What is the local currency?
The local currency is the Rwandan Franc. US dollars are widely accepted, and both EUR and GBP can be exchanged at banks.
For the best exchange rates, it is best to pay for souvenirs and extra drinks/meals in Rwandan Francs.
Should I change money before I go?
It’s a good idea to bring mainly Rwandan Francs, but have a small reserve of US dollars (up to $100). You won’t need to exchange British pounds or Euro to US dollars before travelling to Rwanda, you can just exchange these currencies in the country.
Alternatively, you could just withdraw cash at the airport in Rwanda.
Will I be able to draw money out when I get there or should I exchange money?
Yes, there are a number of ATMs available at the airport, and in Kigali city, including ones near your first hotel. Most ATMs are reliable, but occasionally one may be unavailable, so having some US dollars in cash is a good idea.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
This really depends on your own spending habits, but a budget of around $40- $50 US dollars should be sufficient. If you’re planning on buying gifts and souvenirs, remember to budget more for these!
Is it customary to tip? If so, how much?
A tip of around 3-5 US dollars per day for the Pack Leader would be appreciated but is not at all compulsory. Many Flashpackers choose to keep a kitty and give this to the Pack Leader at the end of the trip.
For restaurants and bars, it’s normal to tip around 10%, but this is at your own discretion.