by Kathy Kehrli  |  Updated November 24, 2015

Cape Town’s affluent suburb of Camps Bay has just been named the priciest South African destination. The titled was handed out by after conducting a survey of the country’s hotel lodging costs. The survey specifically analyzed 30 popular destinations within South Africa. For comparative purposes, the upcoming high season of December 2015 to March 2016 was considered.

Camps Bay Sunset (Photo: A. Dhansay via Flickr)

An overnight visitor to Camps Bay can expect to spend R1252 nightly in the coming months, and that’s for the least expensive double room. It bears pointing out that the survey excluded hotels and guest houses that were not centrally located and/or that had an overall rating of less than 3 stars.

Coming in second place on the survey is Franschhoeck. One of South Africa’s oldest towns, its average overnight rate of R1137 put it solidly in the number two spot. Rounding out the Top 3 is Marloth Park. Staying in this nature lover’s sanctuary at the southern edge of Kruger National Park will cost an overnight guest an average of R993 in the months ahead.

Cape Town and Johannesburg rank in the midfield, with average rates of R834 and R706 respectively for their cheapest double room. The most affordable destination in South Africa is Port Elizabeth. There visitors should find a room during the high season for about R500 per night, according to the survey.

The following table compares 30 destinations in South Africa based on the average rate for their least expensive double room during the period spanning December 2015 to March 2016. Only centrally located hotels and guest houses rated at least 3 stars have been considered by the survey.

1. Camps Bay R1252
2. Franschhoek R1137
3. Marloth Park R993
4. Stellenbosch R978
5. Sandton R964
6. Umhlanga R962
7. Hout Bay R892
8. Hermanus R878
9. Cape Town R834
10.Paternoster R820
11.Somerset West R806
12. Gordons Bay R777
13. Langebaan R776
14. Pretoria R748
15.George R708
16. Knysna R707
17. Johannesburg R706
18. Plettenberg Bay R704
19. Port Alfred R703
20. Graaf Reinet R690
21. Mossel Bay R688
22. Durban R680
23. Bloemfontein R678
24. Swellendam R677
25. Nelspruit R633
26. St Lucia R621
27. East London R617
28. Oudtshoorn R578
29. Jeffreys Bay R564
30. Port Elizabeth R501

All rates were established in mid-November via the hotel comparison engine Kayak.