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Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. When thinking of the world’s cheapest countries to travel to, destinations in Africa probably immediately come to mind first and that is why I want to create a definitive list of the cheapest countries to travel in Africa.


Ethiopia has something for everyone. It’s a diverse country with something for everyone such as culture, history, food and wildlife. One of my favorite cities in Ethiopia is Gondar in the north near the Simien Mountains. It is often called the Camelot of Africa for what it used to be – the home of the Emperor and the Royal Enclosure and Castles. Entrance to the Enclosure is 100 birr ($4.50)

While generally Africa is not home to the cheapest countries to travel to, Ethiopia is a pleasant exception. Traveling through Ethiopia is fairly cheap with accommodation in a two star hotel for around $10/night for two people. Local food is especially cheap. I would start my mornings with a proper Ethiopian Coffee for 9 Birr (40 cents) and then move onto a healthy breakfast smoothie of mango and avocado with a splash of lime for 10 birr (50 cents).

Ethiopia also has fasting days which are fasting from meat so the vegetarian options are amazing. Most meals with meat cost about $4 and those without meat were less than $3. Most meals start with injera which is an Ethiopian bread which you will find has a slightly sour taste!


Halfway between Europe and Africa, Morocco is one of the most exotic destinations around the world. A tangle of Berber, Arab, African, and European influences give this country a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes people want to visit.

Apart from a great and vast history, Morocco offers unspoiled coastline with fabulous beaches, endless cedar wood forests, stunning waterfalls, desert landscapes with dunes as far as the eye can see, and high snowy mountain peaks above 13,000 feet. What I love most about Morocco is the optimism, generosity, and friendliness of its population. Lively markets, everlasting blue skies, and a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies also get my attention.

Some expected costs for Morocco are as follows. A single room in a major city will cost $10-15 USD per night. Breakfast, such as a bowl of fava bean soup or an omelet with bread and tea, can be for 70 cents to $1 USD. Lunch and dinner can be 60 cents to $3 USD, for options such as a fish sandwich, harira soup and pastry, or a meat tagine. Transportation is cheap as well; a 4-hour train ride from Rabat to Marrakech is about $13 USD and a 4-hour bus ride would cost you about $8 USD. A backpacker can easily do Morocco ranging from $15 to $30 per day.


Despite recent civil unrest, Egypt remains an amazing travel destination and is very easy for budget travel even in major cities. Hostels in Cairo start at around $4 USD in a dorm room and are even cheaper in the rest of the country. The easiest and most efficient way to get around is using Uber as it is cheaper than taxis and there are no language issues as you input your pick up and drop off locations.

There is no shortage of amazing activities to do in Egypt and almost all of them cost $5-10, including the Pyramids of Giza! In Luxor there are a number of affordable tours which include the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Temple of Karnak. Every price is negotiable which makes it easier to find a bargain, especially with the low numbers of tourists in Egypt at the moment.
We felt completely safe travelling in Egypt and used the local trains and buses to travel between cities. An overnight train from Cairo to Aswan cost us around $10 and, although it was seats only, it was comfortable enough to get some sleep. Food is incredibly cheap both on the street and at local and more Western style restaurants. Overall a backpacker could be very comfortable on $20 a day including an attraction, making it easily one of the cheapest countries to travel to in Africa.


It’s full of so much diversity: you can go on safari, go wine tasting, or even ski in winter!

There are SO many unique and amazing activities you can partake in, cage diving, sky diving, canyon swinging, or for the more tame witnessing the third largest canyon in the world, which is absolutely breathtaking!

Because it is still very much a developing country, South Africa is still super cheap! You can hire a car for under $20 USD a day including insurance, and stay in a rest camp in Kruger for around $10 USD a day. You can have a BBQ on site from the local shops to save a ton of money, and take in the local surroundings.

If you’re not into hiring a car, public transport is very cheap and easily accessible in cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. You can certainly get a lot for your buck in South Africa, and as long as you use common sense, South Africa is no more dangerous than most American cities!

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