Visiting Rwanda with out putting a step in Uganda is mus-fortunate and the reverse is true. Many tourists prefer visiting the two countries to make their safaris more memorable. It is noted that, some of the frequently ask questions about the safari is how to tip? When to tip? Whom and why to tip?
For many people travelling overseas, tipping can be somewhat confusing. Here is the tipping guide that will alleviate the confusion every time you reach for your wallet. However, tipping is not a must but depends on the will and satisfaction of the client to the service provided to him or her. Tipping also depends on the budget of the client but the mount to tip is not fixed-clients with big wallet are free to pay more than those with small wallet. Clients with fixed budget can as well give sincere thanks to the service providers.
When to tip?
Tipping is always done after the service and excellent service providers are expected to earn more. In others wards, the client can tip when checking out of the Hotel/Lodge, at the airport after drop off, in the park after tourist activities like Chimpanzee, Gorilla trekking, boat cruises, community visits among others.
Whom to tip?
While on Rwanda and Uganda gorilla safari and wildlife tour, safari guides, drivers, rangers, Waiters and Waitresses, Barmen and bar women, Hotel and trekker porters, Airport porters, Petrol (Gas) Attendants, Card guards, Massage/ Beauty Therapist and so on are expected to be rewarded a tip.
Safari guides/ drivers play a role of driving the visitors from one place to another and are in position to answer all the questions asked. More so, the guides ensure that visitors stay in the greed upon accommodation and do each activity in time.
The ranger guide play a leading role in the park or game reserve by briefing visitors before starting any activity, answer any question asked by the visitors, escort visitors to dangerous places like forest where animals like lions, leopards, hyenas among others are expected to be.
The ranger guards, in most case are armed to ensure that visitors are safe even in dangerous places harboring man eaters. In case of danger, the ranger guard can shoot the dangerous animals or rebels to safe guard the tourists.
Porters are lugged carriers, the help visitor lifting heavy lugged from one place to another.
Car guides ensure that all vehicles are secure.
Massage or Beauty Therapist do massage to the tired visitors after a full day movements. They also beautify visitors.
How to tip?
Tour Guides and drivers
In Uganda and Rwanda it is a common practice of tipping the tour guide/ driver at the end of your tour. If you are doing a group tour, then we recommend tipping anything from $ 20 to 100 per person. It goes without saying that you may tip more if you are very happy with the service.
With a private tour i.e. only one couple or a family, then we recommend you tip the driver (who will usually also be your guide) anything from $100 and up. Guests are welcome to tip more if they feel that the driver/guide made their trip enjoyable.
Rangers and trackers more often than not play a big role in making your safari special and memorable: The trackers help find animals such as the Big 5, and it becomes apparent how useful their tracking skills are during a safari. Rangers don’t just keep you safe, but also share valuable and entertaining information with you. Tipping is not compulsory, but if you feel that the ranger did a good job, then it is recommended that you tip $ 50 to $ 100 per family (or couple) per day.
Petrol or gas Station Attendants
For travelers on self drive must visit petrol stations to refill their vehicles with petrol, diesel or pressure. These petrol attendants fill up your vehicle, take the payment, and some times clean your windscreen, check the oil, water and tire pressure. In case you get confusion with the directions, you can always stop at your nearest petrol station to get clear directions. The average tip can be anything from $ 2 and up.
Travelers can expect to find car guards just about anywhere you park. These guards will offer to watch your car and help you park in exchange for a tip of $ 2 and up. Note that you will find car guards putting on bright official garments clearly showing the company of operation.
Health and Beauty services
At least a tip of $ 4 or more is tipped for a massage and beauty therapist. The same applies to hair stylists.
Waiters and Waitresses
They a play a role of serving food to the visitors, ensure that meals are provided in time among others. They really need a tip of at least $ 10, 20 or more.
Why to tip?
Visitors tip service providers as a sign of appreciating their services and to motivate them improve even more. The tip also act as a measuring scale of whether the services are good or bad but it shouldn’t be misunderstood that failure for the client to tip means bad services but it can happen when the client has fixed budget.