The Low Down on South African Currency
South African Reserve Bank
|Currency sub unit:|
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**:
Soft drink in a restaurant
Return trip on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain
Postcard and stamp
Three-course meal for two in Johannesburg
Full-day safari tour at Kruger National Park
Must-sees in South Africa
Buying South African rand online is easy
Order South African rands online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly.
- 1. Click the ‘Buy South African rand’ button below
And tell us how much you need for your trip.
- 2. Choose where to get it
Collect your currency from 33 Travelex stores.
- 3. Pay online
Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!
*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.