Tipping Guidelines

The gratuities in the tourism industry of Tanzania have adopted the North American system. Though not mandatory, the tourists are expected to tip waiters and staff members at restaurants and hotels, on safari, and while hiking Kilimanjaro. The information which follows shed some light on the tipping culture in Tanzania. It is a collection of tipping recommendations from guidebooks and our own experience as a company.

Please note that all of our staff members are paid by the company and don’t rely on tips as an income source. If you enjoyed and are satisfied with the experience, then you may tip the staff. If you are not satisfied with the experience, you can adjust the tip accordingly.

Hotels and Restaurants: Tips are usually expected when you’re being served at a high-end luxury hotel or lodge. While tips will also be expected at a budget hotel, the amount will obviously be less. At hotels or restaurants frequented by locals, tips are not expected. Tips box are usually placed at the reception of most tourist lodges. You can choose to tip hotel staff members individually or place a tip for all of them to the hotel boss.

 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 is to collect the tip from the group members and divide it among the whole staff. Tips can be placed inside an envelope which climbers can hand over to individual crew member. You also can prepare two envelopes; one for the tour guide, the assistants and cooks, other for the porters, and hand the leader. 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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