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Tourism Showdown Between SA and its Neighbours

Tourism Showdown Between SA and its Neighbours

In our quest to find out why South Africans prefer to holiday abroad rather than at home, we received some interesting comments.

Most people were concerned with cost and safety, so we decided to see how South Africa compared to a few prime international holiday destinations. South Africa came out tops in terms of cost, but dead last in terms of safety. 

This time around we decided to see how SA fares against its neighbours – Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. We also decided to include Mauritius in the mix, seeing as it’s only a short 4-hour flight away.

As we did previously, we looked at the cost of flights, accommodation and safety, but this time we also included a rental 4×4. In our experience, our neighbouring countries are best explored using a reliable 4×4. In terms of accommodation, we included an average price between several hotels/lodges/camps, as it’s highly unlikely you’ll spend the whole week in one spot.

1. Let’s start with a week in Cape Town as the standard

Flights: R7992

Accommodation: R7000

Rental car: R5973

Total: R20 965

 Safety: 70.34 (score out of 100, with lower being safer)

Cost of food: Affordable

2. Botswana

Flights: R9151

Accommodation: R7500

Rental car: R17 467

Total: R34 118

 Safety: 56.25 (score out of 100, with lower being safer)

Cost of food: Affordable

3. Namibia

Flights: R11 732

Accommodation: R4000

Rental car: R8568

Total: R24 300

 Safety: 71.03 (score out of 100, with lower being safer)

Cost of food: Affordable

4. Mozambique

Flights: R11 946

Accommodation: R5000

Rental car: R12 135

Total: R29 081

 Safety: 56.33 (score out of 100, with lower being safer)

Cost of food: Affordable

5. Zimbabwe

Flights: R10 133

Accommodation: R10 000

Rental car: R12 479 (for a small hatch, as no 4x4s are available)

Total: R32 612

 Safety: 51.09. We feel it necessary to mention that Zimbabwe scores a shocking score of 94.53 for corruption and bribery, which is something we’ve unfortunately experienced first hand.

Cost of food: Expensive in hotels and lodges, which are the only places you’ll likely find it. The norm is between $10 to $25 for a single meal and $5 for a beer. You’re basically looking at between R300 to R500 per person per meal.

6. Mauritius

Flights: R23 993

Accommodation: R3112

Total: R27 105

Safety: No figures available, but research suggests higher than usual minor crime but lower than the usual serious crime.

Cost of food: Cheap

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