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Where can I use South African Rand?

  • South Africa
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Swaziland

How much spending money will I need for South Africa?

Although flights to Cape Town can be expensive, once you’re there, South Africa promises great value for money.

As with anywhere, prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Cape Town and Johannesburg are considerably more expensive than Port Elizabeth and Durban, and prices generally go down as you venture into smaller towns. But even in the big cities, food and drink is relatively cheap, and you can expect excellent value.

Here’s a breakdown of how much things should cost when you get there:

  • Bottle of water: 9 ZAR (£0.50)
  • Cappuccino in a café: 25 ZAR (£1.45)
  • Average beer: 30 ZAR (£1.70)
  • Bottle of wine at a bar or restaurant: 50-120 ZAR (£3-7)
  • Three-course meal with wine at a restaurant: around 225 ZAR per person (£13)
  • Short taxi ride: 60-120 ZAR (£3.50-7)
  • Car rental: around 170 ZAR per day (£10)
  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway: 255 ZAR (£14.50)
  • Boat trip to Robben Island: 320 ZAR (£18.15)
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: 60 ZAR (£3.50)
  • Cape Town Apartheid Museum: 80 ZAR (£4.50)

Leftover South African Rand?

No problem. We’ll buy back leftover South African Rand at excellent ZAR exchange rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

South African Rand FAQs

What's the best currency to use in South Africa?

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. US Dollars are also widely accepted. There are legal limits on the amount of money you are allowed to bring into the country. If you intend to enter with more than 10,000 rand, you should declare the amount on entry to South Africa.

Can you use US Dollars in South Africa?

Whilst the South African Rand is the currency in South Africa, US Dollars are widely accepted in hotels, shops, bars and restaurants across the country – particularly in tourist areas.

What kind of currency is ZAR?

ZAR is the abbreviation for South African Rand, the currency in South Africa. The South African Rand is made up of 100 cents and is often presented with the symbol R.

How much should I tip in South Africa?

Tipping is standard practice in South Africa.

Restaurants: South African Tourism advises tipping 10-15% of total bill (with parties of 6 or more, the restaurant will usually add it to your bill automatically)

Cafes: 10% of bill

Hotels: R10-R20

Taxis: tipping isn’t expected, but rounding up the fare will be appreciated

Safari/game lodge guide: 200-250 ZAR per day

Should I use cash or card in South Africa?

Card is widely accepted in South Africa. However, it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you as well for tipping and other small purchases.

ATMs are readily available throughout South Africa’s major cities, although may be harder to find when you venture into more rural areas.

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