Thanks in advance for your advice!
We leave for Tanzania in 3 days- Yay- and are trying to decide on a gift for our tour guide. Especially since we will be there over the Christmas holiday, we would like to bring a small gift in addition to our tip. Any suggestions? I have read in other forum posts a suggestion for a calendar with photography from your home/region. Being from Seattle, I could find some scenic photographic calendars. Other ideas, though?
I also found out that my guide has 2 young children so I will probably bring them each a small stuffed animal of a NW animal.
Also, I have heard from a friend that travelled to Tanzania a few years ago that I should tip the guide at the beginning of the trip compared to the end. He said that if we tip generously at the beginning, the guide will be sure to make it a more "private" safari. As he explained, the guides will radio eachother when they spot animals, causing a lot of traffic/crowds. He suggested that if you tip upfront, they will not do this. Can anyone speak to this? It seems a little strange to me...