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Our guests often ask us how much
travel money
they should take with them on a trip. The answer is as long as a piece of string, to be honest, but somewhere in the range US$50 to US$100 per person per day, backed up by credit or debit cards, works for most people.

Generally speaking hard currencies are widely accepted in most locations, with USD, EUR and GBP being most widely recognised. South African Rand ZAR is also widely accepted. We tend to recommend carrying most of your cash in these currencies which you should bring from home. You can then change up small amounts into the local currency for use in local shops and with street vendors. Note that most African currencies (notably except for ZAR) cannot be exchanged back into hard currencies, so any notes and coins you have left over will simply be souvenirs when you return home.

Outside major cities you should not assume that cash machines or banking facilities will be widely available. Instead you are most likely to change at the airport before you leave for Africa or with the lodges, most of whom will be able to provide change and, in some cases, cash advances on credit and debit cards. Payment by card is widely available now. In all cases you should expect to pay a premium for banking services, either through fees or disadvantageous exchange rates.

Information on money issues ... currencies, bureau de change, travellers cheques, credit cards, atm, cash machines etc ... can be found on in the guidebook sections for each country ...

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