Questions asked about overland: Is Africa safe? How does tipping work?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Questions asked about overland: Is Africa safe? How does tipping work?

Is Africa safe?

The most visited countries in Southern and East Africa like – South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia are safe to visit.


If you adhere to the basic principles of navigating any large city anywhere in the world: do not carry valuables in plain sight, keep cameras hidden and do not walk alone at night. Make use of hotel safety deposit boxes.


Travellers with tour operators are the least at risk and self-drive clients are advised to plan what routes they wish to travel, and to get all their destination information ahead of time.


If travelling by car, make sure the doors are always locked and that no bags or purses left on passenger seats – and in the bush the only danger you will encounter are wild animals. African culture is gracious and hospitable. So, you will be in good hands.


How does tipping work in Africa?

In Africa tipping is not compulsory. Tipping in restaurants is usually 10% for good service and more if you feel that you received exceptional service.

Our guides do work hard, but they are also paid industry standards for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money.

We recommend USD2-3 (or about R25-R30) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip.

So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one.

Place what you feel is fair into each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them.

Please remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected.


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