Advice when travelling in South Africa
It is a good idea to photocopy the page of your passport that contains your photograph, passport number and other identifying information, along with other important documents such as visas, travel insurance policies, air tickets and travellers check serial numbers in case you lose anything. It is also a good idea to have a complete set of copies left at home.
If you lose your passport, immediately notify the nearest embassy or consulate of your home country. There are consulates for most large countries in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. To speed up the process of replacement, you will need to know all information previously recorded and show identification and proof of citizenship. Replacement documents can take from 1 to 2 weeks to process. Any visa stamps in you old passport will be lost.
When you travel, it is always good to have two forms of identification on your person including one photo ID. Many establishments, especially banks require identification before cashing traveller’s cheques.
The general rule is that it is cheaper to convert foreign currency in South Africa than in your home country. It is always advised to bring enough Rand with you to last 2 to 3 days into your trip, to ensure a smooth transition into your host country.
Credit Cards are generally accepted in all but the smallest accommodation in South Africa or Namibia. American Express and Diners Club are only accepted in the larger Hotels and never elsewhere.