South Africa costs & Prices – That’s how much you pay for 2.5 weeks of vacation in South Africa
When you hear South Africa, you think at first a cheap travel destination. We felt the same way. However, exactly the opposite is the case.
As South Africa is the most advanced country on the continent, prices have continued to rise in recent years. Although not yet at Germany level, but well above the prices such. in Thailand or Malaysia.
In this article, we have now written down our exact South Africa cost of accommodation, flights, food, etc., and show you with what expenses you at one South Africa travel should count. Including some savings tips at the end.
Note: We were in South Africa for almost two months, but we only traveled from one place to the next for the first 2 1/2 weeks. Therefore, only these expenses are taken into account.
More contributions for your South Africa planning:
Currency in South Africa & withdraw money
The current exchange rate in Euro: 1 € = 16.60 rand (As of 27.10.2017)
In addition, the currency is divided into the following coins and banknotes:
- Coins: 5, 2 and 1 edge, as well as 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent
- Banknotes: 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 Rand
But what about withdrawing money in South Africa? Very well! There are ATMs at every gas station and every major supermarket. And in most cities you usually do not have to look far for an ATM.
Third-party fees, which are calculated by some vending machine operators in other countries, fortunately, almost never exist in South Africa. At least not to the machine where we took off.
The only small problem: The Abhebelimit at many ATMs is usually at 1500 – 3000 Rand. So if you want to pay a larger sum in cash, you have to withdraw several times in a row.
Incidentally, with our two travel credit cards, the Santander 1Plus Visa * and the .comdirect Visa *, we can withdraw money for free worldwide. Here is a summary of all South Africa travel credit cards: The best credit card for South Africa – get free cash in South Africa and save!
Traveling expenses & Prices for South Africa
So, enough of the preface. In the following sections we show you exact numbers and list how much we have spent on our South Africa trip. All South Africa prices always refer to us both together and not per person.
Our costs for flights to South Africa
Here we have to say right at the beginning that we had booked only a one-way ticket from Munich via Cairo to Johannesburg. We do not know exactly where to go to South Africa and wanted to leave this option open.
The ticket was pretty cheap and cost only 355,13 € per person. We flew with Egypt Air. Despite initial concerns, we can say absolutely nothing negative about the airline. We were even really positively surprised!
In general, fares to South Africa are really cheap. Return flights from and to several airlines with stopovers are available from just € 400 and direct flights with South African Airways from € 645 per person.
We found our flight through the Skyscanner * flight search engine.
Total airfare to South Africa: € 710.26
South Africa costs for accommodation
In addition, we were on the road at the beginning of the main travel time, which made even simple accommodations significantly more expensive. We booked partly at Booking.com and partly at Airbnb.
- Johannesburg – 1 night: Airport Inn Executive Suites * 30 €
- Middleburg – 1 night: Turquoise View Guesthouse * 31.50 €
- Kruger National Park – 2 nights: Leisure Kruger Lodge * 120.50 €
- Swaziland – 1 night: Maguga Lodge * 56,13 €
- Plettenberg Bay – 1 night: Nothando Backpackers Lodge * 46 €
- Knysna – 2 nights: Amber Guest Lodge * 77 €
- Gaansbai – 2 nights: Kerkstraat 47 * 45 €
- Stellenbosch – 1 night: Zebra Cottage and Lodge * 28.50 €
- Cape Town – 4 nights: Airbnb accommodation * 99.76 €
Total accommodation costs in South Africa for two persons: € 534.39
Note: Some of the accommodations had two bedrooms because we traveled the first 2 1/2 weeks with friends. Nevertheless, we broke the prices on Sara and myself.
Recommended reading: In this post we again detail all our accommodations in South Africa: Hotels & Accommodations in South Africa – All accommodations of our great trip
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Travel costs in South Africa for eating out, drinking & foods
Since in many accommodations usually a kitchen was there, we very often cooked ourselves and went out to eat only once a day. The prices in the restaurants could not be more different.
For shopping in South Africa: The prices for food, drinks and alcohol in supermarkets are about the same as in Germany. Some things are cheaper and some expensive (especially water).
- Shopping in the supermarket: 96,90 €
- Restaurants: € 166.48
Total cost of food & Drink: 263,38 €
South Africa costs for activities & adventure
What we have saved on spending on restaurants and food, we have on a variety of adventures & Activities cut out again.
As South Africa was a dream for me for many years, we wanted to take everything with us. For example an organized safari in the Kruger National Park (about 40 € per person) or paragliding over Cape Town (about 86 € per person). Generally, the prices for such activities are not bargains, but not too expensive either.
In contrast, there are hardly any typical sightseeing trips in South Africa, as the country’s major highlights are more in nature and wildlife. Exceptions are Cape Town or Johannesburg. There you can also do classical sightseeing. More about Cape Town can be found in our detailed article: Cape Town Travel Report – The best sights, interesting places and highlights!
- Paragliding: 170,56 € (+ pictures and videos)
- Safari: € 79.19
- Admission Kruger National Park: 37,03 €
- Entrance Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: 7,93 €
- Entry Cape of Good Hope National Park: 16,45 €
- Admission Boulders Beach (penguins): 8,55 €
- Sightseeing Bus Cape Town: 24,37 €
Total spending on activities & Adventure: 344.08 €
Transport costs in South Africa
The prices for rental cars are highly seasonally dependent, but even in the high season still much cheaper than in Germany. In addition, tolls are often due on many highways.
Within Cape Town, we then switched to the very well-developed and super cheap bus network.
- 6 Days Car Hire (Johannesburg -> Kruger National Park and back): € 92.69
- 11 Days Car Hire (Port Elizabeth -> Cape Town): 218,50 €
- Gasoline: 67,50 €
- All toll costs: 20,40 €
- Flight Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 100,80 €
- Train from Cape Town to Simons Town: 4,30 €
- Public transport: 16.54 €
Total travel expenses for transports in South Africa: 520,73 €
Other issues in South Africa
At other issues are except for a few little things, such as a Sim card with 2 GB data volume, laundry or even a speeding ticket because of 8 km / h too fast drive, not much accrued.
- Speed ticket Swaziland: 3,65 € (that’s why he laughs in the picture: D)
- Sim Card: 25,15 €
- Washing clothes: 8,70 €
- Socket adapter: 5,70 €
- Post (hotel key taken: D): 3,39 €
- Postcards + stamps: 2,25 €
- Two bracelets: 1.20 €
All other expenses: 50,05 €
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