In Tanzania (as it used to be Communist) tipping is more expected than in Kenya. In Nairobi, at the hotel and in restaurants, you can put a small amount into the tip-box at the end of your stay. At hotels, restaurants, and stores in the countryside you do not necessarily need to tip.
It is customary that each expedition member will make a contribution toward staff gratuities. Our staff are extremely proud of their efforts, and receiving a gratuity is a matter of the utmost honour, a mark of recognition of a job well done. We will "pool" these tips together and then, as a group, we will vote on the distribution of the tips to the individual staff. This method has seemed to be the fairest and has worked very well in the past. You will be duly impressed by their level of effort and reliability. The main reason our staff are consistently some of the hardest working people in town, on trek, and on the mountain, is that they know they can rely on the generosity of our members to consistently provide a good tip. Please be sure to keep up the tradition, for future team members, as you have benefited from the reliable generosity of team members who came before you. Thank you very much.
Mt. Kenya (7 days): each porter $15, each cook $30, each trail guide $40.
Safari (2 days): cook $10, driver and guide $15.
Kilimanjaro (6 days): each porter $20, each assistant guide and cook $40, main guide $60+.
We will have about 3 local helpers per member, so estimate about $50 on Mt.Kenya and $70 on Kilimanjaro for the tips. It is a tip! So depending on how your impression of the service was you may want to give more or less. Also, little presents for your guide are highly appreciated.