Cape Town Holiday Living Costs

A Cape Town holiday offers a gorgeous seaside metropolis just waiting to be explored from its museums and monuments to its local hotspots and restaurants. The white sandy beaches are a sight to behold and there is no shortage of adventure sports for thrill-seekers from swimming with Great White sharks to surfing some of the best waves around to white-water rafting on the Orange River.

We decided to share our local guide of hotspots and activities to do over the festive season and show just how much Cape Town holiday living does cost on average. From eating out to utilities, we’ll take a look and see how far you can expect to stretch your British pounds and Euros…

Discover the City during your Cape Town Holiday

South Africa’s currency is the rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents. Our notes are divided into denominations and can be found in R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. Change can be given in coins which begin at R1, R2 and R5 and then cents which includes five, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Transactions are often rounded up or down by a few cents.

For just 3 Euros/2 British Pounds you can buy a hamburger and a Coke and still get change or indulge in a lavish dinner for just over 12 Euros/9 British Pounds and enjoy a glass of red and steak in a night of fine dining. Movies are around 4 Euros/3 British Pounds per person and a ride to Table Mountain sits at 18 Euros/14 British Pounds.

There is so much to see and do during a Cape Town holiday, from the golden beaches, bustling nightlife to the endless outdoor activities and adventure that it holds. Whether you are a keen surfer or a mountaineer looking to explore Lion’s Head or keen to try your hand at deep sea diving, this beautiful city offers it all. Care for a little adventure? We suggest you try shark diving for an adrenaline rush, nothing beats coming face-to-face with the gaping jaws of a great white shark.

Top attractions for kids during a Cape Town holiday include theme park Ratanga Junction, the Two Oceans Aquarium, The Cape Wheel and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, to mention just a few. Cape Town Cultural & Robben Island is around 50 Euros/38 British Pounds and visitors can look forward to a half day Soweto Township Tour for just 33 Euros/24 British Pounds.

Food and Drink Hotspots

It’s no surprise the city of Cape Town has been dubbed the culinary capital of South Africa as it plays host to some of the best hotspots in the Western Cape.

Take for example the Aubergine restaurant situated in Gardens or Bardelli’s in Kloof Street. We definitely recommend an afternoon of cocktails and sushi at Beluga or to try La Mouette in Sea Point.

We rounded up some costs for you below so that you may have a better idea when selecting your restaurant of choice whilst on your Cape Town holiday.

Meal at an Inexpensive Restaurant/Cafe
South African Rand R150
Euro 9€
British 7£

Meal at a Mid-Range Restaurant
South African Rand R200
Euro 12€
British 9£

Meal at a Take-Away like McDonalds
South African Rand R60
Euro 4€
British 3£

Fine Dining
South African Rand R300
Euro 19€
British 14£

Driving during your Cape Town Holiday

Driving in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa is on the left-hand side of the road just as you would find in Britain. The general speed limit on freeways is 120 kph and most other places it is 60 kph. Seat belts must be worn at all times and it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst in the car unless you’re a passenger. Then we encourage selfies and the likes and to share your views on Instagram as you take in the sights and sounds of the Mother City. If you’re looking to get from Cape Town International Airport to your luxury Cape Town holiday villa in Camps Bay, we recommend you use Uber and it’ll cost you around 25 Euro/18 British Pounds.

Where to Stay during your Cape Town Holiday

When visiting the cosmopolitan city, why not make yourself at home in a private villa or luxury apartment all thanks to Villas Camps Bay. They offer a stunning collection of Cape Town holiday accommodation in the most sought-after and exclusive areas of Camps Bay.

Take for example the property of Fusion, which is priced in the Platinum category priced around £640 – £960. It’s a spectacular mix of contemporary design with classic styling and offers guests complete peace and privacy. Here you can enjoy majestic views over the city and 180-degree views of the ocean and the Lion’s Head mountain range.

Another great option is Geneva Drive also located in Camps Bay in the Platinum category priced around £640 – £960 and is built over two levels. Think walk-in cupboards, ocean views, lavish terraces and your own private pool. There is even a seventh bedroom which can serve as its own apartment which makes it ideal for families looking to enjoy a Cape Town holiday or for a large group of friends.

The festive season is upon us and for those of you looking to indulge in a little summer fun this holiday season Camps Bay makes for the ideal holiday spot. Here you will find your dream playground to explore the great weather, sip on ice cold cocktails and relax in undoubtedly one of the most loved destinations in the world.

About Chia

Chia Kougianos is a Durban born writer, presenter and MC. She currently heads up , an online magazine which features all things hot in the world of fashion, lifestyle and entertainment.