There is a growing number of listings on the popular accommodation website Airbnb in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Although Johannesburg is not a particularly popular travel destination in South Africa (especially when compared with Cape Town), many travellers to South Africa pass through Johannesburg for few days when flying in and out of South Africa.
As a result, the accommodation market is growing, and there are over 600 active listings for accommodation on Airbnb in Johannesburg ranging from rooms in apartments, to entire apartments, cottages and houses.
Prices for accommodation range from as little as R250 per person per night (for a private room) to R10 000 per night for a large, luxurious house which accommodates a big group of travellers. The average listing price is around R600 – R800 per night.
Generally, travellers are able to save some money by Airbnb’íng, as prices are slightly lower (and in some cases, much lower) than comparable hotel accommodation.
Anybody can list accommodation on the site easily and quickly, whether their motivation is to make a bit of extra money from unused space, or to start a more serious business venture in the accommodation industry.
It should be noted, however, that Airbnb is not a get-rich-quick scheme. An Airbnb listing takes time to gain popularity as the system is review-based, and listings become more popular over time as hosts’ positive reviews accumulate. This helps guests to know which listings are accurate and make informed choices, based on previous guests’ reviews regarding the listing they are considering booking.