Tipping Guidelines for your Travels
Tipping is a question that comes up often and one that we always like to iron out before you arrive in Africa so there are no embarrassing or awkward moments while you are here.
It is all very simple when you know how and when which is why we have come up with the guideline below. Don't worry, we will remind you again when you book with us so, keep this as a little bookmark to refer to when you need it.
While this is a sentiment that is familiar to me and Cara having travelled extensively throughout Southern and East Africa, It is not always clear to its visitors. One has to realize how much tipping can supplement one's income especially with the after-effects of COVID and the huge loss of earnings to most in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Obviously, these are just guidelines and should be taken at your own discretion.
A great tip we have learned is to always have small denominations of whichever country local currency you are travelling to for small purchases like visa fees, small curios as well as smaller tips for drivers and porters. Most Southern and East African countries are happy with US Dollars.
Should credit card facilities not be available at any of the establishments you are visiting, your travel advisor will let you know and recommend alternative ways to remunerate.
Transfers - USD$10 per couple to the driver, maybe a little bit extra if you have a huge amount of heavy luggage
Guided Tours - USD$20 per couple or per day if your guide is with you for multiple days. This can be done at the end of the tour.
Restaurants - Please tip our waitrons, we understand that tipping in restaurants is not done in certain parts of the world - the general rule is 10% of the total bill and round up.
Safari Guides - USD$20 per person per day. This can be done at the end of your stay and either given directly to your guide on departure or settled with the lodge manager should you wish to charge your card instead.
Safari Tracker - USD$15 per person per day. This can be done at the end of your stay and either given directly to your tracker on departure or settled with the lodge manager should you wish to charge your card instead.
Butler - USD$15 per couple per day. This can be done at the end of your stay and either given directly to your butler on departure or settled with the lodge manager should you wish to charge your card instead.
General Lodge Staff - USD$10 per couple per day. Often at reception or in one of the main lodge areas, there will be a "tip box". This is more popular with Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambian safari lodges. You can either pop some money directly into the box or, if you feel more comfortable, ask a member of staff for an envelope or, charge your card.
We have a great little PDF that we will send with your Guest Portal so that you can print it out and reference it while you are travelling if need be.