Currency at Victoria Falls

Latest information about currency and exchange rates

Your Money in Victoria Falls

On both the Zimbabwean and the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls travellers can use US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR). The official currency of Zambia is the Kwacha (ZMK).

The following information pertains to travel within Zimbabwe. In order to stabilize Zimbabwe's erratic currency in April of 2009 the Zimbabwean dollar was officially renounced. what this means is that all exchange in Zimbabwe now takes place in foreign currency. The primary currencies in use are the South African Rand and the US Dollar. Remember that entrance fees to the Victoria Falls National Park, River Usage Fee, Visa Costs are charged in US Dollars and therefore you need to ensure that you carry sufficient for your requirements.

Rhino Africa Guide to Foreign Exchange in Victoria Falls

Before you travel to Zimbabwe, its absolutely vital that you have a clear understanding of how to exchange money. The following step by step guide is invaluable but information is constantly changing so please check the latest status with your consultant or by reading the Rhino Africa Travel Documentation, sent to you prior to travel.

  • The Zimbabwean Dollar was also one of the lowest-valued currencies in the world. Due to massive inflation and three redenominations, it was suspended indefinitely on 12 April 2009. Today, other currencies are exclusively used for transactions in Zimbabwe instead with the most popular choice being the US Dollar followed by South African Rands.
  • Very few vendors in Zimbabwe have credit card facilities. Mastercard do not operate in Zimbabwe, and Visa look set to withdraw the facility at any moment.
  • Carry small denominations of international currency. This makes paying for bills easy, and purchasing curios and gifts even easier.
  • Meals and Drinks bills need to settled on departure from the hotel in international currency.
  • Travellers Cheques can be used to pay for bills on the departure from hotels. Do not use Travellers Cheques for foreign exchange.

These guidelines change regularly, and you should therefore speak to your Rhino Africa Travel Consultant to get information about the latest developments.

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