Money & Spending
The Republic of the Congo uses the Central African Franc (CFA) as its currency but safari travellers are unlikely to encounter it. Brazzaville’s international hotels and the country’s few wilderness lodges accept US dollars, GB pounds and Euros.
The rates for our recommended accommodation include all meals and drinks (with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits) as well as a laundry service (underwear is not washed due to local customs). Any extra payments or gratuities can be settled in the above foreign currencies – in cash – on check-out.
Provided the service is good, it is customary to tip lodge staff and guides in the foreign currency of your choice. The amount depends on the staff member’s role and the size of your group – enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts for in-depth tipping guidelines; they’d be happy to share their knowledge with you.
Average daytime temperature: 24°C (75°F)
Average night-time temperature: 16°C (61°F) – 21°C (70°F).
Rainy seasons: October to December (long rains); March to April (short rains)
Refer to “best time to visit Congo” for climate charts and details on when to visit for gorilla trekking and game viewing.
What to Pack
Packing for a warm and humid equatorial climate means plenty of comfortable, light and loose-fitting clothing, sun protection and insect repellent. You will need rain gear as well, advisable even out of Congo’s two rainy seasons, and a warm fleece for the occasional cool night. Malaria is a risk all year throughout the country and precautions are strongly advised. Consult a medical professional over what medication to bring.
If you plan to go gorilla trekking, make sure you pack trousers and long-sleeved tops, gaiters or long socks to wear over your trousers and comfortable hiking boots (break them in before your trip).
Flights & Getting Around
Congo’s Maya-Maya International Airport is located in the capital Brazzaville and is served by a number of African carriers as well as Air France from Paris. Regular flights to Nairobi mean easy international connections as well as no-fuss East African safari and beach holiday add-ons.
There’s little reason to delay once you have arrived in Brazzaville: charter flights will transfer to your safari accommodation. Road transfers to lodges and local drives are in 4X4 vehicles but most game viewing activities are conducted on foot or by boat.
Visa & Passport Requirements
With the exception of citizens from neighbouring countries, all visitors require a visa to enter the Republic of the Congo; visas are not issued at the airport. The 15-day single entry tourist visa is usually sufficient. On arrival, your passport must be valid for six months and you may be asked for proof of your tour, lodge or hotel reservation – a physical copy of your booking confirmation is acceptable. A yellow fever certificate is required by all visitors except infants under a year old.