Embassies & Consulates

Burundian Consulate A one-month single-entry tourist visa for most Western nationalities costs US$90 (it only accepts US dollars), plus one passport photograph and a letter of invitation. The application fee is Tsh10,000. Allow up to two weeks for processing. It is often easier to apply for a visa in Dar es Salaam.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Consulate Congolese tourist visas must be obtained in advance from your home country. If you're just planning on visiting Virunga National Park and Goma then so-called Virunga Visas are easily issued via the Visit Virunga website (www.visitvirunga.org).

Entry & Exit Formalities

Immigration formalities for those riding the MV Liemba are handled by an officer who boards the boat in Kasanga. If you’re headed to Burundi or the DRC, there are immigration offices at Ami Port and Kibirizi.

Internet Access

Baby Come & C@ll Internet access just up from the train station.


CRDB Changes US dollars, euros and British pounds. ATM accepts MasterCard and Visa.

NBC ATM accepts MasterCard and Visa.


There is a post office near the train station.

Tourist Information

Gombe/Mahale Visitor Information Centre This helpful office for general information and for booking park-run accommodation is signposted off Ujiji Rd near the top of the hill; turn left at the T-junction.