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Luxury for Less: Travel to South Africa While the Rand is Weak

Luxury for Less: Travel to South Africa While the Rand is Weak

Over the past three years the South African rand has lost significant value against major world currencies including the US dollar, Great British pound and the euro.

Earlier this month (June 20015) this steadily weakening trend resulted in the rand slumping to a 13.5-year low of 12.66 to the dollar and a 7-year low of 19.59 to the pound. The euro too, even with its volatile year, currently offers great value with one euro trading at 13.86 rand.  

Rand vs Dollar & Pound

This added value was highlighted in a recent article in CNNMoney which picked South Africa as one of five travel destinations that just got cheaper:

“The famous ocean views in Cape Town look even better now: It's 13% cheaper for folks with dollars to vacation in South Africa (compared to a year ago)…  Flights from New York to Cape Town are down 24%, according to Hopper. To put it another way: South Africa is more than double distance to New York than Paris, yet flights there cost a mere $130 more. "

You can read the full article here: 5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans

Realising the Dream of a Luxury Safari

For many travellers a big game safari in Africa is the culmination of a long-held dream. There is nothing to compare with the feeling of being out in the wild: the thrill of watching lion as they stalk their prey or those unforgettable meals on a sunny deck while elephant gather at a nearby waterhole.

Planning a South Africa safari
Take advantage of South Africa's weak rand for a more affordable luxury safari experience. 

At first glance the cost of a safari may seem off-putting. But bear in mind that South Africa’s lodges and tented camps are all-inclusive so your accommodation, twice-daily game drives, highly skilled safari guide, those magnificent breakfasts and lunches, the coffee and drink stops out in the bush, dinners under the stars - everything is included in the price tag.

Take advantage of the weak rand now and you’ll get the entire safari experience (accommodation, meals and activities) all at a lower rate.

Luxury for Less on a South Africa Safari

Neighbouring countries - Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe - price their safaris in US dollars making South Africa a truly affordable option with its devalued rand. Since dollars, pounds and euros now go so much further, you could consider treating yourself to a more luxurious lodge (private pool sound good?) or extending your holiday by a couple of days.

Weak rand makes for great travel deals
International travellers can save even more by taking advantage of current special deals.

Get even more bang for your bucks by considering when your travel. South Africa is a year-round safari destination yet some lodges offer lower rates during the winter months. I’d recommend contacting to a travel expert about where you can get good off-season rates while still having an incredible big game experience.

Or ask about the latest travel deals. There are fantastic specials happening all the time with top-class lodges and camps offering substantial discounts or throwing in an additional night at no extra cost. 

Even More Ways to Take Advantage of the Weak Rand

The current exchange rate doesn’t just give you a great deal on South Africa safaris:

3-course meal at Overture
A 3-course dinner at award-winning Overture Restaurant costs around US$ 30 or 20 pounds. 

  • Cape Town not only has an excellent choice of accommodation but is also a well-known foodie favourite. Enjoy fine dining and award-winning wine at a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay. Then, of course, there are the beaches, hiking trails and sunshine – all free!
  • The Garden Route is one of the world’s most scenic dives. Skip domestic airfares and opt to drive yourself: car hire is both affordable and reliable, roads are in excellent condition, and you can travel at your own pace and pick the stops that most interest you.
  • Namibia’s dollar is linked to South Africa’s rand. This means that now is also a fantastic time to discover the vast deserts and waterhole wildlife of this incredible country which has topped 2015 travel lists from Fodor’s to the Financial Times.

​There really has never been a better time to see South Africa for yourself. 

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