$25 billion startup company, Airbnb launched in South Africa in July, with thousands of new listings going live immediately.
South Africa is currently the largest market for Airbnb in Africa with 9,400 homes listed – and Johannesburg alone has just over 1,000 listings.
Described as “the Uber for rentals”, the Airbnb service lets people list accommodation for rent – including rooms in their homes, and users can then book listed lodgings online..
Renters and visitors can then leave reviews for one another on the website.
Rental prices vary greatly, from about R16 a night for a double bedroom in Camps Bay, to just under R100,000 a night for an entire luxury villa for just over 10 guests.
The average rental price in the country sits at about R1,332.
BusinessTech looked at some of the most expensive listings on the site, to provide a glimpse of what money can buy.
The following rentals are all per night, and are entire home/apartment rentals.
Clifton Beach house – R42,259
This beach apartment located in Clifton, Cape Town, can accommodate six people, and has direct access to the beach, and stunning views.
The house is custom designed by international entrepreneur, hotelier and renowned designer Kirk Lazarus.
26 Sunset Avenue Llandudno – R42,765 (3 nights minumum)
This villa located in Llandudno in the Western Cape is best suited for a larger group of people. The house features six bedrooms and caters for a maximum of 12 people.
At a price of R43,765 it is one of the most expensive listings on AirBnb for South Africa – while there is a minimum three night stay required.
It packs an added punch with a R20,000 security deposit.
Kurland Villa – R45,044
This villa located in Kurland, Plettenberg Bay, can accommodate 16 people , and more.
Llandudno Ray – R45,545
This luxury home is in Llandudno, Cape Town, one of the country’s wealthiest areas. It accommodates eight people.
River house – R48,047 (3 nights minimum)
This luxurious option is located in a gated property set high in the trees of the Madikwe Game Reserve in Morukuru.
It accommodates a group of six people for a minimum of three nights.
Private Safari Lodge – R55,105
This private lodge is a 1h45 drive from Johannesburg airport, and is in the (malaria free) Waterberg mountains. It caters for up to 10 guests at the required price-point.
The hosts specify that guests are required to have fun, and welcome a sense of humour.
“A couple of guests have complained of a sore neck after spending prolonged period staring at the amazing starry skies at night,” they said.
Morukuru Farm House – R78,076 (3 nights minumum)
This farm house is described as “exclusive” and “vintage”, located in the Madikwe Game reserve in North West Province.
It caters to 10 guests, and it carries a three night minimum stay.
Cape Town penthouse – R80,078 (2 nights minimum)
This rental is for a penthouse residence at a 5-star hotel in Cape Town (The Pepper Club Hotel), and carries a 2-night minimum stay.
The residence accommodates six people.
Cape Town luxury villa – R97,489
This villa located in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, accommodates 12 people. The listing specifically states that the hosts will only accept a minimum of a 14 day booking, though the page lists the price as a per-night cost.
We’re going to assume that the listed price is for the minimum duration – because spending just under R1.4 million for a two week holiday seems improbable.