TIPS AND CURRENCY
Foreign exchange is freely traded in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls.
All international airports have foreign exchange desks, though for Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls we recommend you use US$/Euro as it is universally accepted – bring a variety of denominations to avoid receiving change in a less-than-useful local currency.
Entry Visas are payable in US$/Euro so check the latest requirements with your consultant and have the correct amount handy on arrival.
If you visiting Namibia only, we recommend you buy South African Rand (ZAR) – the Namibian Dollar is inter-changeable with the Rand in Namibia only and is not accepted at banks outside the country.
Travellers’ cheques, credit cards and debit cards are accepted only in the large hotels and lodges in the cities. At safari lodges and shops in the more remote areas, cash is the only means of payment. Though many of the lodges are fully inclusive, some offer extra activities or charge for premium imported spirits and wine; you may want to buy some of the local craft and tip the staff in which case small denominations of US$ will again come in handy.
Tipping at lodges in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls is not expected but always welcomed. Many safari lodges have a system of sharing the tips among the general housekeeping staff with a separate system for the guides. We recommend you ask the concierge or your host about the tipping protocol when checking in or out.