Money and Currency in South Africa

The majority of travelers prefer to use their Visa Cards and Master Cards when visiting foreign countries, and most restaurants and shops in South Africa will accept this form of payment. If however, tourists decide to visit smaller towns and villages, it is recommended that they keep cash nearby, as some rural destinations have very few establishments that can accommodate Visa and Master Cards. South Africa also has Foreign Exchange Bureau outlets available at the larger airports and banks.

South African currency is extremely user friendly as notes are clearly market and are different in color, making each note distinctive and easily recognizable. The currency in South Africa is Rand (ZAR) and cents. Bank notes in South Africa are: R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 and R500 and coins range in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 value. One South African Rand is equal to a hundred cents, and can therefore be calculated accordingly. Foreigners who have queries or are having difficulty understanding the currency are advised to visit the nearest banking establishment for more information.


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