The South African Rand rates below were last updated 8 minutes ago
If you're travelling to South Africa soon you'll want to get the best deal on your South African Rand. Our free comparison service compares the best South African Rand rates from the biggest currency suppliers in the UK so you can see at a glance who is offering the top deals. We are currently comparing 22 suppliers selling South African Rand in the UK with exchange rates ranging from 15.2414 to 15.7509.
But wait, it gets better! Many of the top suppliers listed above offer us exclusive exchange rates that are better than any other website which means if you order through us you could save even more money. We are so confident that you won't find better South African Rand exchange rates on any other UK website that we challenge you to let us know if you find a better deal!
The South African Rand is used by South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, and unofficially in Swaziland and Zimbabwe. There have been some sudden and violent changes in the ZAR exchange rate over the last few years so it is worth comparing the latest rates on a regular basis to spot the best time to buy.
If you are buying the South African Rand you should be aware of two things: firstly there are so many counterfeit 200 ZAR notes in circulation that they have been withdrawn by the South African Reserve Bank so you really do not want to accept a 200 ZAR note under any circumstances. Secondly, new bank notes came into circulation in 2012 featuring portraits of Nelson Mandela. If you have old Rand notes featuring the previous design you should exchange them as soon as possible before they cease to be legal tender. At the moment there is no set date for the withdrawal of these old notes but you should be able to find a buyer with our currency buyback comparisons if you have any of these in your possession.
Our statistics show that the average UK traveller takes £875 (based upon orders placed between 1st of August and 31st of October 2013) in South African Rand with them when they travel, which makes it one of the more higher-than-average orders we see.
When travelling to South Africa as a British Passport holder you can stay in the country for up to 90 days without applying for a visa and your passport must be valid for the entirety of your stay and for a minimum of 30 days upon your exit from South Africa.
In addition, your passport must have at least two blank pages for stamping requirements. Once in South Africa you are advised to carry with you identification or a copy of your passport just in case you are asked by officials to produce documentation.
If you are travelling to South Africa from a country which has Yellow Fever then you will need a certificate which is valid from 10 days before your travel and even if you are transiting through an airport in South Africa you will still need a certificate before you can enter the country.
Over the past week the South African Rand has dropped by 1.85% from last Saturday's rate of 16.047 to today's rate of 15.7509 which means £750 will buy you R222.08 less now than it would have a week ago. During this period the best rate we recorded was 16.196 on Tuesday and the worst rate is 15.7509 recorded today.
The 90 day outlook has seen the South African Rand rate drop by 8.90% from 17.289 on 26th November 2016 to 15.7509 today. Based on these figures, £750 would have bought you R1,153.58 more three months ago that it would have today. We recorded a high rate of 17.55 on 30th November 2016 and a low rate of 15.7509 recorded today.
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