Doing South Africa on a budget is really not that difficult, if you know where to go. We are not talking hostels here, there are plenty superb accommodations in the most beautiful areas of the country. An example of how you can experience the best the South Africa has to offer can be found below.
A superb journey, experiencing Cape Town and enjoying the wine lands. Go whale spotting in Hermanus and finish off with a proper safari. If you need some beach time, Mozambique is the answer.
Day 1-3 – Hello Cape Town!
The perfect start of your South African discovery starts in Cape Town. A relaxed city with good vibes. Here you can acclimatise and take some rest after your (long) flight.
Stay: Book with The Safari Concierge, and you can rest assured you are staying small, personal accommodation. On this budget-trip it will most probably be an AirBNB located in the city centre of with a view of the ocean – just as you prefer.
Do: There is so much to see and to do in Cape Town! Climb Table Mountain is a first on your ‘to do’ list. You never know when it clouds over! The views from the top are simply amazing and give you a great perspective on the city. On warm days, a visit to the beach is compulsory. There are many beautiful beaches just outside of Cape Town. Learn a bit more about the history and culture by taking a guided tour into one of the townships and enjoy good food and wines (or craft beers) on basically every corner. We will give you a dedicated to do list if you book through The Safari Concierge.
Day 3 -5 Wining & Dining
Time for some wining & dining. Head to one of the small towns in the Winelands, a completely different atmosphere to the busy and buzzing Cape Town. Stay here on the right days and you’ll hit small farmers-markets and let us help you find the little wineries where you can taste amazing wines for almost nothing.
Stay: There are some pretty amazing accommodations out there, that will fit every budget. Whether it’s on a wine farm or in the heart of one of the small towns. We will select the one that suits you the most!
Do: There is one thing that you cannot miss when you go to the wine lands and that is some proper wine-tastings. And if you don’t want to vote for a designated driver…why not take a bicycle or a tram(!!) to get around?
Day 5-7 Whale watching
Travel in the right season to South Africa, and you will be up for a show! Hermanus is known for some of the worlds best whale spotting. And we can only agree. With a bit of luck you don’t need to jump in a heli or on a boat but can see (mostly) Southern Right Whales giving away a show right in front of your eyes.
Stay: We have had the pleasure of staying in the heart of Hermanus and on the other side of Walker Bay. When you are traveling on a budget we recommend you stay in Hermanus, get yourself a picnic lunch and make yourself comfy on the grass in front of the bay, ready for a day of whale spotting and good conversations.
Do: Well….not too much besides spotting those giants! If you are adventurous you can go kayaking and if just seeing whales is not enough, this area is also renowned for cage-diving so you can ‘enjoy’ an up close and personal encounter with the Great White Shark.
Day 7-8 Johannesburg
Time to fly to the other side of the country! Johannesburg is a city many tourists skip. They only use it as a hub to get to their safari destination. However, it’s worth spending a bit more time here; it’s safe and edgy and there are plenty of places to visit!
Stay: There are some very nice, trendy and safe areas in Johannesburg. Let us help you choose the area that suits your itinerary the best. Whether you stay in a B&B or in an AirBNB, rest assured your stay is personal and friendly!
Do: Our favourite is a cycling tour through SoWeTo, the largest Township of South Africa. Or embark on an urban safari, visiting street art together with a local artist! If you prefer to do something more serious, the Apartheidsmuseum gives you a intriguing and emotional insight of the Apartheids-era.
Day 8 – 11 Safari Time!
When you go to South Africa, you cannot miss out on a safari. Or two, or three. But let’s start with just one example of what your safari could look like. Pick up your rental car and drive to the Kruger National Park. Yes, we know there is a lot of other travellers doing exactly the same. But if you do it our way you will find it extremely enjoyable and very adventurous!
Stay: Stay at one of the rest camps that the Kruger NP has to offer. There are a few proper hidden gems. Bring your own food and set up camp. If you arrive early you can squeeze in a little gamedrive before the sun sets. Otherwise get the fire ready for a nice braai (a South African barbecue), have an early night and get up at the crack of dawn to spot some wildlife!
Do: Get a Kruger NP roadmap, and figure out the route you want to drive the next day. Enjoy the howling of hyena’s while the sun sets and you are sipping a glass of wine or a cold beer. Cool down in the pool on the hot afternoons and head out again after lunch for a new chance of seeing the Big5.
Day 11 – ?? An optional beach finish in Mozambique
There are many beaches in South Africa but if you really want white sand, clear blue water and a proper beach relax vibe, go to Mozambique. We gladly advise you on where to go and how to get there! Travel in the right season and you might even be able to swim with the mighty whale sharks!
This itinerary of 11 days/ 10 nights can be estimated at a cost of € 550 – 750 per person including accommodation, car rental and flight Cape Town – Johannesburg. This is excluding the beach-bliss finish in Mozambique.