Southern Cape: SA budget road trip for beach bums under R5k for 5 nights


Those people constantly jetting off to overseas destinations - where do they get the money and the leave? Plus, now that we're all on high-alert because of the coronavirus, what better time to GO LOCAL!

READ: All the airlines that have cancelled flights to affected countries due to Covid-19  

Starting in Cape Town, you'll only have about one hour's drive between each destination over five nights and six days, to Betty's Bay, Gansbaai, L'Agulhas, Witsand and Still Bay.

And all for under R5 000 per person!

Budget details:

  • Accommodation: R400 a day per person for five days - each of the towns have a backpackers accommodation option.
  • Food: R300 a day per person for six days (includes trip back home) - this would mostly be self-catering groceries and take-away meals
  • Petrol: Roughly R940 for 896km in total - this is worked out using the specs from the most popular car in SA which uses 6.6l/100km.
  • Activities: This itinerary is for the beach bum - so just bring your board, towels and umbrella for free fun.

ALSO SEE: Where South Africans can travel to for under R12k or less (flights and stay included) 

For two people:

If you're sharing the road trip with your best buds or a significant other, the cost of petrol per person would come down and you can put that extra cash towards nicer accommodation or splurging on restaurant meals.


You can either make it a long weekend from Thursday to Tuesday utilising public holidays, or if you have little patience for crowds take it from Monday to Saturday and relax a day at home before heading back to work.

FOR MORE INFO: Your 2020 Public Holidays planner | All the long weekends to enjoy so you don't max out your leave 


Day 1: Betty's Bay

Driving time: 1h20m

Budget accommodation suggestion: Nomad's Land

There are few places along the Western Cape coastline that are quite as wild as Betty's Bay.

Although a large provincial road cuts right through it, the town has managed to remain somewhat pristine, characterised by its white-sand and rocky-outcropped secret beaches and rugged mountains. 

READ: Betty's Bay - a little slice of paradise between mountains and sea 

Day 2: Gansbaai

Driving time: 1h20m

Budget accommodation suggestion: Gansbaai Backpackers

The Great White Capital - while dipping into these waters keep it shallow - unless you want to spend extra for a cool cage dive!

This is the perfect town for coastal walks in Walker Bay Nature Reserve, checking out Klipgat Cave in De Kelders and watching the waves crash on its cliffs. 

WATCH: Up close and personal with sharks in Gansbaai 

Day 3: Struisbaai

Driving time: 1h15m

Budget accommodation suggestion: Cape Agulhas Backpackers

Travel to the southernmost point of Africa to the Agulhas National Park, check out the new map of the continent monument and breathe in that fresh salty air. 

You have three beaches to choose from - and they are close enough to each other that you can drive to each and see which you prefer. 

WATCH: There's a new reason to travel to the Southern Most Tip of Africa 

Day 4: Witsand

Driving time: 2h11m

Budget accommodation suggestion: Witsand Backpackers

Witsand is where the Bree River meets the ocean - most famous for its expansive sand dunes begging for a sandboard session and the waves loving the kitesurfers.

It's also a great spot where you can look out for whales on the horizon - this is a special haven for babies - so add a little wildlife to your trip.

Day 5: Still Bay

Driving time: 1h16m

Budget accommodation suggestion: Backpackers Still Bay

Stilbaai is packed over December, but the rest of the year it can be a tranquil place with the best beach and waves on offer. 

You can either opt to laze on the main swimming beach with everyone else, or hop over to the other side of the river to the beach next to the harbour. Your other option is also to swim along the Goukou River for something a little different. 

READ: Your 5-day road trip itinerary to the Garden Route's most obscure towns

Day 6: Home

Driving time: 4 hours

Now's the time to head back to Cape Town along the N2 - remember to stop off at the farm stalls on the way for some delicious home cooking.

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