Usefull Hints and Tips


  • Valued added tax (VAT). South Africa has a value-added tax of 15% on purchases and services.
  • Foreign visitors can reclaim their VAT on collective purchases of more than R250 in total.
  • The refund office is located at Cape Town International Airport.
  • South Africa has a modern and sophisticated banking and commercial system, and most shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards.

Practical Safety Tips

  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash, don't carry cameras in plain sight and do not leave belongings unattended.
  • Listen to the advice of your tour guides on where to go and which places to avoid after dark.
  • Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs.
  • Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout. If you wish to do good, rather give food, or donate your money to a registered welfare organization. Get advice about this from your Social Workers at ABBA.
  • Keep photocopies of all valuable documents in a safe place.