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I'm travelling to Phinda Game reserve (all paid for in advance) and then on to Richards Bay and then on to Mauritius. Apart from GBP credit cards I plan to take some cash. Not counting ZAR which is most locally acceptable - euros USD or GBP?


Durban, South Africa
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1. Re: Currency


In South Africa just draw Rands from the ATM's using your card.

In Mauritius, apart from Mauritian rupees, quite a few places charge in Euros.

United Kingdom
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2. Re: Currency

I too would use ATMs for Rands in South Africa.

For Mauritius, again use ATMs for rupees.

I did not think either countries would use sterling, dollars etc so readily as payment and if they did you will lose a lot in the conversion rate.

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3. Re: Currency

I second the last poster. In Mauritius do not pay in euros as hotels make money by trying to charge in euros. Use Mauritian rupees.

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I suspect that the OP was asking about the best currency for exchanging, rather than paying for things. Could be wrong, though.

If so, I'd say Euros, if you have them. The £ has done rather badly on foreign exchange markets recently, the USD even worse. I wouldn't bother to change £s to Euros before travelling, though. You'll get hit for two lots of charge - unless you're using a Nationwide Flexaccount card.

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5. Re: Currency

If you want to bring currency GBP is fine don't bother to convert to Euro's.

You can exchange them at any bank in SA, but ATM's are everywhere.

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