There are sometimes different expectations when it comes to tipping from different nationalities and we have found expectations are quite often in line with cultural norms back in respective home countries. In East Africa tips are customary in service sector especially in tourism industry, including mountain climbs, Safaris, hotels etc!
MOUNTAIN CLIMBS – MT KILIMANJARO, MT MERU & MT KENYA
Below is our suggestion on a basic amount to tip each crew member from the group (not per individual climber(s) in a group):-
- Head Guide: $15-20 per day
- Cook: $13 – $15 per day
- Assistant Guide: $12 – $13 per day
- Camp Manager: $10 – $12 per day (not applicable for Marangu route)
- Porter: $6 -$7 per day
AN EXAMPLE FOR A 6 DAY KILIMANJARO CLIMB
78 x 2 = 156
40 x 4 = 160
40 x 5 = 200
40 x 8 = 320
40 x 11 = 440
TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIP
Climbers will know the exact number of the supporting crew at the first Camp and the head guide should introduce the whole team before dinner time. This way the amount of tips can be prepared beforehand. Your guide will prepare a list with all the names of the supporting crew and refer to this list at the end of the climb when you are ready for tipping ceremony so as to distribute the tips without any problem.
Tips are normally given at the last camp before heading to the park gate but can also be arranged and given after the last meal (lunch) at the park gate or at the Company’s main office in Moshi. Tips can be placed in individual envelopes to make it easy for the climbers to hand them directly to each crew member.
If in any doubt or need any clarification, your head guide can always help out. We try to keep tipping as transparent for the crew as possible. Ideally tipping should be done in US dollars or Tanzanian shillings and having a change (small bills) is a good idea.
TIPPING FOR WILDLIFE SAFARIS:
Here is the tipping guideline while on our Safari adventures
- Safari driver guides: $10 per person/ day sharing the vehicle (e.g. If 2 pax doing 3 days Safari = 3 x $10 = $30 x 2 pax = $60 per trip in total.
- Safari chef (for camping Safari only) – $5 – $10 per person (e.g. 2 persons x 3 days = $25 x 2 pax = $50 per trip in total.
Hotels and other service providers such as baggage handlers, porters, waiters: $1 – $2 per person.
Important note: This can become a bit uncomfortable for clients using lodges while on safari and as such many of the hotels/ lodge have introduced a general tipping box for all staff. This box is normally located closer to the reception desk so that the client can be free to drop any amount into this ‘box’. This tip is usually divided between the hotel staff after a certain period of time by the hotel manager.