Ultimate Guide in Tipping in Kenya 

Ultimate Guide in Tipping in Kenya : It’s difficult to determine how much to tip these days, let alone for something as specialized as a Kenyan safari. Here are some general tips for tipping in Kenya that you may use while you go down the coast, through the city, and in the national parks in order to help you sort through all the confusion.

Should I Tip in Kenyan Shillings?

It’s recommended to tip in Kenyan shillings if you can because it might be challenging for locals to exchange small amounts of hard currency in East Africa. Tipping with US dollars is acceptable in Kenya if you don’t have Kenyan shillings, though it might not be a good idea to use a large note like a $50 bill since it might be difficult to exchange.

After you arrive in Kenya, your tour guide should be able to advise you on the best places to convert cash. Usually, your itinerary will allow for this at the Nairobi airport before you transfer to your accommodation at the beginning of your vacation. Make sure to exchange enough money; Kenya values your business. Your purchases of regional goods and services, along with tips, fuel Africa’s economy.

Tipping at Bars and Restaurants

In establishments that serve locals, tipping is not customary but is always appreciated, particularly if the service is exceptional. In Kenya, tipping is handled differently at restaurants that cater to tourists. Depending on the quality of the service, etiquette recommends that a 15% tip for the waiter is customary, just like in North America or practically every other nation in Europe.

Ultimate Guide in Tipping in Kenya 

Ultimate Guide in Tipping in Kenya

Tipping at Hotels in Kenya

In hotels, it’s normal to add a tip to the bill before you sign it if you’re paying for your room rather than for a specific waiter or bartender. Hotel porters anticipate receiving a tip of approximately US$1 each piece of luggage, or 110 Kenyan shillings. If you’re staying the night, you can leave the hotel staff that cleans your room the same amount of money as you would in North America or Europe: between 10% and 15% daily, depending on the quality of the service. Small notes are preferable to large ones as a general rule.

Tipping on a Safari in Kenya

Tipping is usual in Kenya at the conclusion of a planned Kenya safari. The same holds true for any tour that has been planned in advance. Spend roughly $20 USD or 2,000 KES per room (or tent) every day in tips. If you’re visiting Kenya alone, you can tip less; 1,000 Kenyan shillings is appropriate. If your family is sleeping in the same tent or room, you might wish to up your gratuity to about $25 per person, per day.

Rest certain that the money and tips you spend on your trip to Kenya will go a long way because Kenya is a poor country and safari workers depend on tips to cover basic needs like food and shelter for their families. You won’t soon forget your trip, and it will also serve as a form of cultural exchange.

In Kenya, how much should you tip a driver?

This daily suggested tip should be split equally between your driver/guide and the kitchen staff at the camp or lodge where you’re staying. You can occasionally place your cash in the tip jar at the front desk or in an envelope that you can hand the management.

You tip drivers and guides separately because they are not included in the tip box sharing. Typically, you do this when you bid them farewell. On occasion, a spotter will also ride along with the driver and crew to search for wildlife while on game drives. Depending on how much they helped, you might tip them separately or advise the driver or guide to split the tip with the spotter. Don’t undervalue the role that spotters or local apprentice guides play at lodges and camps in East African national parks like the Masai Mara. They can make game drives much more enjoyable.

Is there ever a time when I should not tip?

Avoid tipping or giving cash to children begging on the streets while traveling through cities. Although they may make you feel bad, these kids should be at school. They are frequently used as bribes and will probably hand the cash to a nearby adult. You should generally avoid giving money to beggars in Kenya, regardless of their age. Giving beggars money just helps to keep the habit going.

Additionally, never leave a tip if it is required of you or if the service was appalling. However, service in Kenya is frequently first-rate, and both locals and safari workers are hospitable and courteous. Additionally, the prices are incredibly low when compared to those in western nations. If you go, you might even become addicted to the place! As Pliny the Elder said thousands of years ago, “There’s always something new out of Africa.” First-time tourists to Kenya frequently return for safaris or excursions in other African nations.

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