Tipping

KENYA

Tipping your driver/guide after your journey is normally part of the experience in Kenya, particularly as they are trying very hard to make your trip memorable. This is all at your discretion. The average tips are from US$ 10-50 for guide per day. This tip is dividable among the member of your group. Tipping is not a mandatory, but somehow expected and highly appreciated. Small tips are also expected in the restaurants, as well for the staff in hotels and lodges.

 

TANZANIA

Tipping the guide and cook (if camping) after your journey is normally part of the experience in Tanzania, particularly as they are trying very hard to make your trip memorable. This is all at your discretion. The average tips are from US$ 10-50 for guide or cook per day. This tip is dividable among the member of your group. Tipping is not a mandatory, but just expected and highly appreciated. Small tips are also expected in all bars and restaurants, as well for the porters in the hotels and lodges. For this purpose keep in the pocket some change of 20 to 100 Ksh.

 

RWANDA

In Rwanda, it is customary to tip your driver/guide at the end of a safari or hike, as well as a cook or porter that accompanies you. A figure if roughly $5 per day would be a fair benchmark. So at the end of the day if all you have is USD or GBP or Euro then use that currency but the best option for the recipient is the local currency. Generally any restaurant that caters primarily for tourists and to wealthy residents will automatically add a service charge to the bill, but since there’s no telling where that service charge ends up, it would be reasonable to reward good service with a cash tip.

 

UGANDA

Life in Uganda is not simple and yet one has to survive in whichever way. That person you will meet at the lodge does a lot of work to ensure you get the best and yet earns little money. If you gave her an awesome tip, it would greatly contribute so much to his income. While at a hotel, you may pay a fee for your clothes to be ironed and washed. However if you went an extra mile of tipping, you may get excellent services. If you spend 5 Usd per day would be a fair deal. Truth be told they do a great job and need to be appreciated. However any amount of money will make them happy as they ensure your safety on the safari.

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