Which currency to take to Africa?

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  1. YULtide

    YULtide Gold Member

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    I'm off to BJM next week, and I understand that one should not expect to find ATMs or to be able to use credit cards, but instead cash is best. OK, that being the case, I wonder which currency is better? I assume that they won't touch Canadian dollars, but should I take US dollars or Euros with me?
     
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    Are you staying in Bujumbura or will you be traveling inland? If going inland, change your money while in the Capital.

    My experience is that US dollars are the best currency. Some things are even priced in dollars, even though the local currency is the Burundian Franc.

    As to ATMs, Wikipedia says, "Interbank has several ATMs in Bujumbura that accept international VISA debit cards but they charge 5000 FBu for each transaction." That's about $4 to $5.
     
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    Thanks. That's helpful. We will be tavelling a couple of hours north-east of Bujumbura, so we will exchange money before we leave the capital as you suggest.
     

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