Tipping is generally not practised in small, local establishment, especially in rural areas. In major towns and in places frequented by tourists, tips are expected.
Some top-end places include a service charge in the bill. On treks and Safaris it’s a common practice to tip drivers and guides. However, tipping is the important part of Safari experience, especially to guides, drivers, cooks and others whose livelihood depends on gratuities.
This will always be an addition to the price quoted by operator. Many operators have tipping guidelines; it’s never a mistake to err on the side of generosity while tipping those who have worked to make your safari experience memorable. Whenever possible give your tips directly to the staff you want to thank. A good guideline for tipping is 10% to 15% of your per day hiking / trekking fees.
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