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Budget South Africa – How much does a trip to South Africa cost?

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South Africa

South Africa remains one of the most impressive journeys we have made in our lives. The alternation between culture, nature and adventure are therefore perfectly balanced here. Therefore, we recommend everyone to take a trip to this beautiful country. Of course, there is a cost involved and we discuss our budget for South Africa here. Note: This budget does not include airline tickets. So you still have to add that cost. Are you still looking for cheap airline tickets? Be sure to check out the Skyscanner website.

Budget in South Africa : Accommodation

  • Hotels : The most expensive way to spend the night in South Africa is undoubtedly in a hotel. You will then pay an average of 80 euros per night for a room. Although you can also find some decent hotels from 40 euros per night. You can find these hotels on .
  • Airbnb: A very cheap way to stay and save on your budget in South Africa is to book an Airbnb. In fact, there are some simple but well-located Airbnb rooms that you can rent for as little as 20 euros a night. This is how we paid for 21 days in Cape Town only 440 euros for our overnight stays
Budget South Africa
Cape Town view

Budget in South Africa

Food and drinks

On restaurant

Going to a restaurant in South Africa is not that expensive at all. For example, you will have to pay a maximum of 18 euros per person for food and drinks together. Although this applies especially to the restaurants in the interior. If you go to a restaurant in Cape Town, in some cases you pay double. We paid a maximum of 6 euros for breakfast in a restaurant.

Cook yourself

If you stay in an Airbnb like us, then cooking yourself is also a cheap option. So we arrived with a budget of 12 euros per person per day. With 3 meals, packed lunches and drinks. Of course, the breakfast consisted mostly of cereal and the packed lunches of bread with chocolate or cheese but this saved us a lot of money. An occasional lunch at a restaurant alternates this nicely.


  • Uber : Transportation is something we didn’t save that much on because we’ve been using Uber all the time. Which cost us about 2 euros per 15 minutes in the car. Which is not very expensive, but expensive compared to other options. Especially for long distances.

  • Rent a car : Renting a car is the cheapest and easiest way to get around South Africa. You can find a car for between 25 and 30 euros per day (insurance included). For petrol you currently pay about 80 cents per liter, but this may change. More about renting a car can be found here.


The biggest expense in your South Africa budget is undoubtedly the excursions. This can sometimes add up. We paid 200 euros for a two-day safari and 130 euros for a helicopter flight over Cape Town. Although you also have cheaper trips. Such as a wine tasting for only 30 euros and a visit to Table Mountain for 30 euros. You can find all these trips on GetYourGide . We never save on excursions because most of these experiences are priceless and make your trip complete.

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Giraffe safari South Africa

23 days in

South Africa

  • Accommodation: 600 euros for 2 people (21 days in an Airbnb and 2 days in a Safari Lodge)

  • Food and drink: 400 euros per person (cook yourself and occasionally in a restaurant)

  • Transport: 250 euros for 2 people . (Only used Uber, often walked ourselves and stayed in Cape Town for a long time. Airfare not included)

  • Trips: 750 euros per person (didn’t save on anything and made some expensive trips like a helicopter flight and a 2-day safari)

  • Souvenirs: 150 per person ( South Africa has beautiful souvenirs so keep this in mind when calculating your budget)

So all in all, our budget for South Africa was 1725 euros per person for 23 days. Which amounts to about 75 euros per day for both accommodation, food and drinks, excursions, transportation and souvenirs. You can still save on souvenirs and trips. Those traveling alone will end up on a slightly higher budget because room rental and transportation cannot be shared in terms of cost.




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