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Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

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Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

Mum and daughter will be taking a weeks safari in Kenya in August 11. Is there a 'going rate' for tipping for guides, porters etc on safari and Diani Beach? Also, what currency is most acceptable; US $ or Kenyan shinnings? Thanks.

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1. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

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

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2. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

Thank you; very helpful. And for a very swift response too, appreciated. Can't wait for 15th August now!

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3. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

Hi,

For further suggestions, please try the FAQ on Tipping on the right of the forum.

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)

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4. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

I would advise tipping staff directly and subtly, rather than putting money in the hotels tip boxes.

Good trip.

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5. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

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

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6. Re: Tipping etiquette whilst on safari/beach holiday in Kenya

What about when you hire a car and driver for the day in Nairobi? Good tip for driver?

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