South Africa

Around the world, travellers choose Airbnb to enjoy unique experiences in local homes beyond tourist hotspots. Travellers to South Africa are increasingly choosing to stay in the homes of hosts outside of city centres, helping them to discover new communities they might otherwise have missed. The spread of tourism to these outer neighbourhoods has helped extend the economic benefits of cultural tourism to hosts, local businesses and their communities.

28,400 annual earnings for a typical host

66% of hosts who share their primary residence

58% of hosts who say that hosting has positively affected their outlook on life

Hosts launch Johannesburg Home Sharing Club

Hosts on Airbnb, along with friends, family and neighbours came together in Johannesburg to launch the third Home Sharing Club in South Africa.

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Airbnb Africa Academy

Learn how Airbnb is empowering individuals and emerging African entrepreneurs by helping them share homes and communities to a global community.

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Hosts across Cape Town empower each other and their guests to save water

Even though Day Zero may be avoided for now, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town have hardly stopped worrying about water as a precious resource. Over the last few months, we’ve heard stories about hosts going to great lengths to save water and to educate their guests about the water restrictions in place. Now, they are looking ahead to collectively rethink how to best host in a city where “hosting responsibly” has taken on a whole new meaning and where water scarcity might be the “new normal”.

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Playing a positive role during the Cape Town water crisis

More than 110 hosts got together in Cape Town to talk about how the Airbnb community can help during the water crisis. Representatives from Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town came along to speak about the current situation and working together to overcome it.

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Hosts launch Africa’s first home sharing club

Hosts on Airbnb, along with friends, family and members from different communities in the Western Cape, South Africa, came together to launch Africa’s first home sharing club in Khayelitsha.

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Airbnb signs first city collaboration agreement in Africa with Cape Town

Airbnb and the City of Cape Town have signed the first city collaboration agreement in Africa. We will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and to promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

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Airbnb commits $1 million to boost community-led tourism projects in Africa

Airbnb today announced we will invest $1 million through 2020 to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. The commitment is part of our vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities.

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Get local, get involved. Home Sharing Clubs are a place for hosts to connect with each other, serve their communities and support fair home sharing legislation.