Travelling in South Africa - Tipping

South Africa is a safe place to travel, even as a woman alone. Common sense is all you need really to get by without problems. Below is a collection of useful information to help you get off on the right foot. We are always happy to discuss these matters in more detail with you by telephone or email. We have many years of experience and have lived in the country for over a decade and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Tipping

Tipping is very much the done thing in South Africa, and never an embarrassment for the recipient. 

In restaurants, look to give 10%-15% to waiters, while luxury hotel porters usually expect a tip of R10–R20 per service.  For airport porters the going rate is R5–10 per item of luggage.  On safari, we recommend tipping R160 (about £7) per day to your safari guide and/or ranger. 

Look to tip car valets, petrol attendants and newspaper vendors a few rand each per service.

 

Testimonials

Mhondoro Game Reserve

An amazing trip to South Africa

My adult son and I recently returned from an amazing trip to South Africa organised by Ash of Best of South Africa.  It was a tailor made holiday staying in two different game reserves - Etali in Madikwe and Mhondoro in Welgevonden.  A couple of days before we were due to fly BA announced their pilots were striking and ...

G.J.

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