This week, Airbnb announced that hosts are cutting rates in the Western Cape to attract so-called digital nomads to South Africa.
The hosting platform currently offers plenty of appealing options across the country.
We took a look at some of the most attractive options.
As the South African tourism industry continues to struggle as a result of the pandemic and closed borders, Airbnb hosts around the country have also had to adjust prices due to lower demand. While foreign arrivals may have dropped significantly over the last 12 months, locals are seeing this as an opportunity to explore their own country further.
If you’re planning a next holiday, here is what R1,000 per night on Air bnb would get you in different parts of the country:
KwaZulu-Natal is known for its diversity of landscapes and variety of holiday destinations. This is true also for our under-R1,000 Airbnb list.
Plan a weekend at this charming cottage in Sheffield Beach on the Dolphin Coast…
or be pulled into the majesty of the Drakensberg on this picturesque farm close to Underberg.
This beach front chalet in Umdloti is an attractive option too.
If city life is more your tempo, Durban is one of the most affordable Airbnb cities in the country.
A stunning apartment close to uShaka or a styling upmarket one with a harbour view may be what you’re looking for.
Gauteng is one of the most affordable Airbnb provinces, with the average listing at only R925 per night.
In Pretoria, Airbnb users have options a-plenty.
This luxury studio in Menlyn is a highlight, even if it is R35 over our limit, it is worth including.
While this entire house is available for a minimum of four guests.
Johannesburg is full of fantastic options.
Even if you’re a resident, take a break from your own bed and book yourself into an artistic loft in the CBD
or reserve this chic cottage in Midrand…
or modern duplex in Sandton.
The Western Cape government recently announced a partnership with Airbnb to promote monthly stays for remote workers.
Whether you’re looking for a longer stay (in which case discounts may apply) or just a weekend break, the Western Cape has plenty of great options.
You can get this stunning thatched house in Hermanus for exactly R1,000…
up the coast in Boggoms Bay this one with a fantastic sea view…
or this tranquil escape on the West Coast.
Inland, you could consider a stay on a wine estate outside Robertson
In Cape Town itself, there are also some great deals, including this cosmopolitan apartment close to the V&A Waterfront, and this apartment in the city centre.
If you don’t want to be in the thick of things, this brand new chalet in Bloubergstrand has stunning views of Table Mountain and is close to some of the best beaches in the country.
The Eastern Cape’s rolling hills, abundance of wildlife, beautiful beaches and even a ski-resort, gives visitors no shortage of options. The Wild Coast is a national treasure, and the hospitality of the locals is known throughout the country.
Staying in these traditional huts in Coffee Bay should be a remarkable experience, with the host noting that you may well be the only tourists.
Options in Mbotyi and Port St Johns are perfect for families and avid fishermen.
As a complete change of place, we found a beautiful listing on a farm in the Southern Free State, where guests can enjoy the wide-open spaces.
The host lists it as perfect for people who want to escape from being stuck in apartments during multiple lockdowns. While the Free State is full of many beautiful, old sandstone homes for farm-life enthusiasts, this artistic home in Paul Roux is our favourite.
If you’re looking to get completely off the grid, this cottage en route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park may be for you.
Likewise, you can book in at this guesthouse 180km north of Upington and take in an amazing sunset while sitting on a red sand dune.
Over in Springbok, you need not wait for Namaqua flower season to stay in a luxury tent cabin
or this cosy home, where you can take in the joys of farm life.
In the beautiful town of Dullstroom, less than three hours from Johannesburg, you’ll be able to book this luxury suite for under R1000.
While you’ll be hard pressed to find deals for under R1000 per night close to the Kruger National Park, this room at Berruti Guest House fits our budget.
So too, this wooden cabin in Hazyview.
Minister of finance Tito Mboweni is the most famous resident of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo, and its most vocal social media influencer.
We can see why he loves the place, with listings such as this farm stay and this guesthouse.
So too, if you’re planning to visit the Pilanesberg National Park, you may want to look into good Airbnb options in the Rustenburg area, including this rustic lodge, which looks like the perfect spot for a crackling braai fire.