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 city 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 $406, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $84. 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 city. 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 $383
    Cape Town $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $766
    Cape Town $66
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 $12
    Cape Town $15

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: $190
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Morogoro: $661
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Dar El Salaam: $83
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minivan: $29
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minibus: $38
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Business Car: $67
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport: $83
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport: $67
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minivan: $29
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minibus: $38
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car: $83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Cape Point Tours,Airport transfers,wine testing, garden route tours and safari: $168
  • Airport Transfers To Hermanus: $137
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Airport CPT to Cape Town by Business Car: $114
  • Cape Town Safari Transfers: $104
  • Private Transfer to Safari Aquila from Cape Town Full Day Excluding Entry Fees: $86
  • Cape Town Airport Transfers: Cape Town to Cape Town Airport CPT in Luxury Car: $82
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Minivan: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Minivan: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Business Car: $69
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Business Car: $69
  • Franschhoek Private Transfers: $68
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cape Town City to Cape Town Airport CPT: $67

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 $16
    Cape Town $36

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:

  • Zanzibar Luxury Cooking Class: Departure from Michamvi Zanzibar: $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:

  • Private Virtual Cooking Class Live from Cape Town: $23
  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $34
  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $34
  • Cruise and Dine Dinner / Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $53
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Cape Town Private Food Tour: $54
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $57
  • Your Tailored Cape Town Private Food Tour: $65
  • Private Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class in Manenberg with Locals: $67
  • The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour: $67
  • African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $70
  • African cooking experience: $91
  • Private South African Cape Malay Cooking Class: $98

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Cape Town $20

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

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

  • 10 Days Mikumi Ruaha Selous Experience: $4,538
  • 10 Days Southern Comfort Tour: $4,523
  • 10-Day Nature Wildlife Experience Safari with Boat Trip: $3,300
  • 11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam: $2,186
  • 11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam: $1,974
  • 2 Day Wildlife Experience and Masai Culture Mikumi Park: $500
  • 2 Days 1 Night Bagamoyo Historical Tour: $300
  • 2 Days Mikumi Wildlife Experience: $554
  • 2 Days Tour Saadani National Park: $500
  • 2 Days guided tour to Mikumi National Park from Dar Es salaam: $596
  • 22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam: $4,238
  • 22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls, Kruger Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam: $3,014

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

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

  • 1-Hour Cape Town Bo-Kaap Photo Shoot Experience: $53
  • 1-Hour Cape Town City Center Photo Shoot Experience: $53
  • 11-Day Cape Desert Safari Adventure Accommodated Tour from Cape Town: $2,540
  • 11-Day Cape Desert Safari Adventure Camping Tour from Cape Town: $1,330
  • 12 Days Cape & Namibia Accommodated Adventure: $2,799
  • 12 day - Meander to South Africa's best kept secrets and experience Lesotho: $2,890
  • 19 Days Cape to Victoria Falls Accommodated Adventure: $4,541
  • 19-Day Desert Tracker Adventure Accommodated Tour from Cape Town: $3,955
  • 19-Day Desert Tracker Adventure Camping Tour from Cape Town: $2,116
  • 25 Days Cape to Vic Falls to Johannesburg Accommodated Adventure: $6,105
  • 3 Day Adventure - Hike and Wine Pilates: $359
  • 3 Day Adventure - Hike and Wine Pilates: $359

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.76
    Cape Town $18

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:

  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $10
  • Cape Town's Only Craft Rum Tasting and Distillery Tour: $15
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $34
  • The Fringe Secret Bar Crawl: $34
  • Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Wine Tour from Cape Town: $39
  • Cape Point Full Day Tour With Wine Tasting: $41
  • Cape Town Pub Crawl: $44
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $57
  • Nightlife Experience Pub Crawl: $58
  • Vintage Kombi Wine Tour & Local BBQ: $77
  • Cape Point/Boulders Beach/Wine Tasting- Best Of Cape Town In A Day: $86
  • Tour to Cape Town Peninsula with Wine Tasting: $94


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.


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 tropical climate with fairly warm 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. Plenty of visitors come to Dar es Salaam because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Dar es Salaam is a little warmer than Cape Town. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dar es Salaam in July are around 25°C (77°F), and Cape Town is 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 tropical climate.

In October, Dar es Salaam is generally a little warmer than Cape Townin April. Temperatures in Dar es Salaam average around 25°C (78°F), and Cape Town stays 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 tropical climate attracts visitors to Dar es Salaam throughout the year.

Dar es Salaam is much warmer than Cape Town in the winter. The temperature in Dar es Salaam is usually 28°C (82°F) in January, and Cape Town stays 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 tropical climate 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 are around 27°C (81°F), and Cape Town is 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)


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