When to tipThis is an important question, with three different options:
- After each activity
- At the end of each day
- At the end of your stay
How to tipMost of the time when you leave tips in Zanzibar you will use the communal tip box at the hotel, which is typically found in the reception. Some lodges will provide literature in the rooms about tipping, and sometimes you will find an envelope left in your room where, if you choose to, you can leave a personalised message and your tip at the end of your stay. If you are unsure about how to tip then you can ask the manager about the tipping policy, and who is excluded from the shared tip box.
It is always your decision on who to tip, and how much to tip. At no point should you feel pressurised in to tipping more than you feel comfortable with.
It is always best to tip in cash, typically in US dollars or Tanzanian shillings. Often tipping in Tanzanian shillings is a good way to use up any left-over currency, as it can be tricky to exchange Tanzanian shillings back in your home country.
If you want to plan ahead then it may be worth taking a few envelopes with you so that you can hand these out, or place them in the tip box at the end of your stay.
How much to tipThe amounts we suggest here are just guidelines, based on our own experience of traveling in Zanzibar. Tipping is not compulsory, and depends completely on your own personal experiences, opinions and satisfaction.
With that in mind, we’ve given a rough guideline below:
- US$8–10 per guest per day for a specialist guide
- US$8–10 per guest per day for a personal butler
- US$5–10 per guest per day for a private chef
- US$3–5 per guest per day for the general staff
- US$3–5 per road transfer
In conclusion, tipping is a normal part of the service industry in Zanzibar, and while it is a sensitive issue, there is no need to feel embarrassed about it. But please always keep in mind that comparatively affluent visitors can have a big impact on the local economy and social balance, so do offer your tips wisely.
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