New Year, New Hosts, New Homes on Airbnb 

by Media Xpose
  • New South African Hosts collectively earned over R115 million between January and September 2022. 
  • With Airbnb Setup, potential new Hosts can access one-to-one guidance from an existing Superhost.
  • Explore the new homes with a wishlist of incredible listings from new South African Hosts.

February 2023: With inflation and a rising cost of living, it’s no surprise that earning extra money and saving more in 2023 are near the top of many New Year’s resolution lists. But let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of making – and breaking – our January promises. 

If you’re determined to earn more this year and stick with it, becoming a Host on Airbnb might be just your answer. New Hosts last year collectively earned over R115 million in income between January and September 2022 in South Africa  alone, with the average new Host earning over R8,350 over the same period.

We may only be a few weeks into the New Year, but many soon-to-be Hosts are wasting no time listing homes in 2023. 

Our 2023 Hosts are joining the ongoing travel resurgency and new economic opportunities for communities, as well as new Hosts looking to earn extra income. New insights from Airbnb show that about 15 percent of South African Hosts that became active last January went on to become Superhosts

What’s more is that new homes globally on Airbnb are getting booked almost immediately with half of listings activated and booked in Q3 2022 receiving their first reservation within three days. 


Now is the perfect time to Host, and this new go-getter was off to the races as one of the first Airbnb Hosts of 2023. New Host Benita, from Cape Town, Western Cape, said:“My daughter moved out of the house to go to Theatre School in Cape Town and this created the opportunity for us to convert her space into an Airbnb listing. I think we’re all noticing the rising cost of living and having the additional income has certainly helped us pay bills and other everyday costs. Setting up the listing was so easy and we had our first booking four hours after we went live. We are so excited, and it is doing so well that we are planning to set up the next two units as soon as possible.


Whether your goal is to travel more, to offset holiday season costs, or combat the rising cost of living, hosting on Airbnb has never been easier.

With the introduction of Airbnb Setup, the all-new, super easy way to Airbnb your home, new Hosts can access one-to-one guidance from a Superhost; the opportunity to have an experienced guest for your first booking; and specialised support from Airbnb Community Support agents in over 42 languages.

All Hosts also get even more AirCover, now featuring even more top-to-bottom protection, with guest identity verification, reservation screening, and $3M damage protection, including coverage for cars, boats, art and valuables.

If you’re interested in joining the first new Hosts of 2023, visit 


With incredible new Hosts comes incredible new homes and last year we introduced Airbnb Categories,  a new way to search so that millions of people can discover homes they never knew existed. Our New Category is part of six Categories launched this Autumn, allowing for these jaw-dropping new listings to  inspire wanderlust for travellers all around the world.

Explore the most wishlisted New listings from South African Hosts here:

Hidden Heaven Villa – Cape Town, Western Cape

Relax with the whole family and friends at this peaceful 5 Bedroom Villa overlooking Hout Bay Beach

Exotic Hot Spring bungalow – Mookgopong, Limpopo 

The perfect weekend getaway or midweek vacation, this tiny house has everything you could wish for with the added benefit of peace and quiet.

Waterfront Villa – Pretoria, Gauteng

If you’re looking for a dream getaway, this spacious villa with a view over the dam is an iconic choice.

Ivory House – Marloth Park, Mpumalanga

This small yet elegant safari house is only two hundred metres from the Kruger National Park with beautiful designer touches including items sourced from all over Africa.

Eagle View Cabin – Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

This stylishly-decorated contemporary open-plan cabin, and unmissable view, definitely has the wow! Factor

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