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Like a herd of elephants on the African plains, the subject of tipping on Kilimanjaro is a bit of a grey area. What is certain is that, in addition to the cost of booking your trek, you will also need to shell out tips to your crew at the end of it all.
The gratuity system on Kilimanjaro follows the American-
To anybody born outside the Americas this compulsory payment of gratuities seems
to go against the very spirit of tipping. Nevertheless, it is very hard to begrudge
the guides and porters a decent return for their labours – and depriving your entourage
of their much-
As to the size of the tip you should give on Kilimanjaro, there are no set figures or formulas, though we do urge you to let your conscience instruct you on this matter as much as your wallet. One method that’s currently very popular is for everybody to contribute 10% of the total cost of their trek towards tips. So if you paid US$850 for your trek, you should pay US$85 into the tip kitty. (If there are only one or two of you, it would be better to pay slightly more than 10%.)
Another approach we’ve heard about is where each member of the trekking staff receives
a set amount, from US$20 to each of the porters to US$40-
Having collected all the money, the usual form is to hand out the individual shares to each porter and guide in turn. Whatever you do, do not hand all your tips to the guide; sadly, often he’ll end up trousering most of it. For more details of this, see the KPAP website link.
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