The Rwandan franc (Rwf) is the principal currency, although US dollars are widely accepted.
Expect to pay for local services in cash, in Rwandan francs. The greater the amount, the more likely US dollars or other hard currencies are preferred, such as gorilla tracking and upmarket hotels.
A growing number of places accept credit and debit cards, with Visa being more widely accepted than Mastercard. It’s best to check when making a booking.
ATMs can be found in Kigali and nearly all major cities.
Cash can be exchanged at banks and private forex bureaux (bureau de change). Both are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
It may be impossible to exchange traveller’s cheques away from the capital. Western Union facilities are common.
Tipping is discretionary and appreciated. Cash is usually preferred. As a rough guide, tip professional guides and drivers US $10 per day, trekking porters US $2.