Tipping Guide

Discussion in 'Safari Planning Guide' started by AfricaHunting.com, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. badboy124

    badboy124 AH Member

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    Wow just received email from booking agent on recommended tips for a 10 day hunt $350 for PH, $150 for tracker and $500 rand for each camp staff 2 camps. Wow they must want you to keep them poor and not leave. Talk about poverty numbers.
    Rest assured I will tip way better than that for good service.
  2. lawrence_court

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    'When in Rome, do as the Romans do'

    When we travel to another country it is not decent to accept their customs?

    As the concensus here suggests, a tip between 3% and 10% of the total costs (exc air travel) is part of the Safari culture and something that a PH and staff really value (and in some cases may need).

    With all respect, if a hunter is not prepared to accept the cultural norms of another country/industry/culture, he/she should consider another hunt option.

    The service I have had on African safaris has always been incredible. PHs and staff give so much of their time, tolerance, effort and kindness. I would feel really bad if I felt I had under-tipped in any way.
    Limcroma Safaris and tarbe like this.
  3. CAustin

    CAustin AH Enthusiast

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    Badboy124 it's all relative to the cost of the hunt. If your plains game hunt is say $3500 then your looking at a good tip for the PH at 10% which is high end of the normal scale and if the cost is $7000 then 5% is in the middle of the scale at $350. If you are moving around from camp to camp tipping the staff 500 rand for a couple of days is good. It may not seem like a lot but for them it adds up over time in addition to the salary received. There is a great deal of commentary in this thread to read and digest. At the end of the day if the staff really gets after it and is friendly then a bigger tip is up to you of course.....and the same is true for the PH.

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