The most expensive holiday destinations in South Africa

New data from South African accommodation portal, Accommodation Direct shows which towns and suburbs carry the highest average accommodation cost for travellers in the country.

The data is drawn from the group’s 20,000 accommodation listings from over 2,000 areas in South Africa.

On a broader scale, the Western Cape is the most expensive province to find accommodation in the country by some margin – more than three times as expensive of Gauteng.

The stay in the Western Cape costs R7,365 versus R2,323 in Gauteng. KwaZulu Natal is the second most expensive at R5,076, followed by the North West (R2,768) and the Eastern Cape (R2,509).

According to Accommodation Direct CEO, Rupert Bryant, the data is skewed towards the Western Cape primarily due the length of stay at the province’s destinations.

This would also account for Gauteng’s lower positioning, as the province is typically more suited for business trips, which have a shorter duration (and thus a smaller average spend).

Narrowing down the data, and looking at South Africa’s most expensive holiday towns, Plettenburg Bay comes out as the most costly, with the average traveller spending just under R12,524 for accommodation there.

In the Plettenburg Bay listings, prices range between R80 (backpackers) and R5,080 per night.

This is followed by the coastal region of Southbroom in KwaZulu Natal, where the average spend is R8,524.

Though only ranking third at an average of R7,922, Cape Town dominates on a more localised scale by having some of the most expensive suburbs for travellers to stay in.

The tables below show the average total spend for a typical booking in each area. The average price per night has been included to give greater context, but it should be noted that travellers tend to spend more time in some areas than others, so the total cost is more indicative.

The 10 most expensive towns in SA for accommodation

# Town Province Average price per night Average spend
1 Plettenburg Bay WC R1 690 R12 524
2 Southbroom KZN R1 295 R8 524
3 Cape Town WC R1 194 R7 922
4 Knysna WC R1 131 R6 807
5 Umhlanga KZN R1 321 R6 621
6 Durban KZN R1 165 R5 313
7 Grahamstown EC R978 R5 239
8 Hermanus WC R1 069 R4 605
9 Franschhoek WC R1 124 R4 380
10 Amanzimtoti KZN R907 R4 039

The average stay in Clifton – South Africa’s richest and most expensive suburb – costs a massive R30,812, with the V&A Waterfront coming in close behind it at R28,226.

In the Clifton listings, prices range between R6,660 and R25,000 per night.

Llandudno (R23,718), Camps Bay (R15,137), Bantry Bay (R15,137) and Noordhoek (R10,858) all show for the Mother City in the suburb rankings before San Lameer (Southbroom, KZN) moves away from the west coast, with an average stay cost of R10,521.

According to Bryant, Cape Town’s suburbs carry such high averages because prices tend to double during the summer seasons (October to March), and accommodation tends to dry up in winter, “so there are no Winter bookings to dampen their numbers.”

The 10 most expensive suburbs in SA for accommodation

# Suburb Province Average price per night Average spend
1 Clifton WC R3 041 R30 812
2 V&A Waterfront WC R2 382 R28 226
3 Llandudno WC R1 990 R23 718
4 Camps Bay WC R2 120 R15 137
5 Bantry Bay WC R1 906 R13 069
6 Noordhoek WC R2 685 R10 858
7 San Lameer KZN R1 461 R10 521
8 Century City WC R1 393 R9 574
9 Sunset Beach WC R1 593 R9 449
10 Leisure Isle WC R970 R9 242

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