what are the general tipping guidlines for the guide ,tracker other staff at Rattrays at Mala Mala? (Per person or per room?)
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What you leave is totally at your own discretion, but my general guidelines are as follows :
Your ranger - what I normally suggest is think about what you tip him / her in terms of what they would appreciate most, and one of the easiest ways could be something like the money to cover a nice meal out with a bottle of wine, so that they can treat themselves (and maybe their partner too) on their valuable time off.
Your tracker - I would suggest tipping something equivalent to giving him a good night out in a local bar, where he can buy himself and friends a few round of drinks.
Cleaning staff - if they have kept your room spotless, then a tip is certainly a nice gesture – but maybe just the equivalent of a couple of drinks.
Please note this is just a personal opinion, and it is a relatively easy way of estimating a tip amount that should not offend anyone.
Tracey, Owner / Director, Travel Butlers
Our travel agent gave us conflicting guidelines and we sort of mixed and matched:
Ranger - $12-$15 per person per day OR R120 per day (Rand amount currently much higher)
Tracker - $10 per person per day or R80 per day (Rand amount currently much higher.
Staff- only if you want to do something special. Tipping not expected.
Note: tipping guidelines in Botswana are different. $10 per person per day for ranger, $5 per person per day for tracker. $5 per person per day in communal tip box.
I would love to disagree with the comment on staff.
They are paid less than anyone mentioned and also appreciate each rand extra. Only because one does not neccessarily see them does not mean they dont deserve a tip!!!
I never understand why one should tip R120.00 to a guide (per day which makes it even worse) an NOTHING to the general staff. Is their work, cleanliness and general appearance of the establishment not needed for the overall happiness???
HazyviewEdited: 01 September 2011, 20:30
I actually agree with Klaus (and disagree with my own agent's advise). Even though the guidelines (and in one case the lodging facility itself) said not to do it, I did tip staff in every place I went on my recent trip.
At Mala Mala, there is no tracker so tipping them is a moot point. Since your ranger is responsible for your happiness much more than at most other lodges, I would be very generous to them IF you liked how they took care of you. I would also for sure leave a tip for the general staff. They definitely earn it.