Tipping is an act of showing appreciation for services one gets on a tour from the crew and staff. Others find it surprising, especially coming from nations and cultures where it is not practiced at all. This is such because on these treks Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru demand a large crew consisting of a senior guide, assistant guides, cooks and porters. This is not the same as on a safari whereby only a driver tour guide and a cook are enough.
You may ask why is it not included in the package, simply because as a company do not involve ourselves in the process. We only provide you our guidelines on tipping the crew which you will directly do it yourself at the gate on the last day. Also we avoid loosing transparency and being accused of overcharging our clients and underpay tips to the crew. As tips depend on the size of the group it not ours to know in the future what the final size of the group will be, this is a task conducted by our senior guide.
Our Tipping Guideline.
The staff is always extremely grateful to a generous tip, and our company has prepared this tipping guideline below of which will assist our clients. It is to be noted that amounts shown below includes;
• Senior guide 20$ -25$ per day from the whole group
• Assistant guide 15$ -20$ per day from the whole group
• Cook 15$ -20$ per day from the whole group
• Waiter 10$ -15$ per day from the whole group
• Summit porter 10$-15$ per day from the whole group
• Toilet crew 10$-15$ per day from the whole group
For Safaris we recommend 10% of the whole package. The best way to give tips normally is through collecting the tips for the whole group and then dividing them among the crew members. Also tips could be placed in envelopes addressed to each member and handed directly to each member in accordance with their status.