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The Low Down on South African Currency



Currency code:


Central Bank:

South African Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

R (rand)

Currency sub unit:

c (cent)

Bank notes:

R 10, R 20, R 50, R 100, R 200


10c, 20c, 50c, R 1, R 2, R 5

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%.

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.

What to spend your rand on**:

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    Soft drink in a restaurant

    10 ZAR *

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    Return trip on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain

    225 ZAR *

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    Postcard and stamp

    8 ZAR *

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    Three-course meal for two in Johannesburg

    400 ZAR *

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    Full-day safari tour at Kruger National Park

    1400 ZAR *

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Must-sees in South Africa

  • Cape of Good Hope
  • The Cape of Good Hope is where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, offering one of the most picturesque and mesmerising views in all of South Africa.
  • Durban
  • Some of the best beaches of South Africa’s east coast are here, as well as the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the uShaka Marine World aquarium.
  • Johannesburg
  • For safari fans Jo’burg is the place to be, with plenty of wildlife to spot outside of the city. For those who want to learn a bit more about South African history, head straight to the Apartheid Museum.

Buying South African rand online is easy

Order South African rands online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy South African rand’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

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Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to South Africa.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.