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We present to you an updates Congo practical travel information to guide during the planning of the congo safari holiday to Democratic republic of congo, where to go, What to see & Do, Trusted Tour Operators, National parks in congo, Banking, Hotels , currency, Education, Tourism, Community, health,Taxis, Car rental, Clothing, Dinning and Winning, Tripping, Telephone, Shopping hours in Congo with the main focus on Eastern Congo that is south and North Kivu.

Get all the information on Democratic Republic of congo you need now, so when you get here simply sit back and enjoy your Congo holiday. We’ve got everything you need on driving, passports and visas, embassies and how to find out more in our Visit Congo Information Centres.

Banking

Democratic republic of congo ( Eastern Province) banks are open from Monday to Friday 09.15 – 16.15 (office hours may vary regionally), closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Not all banking services are available at branches of banks but just know that in Bukavu there is one bank , in Goma there is two banks branches. Congolese use more physical cash in their transactions than any other nation, but ATMs for cash withdrawal are not  fairly widespread. Visitors to congo tourists destinations like Kahuzi Biega , Lwiro Congo, Virunga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo are Advised to carry liquid cash when traveling to congo and not to reply on Visa issues.

Before Traveling to Democratic Republic of congo

On the basis of the Belgian agreement the border crossing to and from Rwanda, Burundi and Central Africa is possible anywhere along the border when exporting or importing only duty-free goods. The Rwanda Congo, Uganda Congo border can only be crossed by road at the official points.

Customs Regulations

Democratic Republic of congo is one of the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Travellers entering from another  South Africa country may import purchases exempt from tax without restrictions on quantity or value and they can secure their visas upon arrival at any point of Congo

Passport and Visa

Visitors planning to visit Democratic republic of congo should obtain their visas before their arrival and the passport should be valid for more than 6 months when applying for the visa.  Visitors can cross check if they are from the countries that can obtain their visas upon arrival at the border.

Note: Travellers planning a Congo trip across the border to Rwanda, Uganda must have a visa. It is advisable to get it  at the Embassy of  your home country , because it takes at least eight weekdays to obtain a visa in Rwanda or Uganda

Safari Clothing

If you are planning a Congo Gorilla visit, it’s good idea to be prepared for some chilly weather. Congo Hotels are so well heated you’ll want to shed some of those layers when you get inside, no matter how cold it is outside. Warm, waterproof boots are an advantage in the slushy southern autumns, while fur or other thick linings are a good idea whenever the temperatures fall below minus ten Celsius.

Thick, padded jackets are likewise fairly indispensable wherever you happen to be in the winter, and truly essential in Lapland. find the complete list of what to bring depending on the safari type your coming to enjoy in Congo as hiking clothes are different from Gorilla Safari Clothing / Packing list .

Currency

The Congo currency unit is the Congolese Francs  (CFR),  but Dollars are also Accepted as Legal Tender in the Restaurants, Hotels & Tourists Attractions and local markets but its should be Above 2009

Dining & wining

Restaurants have no general requirements as to dress, although some up-market establishments may prefer men to wear jacket and tie.

Restaurant closing hours vary from 22.00 to 03.00. Night clubs are open until three or four in the morning. A few dance restaurants and discotheques may charge an admission fee of between 10$$ to 20$$.

Service charges are included in hotel room rates and also in restaurant prices, but although it is not expected, there’s nothing to stop customers giving an extra tip if they think service warrants it.

Value added tax is added to invoices and normally included in the displayed total price for goods and products in Congolese shops and restaurants. The standard rate for VAT is 16%.

Drinking age

In Congo a person aged 20 can buy alcoholic drinks of any kind from an Bars and Restaurants. People over 18 years of age and over can buy mild alcoholic drinks containing at most 22 per cent alcohol by volume, such as wines and beers. The sale of wine and spirits to the under-18s is prohibited by law. Customers may be asked to show a passport, identification card or driving licence as proof of age.

Drinking water

Eighty per cent of the water in Congo is classed as being exceptionally clean. Improved water protection has resulted in an improvement in the quality of the water emitted by both industry and municipalities.

Bottled mineral water is available in shops and restaurants, but Congo tap water is of the highest quality and can be consumed freely throughout the country however its not recommended to visitors.

Health regulations

Before leaving on a journey to Congo, travellers should find out about sickness insurance authorities in their own country and whether that country has concluded a social security agreement with Congo that covers health care during a temporary stay and, if so, what the procedure is for obtaining compensation.

Things To See & Do in Congo

Democratic republic of congo is among the top destinations for visiting to watch various Primates, Hiking, Birding and culture viewing in Africa.Find the complete list of destinations to be visited

  • Eastern Lowland Gorillas  trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park & Maiko National Park
  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National park
  • Climbing Nyiragongo & Mount Kahuzi
  • Nature Walks
  • Okapi Watching in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
  • Birding in Ituri forest, Kahuzi Biega, Virunga
  • Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Water Falls in all National Parks of congo
  • River Congo Boat Cruise

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