Tipping customs vary all over the world. On Kilimanjaro, tipping is an accepted practise that we support and we have set out below what is recommended. Tips are not a substitute for good wages: our crews are all well paid and well looked after.
How much money should you expect to pay in tips
Tipping is completely voluntary, also based on your budget. If you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all. Of course, that won’t happen on one of Kili Footprints climbs.
Kili Footprints has published recommendations on the amount that it is customary to tip Kilimanjaro porters. For groups of three or more for a six to seven day climb, tips work out to between $200 and $250 in total per climber. Longer climbs would be a bit more, and shorter climbs perhaps a bit less, at your discretion. This might sound a lot but bear in mind that with a group of 10 climbers, your crew will number over 40. (Ratio of 3 porter/ climber + guides +1 cook)
Prior to your climb we will provide you with a copy of the tip recommendation for your group, based on an estimated crew number. The actual size of your crew can only be confirmed on the first day of the climb once all the bags and equipment have been weighed at the park gate, and you will be advised of the final number of crew at your first campsite.
Tips can be paid in US Dollars or Tanzanian Shillings, but it will help if you have a mixture of low denomination notes. It is very important that US bills are new (post 2006), crisp and untorn.
The tipping ceremony itself will take place on the last night on the mountain when all the crew will gather together to celebrate with you. One representative from your group should say a few words of thanks, which will be translated by the lead guide into kiswahili.