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走进东非 – 钱

肯尼亚货币: Kenyan shilling 肯尼亚先令, 美金比率大约1:85; 坦桑尼亚货币:Tanzanian shilling 坦桑尼亚先令, 美金比率大约1:1600。

这次的功课准备上,钱的方面吃了些小小苦头,听我细细说说。

Safari Tour的费用支付是这样一个过程:先谈好package的价钱,然后签份合同(之前已经附录了我们的合同),提供的服务和价钱都在黑字白字写好(如果以后有争执合同就很重要了),然后将预付款给旅行社wire过去,通常他们会要30-50%的预付款,我争取了一下,我们的降到了25%。汇钱的时候这儿的银行多半会收些手续费,比如Chase收了我$45,然后肯尼亚银行那面也会扣些钱(据说扣了$10),这些就只能我们自己承担了。

汇钱之前唯一需要做的是查一下肯尼亚官方旅游网站,看看他们给的汇款地址是不是和网站上登录的一样。但是如果旅行社靠谱,成立时间有一段了,自然不会骗了你的钱跑路,所以这点互信还是要有的。

剩下的费用他们要求美金现钞带过去,所以此次旅行是我带钱最多的一次。

旅馆是通过booking.com订的,后来发现只有内罗毕的旅馆他们接受了信用卡,而桑岛上的旅馆都希望我们用现金付,而那会儿我们已经没有那么多现金了。婉拒之后,石头城的那家他们让我们留下了信用卡的信息,后来通过加拿大银行支付的;而Paje的那家恰巧收银机也不好用,带我去他的姐妹旅馆付的,但是说坦桑尼亚银行要额外收5%信用卡的费用。似乎是这样的,因为之前一家餐馆也是这样要的。

总结一下,就是这两个国家信用卡不太好用,当地生意人更看重现金。这方面,坦桑尼亚比肯尼亚还落后。

坑爹的事情来了,虽然我和小伙伴按照之前的预算带了一裤兜的现金,但是两国生意人和官方都只收2004年之后的美金,之前的不能用。我们第一次遇到是在Safari旅行社,他们把美金百元大钞一张张查一遍,然后退回了几张,弄的我们傻眼。后来发现,越新的美钞他们越喜欢。

再后来,在坦肯边境的时候,移民局官方告示清楚写的提示,让我们无话可说。

我还做好事帮导游换了一张百元大钞的小费,于是我们带的现金越来越打了折扣。

到后来桑岛的时候,我们完全靠小伙伴的现金救济了,而且大伙还忐忑不安地不知道是否旅馆收信用卡,否则大家讨论到底是应该留团长还是副团长在这儿打小工赚钱。

穷游生活直接影响到我们的旅行体验。在桑岛中餐馆吃晚餐的时候,一问他们只收万事达卡却不收签证卡,大家立刻默默掏出现金凑钱,点菜都点的不过瘾,茶水米饭要钱的都拒了,最终消费$35。后来搞定旅馆之后,大伙们立刻觉得财大气粗,次日再去餐馆的时候,豪气万丈,这个那个点了一堆,结果一顿午餐反而吃了$70多,小伙伴们都挠头不知道怎么吃的。

后来小伙伴们还遇到被餐馆一张张查二十刀美钞年份的。。。

至于换钱,我们一路上为了加油,和车行老板换了一百美刀的坦桑尼亚先令,1:1600吧,算是合理。结果一半加油,另外一些机场随手买了些纪念品,我还帮同事换了些新钱收藏。当地的钱老板说都是中国帮助印的,不知道肯尼亚的是不是?摸起来手感比较像。

其余都是美刀说话。所以还是要准备许多小面额的一元纸币,留做小费用。当地旅馆最喜欢帮我们拎行李,因为简单又有的赚。当然网上有人提议多换些当地散钱当小费更方便当地人,我们一路没有时间,就算了。

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