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Visas: UK na­tion­als can visit South Africa for up to 90 days with­out a visa.

Cur­rency: South African rand (R), cur­rrently around R19 to the UK£. The cur­rency’s value also re­cently dropped sig­nif­i­cantly fol­low­ing the news that the econ­omy had gone into re­ces­sion.

ATMS: South Africa has an es­tab­lished bank­ing sys­tem with no-fee ATMS read­ily avail­able at bank branches, shop­ping cen­tres and su­per­mar­kets. In­de­pen­dent ATMS can have high fees, so try to avoid them. Max­i­mum cash with­drawal lim­its vary but are likely to be in the re­gion of R2,000 (£105) to R5,000 (£263).

Cred­its cards: Visa and Master­card are widely ac­cepted, in­clud­ing in some of the larger stores in the city’s mar­kets. Rec­om­mended guide­book: Dur­ban & Kwazulu Natal Foot­print Fo­cus Guide (2015) is a wel­come spot­light on a part of the world that’s yet to be com­pre­hen­sively cov­ered by the big names in guide­book pub­lish­ing.

Use­ful web­site: While not par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive, world­trav­el­guide.net’s Dur­ban page of­fers an in-depth over­view of the city’s cre­den­tials, from get­ting around to its head­line events.

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