Exchange rate: £1 = 18.10 ZAR (at time of writing)
For context: that’s 100 ZAR for just over £5.
Denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 rand notes
1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins
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.
*Flights will be cheaper if you book in advance. Read more about how to save money on a peak season holiday here.
On a budget
Shared hostel room: 150-300 ZAR per night (£9-18)
Private hostel room: 300-450 ZAR per night (£18-26)
Standard hotel double: 700-4000 ZAR per night (£40-230)
Double room in a top end hotel: 4000+ ZAR per night (£250+)
Top end safari lodge: 6000+ ZAR per night (£350+)
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway: 255 ZAR (£14.50)
Boat trip to Robben Island: 320 ZAR (£18.15)
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: 60 ZAR (£3.50)
Wine tour to Stellebnosch and Franschhoek from Cape Town: 995 ZAR (£55)
Cape Town Apartheid Museum: 80 ZAR (£4.50)
Entry to Kruger National Park: 372 ZAR (£21)
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.