- Kenya is a tipping country, i.e. tips are regarded as essential means of supplementing income and are of great significance for those working in many sectors (incl. tourism).
- So if you are satisfied with the services during your trip – even if tipping is not a common practice in your home country –, feel free to give a tip (in cafés and restaurants, for porters, drivers etc.), it will be surely appreciated.
- At the end of your trip, if you feel your driver-guide or tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is also expected and appreciated.
- However the precise amount of tipping is entirely at your personal preference, the following can be used as general guidelines for tipping:
- for driver-guide and tour leader or local guide: USD 5-10 per person (passenger) per day paid in one amount at the end of the trip (e.g. if you are a couple travelling together the usual tip at the end of a 3-day trip is 30-60 USD and at the end of a 7-day trip 70-140 USD in total);
- for local guide: USD 2-5 per person per day (e.g. if you are a couple travelling together the usual tip at the end of the city tour is 5-10 USD);
- in cafes and restaurants: 5-10% of the bill;
- for hotel staff (porters, housekeepers etc.): KSH 50-100 at a time.
- Note: in the unexpected case of getting very disappointed by a particular service, please inform your driver-guide or tour leader or let us know right away, so that we can take the necessary steps.