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Tipping Guide for Ngorongoro Safari

Tipping is a tradition that has been well embraced in the western World. The habit is just being groomed in Africa but it’s been embraced with a lot of respect and love. The question for travelers is how to go about tipping on a safari to Ngorongoro conservation area. Since one interacts with many people like the guide, drivers, people at different attractions, the people at the lodge etc. It is not a must for anyone to tip while on a safari to Tanzania and the Ngorongoro conservation area. The biggest question by travelers is who to tip and how much to tip them. Below is a simple guide to help you with tipping but at the end of the day, tip as big as you can.

Tipping safari guides

The guides spend a lot of time on the safari with you more than anyone. They are generally in charge of our welfare. They have to liaise with anyone along your itinerary. Usually it’s recommended that you consider about 15 to 25 dollars as the minimum per days for the safari guide. You can give them more than this but at least try not to go below this. You can give them their collective tip at the end of the safari. The guides do not earn salary but entirely depend on tips and trip allowances.

Tipping at the safari lodge/hotel

On a safari, you will sleep at several lodges and hotels. It is therefore advised that you tip wisely otherwise you may end up with no money at the end. Most hotels and lodges will have tip boxes where you can tip the entire staffs and they will share the tips at the end of a certain period. But if you want to tip a particular individual who probably has been outstanding for you, you may tip them between $10 and $20. But like we said, you can tip more if the means favor you.

Tipping safari drivers

If your guide is different from the driver, then you can tip the driver between $8 and $20 a day. You can still tip more if the means support you.

When to tip

Most visitors to Tanzania and the Ngorongoro conservation area wonder when the right time is to tip. When you are at the lodge, you can tip instantly because the shifts of these employees change and you may not see them the next morning while you are leaving.  But for the driver and guide, you can tip them at the end of the trip. This is usually the routine. Some people prefer to tip them on a daily basis though. Tipping every day is not recommended as the money may disturb the concentration of the guide, there are instances when the guide may not be happy with the tip and this may break the relations. There are some guides that are no professional and it’s hard to tell sometimes until such a thing happens.

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