Hello again, folks, back again with new practical questions.
Recap on itinerary: Following 2 weeks in Tanzania (southern circuit), I'll be in Rwanda September 19 through 24, 2 nights in Step Down Motel in Kigali upon arrival and prior to departure, 3 nights in Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, 1 golden monkey trek, 2 gorilla treks. Driver/guide from Primate Safaris (Practical Lady, if you see this, I'll be requesting guide Sura).
I've just received traveller tips from my TO. The document recommends more cold weather and waterproof clothing than I had been intending to bring, including "warm waterproof anorak", "light rain gear including waterproof trousers" and "hiking gaiters".
I had already planned on a light rain jacket and quick dry pants to wear over lightweight jeans, and I'm fine for boots, long sleeved shirts, gardening gloves for nettles, etc., and I will have a fleecy jacket. Can anyone give me some practical feedback on whether I'll probably need a warm anorak at that time of year? waterproofing generally? On the gaiters, it was my understanding that the Gorilla Mountain View provided gaiters - true or not?
I was a bit surprised that the tip doc for Tanzania suggested not all lodges may have mosquito netting. Does the GMV?
On $, the doc suggested $5 USD per guide and $2 each for ranger and tracker. This is lower than the amounts I've seen on various TA threads, which suggest, I thought, $10 each for all, including porter. What does anyone think?
Who, and in what currency, should I be tipping at Kigali hotel and GMV lodge?
I am hoping that in the afternoons after trekking, assuming the treks are short enough, I will be able to get to Lake Kivu one day, and Lake Burera and the Rugezi Birding site on another. Can anyone comment on either side trip or suggest others?
Finally, given the short amount of free time I'll have in the country, I'm still not clear how many RW francs I should get - $50 worth? more? would small gift shops accept USD?
Sorry for long-windedness, thanks in advance for input.