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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in South Africa

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The local currency is South African rand (divided into 100 cents) and in cities and large towns can be easily obtained at ATMs that accept major international credit or debit cards (especially MasterCard and Visa). Credit cards are honoured by most restaurants, stores, hotels, car rental firms and other points of sale and service, but not at gas stations, which only accept cash.

ATMs may be absent or not working in smaller towns.

Traveler's checks are widely accepted. Most banks change all traveler's checks in major currencies, but the commission charged can differ between banks.

Easily exchanged foreign currencies are US dollar, the Euro and British pound.

Banking hours are usually Mon- Fri 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Sat 8:00 am - 11:30 pm.

Tipping is customary in regards to taxi drivers, hotel & railway porters, room maids, stewards, waiters, tour guides & game rangers or caddies. Usually 10 to 15%.

Current South African Rand Rates

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