What to spend your rand on
Soft drink in a restaurant
Return trip on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain
Postcard and stamp
Three-course meal for two in Johannesburg
Full-day safari tour at Kruger National Park
Must-sees in South Africa
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How the rand adds up
The rand (ZAR) arrived in 1961, the same year that South Africa became an official Republic. There are 100 cents to every rand, but one and two cent coins have fallen out of use due to inflation.
When it comes to tour guides, taxis and meals, it's customary to leave around 10% of your bill as a tip. Give this directly to your waiter/tour guide/taxi driver and if the service was really good, you can round it up to 15%.
Frequently used banknotes
The notes you'll use in South Africa are for the value of 10 (green), 20 (brown), 50 (red), 100 (blue) and 200 (orange) rand. Each note includes an image of Nelson Mandela as part of the design, as well as one of the many animals native to South Africa.
Buying South African rand online is easy
Free next-day home delivery on orders over £500
- 1. Select your currency
Just tell us how much you need and where you’re going
- 2. Choose how to get it
You can get your currency delivered to your door or collect at over 50 Travelex stores
- 3. Pay online
Use either your debit card or credit card and you’re all set