Tipping Guidelines

Gratuities in the Tanzanian tourism industry generally follow the North American system. Tourists are expected to tip at restaurants and hotels, on safari, and while hiking Kilimanjaro. The following information provides a guide to tipping in Tanzania. The information is a collection of tipping recommendations from guidebooks as well as our company's experience with tipping in Tanzania.

Please remember that all of our staff is paid and no one relies on tips as a substitute for wages. As with any tipping situation, if you enjoy your experience, give a generous tip; if you do not enjoy your experience, adjust the tip accordingly.

Hotels and Restaurants: Tips are expected at high-end luxury hotels and lodges. While tips are also expected at moderately priced safari lodges, not all patrons tip. Tips are not expected at restaurants and hotels frequented by locals. Most tourist lodges and hotels will have tip boxes at the reception desk. You can tip hotel staff individually, place a tip for all hotel staff in the tip box, or do both.

 On Wildlife Safari :

  • Driver Guide: US$10 – US$ 25 per day from the group
  • Chef: (For Camping safari ) : US $10 – US$ 25 per day from the group

NOTE : Our safari crew should be tipped equally.

On Mountain Trek :

  • Head Guide: US$ 20 – US$ 25 per day from the group
  • Assistant Guide: US$13 – US$18 per day from the group
  • Cook: US$ 13 – US$ 18 per day from the group
  • Porter: US$ 8 – US$ 12 per day from the group

Crew for various group sizes

To calculate tips, it's important to understand how large your support team is going to be. Below we have listed the crew size from Group of 1 to 10.

  • Group of 1 - 1 Head Guide, 1 Cook, 3 Porters
  • Group of 2 - 1 Head Guide, 1 Assistant Guide, 1 Cook, 6 Porters
  • Group of 3 - 1 Head Guide, 1 Assistant Guide, 1 Cook, 9 Porters
  • Group of 4 - 1 Senior Guide, 1 Assistant Guide, 1 Cook and 12 Porters
  • Group of 5 - 1 Head Guide, 2 Assistant Guides, 1 Cook and 15 Porters
  • Group of 6 - 1 Head Guide, 2 Assistant Guides, 2 Cooks and 18 Porters
  • Group of 7 - 1 Head Guide, 2 Assistant Guides, 2 Cooks and 21 Porters
  • Group of 8 - 1 Head Guide, 3 Assistant Guides, 2 Cooks and 24 Porters
  • Group of 9 - 1 Head Guide, 3 Assistant Guides, 2 Cooks and 27 Porters
  • Group of 10 - 1 Head Guide, 3 Assistant Guides, 2 Cooks and 30 Porters

How to give tips to the crew?

The best way would be to collect the tips from the whole group, and then divide it amongst the whole crew. Tips can be placed in individual envelopes and the climbers can hand them directly to each crew member. You can also prepare two envelopes. One for the guide, assistant guides and cooks. You can hand this envelope to the lead guide. The other envelope is for the porters. You can hand this over to the porters representative.

Expected tip amounts per client for some common routes and group sizes.


                                                    Group of 1          Group of 2         Group of 3      Group of 4        Group of 5

  • 5 Days Marangu          $280 - $350         $238 - $300       $198 - $250    $179 - $225       $182 - $230
  • 6 Days Marangu          $336 - $420         $285 - $360       $238 - $300    $215 - $270       $218 - $276
  • 6 Days Machame        $336 - $420         $285 - $360       $238 - $300     $215 - $270       $218 - $276
  • 7 Days Machame        $392 - $490         $333 - $420       $278 - $350     $250 - $315       $255 - $322
  • 7 Days Lemosho         $392 - $490         $333 - $420       $278 - $350     $250 - $315       $255 - $322
  • 8 Days Lemosho         $448 - $560         $380 - $480       $317 - $400     $286 - $360       $291 - $368

To help you calculate, here are the tip amounts broken down for each crew member

                                     Head Guide      Assistant Guide       Cook                Porter

  • 5 Days Trek       $100 - $125        $75 - $100            $60 - $75          $40 - $50
  • 6 Days Trek       $120 - $150        $90 - $120            $72 - $90          $48 - $60
  • 7 Days Trek       $140 - $175        $105 - $140          $84 - $105        $56 - $70
  • 8 Days Trek       $160 - $200        $120 - $160          $96 - $120        $64 - $80

NOTE : Tip amounts listed for safari and Kilimanjaro are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on safari, they should each contribute $5 if they want to tip their driver 20 USD per day.


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