Gratuities Guidelines

  1. We would like to reiterate that tipping is not compulsory. Please do not feel obliged to do so, however it is highly appreciated. We have enclosed a brief guideline to assist you.
  2. In addition, you may wish to add a nominal amount ranging between US$ 15.00 to US$ 30.00 per day for incidentals (subject to personal budget choice) – i.e. if additional activities are booked once on your journey, if travel arrangements change for any reason, in acknowledgement of good service received in another area, etc.
  3. Professional Guides/Local Tour Leaders – We recommend US$ 20.00 per group per day.
  4. Drivers/Guides – We recommend US$ 50.00 per person, per day.
  5. Transfer only Drivers – We recommend about US$ 5.00 to US$ 10.00 per group, per transfer.
  6. The General Safari Camp/Lodge – We recommend about US$ 10.00 per guest, per day. This should be placed in the communal tipping box to be distributed equally amongst all the staff.
  7. Gorilla Tracking Guide/s – We recommend US$ 20.00 per person, per trek (usually there are two guides and it is standard practice to tip after each trek).
  8. Porters on Gorilla Tracking – We recommend US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per porter, per day (this is wage paid for porter to their association you may tip more according to your satisfaction).
  9. Hiking/Trekking Guides – We recommend US$ 15.00 per group, per day. (Usually there are two guides and it is standard practice to tip after each trek).
  10. Baggage Porters – We recommend US$ 5-10.00 per person, per movement at hotels and airports.
  11. Luggage Master – We recommend US$ 20.00 per person.
  12. Massage Therapists – We recommend about US$ 3.00 to US$ 5.00 per treatment.
  13. Meals in Restaurants and Hotels – 10% of the bill which is customary on meal accounts if you are satisfied with the service.
  14. We recommend tipping your guide directly and making use of the gratuity box in the main area for the general camp/lodge staff.
  15. With regards to being hosted by Camp Management and/or Assistant Camp Management, tipping separately for said staff is purely optional and per guests’ discretion.
  16. We would like to suggest that you tip only once, at the end of your stay.