How much to tipThe guidance we offer here is based on our experience in Namibia. In the end, though, tipping depends on your personal opinion and your individual satisfaction – moderated by some understanding of the issues mentioned above.
With this in mind, we’d recommend that for good service, our travellers tip around:
- To your guide: N$/ZAR40–50 per guest per half-day activity (morning or afternoon excursion), or N$/ZAR80–100 for a full-day excursion
- To the lodge staff: N$/ZAR40–50 per guest per day
Gifts as a tipIf you’re returning to a camp, it is a lovely gesture to bring personalised gifts for their staff, perhaps the guide or the butler. This isn’t particularly common, but it is always appreciated. Favourite items include pens and books – especially wildlife guides (eg: comprehensive and detailed field guides).
Tipping is a sensitive issue, but there is no need to feel awkward. It’s a normal part of a service industry in Namibia, as it is in many countries. Just remember that thoughtless tipping by relatively affluent visitors can have a big impact on the local economic and social balance – so please keep that in mind when you tip the staff during your safari in Namibia.
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