What to pack
The Republic of the Congo produces a hot and humid climate with minimal temperature fluctuations throughout the year. There are two rainy seasons in the country – late-February to early-May (long rains) and the period from late-October to late-December (the lighter short rains). Rwanda can be visited at most times of the year, but the climate can become quite unpredictable at the peak of the wet season.
Generally speaking, light layers of clothing in neutral safari colours of green, khaki and beige are the best items to bring with you. Dark colours such as navy or black can attract tsetse flies and are best avoided, as are bright colours like yellow, red and purple if you are going on safari. A lightweight waterproof jacket is also a must, with high humidity leading to occasional showers.
What to Pack:
Layers - long and short sleeve shirts and trousers
A warm fleece or jumper
A lightweight waterproof jacket
Comfortable but sturdy shoes
Leather gloves (there are stinging nettles in the parks)
A hat or baseball cap
Sunscreen – a must!
Toiletries – most camps will provide shampoo, shower gel and soap
A small torch
Spare batteries, plug adaptors and charging equipment
A good pair of Binoculars
Books or a fully loaded Kindle / iPad for siesta time
Many international airlines have a baggage allowance of 20 kgs or more per person, but please check this with your individual airline. Please be advised that on domestic flights, luggage is limited to one soft sided bag per person with a maximum weight of 15kg. No hardshell bags are permitted.
The currency in the Congo in the Central African Franc (CFA). You can convert money to Francs at a bank or Forex Bureau, or withdraw from an ATM, all found in the larger airports and towns, please check with your bank for charges and advice when using international ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels and establishments, however there may be a surcharge levied. It is advisable to have some cash for smaller shops and stalls. Major banks are available in most towns in Rwanda. They operate business hours of 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Grilla Trekking Guide Lines:
No spitting in the park
No littering in the park
No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
Only speak in whispers
Do not point at the gorillas
Movements around the gorillas must be unthreatening
No venturing behind thick shrubs. You may surprise a gorilla.
If a nettle stings you, do not cry out, scream, shout-out loud or make any sudden moves
If a gorilla charges or vocalizes, do not look directly at it. Stand perfectly still unless the guide asks
you to crouch or move back.
Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters from the Gorillas
We must stress that tipping is not compulsory or expected; rather it is an extra reward for excellent service. If you are pleased with the service you receive you are more than welcome to tip your guide or the staff in the various lodges and camps. As a guideline for tipping your guide and the staff , you can leave between USD 10 to 15 per traveller per day. Tipping is usually done at the end of your safari and most lodges and camps have a tip box in the main area. You may tip the staff individually, place a tip for all the staff in the box or do both. Tips can be made in Central African Francs or US Dollars.