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Tipping in Namibia and Botswana

do I have to tip when travelling in Namibia and Botswana

Tipping is largely welcomed and customary in specific settings in Namibia and Botswana. While it is not required, it is considered a token of appreciation for good service. Following are some guidelines about tipping in Namibia and Botswana ;

  1. Restaurants: It is common to leave a tip of around 10% of the total bill if the service was satisfactory. Some restaurants may include a service charge, so it's advisable to check the bill before deciding on the tip amount.

  2. Safari Guides and Game Drives: If you go on a guided safari or game drive, it is customary to tip the guides and drivers. The amount can vary depending on the quality of the experience, but a general guideline is around US$ 12-20 per person per day.

  3. Hotels and Lodges: Tipping hotel staff, such as bellhops and housekeeping, is appreciated. You can give a small amount, such as US$5 per service. If you receive exceptional service or assistance, you may consider giving a higher tip.

  4. Petrol Attendants: When refueling your vehicle, it is customary to tip the petrol attendants who assist you. A small amount, such as US$1, is appropriate.


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