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

The Last Word Franschhoek

Truly was the holiday of a lifetime

I just wanted to drop you an e mail to say a very big thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for Matthew and I. It truly was the holiday of a lifetime, and I do not say that in a causal way.

What a stunning country you have. Everything surpassed my expectations. I could have happily stayed in Franshhoek ...

NC

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