Many TripAdvisor members ask about tipping on safari. Cash tips are normally given in American dollars or South African Rand. Most safari camps and lodges in South Africa allow tipping by credit card if you prefer not to carry cash, but it's wise to check this in advance.

These figures represent suggested minimum amounts -- if you receive exceptional service, a greater tip is always appreciated!

  • Rangers:  $10 per guest per day in a shared vehicle. At least double that amount per guest in a private vehicle.
  • Trackers / butlers / valets: $5 per guest per day.
  • General staff fund (for cleaners, cooks, waiters, etc): $5 per guest per day.

All tips are normally given at the end of your stay. Envelopes for tips can normally be found either in your suite's stationery set or in the camp lounge. The general staff tip box can usually be found near the bar. Including a personal thank-you note for your ranger and tracker along with the tip is a wonderful way to thank them for the key contribution they make to your safari experience and is always deeply appreciated!

People often ask if they should bring gifts for their rangers. Gifts in addition to the cash tip are always appreciated and give the gesture a more personal touch -- many people bring something characteristic of their home town. Some rangers have a collection of small stick pins from around the world which have been given to them by guests. If you'd like to bring food, don't bring anything with a low melting point (e.g. chocolate) as it will most likely melt -- especially if you have any light aircraft transfers as the luggage compartments are not insulated -- and end up decorating the inside of your bag. Nuts are also not a good idea due to nut allergies.

If you're returning to a camp and know the ranger or tracker personally, a personal gift for him or his family is a lovely gesture. If you'd like to give a gift to the camp staff, a football (soccer ball) and pump will be very welcome, as many people in South Africa are football-crazy!