Thank you! What about gratuities....would most prefer to receive a tip in USD? Or does it matter?
Just tip in rand in S.A. And dollars in Zimbabwe and you should be fine.
I agree with everybody, over here in Vic Falls the Rand rate has dropped so bad so keep your US$ for Victoria falls. Remember you can get upto $2500 per day from the ATM barclays Bank but you will have to ask your USA bank to increase your daily limit otherwise you will be taking out $500.
Philani Moyo- Owner and Director Shockwave Adventure Victoria Falls
If you still have rand left over, nobody is going to complain if you give them Rand, but they will be happier with dollars.
Keep in mind if planning on using Barclays Bank ATM in VF, Visa only, no M/C. This caused me to run out of dough at the end of our trip.
Bring lots of small US dollar bills with you. Small bills are great for tips, plus they never have small bills to make change for you. They don't have their own currency, so the USD and Rand are from visitors who travel with big bills, and they often don't have enough small bills to give you back as change.
We have had the front desk at our hotel unable to give me a change, so she handed me a bottle of juice instead. And the Victoria Falls park entrance did not have enough money to give us change. They wrote an IOU on my receipt to come back to them later for change, but we forget about it when we left the park.
They appreciate small bills there. They have no problem accepting Rands either. We had extra Rands from South Africa, and we spent that first before spending our US dollars.
Wow, that's good to know! Thank you for the heads up!!
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