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While tipping in the form of gratuity is not mandatory when you visit African countries, it is suggested – and greatly appreciated – that you do so when you find the service satisfactory. Gratuity guidelines generally encourage tipping per guest, per day.
- Guides and Butlers: $10 US per guest per day
- Paddlers and Trackers: $5 US per guest per day
- General hotel staff: $10 US per guest per day. Lodges and camps often have a central place to make your contribution so the gratuities can be distributed.
- Transfer driver: $2 per guest per transfer
- Porterage: $2 per guest per luggage haul
South Africa: ZAR (“Rand”)
- Airport/Hotel Transfers: ZAR 20 per guest
- Drivers and guides: ZAR 50 per guest for a half day, and ZAR 100 for a full day
- Safari guides: ZAR 120 per guest, per day
- Tracker: ZAR 80 per guest, per day
- Hotel staff: ZAR 50 per guest, per day
When tipping at a restaurant following a meal, 10% is the minimal standard.
We recommend that you carry mostly small bills for not only tipping (US$1’s, $5’s, $10’s and $20’s), but also or the souvenir shopping in the villages.