Tipping on Kilimanjaro

Please note that US Dollars must be dated at least 2009 or newer.  Older bills will not be accepted in Tanzania.

These tipping guidelines are intended to assist you in determining a proper tip amount for your guide and porters. The figures below constitute an appropriate tip for good service. Tipping is customary, though not obligatory. It is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.

Tipping Guidelines

per person per day

  • Guide: $20-$30
  • Assistant Guides:  $15-$20
  • Cook: $12-$15
  • Porters: $4-$6 per day

Most groups will discuss their tipping amounts collectively and gather all the money together into a pool. Then the group will decide how much to give each individual. You can do it by yourself if you prefer.

Tipping is done during a tipping ceremony. Tipping in US Dollars in fine and smaller denomination bills are preferred as it’s generally easier for them to divide.

Tipping on Safari

The general guideline for tipping during the safari is between $5-$10 per person per day for your driver. So for a 2 person 5-day safari, you tip to the driver can range from $50 to $100. If you have fewer people on the safari, you should tip at the high-end range of $10 per person per day. If you have 4 or more people on your safari, then you can tip at the lower range of $5 per person per day.

Tipping in Tanzania

You will find that there will be people helping you various times during your trip.

For example, there may be a person at the airport helping you carry your baggage, at the lodge, someone will bring your bags from the lobby to your room, someone will bring your bags from your room to the lobby, and then from the lobby to the taxi. If you have 3 bags, it is not unusual for there to be 3 people, with each one carrying only one bag. You may end up tipping each person $1 USD.

Tipping in Tanzania

tipping-kilimanjaroYou will find that there will be people helping you various times during your trip.

For example, there may be a person at the airport helping you carry your baggage, at the lodge, someone will bring your bags from the lobby to your room, someone will bring your bags from your room to the lobby, and then from the lobby to the taxi. If you have 3 bags, it is not unusual for there to be 3 people, with each one carrying only one bag. You may end up tipping each person $1 USD.

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