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

Should you visit Nairobi or Cape Town?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Nairobi and Cape Town can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Nairobi or Cape Town?

Nairobi

Nairobi is Kenya's capital as well as the country's largest city. With a population of about 3 million, it is also one of the largest cities in Africa. It is a prominent city both politically and financially within the region. There are many international companies that are located in Nairobi and the Nairobi Securities and Exchange is one of the largest in Africa.

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 Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $53, 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 Nairobi and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $9.81
    Cape Town $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $20
    Cape Town $66
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi 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 Nairobi


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: Nairobi Hotel Prices and Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $9.05
    Cape Town $15
Typical Local Transportation prices in Nairobi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Nairobi:


  • Taxi from Airport
    $9.81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

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

  • Transport from Nairobi transfer to Fairmont Mt Kenya safari Club: $187
  • Train tickets and transfer from Nairobi to mombasa: $67
  • Private transfer: Nairobi to Nairobi Airport (NBO): $622
  • Private transfer: Nairobi Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $622
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $95
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi To Maasai Mara By Road: $125
  • Private Transfer from Masai Mara to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $1,061
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $95
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Masai Mara: $1,061
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Arusha: $977
  • Private One-Way Transfer from Nairobi: $27
  • Private One-Way Nairobi Airport Transfer: $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Private transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Cape Town (CBD): $15
  • Private Transfer to Safari Aquila from Cape Town Full Day Excluding Entry Fees: $86
  • Private Cape Town Airport Transfers: $54
  • Private Business Transfer from Hotel in Cape Town to Cape Town Airport (CPT): $36
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town International Airport (CPT): $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cape Town International Airport (CPT) to Cape Town: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer from Cape Town (CBD) to Cape Town international airport: $15
  • Hermanus Private Transfers - Charter - transport from Airport: $60
  • Franschhoek Private Transfers: $68
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cape Town City to Cape Town Airport CPT: $67
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cape Town City to Cape Town Airport CPT: $60
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Minivan: $73

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Nairobi 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
    Nairobi $6.35
    Cape Town $36
Typical Food prices in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner for Two
    $5.31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

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

  • Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi: $19
  • Cultural Tour:Bomas of Kenya and Dinner Experince Carnivore Restaurant: $40
  • Carnivore restaurant lunch or dinner from Nairobi: $45
  • Visit market tour and cooking class: kenyan food with a home cook: $50
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Kenyan Cooking Class in Nairobi with a Local: $61
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience: $65
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $65
  • Carnivore restaurant Dinner or lunch from Nairobi: $65
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class in Nairobi with a Local: $72
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Nairobi Nightlife Tour and Dinner: $77

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.
    Nairobi $39
    Cape Town $20
Typical Entertainment prices in Nairobi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Nairobi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Village Visit
    $16

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

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

  • "08 Days Magical Drive in Kenya Family Adventure Safari": $4,410
  • "Ultimate Kenya Adventure 09 Days Safari": $5,077
  • 03 Days Lake Nakuru Masai Mara Adventure: $1,541
  • 04 Days Ol Pejeta Samburu Safari Experience: $1,421
  • 1 Day Amboseli Classic Safari Tour package,bruno safaris Kenya: $359
  • 1 Day Best Of Nairobi Tour Daily Morning / Afternoon With Free Pick up: $61
  • 1 Day Glimpse of Wildlife Nairobi Tour: $205
  • 1 Day Hell's Gate Bicycle Tour (minimum 2 Pax): $236
  • 1 Day Hells gate and Lake Naivasha Tour From Nairobi: $71
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure At Mt Longonot From Nairobi(minimum 2 Pax): $322
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure In Mt Longonot From Nairobi: $104
  • 1 Day Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Small Group Day Tour With Boat Ride Day Trip: $144

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
    Nairobi $13
    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 Nairobi and Cape Town, we can see that Cape Town is more expensive. And not only is Nairobi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nairobi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nairobi 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 Nairobi.

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