This is what R1,000 per night on Airbnb will get you across South Africa

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Cottage in eco-estate Boggoms Bay. (Airbnb)

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 Airbnb 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...

Sheffield flat. (Airbnb)

or be pulled into the majesty of the Drakensberg on this picturesque farm close to Underberg.

Underberg farm cottage (Airbnb)

This beach front chalet in Umdloti is an attractive option too.

Surf Motel Umdloti - Beach Front Chalet 5 (Airbnb)

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.

Menlyn Maine Luxury Studio Apartment (Airbnb)

While this entire house is available for a minimum of four guests.

House in Menlyn (Airbnb)

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

Johannesburg CBD apartment. (Airbnb)

or reserve this chic cottage in Midrand...

Acacia rock cottage in Midrand (AIrbnb)

modern duplex in Sandton.

2-bedroom apartment in Sandton. (Airbnb)

Western Cape

The Western Cape government recently announced a partnership with Airbnb to promote monthly stays for remote workers.

READ | Airbnb now offers discounts of up to 50% for longer stays in the Western Cape

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...

Pacem self-catering cottage (Airbnb)

up the coast in Boggoms Bay this one with a fantastic sea view...

Cottage in eco-estate Boggoms Bay. (Airbnb)

or this tranquil escape on the West Coast.

West Coast cottage (Airbnb)

Inland, you could consider a stay on a wine estate outside Robertson

Robertson cottage (Airbnb)

a quaint cottage in the historic town of Swellendamor have a unique experience in this refurbished barn in Napier.

The Barn in Napier (Airbnb)

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.

Cape Town apartment (Airbnb)

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.

Eastern Cape 

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.

Coffee Bay huts (Airbnb)
Coffee Bay huts (Airbnb)

Options in Mbotyi and Port St Johns are perfect for families and avid fishermen.

Up in Rhodes, you could stay in this 100-year old house, while over in Graaff-Reinet, you would be able to book out this Karoo home.  

The Townhouse in Graaff Reinet. (Airbnb)

Free State

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.

Rouxville farmhouse (Airbnb)

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.

Paul Roux cottage. (Airbnb)

Northern Cape

If you’re looking to get completely off the grid, this cottage en route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park may be for you.

Askham cottage (Airbnb)

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

Brandrivier tent cottage. (Airbnb)

or this cosy home, where you can take in the joys of farm life.

Liefland cottage. (Airbnb)


In the beautiful town of Dullstroom, less than three hours from Johannesburg, you’ll be able to book this luxury suite for under R1000.

Camdeboo Place in Dullstroom (Airbnb)

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.

Berruti Guest House (Airbnb)

So too, this wooden cabin in Hazyview.

Impala Lodge Log Homes (Airbnb)


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

On the border with Botswana, you’ll find a chalet at this luxury lodge where you can take in the bushveld around you.

Tshukudiba Luxury Lodge (Airbnb)

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.

SteenKamp lodge (Airbnb)

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