To travel in Southern Africa, would be no different to any other country in the world. It has become a safe region to visit, provided that one follows some basic common sense precautions, the same precautions you would take when visiting any other country in the world.
APPROPRIATE AND SIMILAR FOR ALL SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES
The South African currency is Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Refer to the currency converter on our websites to find out the appropriate exchange rate of the South African Rand (ZAR). The South African Rand (ZAR) is accepted in Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana and Lesotho. The US $ is best for Zimbabwe and Zambia or use the actual currency of each country:
Namibia – Namibian $
Mozambique – Meticais
Swaziland – Lilangeni
Botswana – Pula
Lesotho – Loti
Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe $
Zambia – Kwacha
Traveller’s cheques are always the safest to use, but then make sure they are in South African Rand.
Do not counter sign all your traveller’s cheques.
I would recommend credit cards, debit cards or normal bank cards, as ATM (Automated Teller Machines) are readily available throughout the region. Use the same precautions you would use at home when using these cards. Most importantly – do not let anyone offer you any assistance.
Keep your traveller’s cheques, cash and credit cards separate when travelling.
It would be ideal to always have about R750.00 in cash per person available whilst travelling.
If available – always make use of your room or hotel safe, to store the bulk of your money.
Write down your traveller’s cheque and credit card numbers as well as the customer service number of issuing bank (s) , keep in an envelope and in a safe place.
Make use of foreign exchange outlets and banks to obtain the best exchange rates.
Banks open Monday to Friday from 09h00 – 15h30, Saturday from 08h30 – 11h00 and foreign exchange outlets are available in all the airports and big centres.
Airport taxes are usually included when purchasing your air ticket – check on this.
We have a 14 % VAT (Value Added Tax) system on most goods purchased in SA, which may be claimed back before your departure. No claims are possible for services rendered.
VAT claim applications are obtainable at the “VAT Claim Office” at all international airports, harbours, major border posts or at the various “VAT Claim Offices” in major centres. E.g. Cape Town, Johannesburg – inquire about where to find these offices at your accommodation establishment, local tourism information centre or guide.
VAT refunds are paid out at the tax office at all international airports, harbours and major border posts, if you produce and / or your claim complies with the following:
If the total VAT paid on all items purchased, exceeds R250.00.
Produce your travel ticket, example – air ticket.
Produce your passport.
Supply VAT invoices for all goods purchased.
Hand in your completed VAT claim application.
You might be asked to produce the goods that you have purchased, for example – very expensive jewellery.