The rand is struggling to hold its own among international currencies at the moment, which is great news for travellers from abroad, especially those looking at self-catering accommodation in Cape Town for their next trip. There are fewer places in the world where you’ll get more bang for your buck than in Cape Town and here’s why.
Why Cape Town?
With the rand down by 20%, Cape Town has overtaken Tokyo as the cheapest destination for those who have British pounds in their wallet according to the Long-Haul Holiday Report.
British tourists to South Africa do not require a visa and there are talks of the entry requirements being relaxed even further in the near future. Flights to South Africa are easy to come by and Cape Town is serviced by Africa’s top airport, Cape Town International Airport.
What’s more, the recent drought has loosened its grip on the Mother City. While sensible water use is still enforced, the restrictions have been considerably relaxed.
In short, Cape Town is firmly back on the map for international travellers.
Doing the Arithmetic
The Long Haul Holiday Report bases its conclusion on the cost of basic expenses that a tourist would encounter during their stay.
For example, a 3-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine will set you back an average of £30,33, while a cup of coffee or a local beer costs about £1,44.
One should bear in mind that are rated among the best in the world.
That’s not where the savings end though. You can get to see all of the city’s sights on a shoestring budget. A helicopter flip over the Atlantic Seaboard will set you back just £118 pp. If you prefer to take the bus, your ticket will cost around £16.24 pp. That includes the option to hop off at over 20 stops, a free walking tour, and a harbour cruise. The ticket is valid for 2 days.
You can head up Table Mountain or take a trip to Robben Island for around £18 pp, head out on a Big Five safari including breakfast and lunch for £110.50 pp or soar above the winelands in a hot air balloon for around £220 pp.
These are some of the city’s most expensive outings and are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of exciting and fulfilling things to do in Cape Town.
Get in on the Action
As optimistic Capetonians we have to advise you that ‘this low-point for the Rand can’t last for ever’! Book