A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Port Elizabeth vs. Drakensberg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Port Elizabeth or Drakensberg?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Port Elizabeth and Drakensberg 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: Port Elizabeth or Drakensberg?

Port Elizabeth

Located on the Indian Ocean coastline of South Africa, Port Elizabeth is a major sea port and tourist destination featuring a pleasant climate, opportunities for water sports, historical landmarks, wildlife areas, and clean beaches.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in South Africa, The Best Bicycle Tours in South Africa, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in South Africa, and The Best Overlanding Trips in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Drakensberg or Port Elizabeth?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Port Elizabeth is $44, while the average daily cost in Drakensberg is $90. 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 Port Elizabeth and Drakensberg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Port Elizabeth $23
    Drakensberg $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Port Elizabeth $46
    Drakensberg $74
Compare Hotels in Port Elizabeth and Drakensberg

Looking for a hotel in Port Elizabeth or Drakensberg? 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 Port Elizabeth

Hotels in Drakensberg

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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: Port Elizabeth Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.56
    Drakensberg $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Port Elizabeth or Drakensberg?

Prices for flights to both Drakensberg and Port Elizabeth 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
    Port Elizabeth $14
    Drakensberg $16

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Port Elizabeth $9.37
    Drakensberg $8.58

Tours and Activities in Port Elizabeth

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Port Elizabeth are as follows:

  • 7 Day Garden Route Tour- Durban to Cape Town via Addo N Park: $1,543
  • Addo Elephant Park Tours .: $175
  • From 5-Day Garden Route Tour to Cape Town: $543
  • Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour: $44
  • Port Elizabeth tuk-tuk tour, experience the natural beauty.: $70
  • Cape Recife Safari and City Sightseeing Tour: $140
  • Xhosa Township/Cultural Experience: $127

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Port Elizabeth $2.58
    Drakensberg $3.72

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

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