Most Expensive Travel Destination for South Africans

Most Expensive Travel Destinations in SA

The tourism industry in South Africa is growing and quite big. While there has been quite a large focus on international tourists coming into South Africa, many people in the sector are still considering how to improve travelling for domestic travels.

For the average South African who wants to travel to throughout the country and explore, it can become quite expensive.

Research has shown that the Western Cape is the most expensive province to travel to, where the average amount that is spent on accommodation is R7365.

In KwaZulu-Natal the average cost of accommodation is R5076, with Gauteng costing an average of R2323.

The most expensive travel destination for South Africans according to research is Plettenburg Bay. Other expensive holiday towns include:

  • Southbroom
  • Cape Town
  • Knysna
  • Umhlanga
  • Durban
  • Grahamstown
  • Hermanus
  • Franschhoek
  • Amanzimtoti

Research has shown that the cost of travelling to the Western Cape is more than three times as expensive as travelling to Gauteng. There are a number of factors that come into play here. For instance, Gauteng is typically more suited for business trips.

In Cape Town, prices tend to be double during the summer seasons (October to March.)

Domestic tourists also have to consider various other costs which generally amount to about R1000 per day while travelling.

In South Africa, studies have shown that travelling by plane is the easiest way to travel. This however isn’t always the most economical way to travel, with the cheapest one-way flights costing an average of R600.

Driving across the country is an option too, but this comes with the risks of safety and poor road conditions.

Accommodation costs vary quite significantly. In this regard, the most expensive travel destination would be Bantry Bay in Cape Town.