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Money and costs

Currency
Rand (R)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated June 22, 2017 3:28PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
R1000
  • Hostel dorm bed: from R160
  • Budget main dish: less than R75
  • Two-week hop-on, hop-off Baz Bus pass: R4100
  • Free entry to some museums
Midrange
R1000–2000
  • Double room: R400-1500
  • Midrange main dish: R75-150
  • Jo'burg–Cape Town tourist-class train: R690
  • Single room supplements common, usually 30–40%
Top end (more than)
R2000
  • Double room: over R1500
  • Top-end main dish: over R150
  • Cape Town–Jo'burg flight: from R950
  • Wildlife drive: from R400

ATMs are found throughout the country and cards are widely accepted. Inform your bank of your travel plans before leaving home to avoid declined transactions.

Tipping

Wages are low here, and tipping is expected.

  • Restaurants & Cafes 10% to 15% of the total in restaurants; 10% in cafes.

  • Hotels A standard tip of R10 to R20 is welcomed.

  • Car guards Offer R2, or R5 for longer periods.

  • Petrol stations Anything from R2 – more if the attendant also washes the windscreen and checks the tyres.

  • Taxis Tips not expected but rounding up the fare will be appreciated.