18 Budget-friendly spots that are a hot favourite for South Africans right now


A budget-friendly break is within your reach - don't believe us?   

We checked with a couple of industry experts about what the hot-favourite overseas destinations are - while Mozambique and Thailand automatically spring to mind, there are a few exciting spots that you might not have considered. Why? Well, because they are actually quite pocket-friendly if you're smart in booking and planning your holiday that is

TravelStart confirmed to Traveller24 that the likes of Zambia, Morocco and Vietnam are all hot favourites thus far for 2017.

Similarly, Flight Centre says more and more South Africans are itching to visit Sri Lanka, Bali as well as Egypt this year.

“South Africans are looking for something different. Many love Mauritius, Thailand and Australia and may have travelled there repeatedly, but now they’re looking for something different. That’s where these destinations come in,” says Carlos Luis for Fligth Centre. 

Here are the top 18 spots to whet your wanderlust, with surprisingly rand-friendly exchange rates. Where would you like to go next?

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1. Sri Lanka

Exchange Rate: 1 Sri Lankan Rupee equals 0.087 South African Rand

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Top Read: South African's guide to Sri Lanka: Things to do (besides talking about cricket)

2. Bali

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 1007.23 Indonesian Rupiah

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Top Read: 8 Things to do in Bali (again and again)

3. Maldives

Exchange Rate:1 South African Rand equals 1.16 Maldivian Rufiyaa

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Top Read: Maldives Top 5 activities: It is impossible to get bored

4. Seychelles

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 1.03 Seychellois Rupee

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Top Read: Seychelles: Why it's good for the soul

5. Mauritius

Exchange Rate:1 South African Rand equals 2.65 Mauritian Rupee

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Top Read: 20 must-do events during your 2017 Mauritius escape

6. Egypt

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 1.36 Egyptian Pound

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Top Read: #AfriTravel: Crystal Lagoons adds R5.1bn sparkle to Egypt's 'new capital'

8. Zambia

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 582.42 Zambian Kwacha

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Top Read: WATCH: White-water rafting in Africa’s 'adventure capital', would you do it?

9. Morocco

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 0.74 Moroccan Dirham

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Top Read: 10 Moroccan marvels you don't want to miss

10. India

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 4.87 Indian Rupee

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Top Read: PICS: India covered in colourful kaleidoscope as Holi festival kicks off

11. Vietnam

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 1708.73 Vietnamese Dong

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Top  Read: Heading to Vietnam? 5 Quick things you need to know

12. Kenya

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 7.81 Kenyan Shilling

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13. Thailand

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 2.59 Thai Baht

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Top  Read: WATCH: Thailand in 360° Virtual Reality style

14. Russia

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 4.30 Russian Ruble

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Top  Read: Russia to scrap visas for SA travellers from April

15. Brazil

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 0.25 Brazilian Real

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Top  Read: 7 Most incredible places in Brazil


16. Dominican Republic

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 3.58 Dominican Peso

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Top  Read: 3 Cheap destinations in The Americas for SA travellers


17. Mexico

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 1.41 Mexican Peso

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Top  Read:  5 destinations that are still cheaper for South Africans (Despite the Rand drop)! 

18. Japan

Exchange Rate: 1 South African Rand equals 8.41 Japanese Yen

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Top  Read: Japan on the cheap

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