Average cost of trip to South Africa

Accommodation, food, transport and entertainment costs in South Africa

Updated Feb. 3, 2021

How much money are you going to need for your trip to South Africa? You should plan to spend around R1,796.25 ($122.39) per day on your trip to South Africa for one person and R2,418.38 ($164.78) for two when traveling. This budget includes accommodation costs for 2 adults in a good 4-star hotel (R1,174.12 $80.00), lunch in a local restaurant, street food and drinks for a day (R440.59 $30.02) and some entertainment (R803.68 $54.76) for two. Find more about South Africa travel budget in 2020 below.

How much will a one-week trip to South Africa cost? The average one-week vacaction cost to South Africa is around R26,458.34 ($1,802.78) for one person and around R43,053.98 ($2,933.54) for a couple including flights. March is the cheapest month to go to South Africa.

Budget

One Week for Two R25,690.97 ≈ $1,750.49
Two Weeks for Two R37,776.49 ≈ $2,573.95

Comfort

One Week for Two R43,053.98 ≈ $2,933.54
Two Weeks for Two R60,150.25 ≈ $4,098.42

High-end

One Week for Two R61,754.97 ≈ $4,207.76
Two Weeks for Two R92,112.77 ≈ $6,276.23
South Africa Travel Budget

South Africa

Currency R (Rand)
Exchange Rate 100R $
Exchange rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated 23 Feb 2021, 00:30 UTC.

💰 Is it expensive to visit South Africa?

A lot of people want to visit South Africa and wonder what the budget would be like. Like with any vacation, the cost depends on where you’re flying from, what kind of accommodations you’re looking for and what you want to see or how you want to spend time. We're colleting all these travel costs from other travellers just like you, so you can make a better estimate of the budget for a trip that matches your own preferences.

✈ Cost of flights to South Africa from

How much does it cost to fly to South Africa? High season for flights to South Africa spans from July to August — prepare to pay $930.00 and more for your return flight to South Africa. The period from September to November is considered the low season and the average fares for flights are generally cheaper: you can usually get a return flight for about $699.00 on average. And if you're lucky, you can even find a better deal!

🛏 Average prices for accommodation in South Africa

How much do hotels charge per night in South Africa? High season in South Africa runs from July to November. One night in a mid-range hotel during these months costs around $44.00. Low season spans from December to March. You can get a room for a night for as low as $24.00. Some nice bargains are usually also available, especially at the higher end resorts.

AirBnB. Double rooms in AirBnB cost around $41.70 per night, but prices can go up to 5% higher during high season.

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Added Type of Accomodation Month of Stay Price Per Night, $
Feb. 3, 2021 AirBnB February $32.83
Jan. 29, 2021 AirBnB January $29.33
Jan. 24, 2021 AirBnB January $30.58
Jan. 19, 2021 AirBnB January $33.25
Jan. 14, 2021 AirBnB January $25.33
Jan. 9, 2021 AirBnB January $36.83
Jan. 4, 2021 AirBnB January $35.00
Dec. 30, 2020 AirBnB December $25.08
Dec. 16, 2020 AirBnB December $29.83
Dec. 11, 2020 AirBnB December $35.17

🍲 Average prices for food and eating out in South Africa

How much does food in South Africa cost? The average cost of food and drinks in South Africa is R0.00 ($0.00) per day for one person. An average street food meal in South Africa would cost you around R74.56 ($5.08). A sit-in dinner for two people would cost around R165.99 ($11.31). Lunch in a mid-range cafe or restaurant would cost you something between the two.

How much do drinks cost? A bottle of water in South Africa is around R22.16 ($1.51). A soft drink is around R9.98 ($0.68) when you buy it in a supermarket. A beer would cost you around R24.51 ($1.67) when you buy it in a bar. Alcoholic cocktails in bars and night clubs are R70.45 ($4.80) per cocktail.

Average prices for meals and drinks in South Africa
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Supermarket Drinks
🥤 Soft Drink R9.98 ≈$0.68
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🍺 Beer
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💧 Bottle of Water R22.16 ≈$1.51
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Bar Drinks
🥤 Soft Drink
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🍺 Beer R24.51 ≈$1.67
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🍹 Alcoholic Cocktail R70.45 ≈$4.80
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Meals
🍽 Dinner for Two R165.99 ≈$11.31
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🌯 Street Food R74.56 ≈$5.08
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April 23, 2020 🥤 Soft Drink R9.69 $0.66
April 23, 2020 🍺 Beer R23.19 $1.58
April 23, 2020 🍽 Dinner for Two R106.40 $7.25
April 23, 2020 🌯 Street Food R106.40 $7.25
April 23, 2020 🍹 Alcoholic Cocktail R70.50 $4.80
April 23, 2020 💧 Bottle of Water R29.00 $1.98
April 23, 2020 🍽 Dinner for Two R306.00 $20.85
April 23, 2020 🍽 Dinner for Two R92.90 $6.33
April 23, 2020 🍽 Dinner for Two R386.87 $26.36
April 23, 2020 🍺 Beer R27.15 $1.85

🏛 Average prices for entertainment in South Africa

What are the prices for entertainment and activities in South Africa? Guided group tours are approximately R736.02 ($50.15) per person. If you want to go on a guided tour and save some cash, try looking for free walking tours in South Africa on Tripadvisor.

Average prices for entertainemnt and activities in South Africa
Type Average Price
🏰 Group Tour R736.02 ≈$50.15
🏛 Museum
🤹 Show or Theatre R156.89 ≈$10.69
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Added Type of Entertainment of Activity Price, ZAR
April 23, 2020 🤹 Show or Theatre R244.00 $16.63
April 23, 2020 🏰 Group Tour R736.00 $50.15
April 23, 2020 🤹 Show or Theatre R69.71 $4.75
April 20, 2020 🤹 Show or Theatre R244.00 $16.63
April 20, 2020 🏰 Group Tour R736.00 $50.15

🚌 Average prices for transport and car rentals in South Africa

How much does airport transfer cost in South Africa? The average cost of a 20-minute taxi ride is approximately R233.94 ($15.94).

Average prices for transport and car rentals in South Africa
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Transfers
🚍 Airport Transfer
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Taxi
🚖 Taxi R233.94 ≈$15.94
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Public Transport
🚉 Public Transport R233.94 ≈$15.94
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April 23, 2020 🚉 Public Transport R46.80 $3.19
April 23, 2020 🚖 Taxi R234.00 $15.94
April 23, 2020 🚖 Taxi R9.25 $0.63
April 23, 2020 🚉 Public Transport R15.41 $1.05
April 20, 2020 🚉 Public Transport R234.00 $15.94
April 20, 2020 🚖 Taxi R234.00 $15.94

☀ Weather in South Africa

The hottest season in South Africa runs from November to April. The average temperature is around 23 °C. The rainy season is from May to July with average rainfall of 47mm.

🤑 Calculate your South Africa travel budget

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Local prices are converted to $ USD
Destination in South Africa Total Flight Accomodation Eating Out Entertainment Transport Pocket Cash
South Africa 1802.8 643 560 105.1 191.7 109.7 193.3