Budget planning tool
Punch in your holiday deets in the tool below to help you plan your spending money.
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Planning your trip to South Africa
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
Coins and notes
Coins in South Africa are worth 5c, 10c and 20c, R1, R2 and R5 a piece. Notes range through R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. So whether you’re in a fancy restaurant or lining up for the river rapids, there’s a note or coin to come in ‘rand’y.
Facts about the currency
- As much fun as South Africa is, there are restrictions on carrying cash into the nation. If you have any more than 25,000 ZAR or US$10,000 (or any other equivalent across currencies), you’ll need to declare it upon entry.
- Paper currency was used in South Africa back in the 17th Century, when the Rixdollar was in circulation.
- South Africa was a common trading point for the world during this time, so there was never a shortage of foreign currencies in circulation.
- The British tried to make South Africa run on the pound sterling back in 1826, but it didn’t really take – people just traded in Spanish dollars, US dollars, French francs, Indian rupees, or whatever they could get their hands on really.
- Finally, the pound was pounded in 1961, and the rand was introduced.
The rates chart gives you a breakdown of how these two currencies have compared historically. Want more rands in your hand? Sign up for currency alerts. When the exchange rate is right where you want it, you’ll receive a notification.