Currency

Rwandan franc (RFr)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Dorm bed: US$17–20
  • Cheap meal: US$3–6
  • Moto-taxi ride: US$1

Midrange: US$50–100

  • Double room in a hotel: US$40–70
  • Meal in a restaurant: US$10–15
  • Short taxi trip: US$3

Top end: More than US$100

  • Double room in a top-end hotel: US$150
  • Meal in a smart restaurant US$25
  • 4WD hire per day US$170

Bargaining

Bargaining is perfectly acceptable at any market or stall and is essential with taxi and moto-taxi drivers, who will often put the prices up for foreigners. Forearmed is forewarned – do check what the going rate is for any journey before starting to haggle. Of course, there are many drivers who do not put prices up for foreigners, so consider this before entering into outraged negotiation.

Money

You’ll find all the banks in Kamembe. Moneychangers near the border in Cyangugu will change Rwandan francs to DRC francs, although US dollars are the currency of choice for all but the smallest of purchases in the DRC.