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South Africa

What can you expect from South Africa?

South Africa, southernmost country on the Eastern Hemisphere, with 3000 km. long coastline, along the Indian Ocean and south Atlantic, with pluralistic both, environment and demography.

It being a destination with variety in options, both, for domestic and international tourists, with geography of the country comprising picturesque natural landscapes, distinguished nightlife of Cape Town to Vistas across its National Parks, with adventure filled in every aspect of the country.

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Table Mountains and Camp Bays in its backdrop. Due to its vast coast line, there are numerous beaches to visit, Durban being the popular one.
It is one of the best places for Safari, with the famous Big Five-Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, & Rhino residing in the jungles of Savana.

You’ll have varied and unique experiences here by surfing off the Eastern Cape Coast, rock climbing in the Cederberg, Bungee jumping from Garden Route’s Bloukrans Bridge or swinging into Graskop George.

Come enjoy the dramatic landscapes with the most stupendous views, its wildlife and astounding beaches,
making it an ideal location for your next visit.

Places to see and things to do in South Africa

  • Cape Town, for its Table Mountains and beautiful coastline, makes this city a top tourist destination in the country.
  • Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga is South Africa’s second largest canyon, with sub topical vegetation.
  • Bungee jump from World’s highest bung jump point, Bloukrans Bridge.
  • Kruger National Park, to see the Big Five and the other wildlife that co-exists here.
  • Cage Dive with White Sharks, getting you face to face with great White Sharks–one of South Africa’s top attraction.
  • Boat Cruise around Knysna Lagoon and Knysna Heads.
  • The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, encompassing some of the country’s highest peaks.
  • Johannesburg, the largest city of South Africa with historical attractions like Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Gold Reef city, make it a must visit place.
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stretch over 5.28 sq. km. with unique flora.
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Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation
Hotels in South Africa are very reasonable.
If you’re on a backpacker’s budget, you’re expected to spend $10 per person & day, in amazing backpacker’s
hostel.

If you aren’t a fan of hostels, you can also book one bedroom apartment at the foot of Table Mountains in
Oranjezicht for $42 per person & night, allowing you to cook your own meals, eventually, letting you save on
food. A private room in hostel would come down to around $ 24 per person and night, letting you the much
needed privacy.

There are various options available on Airbnb, letting you choose the one that best suits you.
If you want to live in Safari lodges and public campsites, you’ll come across luxurious options starting from
$200 per person and night on an average.

Transportation-
It is easy and affordable to get around Cape Town. Uber is really cheap here with each ride costing around
$4.

You can also use sightseeing bus, to get around at various sightseeing places, like beach suburbs,
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and others. There’re few private companies, BazBus, Geryhound and
Intercape; providing transportation services to backpackers; offers 21 days hop-on and hop-off passes costing
$350 per person.

Renting a car is very cheap and convenient, costing at $14 per day, additional petrol charges, i.e. to be filled
as per requirement.

To travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg, you can take train, a budget-luxury option, costing $ 214 per
person, including all meals on board. Trains have a good network within South Africa’s major cities.

You can also opt for flights to travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg or Cape Town to Durban, in case you’re
short on time or willing to travel luxuriously. The starting prices of flights are $ 36 per person and trip.

Food-
If you’re staying at Airbnb rented places, majority of the places allow you to cook your own food. You can
also save by a mix-up of cooking your meals and eating otherwise, at local outlets. If you go by this, you’re
expected to spend $8 to $10 per person and meal on an average.

Prices are comparatively higher in Cape Town, than other parts of the country.

If you’re not willing to cook and can afford eating your meals out comfortably, you’ll usually end up spending
$ 12 to $ 25 per person and meal.

You’re expected to spend $30 per person and meal, if you’re looking forward to trying luxurious and fancy
places.

Suggested Daily Budget-
South Africa must not be the cheapest place to travel, but is quite reasonable, and worth the value, with the kind of experiences it provides. With budgeting done right, you can travel this country at an affordable price.

You can expect to spend $57/person & day, which can be considered budget travelling, with basic amenities.

With an extra $25 added to your daily budget, you can open up a lot more thing. With this mid-range cost, you’re expected to live comfortably in private/non-shared rooms in hostels or rent a place through Airbnb, eat comfortably at mediocre restaurants and cafes, and enjoy some activities.

With no budget constraints, you’ll be doing everything you want, including living at Safari camps and lodges, eating meals at fancy restaurants, participating in all kinds of activities possible with a starting budget of $100 per person & day.

Money Saving Tips

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Cook you own meals- You can save by cooking some or all your meals, by purchasing groceries from super markets (plenty of them in every place you travel to).
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Rent a Car Renting a car, not only helps you save significantly on money, but also on time. It helps you cut down the travelling time, letting you explore more within the stipulated time.
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Cycling in rural areas You can rent a bicycle in rural areas, letting you get around with very little cost.
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Carry you own bottle of water It is convenient to carry your own water bottle around, as you’ll find places with drinkable tap water, letting you save by refilling your bottles.
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Shop outside Shopping from local places lets you haggle as compare to indoor shops, with fixed prices, with little or no room for bargain.
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