Yes, you can enjoy a few days away without breaking the bank. So pack your bags and escape for a weekend — it’s good for the soul, gives you a chance to explore our beautiful country, and our pick of the best budget getaways in South Africa will allow you to travel for under R600 per person!
Random harvest country cottages, Muldersdrift
You’ll find this eco-friendly farm and indigenous nursery in Muldersdrift, just outside of Joburg, making it great for a budget weekend getaway. The individually decorated cottages all feature a private garden — perfect for enjoying a cuppa in peace.
For the budding ornithologist, a wander round the dam makes a great bird-watching excursion, while the kids will love milking the cows. But the best thing about staying here might be the breakfast, complete with farm fresh butter and home made bread — what a treat!
HOW MUCH? Stay from R550 per person sharing per night. For more, visit randomharvest.co.za or call 082 553 0598.
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The Club House Guest House, Centurion
This home away from home is a brilliant base from which to explore the best that Gauteng has to offer. Settle in and take your pick of activities — from visits to zoos and museums to shopping and night-time entertainment, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy.
What really sets this establishment apart is the fantastic service. Whether it’s chocolates on your pillow or suggesting activities in the area, no task is too big or small for the team, and they live to go the extra mile, making sure your budget getaway is unforgettable.
HOW MUCH? For a double room, including breakfast, you’ll pay R500 per person sharing. To find out more, check out their website, tchguesthouse.co.za, or call 012 661 6111.
The Nightingale Guest House, Bloemfontein
If you’re looking for something new to do in the often underrated City of Roses, The Nightingale Guest House is a great place to stay. Located right in the middle of town, it’s close to shopping malls, sports stadiums, historic buildings, museums and theatres and, of course, magnificent gardens filled with flowers.
There’s no reason not to add Bloem to your list of places to visit — after all, it has a rich history and is home to many heritage sites, not to mention its very own replica of the Eiffel Tower! And the staff at the guest house will make sure all of your needs are taken care of and you have a tranquil place to rest your head after you’ve seen what the city has to offer.
HOW MUCH? Book a room from R350 per person sharing, so it really is a great option for a cheap holiday in South Africa; visit thenightingale.co.za or call 072 330 4821 for more info.
Buckleigh Guest House, Durban
In the heart of the leafy suburb of Durban North, you’ll find this modern guest house that’s a quiet spot from which to enjoy all that sunny Durban has to offer. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous gardens, arts and crafts — not to mention the kid-friendly Ushaka Marine World — are all just a short drive from Buckleigh, so hop in your car and go!
Expect a room that’s decked out with everything from a flat-screen TV (that’s hooked up to DSTV — no need to miss your favourite shows) to a stove and fridge if you’d like to whip up a quick snack. The suites even come with braai facilities and wi-fi – so your family is sure to feel right at home, even though the accommodation is so affordable.
HOW MUCH? From R300 per person sharing per night during low season (what a deal!). To find out more, give them a call on 031 563 6496 or visit buckleighguesthouse.co.za.
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Kgalagadi Lodge, Kalahari
Perched on the rolling red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert, Kgalagadi Lodge is an oasis in the wilderness. Just next door to the must-visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, it’s the perfect place to rest your head after days spent exploring the expansive park — an area which is famed for its black-maned Kalahari lions, swooping raptors and infinite vistas.
The lodge offers everything you need for a memorable family holiday — affordable accommodation, comfortable rooms, a pool and a well-stocked shop, plus it was voted as having the best food in the Kalahari! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spot to take in the breathtaking Kalahari sunrise, so remember to bring your camera along to capture the moment.
HOW MUCH? Standard self-catering chalets are available from R375 per person sharing. For more info and to make a booking, visit kgalagadi-lodge.co.za or call 082 303 8768.
Albert Manor Guest House, Ladismith
As soon as you step into this impeccably restored, historic Victorian guest house, the antique furnishings and charming décor will take you back to a bygone era, when ostrich barons thrived in the Klein Karoo. The declared heritage site offers a range of rooms to choose from, all cosy and well equipped, and your hosts are sure to be nothing but welcoming.
Don’t miss the opportunity to savour a sumptuous breakfast on the veranda overlooking the Swartberg Mountains, followed by a day exploring the museums, art galleries and beautiful buildings in the area. There are also plenty of places to enjoy a gentle hike or mountain bike ride, and at night, the sky will be set to dazzle, with an impressive display of stars.
HOW MUCH? Rooms start at R435 per person sharing, with breakfast. Visit albertmanor.co.za or call 028 551 1127.
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Cliffhanger Cottages, Knysna
Tucked away among the lush, forested canopy of the Garden Route, you’ll find two luxury log cabins resting on the edge of a steep drop, with unsurpassed views of the verdant valley below. These hidden beauties are spacious and secluded chalets that will make a romantic retreat for any couple, whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon or a special anniversary, or just want to spend some quality time together to reconnect. Even though it’s one of our top picks for budget getaways in South Africa, the accommodation and surrounds are anything but budget!
Picture yourself waking up to views of rolling hills, taking a drive down to the beach, then enjoying sundowners on the deck with your other half while listening to the sounds of nature. Bliss!
HOW MUCH? Prices start at R365 per person sharing. For more, visit cliffhangercottages.co.za or phone 044 388 4696.
The Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Storms River
For over six decades, the magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn has been a haven for holiday makers who want to make the best of the indigenous forests and ocean activities in the area. It’s close to Storms River Mouth, Garden Route National Park and a host of other fun family outings like forest canopy tours.
The hotel mimics a quaint village, with cottages arranged around a grassy square. Each cottage has its own garden — a super spot to unwind and admire the surrounding mountains. And you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining options — which include a micro-brewery, 60s-style diner and courtyard café.
HOW MUCH? Reserve a room from R470 per person sharing. Looking for more info? Visit tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za or call 042 281 1711.
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*Prices were valid at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change based on peak season rates and regular increases.