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Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

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Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

We are going to the Masai Mara and will visit a Masai village which is included in the tour price. After the visit, do the Masai expect the visitors to tip? If so, what is the recommended amount for this? Thank you.

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1. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Tipping is a kind gesture, but if you give some foodstuff like Maize Meal, grains, bread, bottled juice etc.i'm sure the locals will be highly appreciative.

Edited: 29 April 2016, 18:42
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2. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Thank you Stefanilarda for your response. I'm wondering how I can get foodstuff since our flight limits our baggage to 15 kilos but perhaps I can get these from the Governor's Camp where I will be staying to bring along to the village. Thanks again.

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Please don't tip in cash when you visit the Masai Village because the Masai elders will undoubtedly take the cash, and spend it all on booze. This is something that Kenyans understand very well. Furthermore, your'e simply encouraging the villagers to see foreign tourists as an easy way to make money. The only way to help to help the Masai villagers is to give them jobs.

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4. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Thank you Africanman.

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5. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Usually, at the end of the tour, you will be taken to their "market" where the ladies sell you items of jewellery or other bits and pieces. Much better to spend your money here than to give any cash directly. I usually take an amount I am willing to "give" to the community, then buy the tat and give that away when I get home.

I certainly wouldn't try and buy items of food to give. Way too difficult on safari. Buying their goods and paying for the tour are more than sufficient.

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6. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Thank you Val H.

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'The only way to help to help the Masai villagers is to give them jobs.' I think you will find that in a traditional Maasai village, villagers all have roles to play and something to do. It depends upon whose standards you are measuring their lives against.

The best thing to do is to buy some of their crafts, which is mainly beadwork, similar to that which the Maasai traditionally wear........to call it 'tat' Val is really rather insulting.

You may also be asked to give a few shillings for photos with villagers.

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8. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

It's not meant to be insulting Kileleshwa - its a quaint English expression meaning "the kind of junk sold by crafty Cockneys to unsuspecting tourists in central London".....and the ladies in the villages sell lots of tat as well as their beadwork. Trust me I have spent thousands of shillings on this stuff! The beadwork is often too expensive just to buy and give away.

Oh and I've never been asked to pay to take photographs.....that's usually covered in the fee to visit the village.

Edited: 30 April 2016, 04:38
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9. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

"Tat" doesn't sound great, but I know exactly what you mean Val!

To answer the question, Celestial G, no, you would never tip a Maasai village when leaving after an escorted visit. You will have already paid to visit, or in better cicumstances (and not many camps have this), you would be visiting a village where a member of staff from your camp has some family members. Then you'd be warmly encouraged (but not expected) to buy something from the handicrafts fence.

So long as you don't forget that these people have nothing, and you've got the money to fly to Kenya, you'll be fine!

Have a great trip!

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10. Re: Is tipping expected at the end of the Masai Village visit?

Richard, Iam surprised at your statement; 'So long as you don't forget that these people have nothing'. Despite your vast experience of travels in Kenya.......you really believe this to be the case?

Hundreds of thousands of acres, which they are free to use. Hundreds of cattle each worth at least Ksh 30,000...... Just because they don't have a car on the driveway and a big flat screen telly doesn't mean that they have nothing.

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