10 best holiday destinations on a budget

We are always on the look out for amazing places to visit, this time round we wanted to compile a list of the 10 best holiday destinations to visit on a tight budget as a South African.

1. Egypt

Egypt is considered to be one of the ancient civilizations that exist within the world today. That being said you’re able to do so much more than just look at old stuff in Egypt. Sure the pyramids are great ad visiting all of the iconic sites will keep you busy for a day or two, allowing you to get some great Instagram photos. The food in Egypt is exceptional, you’ll find yourself walking along stone streets and being offered food from what seems like a never ending stream of food vendors and restaurants. If restaurants and exotic food aren’t your thing then you’re in luck because Egypt is one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world with some of the greatest coral walls and wreck sites that you will ever see.

  • Exchange rate:
    1.00 ZAR = 0.62 Egyptian Pound*
    • Average Hotel Room:
    R700 per day*
    • How affordable is eating out?
    Eating out in Egypt 29% cheaper than in SA*
    • Visa Info:
    Visa required.

2. Kenya

Culture, colour and great lakes are what await you in Kenya. Explore the capital city experiencing the Kenyan culture, then hitch a ride and head off into the wilderness to explore the great lakes while searching for the Big 5.

  • Exchange rate:
    1.00 ZAR = 7.09 Kenyan Shilling*
    • Average Hotel Room:
    R1000 per day*
    • How affordable is eating out?
    Eating out in Kenya is 44% cheaper than in SA*
    • Visa Info:
    No Visa required for tourism or business purposes for a stay of up to 30 days.

3. Madagascar

Considered by some to be it’s very own continent; it’s not hard to see why. With a rich cultural and bio diversity on the “island” Madagascar could keep you there forever if you don’t find a way back to reality. Diving, beaching, site seeing or simply relaxing with a cocktail.

  • Exchange rate:
    1.00 ZAR = 221.23 Malagasy Ariary*
    • Average Hotel Room:
    R800 per day*
    • How affordable is eating out?
    Eating out in Madagascar is 51% cheaper than in SA*
    • Visa Info:
    Visa required.

4. Morocco

When one thinks of Morocco one immediately thinks vibrant colours but there is so much more to the country. Rugged mountains and expansive deserts make it any explorers dream destination. Be sure to experience the organic culture and food of Morocco before heading off into the mountains.

  • Exchange rate:
    1.00 ZAR = 0.68 Moroccan Dirham*
    • Average Hotel Room:
    R800 per day*
    • How affordable is eating out?
    Eating out in Morocco is 8% cheaper than in SA*
    • Visa Info:
    Visa required.

5. Tanzania

Tanzania is best known to the climbers and explorers of the world as it is the home of Mount Kilimanjaro (the second highest peak in the world). If climbing mountains in the cold is’t “your thing” though then fear not because with world class beaches and beautiful national parks you’ll be able to enjoy the more laid back side of this explorers destination.

  • Exchange rate:
    1.00 ZAR = 153.96 Tanzanian Shilling*
    • Average Hotel Room:
    R1000 per day*
    • How affordable is eating out?
    Eating out in Tanzania is 9% cheaper than in SA*
    • Visa Info:
    No Visa required.

6. Uganda

Although landlocked there is still much to be enjoyed within the borders of Uganda – despite there being no beaches. If you’ve ever felt that you might be more comfortable living like Tarzan with the gorillas then Uganda is the place that will allow you to test this theory.

    • Exchange rate:
      1.00 ZAR = 233.45 Ugandan Shilling*
      • Average Hotel Room:
      R850 per day*
      • How affordable is eating out?
      Eating out in Uganda is 29% cheaper than in SA*
      • Visa Info:
      Visa required.

7. China

If you’ve ever order Chinese takeout and enjoyed it then you are surely in for the shock of your life. Chinese food is not what you think it would be in China, that beef chow mein that you so enjoyed will be replaced by scorpion on a stick, or just about any other insect that was close enough to the person holding the stick. China is another one of the worlds four ancient civilizations with a history dating back roughly 5000 years.

    • Exchange rate:
      • 1.00 ZAR = 0.45 Chinese Yuan*
      • Average Hotel Room:
      R700 per day*
      • How affordable is eating out?
      Eating out in China is 11% cheaper than in SA*
      • Visa Info:
      Visa required.

8. India

Ignoring all stereotypes about spicy food for a minute. India has two sides to it, on the one hand you can stay in 5* hotels and live a lavish life while exploring the typical tourist attractions like the Taj Mahal. Stay in backpackers and experience life “on the streets” while integrating into the vivid culture of the Indian people. No matter which option you go for, be ready to experience a sensory overload.

    • Exchange rate:
      1.00 ZAR = 4.65 Indian Rupee*
      • Average Hotel Room:
      R800 per day*
      • How affordable is eating out?
      Eating out in India is 40 % cheaper than in SA*
      • Visa Info:
      Visa required.

9. Thailand

Thailand is fast becoming, if not already, the most popular international travel destination in the world. With markets, diving, food, culture, monks, full moon parties, exotic shows and not to mention the “lady boys” which brought Thailand to the forefront of the travel industry all those many years ago.

    • Exchange rate:
      1.00 ZAR = 4.65 Indian Rupee*
      • Average Hotel Room:
      R800 per day*
      • How affordable is eating out?
      Eating out in India is 40 % cheaper than in SA*
      • Visa Info:
      Visa required.

10. Mozambique

Let’s bring things a little closer to home to end off this trip around the world shall we. Mozambique, the country that many South Africans use for long weekends and last stands. Filled with much of the same type of culture that you could find back home. Mozambique that this uniquely “different” vibe to it. Diving, off-roading, surfing, R&R’s (which is pretty much why anyone goes there anyway). Mozambique has something for everyone and will keep you entertained without breaking the bank in the slightest! It’s for this reason that Mozambique has made it to number 10 on our list, it’s cheap, fun and right next door!