Tipping for several climbers starts wondering about tipping for the porter’s, cook’s, and guide’s tips before the climb starts. They have to know how it’ll affect their budget and to make sure they’re paying an honest tip.
This is a common question from travelers, so I’ve compiled this list. Along with the etiquette of tipping in Tanzania, I’ve also highlighted the various points to consider, which hopefully will help you avoid awkward situations.
Tanzania: issues with tipping
You should always tip based on the service you receive, and it is your decision on how much to tip. During their stay, we encourage all travelers to appreciate good service, but also to make them aware of how tipping impacts the local community.
For those working in the service industry in Tanzania, including waiters, guides, and trackers, tips can constitute a significant part of their income. However, there is a fine line between tipping enough and tipping too much. You may not think that tipping too much could cause problems, but it could throw off the balance of the local economy.
How much should I tip my guides and porters?
Your mountain crew should be tipped upon completion of your trip. The decision on how much to tip should not depend on whether you reached the top or not, but rather on how well the guides, cooks, and porters served you.
Tipping amounts are approximately $20/day for guides, $12/day for assistant guides, $12/day for cooks, and $6/day for porters.
The figures reflect recommendations from the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), a non-profit which advocates fair treatment of porters and is responsible for many of the improved working conditions of porters on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Note that some porters (such as waiters, toilet porters, and summit porters) have additional responsibilities and should receive additional tips (the amount is up to you).
Each group will have a lead guide. There will be one assistant guide per three clients. One cook per 10 climbers. One waiter per group and one toilet porter per group.
There are generally two porters per person on the Marangu and Meru route, and three porters per person on all other routes.
If possible, make an effort to know your porters and their roles. They will appreciate the recognition.
Below are some figures on how much to tip your staff on a full-group climb, provided that their service was satisfactory. These figures are the overall tips from the group, not per client.
Tipping trips should only tend if you received an honest service from us. A typical porter on a seven-day climb should receive around $40 tip; a cook could receive about $80, and an ahead guide could receive $100 or more. the subsequent pointers are divided by the whole number of people within the group, not per person. If you are still uncertain, please just ask us.
A general estimate, to help plan your budget;
one Kilimanjaro climber runs from about $175 to $250 per person depending upon the next factors: the number of people in your group, the quantity of the porters, number of guides, cooks, and sometimes the route.
It’s impossible to predict a specific shot advance because it really depends upon what proportion gear is mentioned in the mountain and therefore the way much weight is mentioned in the mountain.
A couple of things to remember when tipping
Tip on to the porters, not the guides. Bring a packet of letter-size envelopes to distribute the tip Determine a tip for each component of your climbing group: the porters, cooks, assistant guides, and thus the lead guide.
Distribute it on the last word morning of the descent usually at the Park Gate Tip in either Tanzanian Shillings or US Dollars The average Tanzanian makes $40 per month. A $40 tip for difficult work for several days could also be an excellent wage and supports the local economy.
Generally speaking, samples of lowest tips break down like this:
- Porters $6 – $8 per day per porter
- Cooks $8 to $10 per cook
- Assistant Guides $8 to $10 per guide
- Kilimanjaro Guides $20 per day per guide
- Safari Guides $20 per day and per guide