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 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.

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 $64, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $97. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Dar es Salaam and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $82 in Dar es Salaam For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $76 in Cape Town For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $41
    Cape Town $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $82
    Cape Town $76

Food

The price of a meal in Dar es Salaam can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The average traveler spends about $42 per day in Cape Town for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $16
    Cape Town $42

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
  • Drumming and African Dinner Experience: $33
  • 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
  • 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

Local Transportation

To get around in Dar es Salaam, the average visitor spends $12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cape Town than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $17 on transportation in Cape Town on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    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: $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:

  • Scenic Airport Helicopter Transfer: $596
  • Cape Point Tours,Airport transfers,wine testing, garden route tours and safari: $168
  • Shark Cage Diving Experience (Optional Cape Town Transfer): $144
  • 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
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Minivan: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Minivan: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Business Car: $69
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Business Car: $69

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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Cape Town, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $23 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Cape Town $23

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
  • 2-Day Safari Experience at Garden Route Game Lodge: $323
  • 25 Days Cape to Vic Falls to Johannesburg Accommodated Adventure: $6,105
  • 3 Day Adventure - Hike and Wine Pilates: $359

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dar es Salaam, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.84.

Typically, people visiting Cape Town spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.84
    Cape Town $21

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
  • Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $76
  • Vintage Kombi Wine Tour & Local BBQ: $77
  • Cape Point/Boulders Beach/Wine Tasting- Best Of Cape Town In A Day: $86
  • Constantia Half-day Wine Tour from Cape Town: $86


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dar es Salaam and Cape Town, we can see that Cape Town is more expensive. And not only is Dar es Salaam much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dar es Salaam would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dar es Salaam 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 Cape Town would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cape Town than you might in Dar es Salaam.

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