Accommodation Direct released its list of cheapest and most expensive holiday destinations in South Africa. The data was drawn from 15 000 of the group’s accommodation listings from over 2 000 areas in South Africa, reviewed over the past 12 months.
With holiday season just around the corner, we’ve put together a list with some inspiration on where to go this December… if you’ve not already planned your trips, of course.
While the list of “cheap” options also contains places like Pinelands and Bloemfontein, we’ve omitted places that are city-centric – including, Bloem, Potch, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Pinelands and Nelspruit. Not that there is anything wrong with these places, but we wanted this list to be a little bit different.
The home of ostriches and beautiful caves, this sleepy town came in as the cheapest option on the list with accommodation averaging around R378 per night.
Of course there are more expensive, luxury options, but if you’re looking for something cheap and easy, you can’t go wrong with a self-catering option.
- Port St. Johns
Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape came in second on the list with accommodation for around R400 per night. Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Wild Coast”, it offers unspoilt natural beauty with rustic authenticity. It’s perfect for nature lovers with stunning hikes and breathtaking beaches.
With accommodation from as little as R482 per night, Colesberg comes in fifth on the overall list, but third on ours. The tin Northern Cape town offers travellers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with plenty of hiking, walking or mountain bike trails for those who enjoy the outdoors. You’ll alse get to see the Milky Way in all its glory on a clear night.
- Jeffreys Bay
Jeffrey’s Bay is sort of like Plet on a budget. Great for surfing enthusiasts or for anyone who wants to spend time simply lazing around on the beach and enjoying good sea food, expect to pay around R511 per night here.
- Sodwana Bay
Nestled on the beautiful east coast, Sodwana Bay offers rich natural bio diversity and activities such as scuba diving, fishing, turtle tours, ocean tours and much more. Like many of the budget options on the list, its unspoilt coastline is simply magnificent and at around R514 per night, why not explore a little?
Calitzdorp might just be one of R62’s best kept secrets. Dubbed the “gateway to the Garden Route”, the tiny town in the Klein Karoo is nestled between the majestic Swartberg mountains and is also called the fuirt bowl of the Klein Karoo. Wine farms, good food and hiking… all for around R520 a night.
An impressive mountain peak called Towerkop (2198m) looms above Ladismith. According to local legend, a witch, flying overhead struck the peak in anger with her wand because it obstructed her passage over the mountain. Her anger resulted in Towerkop’s unique appearance – with the peak split into two. In winter, those peaks are often covered in snow. Another one of R62’s finest, you can expect to pay around R539 per night in this sleepy town.
Next up, a place you might not even have known existed. Located in the KwaZulu Natal midlands, The Dargle Valley is on the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, without Drakensberg prices. It’s a magical land of wetlands, waterfalls, grassland, gorges, forest and flowers. From bird watching to fishing and hiking, it’s the perfect place to experience nature in all its untamed glory, including some spectacular afternoon thunderstorms in summer. Expect to pay around R561 per night.
- Mossel Bay
The small coastal town is about half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, so if you’re going on a road trip, this is a good place to stop. It’s increasingly popular during tourist season, due to its location on the Garden Route, but if you get in early, you can still find accommodation for around R570 per night here.