In Southern and East Africa, both local currencies and US Dollars are widely accepted. The conversion rates for local currencies do however fluctuate quite regularly so if you plan on using local currencies in the countries you visit, please check the exchange rate before you depart on tour. An example of a website that you can use to check a currency against your own is www.xe.com.
The information below is subject to change however we do update it as frequently as possible so please feel free to send us feedback if you feel that the information is not as accurate as it could be.In Southern Africa and East Africa, both local currencies and US Dollars are widely accepted. The conversion rates for local currencies do fluctuate quite regularly, therefore, we advise that you check the exchange rate before you depart on your African Adventure Tour.
We advise that if you are carrying US Dollars, to ensure that they have been printed after 2005 if possible. Please request that any bank notes are not torn or severely creased as there is a risk that the notes will not be accepted. Request that your bank provides you with a range of bills so that you can use the smaller ones for tipping and the larger ones for settling bills if required. We advise that you carry your money in a bum bag
Most major South African cities and East African cities have credit card facilities available, however, they may charge you a surcharge for utilising the facilities. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted forms of card, while Diners Club and American Express are not always accepted. Cards should have a chip and pin if you plan to use them to withdraw money from ATM’s. It may be a good idea to advise your bank that you are travelling abroad as they could block access to your card if they think there is suspicious activity.
ATM / Debit Cards
ATM cards are a good way to withdraw local currency on arrival in a new country. This may not always be possible and may incur fees as stated above. Cards should have a chip and pin. The amount that you withdraw depends on how long you will be in the country for and what you plan to spend your money on while you’re there.
You may encounter black market traders on arrival in countries who will offer to exchange your US Dollars, for a more favourable rate than the banks. Please don’t be tempted to do this, it is not worth the risk or the hassle and it is not good practice to display your foreign currency.
What to expect in different countries in Africa:
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency that is used in this country. South Africa is really developed compared to the other African countries and credit cards/debit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are available in all cities and smaller towns. No other international currencies are readily accepted.
AS Zimbabwe no longer have their own local currency, the US Dollars, Botswana Pula and South African Rand are all accepted. Recently, the Chinese Yuan, Indian Rupee, Japanese Yen and Australian Dollar have also been accepted as legal tender in Zimbabwe. ATMs in Victoria Falls dispense US Dollars but not all international cards are accepted. Visa Credit Cards and Barclays accounts are the most widely accepted.