CHANGING MONEY AT THE BURUNDI BORDER
The border between Rwanda and Burundi is at Kayanaza Haut. There is a ‘No-Man’s Land’ on the river bridge between the 2 border posts. This is where the money changers operate as well as on the Burundi side. The ones in the middle are fairly calm and will offer you a not so great rate. The guys on the Burundi side are all crooked hustlers who will hassle you and cheat you out of money – guaranteed.. Never hand over money to them until you agree a rate of exchange. If they try and hurry you, walk away. Also try not to accept tragically old notes. There are 2 Bureau de Change places on the Rwandan side across and slightly downhill from the Border Control. They will give you a fair rate and reasonable notes. If you are headed to Bujumbura you will find plenty of good currency exchange places, so only change a few dollars at the border if you really need to.