Africa Currency Guide


Africa uses a variety of country-specific currencies:

Country Currency
Algeria Algerian Dinar
Angola   Angolan Kwanza
Benin     West African CFA Franc
Botswana Batswana Pula
Burkina Faso     West African CFA Franc
Burundi                 Burundian Franc
Cameroon Central African CFA Franc
Canary Islands    Euro
Cape Verde Cape Verdean Escudo
Central African Republic                 Central African CFA Franc
Chad Central African CFA Franc
Comoros Comorian Franc
Côte d’Ivoire West African CFA Franc
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congolese Franc
Djibouti                 Djiboutian Franc
Egypt Egyptian Pound
Equatorial Guinea   Central African CFA Franc
Eritrea    Eritrean Nakfa
Ethiopia Ethiopian Birr
Gabon   Central African CFA Franc
Gambia                 Gambian Dalasi
Ghana    Ghana Cedi
Guinea Guinean Franc
Guinea-Bissau    West African CFA Franc
Kenya Kenyan Shilling
Lesotho                     Lesotho Loti
Liberia Liberian Dollar
Libya       Libyan Dinar
Madagascar Malagasy Ariary
Madeira Islands                 Euro
Malawi               Malawian Kwacha
Mali West African CFA Franc
Mauritania Mauritanian Ouguiya
Mauritius    Mauritian Rupee
Mayotte Euro
Morocco Moroccan Dirham
Mozambique Mozambican Metical
Namibia Namibian Dollar
Niger      West African CFA Franc
Nigeria   Nigerian Naira
Republic of the Congo    Central African CFA Franc
Réunion     Euro
Rwanda                 Rwandan Franc
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha  Saint Helena Pound
São Tomé and Príncipe    Santomean Dobra
Senegal                 West African CFA Franc
Seychelles  Seychellois Rupee
Sierre Leone Sierra Leonese Leone
Socotra  Yemeni Rial
Somalia                 Somali Shilling
South Africa South African Rand
South Sudan  South Sudanese Pound
Sudan Sudanese Pound
Swaziland Swazi Lilangeni/South African Rand
Tanzania Tanzanian Shilling
Togo West African CFA Franc
Tunisia Tunisian Dinar
Uganda                  Ugandan Shilling
Western Sahara                 Moroccan Dirham/Algerian Dinar/ Ouguiya
Zambia Zambian Kwacha
Zimbabwe      US Dollar/South African Rand/ Botswana Pula


ATM facilities can be found throughout the major cities in Africa, but are less common in smaller towns, villages, the islands and the countryside. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling through Africa, don’t forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card.


As well as the plethora of country-specific currencies, Euros and US Dollars are the easiest currencies to exchange in Africa. Before you travel it is important to convert some of your Australian Dollars into the local currency or Euros and US Dollars to have with you when you arrive. Euros, US Dollars, South African Rand and Mauritian Rupees are all available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz before you fly.

Travel Cards

If you'd like the security that a credit card offers while travelling without the risk of racking up debt, consider purchasing a pre-paid cash travel card. Available from Travel Money Oz, Cash Passports allow you to load your money in the form of Euros and US Dollars onto the card. Your money can then be accessed at various ATMS and used wherever MasterCard is accepted. The card has both a security pin and signature required for safe spending.