Frequently asked questions about overland safaris

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Are there ATM machines to draw money?

Most people choose to travel with a Credit or Debit card but this should not be relied solely upon. VISA is the most widely accepted card and is recommended. Mastercard and American Express are accepted only in selected locations. Some providers charge high fees for using Credit and Debit cards. Please note that all ATM’s will ONLY dispense cash in local currency. You will only be able to draw US$ cash from ATM’s in Zimbabwe. Most activities are payable by credit card (surcharges will apply).

What currency must I bring?

Bring most of your spending money in cash as USD, Sterling or Euro. Generally, US dollars are the easiest to exchange. If your tour remains within Southern Africa – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Mozambique – you may opt to bring all your spending money in South African Rand and you can change the money before you leave your own country. If you carry US dollar bills in East Africa, please ensure they are clean, un-torn and issued post-2009. Anything else will incur a poor exchange rate or might be refused. Your guide can advise you where it is best to change money into the local currency on your tour and how much you are likely to require. Some tours may require you to have money already changed after arrival at the airport.


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