The de facto official currency is the US dollar (USD). The Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD) was effectively abandoned as the official curency in early 2009 after runaway inflation. The South African Rand (ZAR) and British Pound (GBP) are also sometimes accepted. Major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are accepted in most of the larger hotels, restaurants and shops. Many smaller establishments still do not have credit card facilities; Diners Club and American Express are often not accepted. ATM facilities, dispensing US$, are available in the cities, although in smaller towns and rural areas you'll need to bring cash. Because there are few coins in circulation, you may not receive change for anything that costs less than US$1. It is not uncommon to receive change in sweets for small amounts, even in shopping malls.
Currency Exchange Rates
|A$ 1||A$ 5||A$ 10||A$ 100||A$ 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 1.00||A$ 5.00||A$ 10.00||A$ 100.00||A$ 1,000.00|
|Canada||C$ 1.05||C$ 5.26||C$ 10.52||C$ 105.18||C$ 1,051.80|
|Ireland||€ 0.81||€ 4.07||€ 8.14||€ 81.37||€ 813.70|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 1.30||NZ$ 6.49||NZ$ 12.98||NZ$ 129.81||NZ$ 1,298.15|
|South Africa||R 8.71||R 43.55||R 87.10||R 870.96||R 8,709.58|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.67||£ 3.36||£ 6.73||£ 67.28||£ 672.81|
|United States of America||US$ 1.03||US$ 5.15||US$ 10.30||US$ 102.99||US$ 1,029.87|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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