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Money and costs

Francs (RWF)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$17–20
  • Cheap meal: US$3–6
  • Moto-taxi ride: US$1
  • Double room in a hotel: US$40–70
  • Meal in a restaurant: US$10–15
  • Short taxi trip: US$3
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: US$150
  • Meal in a smart restaurant US$25
  • 4WD hire per day US$170

Most banks in larger towns have international ATMs. Credit cards are accepted at most tourist hotels. Bring US dollars or euros.


Although service charges are generally included in the bill, tipping is common in the cities these days due to the large international presence.

  • Hotels RFr500 per bag is standard.

  • Restaurants For decent service 5% to 10%.

  • Guides/drivers US$10 per person per day.

  • Car parks It's a good idea to tip the men who watch (and sometimes clean) your car. A tip of around RFr1000 is appropriate.