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Money and costs

Currency
Lari (GMD)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 16, 2018 9:33AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
D1500
  • Room in a budget guesthouse: D800
  • Sandwich or shwarma (kebab): D200
  • Soft drink: D80
  • Local bus ride: D20
Midrange
D1500-3500
  • B&B room near the beach: D1600
  • Lunch at an oceanfront restaurant: D450
  • Bottle of beer: D100
  • Short shared taxi ride: D100
Top end (more than)
D3500
  • Boutique hotel room: D3600
  • Dinner for two at a high-end restaurant: D1800
  • Glass of wine: D120
  • Three-hour river cruise: D2600

The local currency, dalasi (D), fluctuates strongly. It's best to have hard currency (British pounds, euros or US dollars) on hand and exchange it as needed. ATMs exist on the coast, but are not practical.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Tipping isn't expected at smaller local restaurants; at more touristic places, a 10% tip is fairly common.

  • Guides At many reserves and parks, guides will be available – sometimes even included in the admission price. Regardless, it's always polite to tip the guide. While it's hard to give guidelines, D50 or more per hour is a benchmark.

  • Bumsters Don't tip people who hassle you or harass you for money.