A twitter user revealed a hack on how to ensure that South African travellers do not pay international tourist prices. Picture: Clinton Moodley.
A twitter user revealed a hack on how to ensure that South African travellers do not pay international tourist prices. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

International vs local prices: Can South Africans hack the system?

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Aug 5, 2020

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More locals will be exploring now that intra-provincial travel is allowed in South Africa, but many South Africans have expressed their concerns about local getaways being expensive.

This follows a tweet by @RachAlberts who posed the question about why South African holidays were so expensive. She tweeted: “I’m genuinely interested in why South African holidays are SO expensive. For 30k I could get an all inclusive ski trip to Italy with flights for a week OR 4 nights at a game farm in the Eastern Cape. Is it the lower demand? Taxes? I really want to understand.” (sic).

Her tweet allowed other Twitter users to share their own experiences, and why they opted for international holidays instead of a local escape.

Twitter user @Sposhkay1 recently revealed how South Africans travellers can get good rates when they travel within South Africa.

Her hack? Contact the lodges directly.

She offered insight into the tourist price versus local prices and said that travellers can contact accommodation establishments directly for a local price.

@Sposhkay1 also revealed that the establishments will require proof of your South African ID for confirmation.

The thread read: “Hi guys welcome to Staycation Monday, I have noticed we believe SA tourism is not budget-friendly for us locals, therefore thought it would be best if we discuss tourist price vs local price.

“I’m not going to try and explain what’s is the difference between tourist prices or local prices but inform you that the price you see on the internet is in most cases if not all cases, tourist prices. As a local you can directly contact the lodge and query for local price.

“They will normally request your ID number if not a copy of your ID to confirm that you are indeed a local. http://Booking.com advertises tourist price because it’s normally used internationally.

“There’s sites like http://bushescape.co.za http://bushbreaks.co.za Who work hand in hand with lodges to give the best pricing packages for locals or better yet contact the lodge directly,” she posted. (sic)

User @Mbali_mbl who commented on the post said that the difference between tourist versus local prices was “huge”.

“This is interesting, I always have my ID the difference is huge when I travel with my European friends. I think you discover the difference once you have confirm your reservations.” (sic).

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