FAQs Tanzania

What are the tipping customs in Tanzania?

Tanzania has a strong culture of tipping for services provided. Tipping is expected after climbs, safaris, other guided services, and at tourist accommodations. Tanzanians are not shy about asking for things, so it is not uncommon for someone to directly request a tip. Still, the amount and timing of a tip is at your discretion, so feel free to decline if the situation is not right for you.

What currency should I use for my tip?
Tips can be given in U.S. dollars or Tanzanian shillings. We cannot accept euros, other currency, nor travelers checks.


Most lodges have a tip box at the reception desk. We recommend contributing $5-20 for each day of your stay.  Tips are shared among the whole staff, so individual tipping of waiters, bartenders, bellhops, etc. is not necessary.

At restaurants, leaving a tip for a waiter is not a regular custom in Tanzania, though you may consider leaving a small amount that rounds out a bill (to the nearest thousand shillings, about 3-5%). Your server will be very grateful. This does not apply in dining areas at lodges where you are staying, as the tip box covers tips for the wait staff.