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South African rand travel money

When the Republic of South Africa was established at the same time the South African rand was introduced. The south african rand in the same year replaced the pounds, shillings and pence. Value for money as currently the foreign exchange rate stands at 0.06 south african rand to the pound. This equates to £6 will get you 100 rand.

South African currency exchange rate tips

  • To get the best currency deals on South African rand use send money home comparison website where you can compare travelex, the Post Office as well as other high street brands. Only buy from the airport at the last report.
  • The denominations for South African banknotes come in ten rand, 20 rand, 50 rand, 100 rand and 200 rand.
  • The South African rand currency is subdivided into 100 cents. South African rand denominations for coins come are one cent, two cents, five cents, ten cents, 15 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents. plus there is one rand, two rand and five rand. The one-cent and two-cent coins are no longer produced, but remain legal tender.
  • When exchanging travel money, ask for small denomination notes as well as large ones, some businesses especially in rural areas are unable to accept larger notes as they can not afford it.
  • 10% Tipping is expected but not compulsory in restaurants, and service charges, hotel staff, and tour guides and drivers on safari.
  • Try and stay away from getting old 200 rand notes as they are subject to forgery.

South African Rand facts

  • The South African rand is the legal currency of the Republic of South Africa, but is also used as currency in the Common Monetary Area between South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Namibia was formerly part of this union, but even though the South African rand has now been replaced by the Namibian dollar, the rand is still widely accepted in Namibia.
  • There are legal limits on the amount of money you are allowed to bring into the country. If you intend to enter with more than 10,000 rand, you should declare the amount on entry to South Africa.
  • The South African Reserve Bank recently designed and issued a complete set of new bank notes bearing the image of national hero Nelson Mandela.

Get your South African currency from the Post Office

  • Order travel money online with a minimum of five days in advance - minimum order value of £400 applies online
  • Order before 3pm on a working day for free next-day delivery
  • Orders placed before 3pm, on a working day, can generally be delivered the next working day.
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  • Show your receipt, and they may buy back your leftover bank notes commission-free