U.S dollars are widely welcomed across East Africa. Visitors should bring cash (newer crisp bills with no tears or markings, multiple, smaller denominations visit your bank early as sometimes it is difficult to get newer crisp bills) or traveler’s checks, although traveler’s checks are becoming more difficult to convert. Bring a credit card for emergency travel expenses or for larger souvenirs, but do not rely on it for daily use. Outside of East Africa, credit cards are not readily accepted although many tourist lodges and safari camps will take them. Surcharges are often imposed. ATMs are limited and not always reliable. We recommend changing a small amount of money into local currency upon arrival.
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