A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Drakensberg vs. Cape Town for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Drakensberg or Cape Town?

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

Should I visit Drakensberg or Cape Town? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Drakensberg or Cape Town?


Drakensberg, whose name derives from the Dutch and means "mountains of the dragons," is a mountainous region which encompasses a vast amount of South Africa's interior, extending into neighboring countries as well. It hugs the eastern border of Lesotho, attracting visitors for hiking, backpacking, and admiring the natural wonders of the landscape.

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 Drakensberg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Drakensberg is $89, 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 Drakensberg and Cape Town in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Drakensberg $37
    Cape Town $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Drakensberg $74
    Cape Town $76
Compare Hotels in Drakensberg and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Drakensberg 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 Drakensberg

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: Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Drakensberg $67
    Cape Town $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town HTL-APT(CPT): $44
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town APT-HTL(CPT): $44
  • Transport Shuttle Transfer from Constantia to Cape Town Airport: $20
  • Transfer To Safari- Aquila From Cape Town Excluding Entry Fees Full Day: $155
  • Township Tour by Lwafika Tours and Transfers in Cape Town: $32
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Simonstown to Cape Town Airport: $24
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Claremont to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Cape Town City Center (CBD) to Cape Town Airport: $15
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Camps Bay to Cape Town Airport: $16
  • Shopping Mall Transfers: $21
  • Shark Diving Full Day Guided Return Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town: $139
  • Shark Cage Diving: Full Day Tour Transfer: $94

Is it cheaper to fly into Drakensberg or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Drakensberg 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 Meals for one day
    Drakensberg $16
    Cape Town $41

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
  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $27
  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $27
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap: $39
  • 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap: $42
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $53
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $54
  • Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class: $57
  • African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer: $58
  • African Dinner Experience from Cape Town: $59
  • African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $60
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $60

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Drakensberg $8.50
    Cape Town $22

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: $133
  • Cape Agulhas Full Day Private Tour: $186
  • Cape Point Full Day Tour: $160
  • Cape Point Private Tour withTable Mountain and Penguin Colony : $248
  • Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope day tour Up to 10 persons: $53
  • Cape Town Helicopter Experience : $213
  • Cape Town Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour: $23
  • CapeWinelands Private Tour to Stellenbosch,Franschhoek and Paarl: $93
  • Day Tour in Robben Island, Bo-Kaap and Table Mountain : $160
  • Mandela's Robben Island Museum Bo-Kaap Cape Town City Tour + Ferry ticket f/d: $160
  • Private Cape Peninsula Tour : $111
  • Private Tour Cape of Good Hope with Penguins : $155

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Drakensberg $3.69
    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: $6.93
  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $9.32
  • African drum show & wine tasting at Silvermist: $23
  • Drumstruck at Silvermist. Live African Drum Show & Wine tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $27
  • Wine tasting tour : $36
  • From 3 Regions Wine Tour incl 3 Estates, 15 Wines: $37
  • Wine Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek & Stellenbosch incl 3 wineries: $37
  • half day wine tour & Safaris[Morning /Afternoon]: $44
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $45
  • Wine tasting experience : $46
  • Short Private Wine Tour: $48

When comparing the travel costs between Drakensberg and Cape Town, we can see that Cape Town is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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