South Africa’s currency is the rand (R), a currency shared by Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia.
As of February 2017 one US dollar is worth about thirteen rand.
ATMS AND CREDIT CARDS
ATMs are found throughout the country and cards are readily accepted in most places.
Wages are often low and tipping is expected in restaurants, cafes, hotels, and taxis.
ESTIMATED DAILY COSTS
Daily costs can range from about one to two thousand rand, or about $70 to over $150, depending on the traveler’s discretion. A hostel bed can cost around R160, while a hotel room can cost anywhere from R400 to over R1500. Meals range from R75 for fast food to R150 for a more high end meal. Transportation is pretty easy and cheap in South Africa. There are buses in and between cities. Two week hop-on, hop-off passes cost around R410. A flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg costs around R950.