South Africa is home to a wide variety of accommodation, from five star hotels to caravan parks, as well as an enormous real estate market. Finding accommodation in South Africa should be easy. However, it’s how you go about looking for it that may make all the difference.
As a rule of thumb, it’s useful to contact an agent when you start looking, whether you are looking for rented accommodation or a property to purchase. A good agent should have a good knowledge of the area that you are looking to reside in, and should also be able to advise you on appropriate rents/prices and locations.
You may try to buy or rent on your own, and deal directly with the owner of the property, but this is somewhat more difficult, as you will have to conduct all the negotiations on your own. If you want to take this route, make sure that you do proper research on the area you are looking in, so that you are not ripped off price-wise or misled as to the nature of the place. In fact, if you are trying to arrange accommodation while you are still based in another country, you should almost certainly make use of an intermediary who knows the South African landscape and can simplify the process for you.
It is hard to give exact figures as to recommended property prices, because property prices in South Africa fluctuate. Typically, prices are relatively higher in the urban centres and in the coastal areas, but depend very much on the suburb in which the property is situated. There are usually different surburbs within each urban settlement/town/city, some costing far less than others, but usually there is a reason for the difference in price. Proper research is very important.
As far as temporary accommodation such as hotels and resorts is concerned, there is a tremendous variety available in South Africa. If you want to immigrate into South Africa, it may be to your advantage to avoid establishments aimed specifically at tourists, because they may cost more.