Tipping is a customary practice in Tanzania, especially in the tourism industry, including Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris. Tipping is a way to show appreciation for the services provided by guides, porters, drivers, and other staff who contribute to your experience. While tipping is not mandatory, it is greatly appreciated and often expected. Here are some general guidelines for tipping on Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris:

Kilimanjaro Tipping:

  1. Lead Guide: The lead guide is typically the most experienced and knowledgeable person in your climbing team. A common tip for the lead guide is around $20 to $25 per day per group.
  2. Assistant Guides: Assistant guides support the lead guide and assist climbers along the route. A tip of about $15 to $20 per day per assistant guide is customary.
  3. Porters: Porters carry the majority of the gear and equipment during the climb. The recommended tip for porters is approximately $10 to $12 per day per porter.
  4. Cooks: If you have a dedicated cook on your climb, a tip of about $15 to $20 per day for the entire group is typical.
  5. Summit Success Bonus: If you successfully reach the summit, it’s common to give an additional bonus to the entire crew. This could range from $50 to $100 per climber, to be divided among the team.

Safari Tipping:

  1. Driver/Guide: Your safari driver/guide plays a crucial role in ensuring you have a memorable safari experience. A tip of approximately $20 to $30 per day for the driver/guide is typical.
  2. Camping Safaris: If you’re on a camping safari where a cook and camping staff are included, consider tipping them around $10 to $15 per day per person in your group.
  3. Lodge Safaris: If you’re staying in lodges, it’s customary to leave a tip of about $10 to $15 per day for the lodge staff, which may include waiters, cleaners, and other service personnel.
  4. Park Rangers/Guides: If you participate in any guided walks or activities within national parks, consider tipping the park rangers or guides involved.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and tipping amounts can vary based on factors such as the level of service provided, the size of your group, and your overall satisfaction with the experience. Additionally, it’s a good idea to bring small denominations of USD to facilitate tipping, as it’s the most commonly accepted currency for tipping in Tanzania.