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safari tipping

yorks
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safari tipping

Hi, seen few tips re amount , but usually applies to a group, we re going as just ourselves, 2 adults , our son who is 14

what would be r easonable to tip guide, dont want to insult!

thanks

Lisa

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1. Re: safari tipping

It depends on how long your safari is for and how good your guide is. 1000 shillings per day for your party would be a fair price .

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2. Re: safari tipping

Any safari operators that you can tip us with?

Many thanks in advance.

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3. Re: safari tipping

We normally tip 100Khs per day for two of us and give the driver at the end of the safari. When we go to the Mara we always have the same driver and know his family therefore take gifts for him and the family and usually give a bit extra at the end as he is an excellent driver.

What part of the coast are you staying North or South?

Edited: 21 July 2010, 22:01
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4. Re: safari tipping

It's always at your discretion depending on service received, whether driver/guide, trackers, staff, etc.

You can do a search on this board for "tipping in Kenya" - There are many comments, where some visitors are quite generous and others rather stingy. So, only you know your travel habits and, of course, budget.

Generally, it's suggested for guide/driver $7-$10/person/day or $15-$20/couple/day. With your son you can consider $20-$25/day from the entire family. If you have a tracker, $3-5/person/day; both of these direct to the individual/s. For camp/lodge staff (porters, housekeeping, waiters, kitchen, etc.) also $3-5/person/day at a box often found at Reception and which gets distributed by management.

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5. Re: safari tipping

100 ksh, Malaika? Less than £1, are you sure?

yorks
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6. Re: safari tipping

thanks, very useful!

we are going with JT, will post review on our rreturn, but so far very thorough and prompt with emails, and accomodating, we are changing the safari slighly so we can visit the Elephant Sanctuary

not long now!!

Lisa

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7. Re: safari tipping

No!!!!! Certainly not - 1000Khs per day. The last 0 I hit must not have gone out. Thanks for pointing that out!!!!!

Edited: 22 July 2010, 10:24
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8. Re: safari tipping

As 4sandi says its all at your discretion. Most hotels and lodges have added on their accommodation cost what is called service charge to cater for tips but below is a brief guide

Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 5.00 - $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides.

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9. Re: safari tipping

Sorry forgot to mention that we tip the porters when arriving 200Khs when they take our bags to the camp or room and 200Khs when they take them back to the van.

Also tip the waiter about 100 Khs if bringing drinks and give the head waiter an amount to be distributed by the staff that served us.

Also the room steward 200 Khs per day.

Edited: 22 July 2010, 15:13
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