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Travel money card

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Travel money card


we're off to South Africa in November and we are thinking of taking a travel money card for our spending money as we don't want to take cash or a debit card.

Has anyone used one of these in SA? I know they are very popular in Europe,but im abit concerned as to whether you could use them on a game reserve,or in the smaller guest houses.They are classed as a mastercard though.

Thanks in advance for any help


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1. Re: Travel money card

Hi we are off to Cape Town in oct and have just purchased the travelex prepaid card so I hope it's accepted lol everywhere else I have travelled if they accept a credit card they will accept one of these.

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2. Re: Travel money card

When we went overseas last year to Europe, we used a prepaid travel card from our local bank, Standard Bank, so there should be no reason why yours wouldn't work here.

Edited: 20 August 2013, 20:47
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i have used a visa travel money card. worked all the time at shops/restaurants but not always at the atm. i would also take something that will give you cash.

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Personally I would take all three to cover yourself.

Definitely take cash for the start of your holiday unless you want to be worrying about ATMs on your arrival after a long journey.

Also a credit card and debit card, each backs up the other.

Not only is it good to have local currency on your arrival but there is always a chance you will be somewhere and the eftpos machine will be 'not working' .

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5. Re: Travel money card

Definately take all 3 to cover yourselves just in case.

I would take about R3000 (approx. £200) to keep you going over the first few days.

The Thomas Cook SA Rand currency card was easy to manage online and worked at all Mastercard ATM's as we withdrew currency and then used this rather than using the card in shops/restaurants etc. ATM withdrawals were charged at R25 rand per withdrawal.

Remember to inform your bank that you are going to SA otherwise they may block any debit/credit card transactions. Only use these as a last resort as they can work out expensive with transaction fees.

Edited: 22 August 2013, 13:52
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