Money & Tipping for safari in Tanzania
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling in denominations of: 10,000 – 5,000 – 2,000 – 1,000 – 500
The United States dollar is the preferred foreign currency and almost anything in East Africa may be purchased with it. Bring plenty of small notes as the Maasai seldom have change for your souvenir purchases. It is important to have US dollars with the “new” safety features (most bills printed since 2000), as some lodges and shops refuse the older issues.
For security you may want to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks. For travelers checks, be sure to bring your record of purchase as most banks and bureaus of change will ask to see it, along with your passport, for identification.
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania and there are only a few ATMs and then only in major cities.
While on safari in Tanzania you will not have much need for cash except for:
· art works
· post cards
· drinks in most lodges
Gratuities are totally within your discretion; however, they are greatly appreciated by all. Our staff is well paid and committed to serving you. They do very much appreciate any additional money you see fit to offer. Traditionally, an individual on the camp staff has received $10 USD per camp day from the group; the guide $50-120 USD per safari day from the group. If your safari includes time at a lodge or permanent camp, there is usually a staff tip box available. You can ask your guide or the manager for advice. Again, tipping is your choice and must be warranted by the success of the safari in Tanzania and the service you receive.
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