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SA destinations for families on a tight budget

Finance & Money

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2019

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When it comes to amazing places to go on holiday, we are spoilt for choice in South Africa. There are countless awesome farm stays, beach cottages, wineland chalets and camping spots to tempt even the most unadventurous among us. However, when you are on a tight budget, a family getaway might seem like a luxury that you just can’t afford.


That said, if you have been budgeting carefully throughout the year and have a little to spare for some downtime, then don’t wait to seize the opportunity. If you are looking to find somewhere in the country that offers a safe, fun and relaxing environment for couples, families with kids or just some downtime for yourself, there are more than enough desirable spots to choose from.


Here are a few budget-friendly places near our biggest cities that will help to get you in the mood for the summer holidays.



Cape Town and surrounds


 1. Wanderlust Backpackers – Observatory, Cape Town

Vibrant, homely and near the heart of Cape Town, and perfect if you want to experience the buzz of the city.


2. The Baths – Citrusdal

This hot spring resort with self-catering chalets is perfect for families with children of all ages.


3. Paternoster Place – Paternoster, West Coast

A quiet fishing village on the West Coast, ideal for fishing and relaxing by the sea.


4. Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge – Cederberg

A self-catering camp situated on a private nature reserve.


5.  ATKV Hartenbos – Garden Route

Varying accommodation options means a budget-friendly family holiday by the sea.



Durban and surrounds


 1. Kudu Bush Lodge – Somkhanda Game Reserve

A beautiful private bush camp in the reserve.


2. Lions River Country Cottages – Midlands Meander

The perfect countryside escape that is both peaceful and affordable.


3. Thandulula – Southport

Safari tent accommodation on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.


4. Wits End – Champagne Valley

Self-catering chalets in the Central Drakensberg region.


5. Bushbaby Lodge & Camping – Hluhluwe

Comfortable chalets near the famous Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.



Joburg, Pretoria and surrounds


1. Lindani – Waterberg

A quiet getaway in the beautiful bushveld.


2. Kaapsehoop Horse Trails – Kaapsehoop

Self-catering cottages on a horse farm in the Drakensberg escarpment.


3. Lebo’s Soweto – Orlando West

A unique, personal experience of Soweto.


4. Her Majesty’s Apology – Harrismith

Historic and beautiful sandstone guesthouse on a working farm.


5. Saamrus Guest Farm – Magaliesburg

Self-catering, pet-friendly cottages situated in a woodland valley.



What to look out for when booking a budget holiday


Fortunately, there are hundreds of great websites to help you book a great budget holiday. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the best out of it.


  • Read the reviews

A place might look great in the pictures and fit your budget, but if the reviews are terrible, chances are you’ll regret spending your money there. Read all reviews carefully and weigh up what they say, considering what the complaints are and whether or not you can live with something that might not be perfect, but fits in with your needs.


  • Access to a kitchen

Eating out every night is not ideal when on a tight budget, so look for accommodation that has access to a full kitchen, so you can cook for yourself.


  • Share with family or friends

Booking a house or chalet and splitting the costs with family or friends is the ideal way to save on accommodation costs, plus it might allow you to get a better place if you are pooling your money.


  • Book a place with free cancellation

If you find a place more suited to your budget, or you read a bad review that puts you off, you want to be able to cancel without losing your deposit, so double-check the cancellation policy before you click PAY!




The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.


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