A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dar es Salaam vs. Cape Town for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dar es Salaam and Cape Town can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Cape Town?

Dar es Salaam

Having grown from a fishing village, Dar es Salaam is now a major city and commercial port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. While it is mainly used as a stopping point on the way to Zanzibar, it has a few unique treasures of its own such as the Kariakoo Market, National Museum, and the open-air Village Museum.

Cape Town

Picture your travel bucket list. Is Cape Town on it? Yes, most people dream of visiting the "Mother City" of South Africa. As one of the most iconic places in the world, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city full of bustling nightlife, historical backdrops and a large gay community.

Cape Town is the most southern city in Africa with seasons turned upside down. In the southern hemisphere they experience the summer from December to February. During these months days can be hot and dry so be sure to gather in the shade and wear plenty of sunscreen. The winter from June to August is full of rainy days and cold nights.

Which place is cheaper, Cape Town or Dar es Salaam?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Dar es Salaam is $468, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $96. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Dar es Salaam and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $442
    Cape Town $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $884
    Cape Town $76
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Dar es Salaam or Cape Town? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Dar es Salaam


Hotels in Cape Town


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Dar es Salaam Hotel Prices and Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $14
    Cape Town $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

Also for Dar es Salaam, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer/Airport pick up and drop off: $192
  • Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro: $203
  • Private VIP Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with two way transfers : $250
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Dar El Salaam: $74
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport by luxury car: $167
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Business Car: $100
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam city to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minivan: $17
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam city by minivan: $17
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car: $167
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Business Car: $100
  • Private Transfer from Dar El Salaam to Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR): $74
  • Private Airport Transfers in Dar : $60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

Also for Cape Town, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From 3-Day Safari and Coastal Tour with Transfer: $497
  • Shark Cage Diving Plus Wine Tasting Private Transfer From Cape Town Full Day: $298
  • Private Transfer Only - Experience Big-5 Safari Cape Town: $284
  • Jeep Dune Adventure Tour, Sandboarding & Transfer: $273
  • Shark Cage Diving & Penguins Tour to Gansbaai with private transfers: $268
  • Path to Freedom Tour with Private Transfers: $255
  • Aquila Safari Game Drive, Lunch & Shared Transfers from Cape Town: $247
  • Cape Town International Airport and Hotel Private Group Transfers: $244
  • Pvt Airport to Hout Bay Transfer: $238
  • Full Day Private Chauffeur and Transfer Services in Cape Town: $230
  • 1 Day Helderberg Valley Winelands Tour with Private Transfers: $228
  • Hermanus Wine Tour (Full Day Including Cape Town Transfers): $226

Is it cheaper to fly into Dar es Salaam or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Dar es Salaam change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $18
    Cape Town $41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dar es Salaam

For Dar es Salaam, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Experience Tanzania Culture and Local Food Cooking: $75
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class in Morogoro including Hotel Transfers: $98
  • Private Swahili Cooking Class: $115
  • Swahili food Cooking Experience: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cape Town

For Cape Town, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Dinner At Mandela's - Cultural Township Dinner Experience: $27
  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $28
  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $28
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap: $40
  • 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap: $42
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $54
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $55
  • Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class: $58
  • African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer: $59
  • African Dinner Experience from Cape Town: $60
  • African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $61
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $61

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Cape Town $22

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dar es Salaam.

  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour (Full Day With Private Guide And Car): $150
  • 2 Days 1 Night Bagamoyo Historical Tour : $300
  • 3-Day Mikumi Safari Adventure: $641
  • 4-Day Gombe Chimpanzee Trekking tour.: $1,600
  • Ancient Bagamoyo City Day Tour: $200
  • Bagamoyo Heritage Adventure: Private Full-Day Cultural Tour: $248
  • Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday: $199
  • Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday: $187
  • Bagamoyo Historical tour - Full Day. (Ivory and Slaves Trade) : $280
  • Bird Watching Tour to Tegetero Forest 2days 1 night: $205
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $150
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (Private Guide and car) Full day: $270

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

For Cape Town, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 3 Wineries Private Tour in Stellenbosch, Paarl Tasting Included: $136
  • Cape Agulhas Full Day Private Tour: $190
  • Cape Point Full Day Tour: $163
  • Cape Point Private Tour withTable Mountain and Penguin Colony : $253
  • Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope day tour Up to 10 persons: $54
  • Cape Town Helicopter Experience : $217
  • Cape Town Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour: $24
  • CapeWinelands Private Tour to Stellenbosch,Franschhoek and Paarl: $76
  • Day Tour in Robben Island, Bo-Kaap and Table Mountain : $163
  • Mandela's Robben Island Museum Bo-Kaap Cape Town City Tour + Ferry ticket f/d: $163
  • Private Cape Peninsula Tour : $113
  • Private Tour Cape of Good Hope with Penguins : $155

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $7.80
    Cape Town $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Cape Town

Also in Cape Town, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Distillery Tour, rum and gin tasting: $7.05
  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $9.49
  • African drum show & wine tasting at Silvermist: $24
  • Drumstruck at Silvermist. Live African Drum Show & Wine tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $28
  • Wine tasting tour : $37
  • From 3 Regions Wine Tour incl 3 Estates, 15 Wines: $37
  • Wine Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek & Stellenbosch incl 3 wineries: $38
  • Half Day Constantia Wine Tour: $38
  • half day wine tour & Safaris[Morning /Afternoon]: $45
  • Wine tasting experience : $46
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $46


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dar es Salaam and Cape Town, we can see that Dar es Salaam is more expensive. And not only is Cape Town much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cape Town would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cape Town and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Dar es Salaam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dar es Salaam than you might in Cape Town.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Dar es Salaam Expensive? and Is Cape Town Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Dar es Salaam or Cape Town?

Cape Town has a larger population, and is about 27% larger than the population of Dar es Salaam. When comparing the sizes of Dar es Salaam and Cape Town, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town?

Cape Town has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Dar es Salaam experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Dar es Salaam and Cape Town. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Dar es Salaam year-round.

In the summer, Dar es Salaam is a little warmer than Cape Town. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dar es Salaam in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Cape Town averages at about 21°C (70°F)in January.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cape Town this time of the year. In Dar es Salaam, it's very sunny this time of the year. Dar es Salaam usually receives less sunshine than Cape Town during summer. Dar es Salaam gets 224 hours of sunny skies, while Cape Town receives 338 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Dar es Salaam usually receives more rain than Cape Townin January. Dar es Salaam gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (77°F) 
    Cape Town 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Dar es Salaam as well as Cape Town. Dar es Salaam attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Dar es Salaam is generally a little warmer than Cape Townin April. Daily temperatures in Dar es Salaam average around 25°C (78°F), and Cape Town fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cape Town. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Dar es Salaam this time of the year. In the autumn, Dar es Salaam often gets more sunshine than Cape Townin April. Dar es Salaam gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 233 hours of full sun.

Dar es Salaam usually gets more rain in October than Cape Townin April. Dar es Salaam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (78°F) 
    Cape Town 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town in the Winter?

Both Cape Town and Dar es Salaam are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Dar es Salaam throughout the year.

Dar es Salaam is much warmer than Cape Town in the winter. The daily temperature in Dar es Salaam averages around 28°C (82°F) in January, and Cape Town fluctuates around 13°C (55°F)in July.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam usually receives more sunshine than Cape Town during winter. Dar es Salaam gets 236 hours of sunny skies, while Cape Town receives 193 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Dar es Salaam usually receives around the same amount of rain as Cape Townin July. Dar es Salaam gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Dar es Salaam 28°C (82°F) 
    Cape Town 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Cape Town in the Spring?

Both Cape Town and Dar es Salaam during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Dar es Salaam because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Dar es Salaam is much warmer than Cape Town. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dar es Salaam in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Cape Town averages at about 16°C (61°F)in October.

In Cape Town, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Dar es Salaam often gets less sunshine than Cape Townin October. Dar es Salaam gets 155 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 278 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam usually gets more rain in April than Cape Townin October. Dar es Salaam gets 269 mm (10.6 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Dar es Salaam 27°C (81°F) 
    Cape Town 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Cape Town and Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Cape Town
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 52 mm (2 in) 21°C (70°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 269 mm (10.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 13°C (55°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 25°C (78°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 16°C (61°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 19°C (65°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)