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Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:21 pm

I confess that after finding the maximum amount was R2000 when I first tried to draw more I have never actually tried more! Maybe it has increased now to R3000 across the board - apart from the mini ATMs where you get a slip and then the shop gives you the cash and it depends on what they have available to give you.....
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Re: Budgeting for cash needs while in Kruger

Unread postby mapleleaf » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:49 am

This may be a little late since it seems that by this time you have already been to South Africa but "Consumer Reports" magazine had an article regarding security features on credit cards recently.
It seems that the USA companies have been lagging in not issuing cards with embedded chips and requiring users to use a pin and this has led to cards being refused in some places in Europe.
In Canada three of four of my credit cards [American Express being the exception] and my bank debit card have chips and require a pin.
If you want a chip card you might try Capitol One; they recently sent me a chip card and I believe they are an American issuer.

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Re: ATM machines

Unread postby HermanPienaar » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:06 am

Most camps do have ATMs but if they are working is another question. I was in KNP in December and had to go out of the park to draw money for fuel as for none of the ATM's were working and the fuel stations do not acccept debit cards - so take some emergency cash with.
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Re: ATM machines

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:08 am

Letaba does, not sure about the other camps. But often they have a mini ATM. In that case you will have to hope there is enough cash in the till.
Take a wide margin in your money planning! There is no 100% surety that there is money in the machines, or that the telecom lines are up!
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Re: ATM machines

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:13 am

Agree with DQ. Take extra cash along, do not rely on the machines working. Some rely on telecoms that fail purely as a result of being deep in the bush.
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Re: ATM machines

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:47 am

Cash is king in Kruger, but electricity not :wink:
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Re: ATM machines

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:01 am

If it was me, I would not carry too much cash at a time, if you have a credit card. :thumbs_up:

You will need cash for tips, petrol and launderette, other wise you can use your credit card for the shop and restaurants, and guided drives. :dance:

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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby johnp » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Found the answer... if anyone searches...

yes you can use your debit card in the shops and reception but not for PETROL

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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby saraf » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:40 pm

JohnP, welcome to the forum.

Please note that while you can use debit and credit cards in the shops and restaurants sometimes the data lines the transactions go over fail.

Also, if you are coming from overseas, please check what your bank will charge for foreign currency transactions. I know a lot of the UK banks charge a hefty fee per transaction as well as the exchange rate.
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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby Hippotragus » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:26 pm

I'm sure someone can answer this, missings.a., but as I understand it the South African Petrol/Garage Cards are directly linked to one's South African bank account. I am pretty sure that overseas visitors have to use cash only. I know it is not ideal, but cash seems to rule.


Even South Africans should take enough cash because often the lines are down and the petrol cards are not working - this has happened to me at various camps in KNP.
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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:47 pm

Yes, it is true- no petrol cards for overseas visitors. In order not to carry too much cash we actually get good old fashioned Traveler's Checks. There is a bank in Skukuza and we have never had any problem cashing them.

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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby judik » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:34 pm

Never had as problem carrying too much cash
Food and drinks paid for before entrance,all other stuff easily paid for by cash from the ATM at Skukuza or Letaba if needed
Tend to use my credit ,instead of debit card,if I am going to use a card as it seems more secure
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Re: Paying with debit cards in Kruger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:43 pm

You will need to take cash to Kgalagadi Judik, only the 2R shop and the park itself (night rides, accom, wild card etc) take credit card.
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Re: Money Matters: ATM - CC - Cash

Unread postby AndreaB » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:33 pm

We visited the park and paid with credit cards for fuel at every camp we visited, Satara, LS and Skukuza.
Wasn't a problem at all.
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Re: Money Matters: ATM - CC - Cash

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:55 pm

Andrea is quite right............almost all the camps in KNP now accept credit cards (both SA and overseas) for petrol.
Shing and Punda were still only taking cash in December, and of course Shing is closed anyway at the moment. :thumbs_up:
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