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Traveling money

Baltimore, Maryland
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Traveling money

I will be in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and have great concerns regarding money. I am under the impression that T.Cheques are difficult to cash, and expensive to exchange. While on safari, there are no ATM'S. I think it unsafe to carry large amounts of US currency. What was one do? Since I will be away

3 weeks, it is worrisome.

Do you have any advice?


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1. Re: Traveling money

Ask your safari company what they suggest for their local as it varies. There are ATMs most cities, so I would stock up on the country specific monetary unit.. You are correct about t checks, but we usually carry $500 or so as back up. Banks will change them, but it can take a long time ( hours) to do it. Many lodges will let you put every thing on credit cards, and you only need tip money. Some guest houses I have been to do not take credit cards, but they will take personal checks, go figure. If you do carry cash, spread it out around your body, so you only have to cough up some. I use the pouches under your pants looped on your belt. I also carry a drop wallet to give them old credit cards and a few 20s...but I am a bit paranoid.

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2. Re: Traveling money

We brought cash (USD) but were only in Zambia (through South Africa). Three of the four camps we stayed at had a safe in the hut/tent. We did end up using cash for tips (as all other expenses were included with the price - paid ahead of time).

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3. Re: Traveling money

There are ATM's in the cities and at JNB. Both USD and So African Rand are easily changed into Botwana Pula or Zambia money and both are accepted. Just don't cut it too close as sometimes the ATM's don't work. And Visa logoed cards are best. Check with your bank before leaving. But yes you will need to carry cash.

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