for local businesses.
  • The van includes a fixed bed setup for convenience.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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