If you are heading to South Africa soon you may be wondering about what kind of tips are expected from you. This especially rings true if you are staying at a luxury safari lodge while visiting Kruger.
After experiencing South Africa myself and asking everyone along the way what the appropriate tips are, here is what I found out....
Restaurants: Leave between 10-20% of the total bill for sit down restaurants. If you are traveling in a large group tips are commonly added to your bill.
Bars: Same rules apply. 10-20% is appropriate.
Porters: For airport porters tip between R3-R5 per piece of luggage. For hotels start your tip around R10 per piece of luggage. Remember the nicer the accommodations, the nicer the tip.
Gas stations: Attendants will fill up your car while a swarm of workers will check your oil, wash your windows, and check your tires. Tip R2 and up for each.
Car Guards: Many parking lots will have car guards to watch over your car and its belongings. Look out for a reflective vest, this shows they are employed by the city and not just beggers. Tip them R2 and up.
Cab drivers: Standard practice is to round up to the nearest 10. Side note, uber is available (and cheap!) in major cities.
Tour guides: Single-day group tours you can tip less, around R20-50 per person. Of course, if they did a great job it is encouraged to tip more. For private daily tours, your tips should start at R100 per couple.
Safari Guides: Multiple day safari guides, especially guides and trackers, provided by lodges are to be tipped generously. These are the best of the best and work hard for you throughout your stay. R160 and up, per traveler per day for the guide and R100 and up, per traveler per day for the tracker.
Hotel Staff: It is common practice to leave 10% of the bill to be disbursed among the staff.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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