Most travellers will require a visa to enter both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For Rwanda, UK travellers can obtain a visa on arrival in Kigali at no cost. For other nationalities, the visa can be obtained upon arrival for US $30-50.
We can arrange for the visa for Democratic Republic of Congo to be issued locally for you. If you would like us to do this you MUST let us know at the time of booking as we will need to send you some forms to enable this. There is a charge for this of £100. Your passport must also be valid for a minimum of twelve months after completion of the trip.
Health and vaccinations
We are not medically qualified and so we recommend that you speak to your doctor or nearest health professional for advice concerning recommended vaccinations. For more advice on vaccinations, you can also visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry to the Democratic Republic of Congo and you must bring this with you.
It is a condition of joining our tours that you have suitable travel insurance in place, and we cannot accept travellers without insurance. All policies differ in terms of what they will cover, but as a minimum you need medical and health cover, which will cover you for the whole time that you are away. Most policies will also include cancellation cover, which will cover you if an unforeseen circumstance obliges you to cancel your trip. We recommend that you obtain your insurance as soon as you book your trip.
Please note that government travel warnings often affect the validity of your travel insurance, and you should check this with your insurance company.
The local currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan franc and in the DRC it is the Congolese franc.
It’s not difficult to change money here, but only in the larger cities – once you leave these your opportunity for changing funds is slim to non-existent. Your guide will be able to assist with this. ATMs exist but are not always reliable and so it is best to think of them as a back up rather than a main means of obtaining money.
However, US dollars are accepted almost everywhere in both countries.
Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and better restaurants (usually in Kigali) but are not commonly accepted elsewhere.
When travelling to some of the destinations we offer you need to bear in mind that things won’t always work here as we’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and untouristed destinations requires both patience and a sense of humour. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience.
We keep a very close eye on the travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that we can keep you up to date with any warnings. At the time of writing the FCO advises against travel to all parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We work very closely with our local team and are fully confident that we can operate tours safely in the DRC. Should you have any concerns over safety please do not hesitate to contact us and we can address your concerns.
This relates to advice from the British government – other nationalities need to check the stance of their own governments.
Please note that the information contained above is highly susceptible to change, and while we endeavour to keep up to date we recommend that you use this as a guide only. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Updated May 2019