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    • TrickyNicky
    • By TrickyNicky 8th Aug 18, 9:35 PM
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    Money for South Africa 8th Aug 18 at 9:35 PM
    Just looking for suggestions. I am off to South Africa at the end of August. I am volunteering for a month on a game reserve near Kruger. I won't need a lot of cash on the reserve but will need some for my days off - one day a week. Keeping cash safe will be difficult. I have a Nationwide Credit Card for bigger payments and purchases but that is no help for when I need cash. I will be about an hour from the nearest big town/bank. Any ideas/recommendations gratefully received. Thanks.
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    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 8th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
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    Each time I go to South Africa it gets easier and easier to find places which accept card payment. This will be especially true in and near tourist hotspots.

    Your money will go a long way in South Africa (think 3.50 for a McDonalds Meal deal or a good quality steak for 10-12) so you won't need much. If you are worried, the safest option is to carry little and use your card as much as you can
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    • By pavlovs_dog 8th Aug 18, 9:51 PM
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    It may also be worth pointing out that it is their winter and you should expect 4 seasons in one day. In the western cape I've seen days go from shorts and t shirt weather to fleecy pjs and a hot water bottle by night.

    You'll need a travel adaptor too. It looks like a 3 pin european plug but with much fatter pins.

    Apologies if stating the obvious with the above.
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 9th Aug 18, 12:59 PM
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    Ask Nationwide: they offer a range of cards, some of which allow fee-free cash withdrawals (but are part of a 'premium' account with a monthly fee).
    • PhilEB
    • By PhilEB 15th Aug 18, 2:02 PM
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    My Step daughter did this in April (South Africa, volunteered on a game reserve. She took a Revolut card as myself and her mum have used one for some time now - made life very easy.
    • TrickyNicky
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    Thanks everyone for your input. Seems like it might be more straight forward than I thought. I'll look at the Revolut card too. Thanks
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 17th Aug 18, 11:45 AM
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    Thanks everyone for your input. Seems like it might be more straight forward than I thought. I'll look at the Revolut card too. Thanks
    Originally posted by TrickyNicky
    I have and use when abroad (and in the U.K.) the trinity of good cards to travel with-

    Revolut
    Monzo
    Starling

    All are free and offer the MasterCard interbank exchange rate. Revolut and Monzo have a 200pcm free ATM withdrawal limit, Starling doesn't. I would recommend all of them! Apply today and the accounts are live instantly and you'll have the physical debit cards by mid week.
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