We address questions and considerations relating to giving gratuities in Africa.
What is the tipping culture in Africa?
‘What should we tip’ is one of the most frequently asked questions we get from our travelling guests. Like many conversations around money, this can cause moments of uncertainty or awkwardness.
Our aim is to make your holiday as seamless and comfortable as possible, and this includes giving guidance on tipping.
Tipping should be at your personal discretion and convenience. Gratuities are given in a spirit of gratitude and should be received with grace and not entitlement.
In the tourism industry in Southern and East Africa, tipping is customary, but not obligatory or mandatory. It is influenced by a variety of factors, including cultural norms, economic realities, and social dynamics. Understanding and respecting these nuances while traveling in Africa, allows for meaningful engagement with the local culture, fostering positive interactions and experiences for both travellers and locals.
We have created a tipping guideline below and if you require specific guidance for your particular holiday, our Luxury Travel Manager will create a bespoke gratuity plan accordingly.