Uganda Rwanda Safari Tipping Guide

What is a tip?
It is a token given after service delivery. It is a sign of appreciating the service given – Tips are mainly given to waiters, waitresses, and driver – guides, fuel attendant, Lodges or Hotel attendants, consultants, park rangers, Park guides/destination guides, Teachers and  many more. Tipping is done willingly – not a must but in developed states like United States of America, Japan, Chaina and so on, tipping is a culture every after service.

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In East Africa, the culture of tipping is just developing by the tourist on holidays for leisure, Wildlife viewing, Gorilla treks, chimp tracks, Mountain climbing among others. To many tourists from developed countries, find it a must to tip but the question are; how to tip? When to tip? Who should tip? And to whom?

How to tip?
As discussed above, tipping is done willingly by the client (s), he or she can decide to tip or not. However if you decide to tip, feel free to give any amount basing on your budget and satisfaction. Tipping creates confidence and friendship between the staff and the client. In East Africa, a client can tip in Uganda shillings, Kenya Shillings, Tanzania Shillings, Rwanda Francs or in major International currencies like US dollars, Euro and Australian Dollars.

When to tip?
According to Mathias Mukasa from Rwanda safari company known as Gorilla Expeditions Limited, tipping is always done after service delivery – it is a sign of appreciating the services rendered to the client (s). The amount of the tip depends on the clients’ satisfaction delivered from the utilization of commodity. Mathias gave an example of tourists on their safaris in Rwanda who tip guides at the end of the trip (At the airport or hotel), and park rangers tipped at the end of gorilla trekking, same as hoteliers given tips on check-out, or after order delivery.

Who should tip?
The clients/ visitors are the ones supposed to tip but it is done willingly – not forced.

Why tip?
Visitors/ clients tip to show their appreciation for the service delivered to them.
They also tip to create or strengthen friendship between the service deliverer and the service.

Whom should be tipped?
The service deliverer is the one supposed to be tipped, they include waiters, waitresses, drivers, guides, consultant among others. On other words, each person should be tipped in his / her place of work depending on the kind of service delivered. For instance, if you went out for a game drive in Akagera National Park with a ranger guide, he deserves a tip depending on the service delivered, that is, if you are satisfied. If you went on gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in accompany of a armed rangers, park guides and porters, those people deserve a tip, however small it may be. Above all, your driver / Guide also deserves a tip as he contributes a lot to your holiday.

Save Big on Car Hire and Mihingo Lodge in Uganda

There are so many car rental companies in Uganda willing to offer you car hire services at the best prices on the market. Car hire Uganda today is the leading car hire company with the biggest of fleet of car rental vehicles such as 4×4 Prados, Rav 4, Land cruiser hardtop with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing, Toyota Hilux double cabin, Land Rover Defender, Super customs for families, all comprehensively insured, well maintained and regularly serviced.

Save big on a self drive wildlife safari in Uganda by booking a 4×4 vehicle from Car Hire Uganda Limited,and then book your accommodation through this company. You will enjoy up to 20% discount if you book through car hire company other than booking as an individual. For instance, we have a group / family of 6 pax, booked a super custom for 3 days from Car Hire Uganda Limited and got a huge discount on 2 night accommodation in Mihingo lodge.

Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda

Mihingo Lodge is strategically situated adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park – Lake Mburo is one of the smallest National parks in Uganda and famous for hosting stocks of Zebras. Mihingo Lodge is the first priority for high end visitors – The six guests’ rooms take the form of luxury tents under thatch and with private bathrooms.

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Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park – the major lake in the park and from it is the name Lake Mburo National Park. It features ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush loose.

Each luxury tented room at Mihingo Lodge provides a wonderful view of the amazing attractions found in Lake Mburo National Park. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park. Animals gathering in the valley provide guests with fantastic game viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at water hole below the pool.

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Lake Mburo is home to many different animal species, including zebra, eland, and impala, who are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally Lake Mburo has big numbers of waterbuck, topi, buffalo, hippo, duiker, bushbuck, and klipspringer and if you are lucky you will see oribi, reedbuck, leopard and crocodiles.

In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. The buildings are constructed in such a way as to melt into the rocky outcrops and savannah landscape around them. Electricity, hot water, and water pumps are powered by solar energy and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.

Tourist activities at Mihingo Lodge include: Game drives, Horse back safaris, cultural walk, boat cruise on Lake Mburo, community walk, Biking trips, among others.