Tipping is not compulsory. If, however, you want to tip because you have received good service, we have enclosed a brief guideline to assist you. We usually recommend that there are three categories of staff members to tip: guides, camp and hotel staff and restaurant waitrons.
1. Guides - We recommend US$5 per guest per day if the guide has done a
2. The General Camp or Staff Here we recommend about US$3 per guest per
day. This should be handed into the communal tipping box to be distributed
equally amongst all the staff at a later stage.
3. Waitrons - A generally acceptable tip in restaurants and hotels is 10%
of the total bill, unless it is stated that a service charge is included.
However, gratuities should only be paid if you are satisfied with the service.
4. Mokoro Paddlers - The Mokoro paddlers of the Okavango Delta are great
capitalists. We could include a tip for them in your safari cost, but we
have found that the traveller gets better results if the paddlers are being
rewarded directly from the guests for their hard work. So tips are not included
in the tour costs. The paddlers therefore have the added incentive to put
in that extra effort to ensure that your stay with them is a memorable one.
We recommend that each paddler receive US$ 3 per guest per day.