Accommodation is often the first expense when you go on vacation. To help you reduce the hotel budget as much as possible without compromising on quality, we have compiled a list of hotels and B & Bs that have the best value for money in South Africa. Our criteria are: affordable prices, an ideal location and clean, comfortable rooms. Of course there are less expensive than these accommodations but we think that our recommendations are the best compromise for a good stay (you don't want to be too far from points of interest and waste time in transport or arrive in a room poorly cleaned bathroom…). In addition, we went to sleep ourselves in all these accommodations during our vacation and we strongly recommend them because we were impressed by the very good level of services given the low prices offered. On average, these accommodations cost around € 60 per night for a standard double room, which amounts to € 30 per person if you share with your partner. These low prices allow you to use your savings to fully enjoy South Africa. You will not regret it !
NB : These good plans are quickly full, so remember to book well in advance so as not to be disappointed before leaving for South Africa…
Consulting : Saving is good, but we still recommend that you treat yourself to a night or two on your itinerary and make your trip to South Africa unforgettable. You can find a list of all the dream hotels we recommend here: The best dream hotels to stay in South Africa
And here you will find our articles on the different routes to visit the country if you are still unsure: The best routes to visit South Africa
The Villa Rosa: the hotel with the best value for money to stay in Cape Town
To stay in Cape Town in South Africa, the best Guest House is The Villa Rosa. Located on the heights of Sea Point in Cape Town, The Villa Rosa is a super charming guest house. The building is very pretty and the interior elegantly decorated. You are 5min from the main road of this area of Cape Town where you will find many bars, cafes and restaurants. We recommend the Mojo Market for a good atmosphere in the evening. They have many food stalls, often live music and a huge beer bar. In terms of price, The Villa Rosa is affordable (it's very good for Cape Town). It's definitely the best value for money hotel to stay in Cape Town in South Africa. We highly recommend this Guest house.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Discover the most beautiful areas of Cape Town in South Africa
- Cape Town's must-see excursions in South Africa
- Best things to do in cape town
Blu Trea Guest House: the hotel with the best value for money for accommodation in Johannesburg
In Johannesburg, we recommend that you sleep at Blu Trea Guesthouse that offers all the comfort you need at a low price. This guest house is very pleasant with its small swimming pool, charming staff and clean and tidy rooms. In short, nothing to complain about! It is for us the hotel with the best value for money to stay in Johannesburg in South Africa. In addition, this B&B is located in the central Melville district which is one of the best areas of the city. It is very lively and we recommend that you have breakfast at the permanent market of 27 Boxes. The atmosphere is great and it gives you a taste of the diversity that reigns in Johannesburg.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Cultural day in the Soweto district of South Africa
- Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Johannesburg
The Muize: the hotel with the best value for money in Muizenberg
The Muize is a very well located Guest House which offers a superb view of the ocean filled with waves and surfers. You can access the beach in 2 minutes on foot and you are 5 minutes from restaurants. The guest house has clean and comfortable rooms at very affordable prices making it the best value hotel in Muizenberg, South Africa. We highly recommend it.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Visit of the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of South Africa
- The best coast stops between Muizenberg and Hermanus in South Africa
Eendracht Hotel: the hotel with the best value for money to sleep in Stellenbosch
Eendracht Hotel is located right in Stellenbosch town center close to restaurants, shops and sights. It is the best choice if you want to explore this charming town located on the South African wine route. The welcome is excellent, the swimming pool pleasant and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Its location and quality of service make it the hotel with the best value for money to sleep in Stellenbosch on the South African wine route. Go there with your eyes closed!
The plus: the hotel has a private guarded car park.Check availability
To discover the region: The best tour to visit the South African wine route
Sabie River Bush Lodge: the hotel with the best value for money in the North of the Kruger National Park
To be close to the Kruger National Park, we recommend the Sabie River Bush Lodge located next to the Skukuza gate gate to the North. It is for us the hotel with the best value for money from this region of South Africa. Located on the banks of the Sabie River, this lodge offers a magnificent view of the national park and the animals that bathe there: hippos, crocodiles and in the evening antelopes and elephants drink there. You can admire this landscape from the swimming pool, the bar or the restaurant. Also you have the choice between luxury tent or normal room.
Our little tip : nothing better than going on a safari while spending a night in a (luxury) tent!Check availability
To discover the region: Discover the best route to visit Kruger National Park in 2 days
Hamiltons Lodge & Restaurant: the hotel with the best value for money in the South of Kruger National Park
If you want to see animals drinking along the river at dusk without paying a fortune to stay inside Kruger National Park then the tip 500 meters from Malelane Gate (literally) is the Hamiltons Lodge & Restaurant. This is the hotel with the best quality price report to stay near Malelane gate south of the Kruger National Park.Check availability
Lukimbi Safari Lodge: the hotel in a private reserve with the best value for money in Kruger National Park
Lukimbi Safari Lodge is located in the South Kruger (which is great if you are continuing your route to Swaziland). It is the hotel in a private reserve with the best quality price report from Kruger National Park and offers high-end safaris at affordable prices.
If you don't know the difference between Kruger's private reserves and self-drive safaris in the national park then we invite you to read our article: The best private reserves in Kruger Park in South AfricaCheck availability
6 Stemmet Lodge: our favorite accommodation to stay in Hermanus without breaking the bank
We wanted to be close to the city center but also to the seafront without breaking the bank. This is why we have chosen 6 Stemmet Lodge which is very well located while offering attractive prices (it's really cheap for the service and the location!). Since our visit, we consider the establishment as the best quality price report of Hermanus in South Africa. Nothing to say about the service, comfort or cleanliness.
The +: The breakfast is great and they have a very pleasant swimming pool.Check availability
To discover the region: See whales and dive in cages with white sharks at Hermanus
Little Eden: the best value for money to sleep in Saint Lucia in South Africa
Most of the accommodation in Saint Lucia, South Africa is bed and breakfast. The few hotels in town are well below B & B quality and we don't recommend them. Of all establishments, the best value for money that we found is the B&B Little eden. Its prices are very affordable, it is in a great location and the view of the bay from the top of the hill is just magnificent. In addition, the rooms are well appointed, the staff very friendly and the pool pleasant. We loved it and for us Little Eden is the best budget accommodation in St Lucia.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Guide to the best activities of St Lucia in South Africa
- Go on a safari at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa
The Old Trading Post: the cheap cheap plan for Wilderness in South Africa
For a low cost Guest House, 'The Old Trading Post' is the best at Wilderness. We recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet, charming, well-kept and inexpensive place. The hosts are friendly and gave us good advice for exploring the region. In addition, their guest house is well located near the lagoon!
The +: The breakfast was excellent.Check availability
To discover the region: The best Wilderness activities on the Garden Route
Zur alten Mine: the hotel with the best value for money to sleep near the Blyde River Canyon
The small wooden chalets of Zur alten mine in the middle of the woods look like a fairy tale. Only a few minutes from Graskop, this accommodation is the hotel with the best value for money near Blyde River Canyon. The setting is idyllic and you can walk in the gardens, around the pond or even walk to an old mine. The chalets are clean, well appointed and comfortable. No complaints. Our welcome was warm and the manager gave us lots of useful advice for visiting the essential sites of the region.
The + : Zur alten Mine is very close to the Blyde river canyon.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Explore the waterfall route between Sabie and Graskop
- The best sites of the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa
Dalmore Farm Guest House: the hotel with the best value for money near Royal Natal Park
Dalmore Farm Guest House is a very nice B&B at a low price. It is certainly the cheapest option but it is also our favorite! You can rent pretty, inexpensive chalets completely renovated in exposed brick with large, extremely comfortable beds. And after a day of hiking in the Drakensbergs, you can relax your legs in the beautiful swimming pool. The service is top notch and the staff very hospitable. Lost in nature near the Royal Natal Park, this peaceful guesthouse is for us the hotel with the best value for money from Mont aux sources in South Africa.
most : The Guest House restaurant is the best in the area.Check availability
To discover the region: Explore Tugela Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the world
Zuurberg Mountain Village: the best value for money B&B in Addo Elephant Park
We chose to sleep at the guest house in Zuurberg Mountain Village which is located right at the entrance to Addo Elephant National Park and it was a very good strategic choice that we highly recommend. Perched on the heights, the guest house offers a breathtaking view of the South African reserve! In addition, it is the best value hotel in the vicinity of Addo Elephant Park. The chalets for rent are comfortable, inexpensive and have a very nice swimming pool surrounded by a manicured lawn which is often visited by monkeys. You add to all this a very good reception and you get the best B&B in Addo Elephant Park in South Africa !Check availability
To discover the region: Go on a safari in the Addo Elephant park reserve
113 on Robberg: the hotel with the best value for money for accommodation in Plettenberg Bay
To stay in Plettenberg Bay, we recommend that you stay at the B&B 113 on Robberg. The Guest house is in a great location as you are a stone's throw from Robberg National Park, the most beautiful park on the Garden Route, and downtown Plettenberg Bay is just a short drive away. This small, quality B&B offers clean, comfortable rooms at very affordable prices. You have the choice between rooms with bathroom or small studio with kitchen for families. In the guesthouse category, there is no better in terms of service, location and price. It is from afar the best value for money hotel to stay in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. The atmosphere is as friendly as at home and pets are welcome to have fun with their sausage dogs! During our stay, we wanted for nothing: the breakfast was very good and they have a nice little swimming pool next to the BBQ area.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Plettenberg Bay and Robberg National Park
- The best activities Plettenberg Bay has to offer
- Guide to the best Garden Route stops in South Africa
Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails: the hotel with the best value for money to sleep near Sani Pass
There is not much choice for accommodation in Underberg near Sani Pass. Nevertheless, we highly recommend the Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails. The charm of this South African farm and the friendliness of the managers amazed us. They have cute traditional chalets with simple but still clean and comfortable rooms. We do not ask for more as the landscape in front of the window is magnificent. Located at the foot of the Drakensbergs near Sani Pass, the place is magical. It is a working farm that breeds horses and mounts. The employees will be happy to show you around their farm and they offer superb horseback riding in the mountains. We had an authentic experience, lost in nature and far from stress, which we recommend to everyone. In addition, their prices are unbeatable. It is by far the hotel with the best value for money from Underberg to stay near Sani Pass. So there is no reason not to book!Check availability
To discover the region: The best recommendations for visiting Sani Pass
Wailana Beach Lodge: the hotel with the best value for money to sleep near the gorges of Oribi
Located on the South African coast, Wailana Beach Lodge offers lovely rooms with a magnificent view of the beach and the Indian Ocean. It is the ideal place to relax after a hike in the gorges of Oribi. The service is excellent, the location magnificent and the rooms immaculate. In view of its services and its low prices, this B&B is for us Margate's best value for money hotel in South Africa. It's also our favorite!
most : We loved the great breakfast on the terrace where we saw whales pass by!Check availability
To discover the region: Hiking in the Oribi gorges in South Africa
21 On Coetzee Guest House: the hotel with the best value for money to stay in Bloemfontein
21 On Coetzee Guest House is a B&B at unbeatable prices. This is the hotel with the best value for money for accommodation in Bloemfontein. The rooms are small and basic, but they provide the necessary comfort for an overnight stay. Everything is clean and well maintained. It is the perfect guesthouse if you are arriving late and departing early from this South African border town.Check availability
To discover the region: How to reach Bloemfontein in South Africa from Lesotho
Sir Roys At The Sea: the best value for money hotel on the Port Elizabeth waterfront
Sir Roys At The Sea is a charming Guest House ideally located on the seafront close to restaurants. Its rooms are clean and spacious and the building is pretty with a view of the harbor. The welcome was friendly and it's for us the best value for money hotel in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
most : the Guest house is served by the Baz Bus.Check availability
Mantenga Lodge: the best value hotel near Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mantenga Lodge is one of the few options for sleeping around Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (the rest is really bad). It is also the hotel with the best value for money in Swaziland (now Eswatini). This lodge is often full thanks to its magnificent setting. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of Execution Rock from the restaurant terrace. Moreover, their cuisine is delicious. We recommend that you eat there (the chef arrives with a pan on fire to serve you!). We also liked the monkeys who come to keep you company for breakfast. Their chalets have a superb view of the surrounding nature and are well appointed. Also, the pool was under construction when we were there but the photos on the internet show that they did a great job. If they have room, you won't regret it.Check availability
To discover the region:
- Road trip in Swaziland to Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary
- The best activities of the Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland
The Concierge Boutique Bungalows: the hotel with the best value for money to sleep in Durban
The Concierge Boutique Bungalows is a real nugget! We were surprised to find such a nice and pleasant hotel at such a price (it's really cheap for the service!). We share this discovery with you hoping that the best value hotel in Durban will please you as much as we do. Its rooms are tastefully decorated and are super comfortable: the bed is soft and the bathroom sublime. In addition, the hotel is in a good location (which surprised us given the very affordable price). It's close to the beach and its friendly Golden Mile promenade, and it's less than 10 minutes' walk to Florida Road, the city's busiest street. We recommend that you spend the evening there to eat a traditional bunny chow (a hollowed out and curry-filled bread typical of this region of South Africa) or have a drink in one of the many bars.
The +: Note that the hotel has in its courtyard a very good coffee shop (the freedom cafe) for breakfast.Check availability
Our tips for a successful trip:
- Book your flight in advance to take advantage of the best prices
Airline ticket prices are cheaper when booked 6 to 3 months in advance. To be sure of getting the best price, we recommend using a flight comparator such as Skyscanner.
- Book your accommodation before departure to have access to the best offers
You will always find a room at the last minute, but the best located accommodations are necessarily those that are always full. That's why it's best to book your accommodations as soon as possible. We recommend going through Agoda which offers the best prices. In addition, this site allows you to be easily reimbursed in the event of cancellation.
- Skip the line to visit the most popular attractions
By booking your excursions in advance on Civitatis, you do not queue on site to get your tickets. Less time waiting = more time enjoying your vacation! Plus, their guided tours ensure you have a knowledgeable guide who speaks your language.
- Use a comparator to find a rental car at the lowest price
- Don't leave without travel insurance
For us, it is unimaginable to leave without travel insurance. We recommend the one proposed by AXIS. This is the best guaranteed way to leave with peace of mind. However, consider taking out additional specialized insurance for activities not covered (such as skiing or scuba diving).
- Want more information about your destination?
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