Any currency is acceptable be it USD$ or kenya shillings. Its hard to advice on tipping as i always consider it a gesture towards a services well offered to your satisfaction. You can get kenya shilling at a porter you can give 100, 200 or whatever you wish, drivers it depends on how you feel about the services. during safari, 1000 per day will do good while transfer 500 can be a good gesture. Kindly note tipping its only subject to your satsifaction or how well you feel you enjoyed the service not a must
Thank you; very helpful. And for a very swift response too, appreciated. Can't wait for 15th August now!
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Kenyan Shillings are the local currency so that is what you will need for day to day expenses, and it is best for tipping as the person will lose some of their hard earned tip to the money exchanger if you tip in dollars or sterling. As a Brit, it makes no sense for you to buy US Dollars to go to Kenya, just take sterling and change it there or just use ATMs as you would at home (but tell your bank you will be using it there, otherwise they may suspect fraud and stop the card)
I would advise tipping staff directly and subtly, rather than putting money in the hotels tip boxes.
A rough guide is listed below
Drinks waiters 30-50 shillings
porters 50 shillings per bag
Waiter 100 shillings per day
Pool Boy 300 shillings per week
Guide 500 shillings per person per day
Taxi 100 shillings
What about when you hire a car and driver for the day in Nairobi? Good tip for driver?
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