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Cost of Living - 40 Day South Africa

Travel Budget

South Africa is a very cheap place to travel, which is just one of many reasons that makes it so much fun! Your personal spending on the trip will include your food, drinks, shopping, entertainment and any activities outside of those included in your FnEZ adventure.

For the entirety of our 40 Day South Africa Trip -- "Latitude 31", we would recommend a budget of $2000 - $2600. Any travel budget will fluctuate between personalities, so ask yourself: "What type of traveller are you?"

The Hippie brings about $1800-$2100 for the 40 days. They eat local food, bargain well at the market, find good prices on drinks, and picks and chooses their optional activities wisely! Often likely to continue traveling after their FnEZ trip is complete.

The Backpacker saves up about $2100-$2300 spending money. A bit more frivolous, but is aware of their budget. They take in most activities they are interested in, without going too extravagant. The backpacker likes to party, but is always looking for a good deal.

The Rock Star throws down $2300 - $2700+: They are not too worried about their budget and they'll do almost everything, including lavish amounts of shopping and partying often. There won't be too much holding them back from activities, as this is their trip and don't want to let anything pass them by.

 

To help you work out your budget, here are some examples to give you an idea what you will be spending in South Africa.

Food and Drink:
340ml Can Coke - In a Shop - $0.75
340ml Can Coke – In a Restaurant - $1.20
1 litre Fruit Juice - $1.40
340 ml Beer - Shop - $0.80
340 ml Beer - Restaurant - $1.50
750ml of Wine – Cheap But Good - $3.50
750ml of Strong Alcohol - $9.00
Shooters - $1.50
Double Shot Mixed Drink - $3.00
Loaf of Bread - $0.90
Steak (Beef) p/kg - $9.00
Chicken p/kg - $4.00
McDonalds Big Mac - $2.90
KFC Burger - $2.40
Restaurant Starter - $4.00
Restaurant Main Course - $10.00
Dinner at Backpackers - $6.00
Breakfast at Backpackers - $4.00
Meal from supermarket - $2.00
Laundry - p/kg $1.00 - $4.00
Toothpaste - 100ml - $1.00
Deodorant - 150ml - $2.00
Shower Gel - 250ml - $2.00
Shampoo - 200ml - $3.00
Conditioner - 200ml - $3.00
Taxi per Kilometer - $1.00

Entertainment & Activities:
Bloukrans Bungy Jump (216m - Highest Bridge Jump in the World) - $75.00
Bloukrans Bridge Walk - $15.00
Orlando Towers Bungy Jump - $48.00
Oribi George Wild Swing (165m - Highest in the World) - $49.00
Oribi Gorge Wild Abseil (110m) - $35.00
Oribi Gorge Wild Slide - $25.00
Waterfall Zip Lining Tours - Tsitsikamma - $35.00
Canopy Zip Lining Tours - Tsitsikamma - $49.50
Surfing Lessons - 2 hours - board and wetsuit - $20.00
Surfboard Hire (including wetsuit) - $10 - $30
SCUBA Diving - Open Water - $314.50
SCUBA Diving – Advanced - $200.00
SCUBA Diving – Rescue - $238.00
SCUBA Diving - EFR, Rescue Combo - $290.00
SCUBA Diving - Per Dive incl. equipment - $45.00
SCUBA Diving - Full Equipment Hire - Per Day - $24.00 - $35.00
Great White Shark Cage Diving - $100.00 
Sandboarding - $15.00
Skydiving – Tandem 10 000ft Airport Landing (No DVD/With DVD) - $180.00 - $200.00 
Skydiving - Tandem 12 000ft Beach Landing - $250.00
Paragliding – Tandem - $95.00 - $120.00
Horseriding - JBay on the beach - 13km, around 2 hours - $25.00
Horseriding - Swellendam - in the mountains - $30.00
Wine tasting on estate/farm - Up to $5.00
Kitesurfing Lesson - 2 hour lesson - $55.00
Animal Interactions - Lion, Cheetahs, Caracal, Crocodile Cage Diving - $17.00 - $33.00
Lion Farm (Incl. interactions with Lions and Tigers) + Walk with Lions - $45.00 + $15.00
Monkey Land/Birds of Eden – Combo - $13.50 each or $21.60 
Whale Watching Charter - $65.00
SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding (2 Hour lesson with equipment) - $25.00 - $50.00