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African Safari 2007
TIPPING

INFORMATION ON TIPPING OUR DRIVER/GUIDE AND AT CAMPS AND LODGES.
 
MOST OF THESE COMMENTS ARE FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE ON SAFARIS AND HAVE PASSED ON ADVICE TO THE INTERNET FORUMS.

TIPPING

Guide/driver--$5-$15 per person per day

$5/day per person on a group departure or at a camp where others share your vehicle is also standard.
I agree with the others that $25-$30 a day is way too high. Both in Kenya and Tanzania, we were advised $5.00 a day, and we all just gave one sum total at the end of our trip, adding extra because our guide was beyond excellent. We were 5 in our Tanzania group, and about 16 in our Kenya group. If it is just you and your husband on a private safari, I have no experience with that, but my instinct goes with the others who have posted their opinion. Tanzania was awesome, esp the Ngorongoro Crater. Have a wonderful trip.

We were on a private safari in Kenya (I believe Tanzania is pretty much the same) and tipped approx. $20 per day to our driver/guide and $10 per day as a pooled gratuity to camp/lodge staff. That's for the two of us (not per person). We also tipped a few members of the camp/lodge staff individually. We've haven't done a group safari in a shared vehicle, so don't know what would be the norm in that case.

Our agent told us the standard tip for a guide/driver was $3-$5 (USD) per person per day, but that it was voluntary and depended on what kind of service we felt we got. We had two guides, one in Kenya and the other in Tanzania, and were very pleased with both of them. I believe we all ended up tipping about $5 a day per person. Have a great trip! Jack

Tipping-I have read several posts that recommend tipping drivers/guides $10-$15 per person per day and giving a dollar for general tips.

You can tip your Kenyan driver/guide at the conclusion of your safari in Kenya. Likewise you would tip your Tanzanian driver/guide at the conclusion of your Tanzania safari. No need to tip daily.

Camps and lodges:

I took a lot of small denominations to make it easier for the staff to divide it up. Figure there are 20 or 30 staff people in addition to the guides and spotters you see. So if you leave $10 per day that is 5o cents per person if there are 20 people at the camp. Some camps, the management divides it up and puts it in their pay, some camps the people divide it among themselves -- every one is different.

We've found that at many of the small camps there's a very personal "good-bye" procedure where the entire staff comes out to wish you a pleasant journey. One of these folks is dedicated to accept the camp tip on behalf of the entire group. It's a nice policy and you get to meet everyone and associate faces behind the services provided.

It does depend on the camp you go to but most have a tip box for the whole camp that usually the guides are excluded from. The best rule of thumb I got was to tip 5-10 per person per day to the tip box and a like amount to the guide. I tipped spotters in between as they were only there on night drives.

There are a lot of people you may never see working behind the scenes to make your trip a good one. People who wash your clothes and bring you hot water -- the tip box goes to them. I did find out that in Zambia, the government actually sets guidelines as to how much each person should be paid. I do not know how closely all the camps follow it though. But someone doing your laundry may only be paid a base of $100 a month while the guides are paid 8-10 times that to start.

That said, tipping is NOT obligatory. I am sure I was with some people who tipped a lot better than I did and some who did not tip as well.

If you're staying at a lodge one or two nights, then you could leave a pooled tip for the lodge staff upon checkout (usually there's a box at reception to deposit this).


Tipping level - absolutely unexpected. We brought one-hundred $1 bills and ran out on the last day. We perceived that tipping was expected at every opportunity (bags from room to check out, then from check-out to vehicle, at every meal, etc.). We generally tipped $1 per bag, $1 at every meal, and $1 at the bar. However, we did observe that most Europeans did not tip with the same fervor that we did.

NEW--1/20/06-- Although the hotels charge in Tanzanian Shillings everything can be settled in US dollars, including tips. We took 50 one-dollar notes amongst our other US dollar currency and these, plus quite a few 5-dollar notes, were given as tips wherever we went. We usually tipped 1 dollar to each bag carrier (and there were usually 2 or 3 of these). The rate of exchange used in most places seems to be $1 = Tsh 1000 which makes for very easy calculation.

7/24--I tip the same at lodges or camps. There's usually a staff gratuity box and the tips are pooled and split amongst the staff.

When picked up at the airport, inquire if this person will be your guide or just the transfer person. If the latter, you should tip also, about $3-$5; same amounts on the return for homebound flight, if it's not the guide you have throughout your trip.

This tipping schedule should also apply if you are flying to/from particular parks/reserves and using the guide/driver of the lodge/camp where you'll be staying. In some cases, you may find a spotter or tracker in addition to the guide... this person should get $5/day.

All tips to be paid at the conclusion of the service, be it a day or a week.

And, don't forget hotel employees in NBO - porters $1-$2/bag, housekeeping $2/nt., etc. For taxi rides, round up; restaurants if service charge not included (often noted on the bill) add 10%.

It's a good idea, on arrival to get some Kenyan Schillings - at ATM or Cash Exchange Window at Baggage Claim. This can be used while in NBO where they prefer Schillings; also as camp stiff tips. 


 

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