South Africa on a budget

South Africa is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, and as such the country’s tourism industry is booming, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to explore its depths on a budget.

In fact, there are many ways you can keep costs down without compromising on seeing and experiencing the delights that South Africa has to offer.

Low Season

A great way to keep costs down is travelling to South Africa in the low season, between May and September. Although you may experience cooler, damper weather in parts of the country during this time, the low season is arguably the best time of year for game viewing.

This is because animals rely heavily on rivers and water holes (due to the dry season), plus the lack of vegetation during this period makes it easier to spy wildlife.

Elephants drinking

If you don’t mind the colder weather, then travelling during low season could be the perfect alternative to staying in South Africa on a budget.

Choose Your Accommodation Wisely

There is a great variety of accommodation to choose from in South Africa, with plenty of reasonably priced lodges on offer that will minimise your holiday costs.

For example, the Kapama Private Game Reserve is a haven of tranquility which won’t take up the majority of your holiday budget.

You’ll still be able to embark upon morning and evening game drives, before returning to the cheery Kapama, which also boasts a library, swimming pool and curio shop.

Alternative Activities

Whilst safari holidays can be costly, there is a plethora of alternative activities that you can enjoy which won’t break the bank: wine tasting is a great example of this.

South Africa is famed for its wine industry, having manufactured some of the world’s finest wines. You can sample some of this fantastic produce on a wine tasting event, or even a wine tasting tour.

Journey along the Garden Route, stopping off at some of South Africa’s key vineyards, such as in the Stellenbosch area, and learn about how the wines are made, sampling everything along the way too!

The Garden Route

Other activities to enjoy in South Africa that won’t cost you money include exploring South Africa’s many beautiful beaches, such as Cape Vidan, and hiking up Lion’s Head to admire the unbeatable view of Cape Town below.

Self-Driving Tours

Instead of going on a guided tour, why not grab hold of the steering wheel and enjoy a self-driving tour instead? This is a great way to explore South Africa whilst significantly reducing the cost of your holiday.

There are many self-driving tour options for you to consider, and can be tailored to suit your interests. For example, if you’re interested in seeing wildlife, then journeying from Durban to Kruger, where you’ll be able to stop off at Lake St Lucia and Elephant Coast, is a great option.

Lake St. Lucia

Self-drive tours also ensure that you can see and do whatever you want to, meaning not one moment of your time in South Africa is wasted.

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