Well that’s a question only you can answer; it all depends on what you will do, where you will go and what your expectations are.
What I found out so far was that SA appears to be on the ‘cheaper’ side of the spectrum for ordinary everyday living stuff like food etc. but fancy tourist activities (like private game reserves safaris etc.) can be quite expensive, actually.
Gasoline is cheaper than in EU for sure, decent hotels / guesthouses, especially outside of big cities like Cape Town / Jo’burg are pretty nice too, and 50GBP a day for a double room should be more than enough for a really decent place.
Passes or tickets to national parks- it all depends, but overall, an unlimited pass is ridiculously expensive, comparing to the USA, for example.
What I’m really curious about is the bottom-line reality on:
- Cards and its usage; it is said that cards are “commonly accepted”; we’ll find out
- The real deal with safety; stories you can hear are horrifying on one hand, but there’s really plenty of happy and satisfied tourists who say SA is heaven on earth.