In East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of an emergency but always have cash on you.
US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro, and select international currencies are used within Africa, with the US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation, and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2009. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
It is also best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, UDS20, USD 10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
ATMs are found throughout East Africa and other major towns and cities through East Africa. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency.