Affordable travel: Airbnb reveals the most wishlisted stays for less than R2,000 per night

by Media Xpose
  • Kick off 2023 inspired by some of Airbnb’s most affordable wishlisted homes by South African travellers.
  • Discover homes on Airbnb around South Africa and further afield for less than R2,000 per night.
  • An easy way to find affordable listings is to check the “New’ category, which highlights homes recently added to the platform.

As the cost of living bites and people continue to look for more affordable options, Airbnb today reveals the most wishlisted properties under R2,000 by South African travellers – perfect inspiration for the ultimate budget-friendly getaway.

January, the month of resolutions and planning, is a great time to start dreaming about your next holiday, and with the Airbnb wishlist tool you can save your favourite stays as you search. 

These are the most wishlisted homes under R2,000 in South Africa for some more affordable travel inspiration:

Mountain Stone Cottage – R1,914 per night – Citrusdal, Western Cape

This beautifully rustic cottage blends right into the mountainside, with spectacular views in every direction – breathe the fresh air and enjoy the outdoors when relaxing here.

The Hidden Lookout – R1,123 per night – Westville, KwaZulu-Natal

This newly built, modern home is a hidden gem – the tranquil  space is perfect for a break from the city, but close enough to all modern amenities

Mata Gora Farmstay – R640 per night – Pretoria, Gauteng

Enjoy peacefulness in the natural, unspoilt surroundings around the farmstay, with breathtaking views of the Magalies mountain range.

Solitude Cottage – R1,564 per night – Robertson, Western Cape

A unique A-Frame cottage situated within a private nature reserve with spectacular views of the Langeberg Mountains. Embrace the quiet of the reserve and relax under the stars.

Gardens Centre Apartment – R1,540 per night – Cape Town, Western Cape

Reap the benefits of being in the centre of the bustling city, while enjoying unobstructed views of the sea from this studio apartment situated above the upmarket Gardens Shopping Centre.

And, for those looking further afield for their next getaway, here are the most wishlisted homes under R2,000 further afield.

Surfer Beach House – R1,288 per night – Inhambane, Mozambique

This surfer’s paradise beach house has direct access to cult surf spots along the Indian Ocean – you might even spot a whale in its natural habitat.

Characteristic Studio – R1,593 per night – Istanbul, Turkey

Staying at this studio is a stylish experience – centrally-located with just a few steps away from the famous Istiklal Street, the Old Vegetable Market and Nevizade Bar Street.

Cosy Culture Lovers Oasis – R1,954 per night – Florence, Italy

Explore the vast cultural offerings at your doorstep with access to the famous Boboli Gardens, art, music, history and museums; and return to a calming, cosy refuge of this studio.

The Earth Dome House  – R1,526 per night – Limassol, Cyprus

Stay in a bright dome in the famous Euphoria Art Land overlooking the unique gardens and the colourful mosaic pathways for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Modern City Studio  – R1,659 per night – Athens, Greece

Enjoy an unforgettable getaway in a stylish, spacious studio and explore the main sights of Athens on foot as you wander the paved streets of this historic city.

Another great way to find affordable listings and deals on the platform is to check the “New’ category, launched last November, highlighting homes added to Airbnb within the past 10 weeks. When joining Airbnb, Hosts often set an attractive price to highlight their homes. 

Velma Corcoran, Regional Lead for Middle East Africa at Airbnb, said: “As the cost of living continues to soar and prices increase, we’re all in need of affordable travel options. By exploring lesser known destinations, travelling outside of peak season, and using tools such as the New Category, South Africans can book unforgettable stays on Airbnb while not breaking the bank. Hosting is also proving to be an economic lifeline for thousands of families. It’s an opportunity to showcase the beauty of their homes while also boosting their income, which could even go towards their next holiday.”

Beyond providing South African holidaymakers the opportunity to discover more affordable stays, Hosts on Airbnb are creating valuable income streams for themselves and their communities. In 2021, the typical Host on Airbnb earned more than R25,400 – over R2,000 per month that can pay for household expenses or cover that next trip away. Prospective Hosts in South Africa can learn more about how much they could earn by sharing their space on Airbnb through the What’s My Place Worth tool. For more information, visit 

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