South Africa's currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.
Value-Added Tax (VAT)
South Africa has a value-added tax of 14% on purchases and services. Foreign visitors can reclaim their VAT on collective purchases of more than R250 at the VAT refund office which is located at Cape Town International Airport.
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
ATMs are widely available.
South Africa has a modern and sophisticated banking and commercial system, and most shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards.
As a rough guide: give 10% to 15% to a waitron in a restaurant and approximately US$ 3 (or equivalent) to hotel porters and taxi drivers.