How to get your cash

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How many South African Rand will I need?

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: 

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Paying for things in South Africa

Cash or card?

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.

How much should I tip?

Restaurants: 10-15% of total bill

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


Making your South African Rand go further

  • Get your cash in advance: If you get your South African from an ATMs abroad, it will charge transaction fees and high exchange rates, so it's a good idea to bring plenty of cash away with you. For the cheapest deals, order in advance with our home delivery service or click and collect services.

  • Load your South African rand on a travel money card: if you don't like carrying too much cash around, a prepaid travel money  card is a secure alternative. It works like a debit card in ATMs, shops and restaurants abroad (without the hidden fees), and is linked to an App on your phone for simple topping up and budgeting. 

  • Don't use your debit card: using your debit card abroad is expensive, with high transaction fees and poor exchange rates.

  • Always pay in local currency: if you do use your card abroad, you might be given an option on the card machine to pay in Sterling or South African Rand. To avoid higher fees, always choose to pay in South African Rand. 

South African Rand Cheat Sheet

Exchange rate

£1 = 18.10 ZAR (at time of writing)

For context: that’s 100 ZAR for just over £5.


10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 rand notes

1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins

Buy Back

Leftover South African Rand?

No problem. We'll buy back any notes you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 


Need a different currency?

Whether you'd like your cash home delivered, or prefer to collect it in-store, we have more than 40 currencies on offer.

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