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USD to ZAR - Exchange Rates Guide

US Dollar to South African Rand exchange rates can vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money/Card transactions as shown below.


USD/ZAR exchange rate (wholesale):

1 USD = 17.01 ZAR

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USD to ZAR chart and trends
ALERT:4-DAY1.5% |
USD/ZAR at 17.01 was trading 4.9% below AVG:17.88 with LO:16.52 and HI:19.11 (90 days). ALERT: USD/ZAR is DOWN 1.5% this 4-DAY period.

US Dollar to South African Rand - Quick Conversions

U$ 1 R 17.01
U$ 5 R 85.05
U$ 10 R 170.10
U$ 20 R 340.20
U$ 50 R 850.50
U$ 100 R 1,701
U$ 250 R 4,253
U$ 500 R 8,505
U$ 1,000 R 17,010
U$ 2,000 R 34,020
U$ 5,000 R 85,050
U$ 10,000 R 170,100
U$ 50,000 R 850,500
U$ 100,000 R 1,701,000
More amounts
U$ 0.0588 R 1
U$ 0.2939 R 5
U$ 0.5877 R 10
U$ 1.1755 R 20
U$ 2.9387 R 50
U$ 5.8774 R 100
U$ 14.69 R 250
U$ 29.39 R 500
U$ 58.77 R 1,000
U$ 117.55 R 2,000
U$ 293.87 R 5,000
U$ 587.74 R 10,000
U$ 2,939 R 50,000
U$ 5,877 R 100,000
More amounts

To calculate other USD/ZAR amounts try our home-page Convert USD to ZAR quick converter.

Comparing Retail Exchange Rates

The total cost for 'Retail' exchange rates you receive from your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of the margin from the 'Wholesale' rate (interbank mid-rate) plus any fixed or percentage fees.

These margins and fees can vary significantly for International Money Transfers, Travel Money and prepaid multi-currency Travel Card transactions. Also the exchange rate margin will also vary depending on the currency pair and total amount.


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US Dollar and South African Rand Forecasts

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the USD vs ZAR, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

US Dollar (USD)

In early May the continuing coronavirus pandemic and an associated possible re-escalation in the US-China trade tensions has moved the market into safer currencies such as the USD and JPY.

Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital forecast a large drop for US dollar against Japanese Yen to continue with a USD/JPY rate of 95 in the near future.

The US dollar held its value in 2019 despite the US-China trade tensions, mainly because the greenback is still considered a safer currency to own than most others.

Read more in the article USD Forecasts.


South African Rand (ZAR)

Rabobank told Bloomberg TV in early April that they see a difficult virus affected year in 2020 for the South African rand.

How to get Best USD to ZAR Exchange Rates

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate).

The transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.


What is a good USD to ZAR exchange rate?

This is a difficult question and the answer really depends on many factors. The best way to consider an exchange rate's relative value is to look at the history of USD vs ZAR.

The following table looks at the change in the USD to ZAR historic exchange rate over a range of periods upto 10 years.

USD/ZAR historic rateChange to 03-JulPeriod
17.2611  26 Jun 20201.4% ▼1 Week
16.9134  03 Jun 20200.6% ▲30 Days
19.0460  04 Apr 202010.7% ▼90 Days
14.0610  04 Jul 201921% ▲1 Year
12.3968  05 Jul 201537.2% ▲5 Years
7.6460  06 Jul 2010122.5% ▼10 Years
USD/ZAR 10 year historic rates & changes to 03-Jul-2020 : 17.0144

When is the best time to exchange USD to ZAR?

Getting a good market rate is all about timing to help with this you can use BER Smart Alerts to make the most of currency movements.

Rather than requiring you to set a target rate, our rate alerts work differently. We check for daily high/lows and changes (up/down) over a range of periods up to 90 days rather than requiring you to set target rates.

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