Tipping on Safari
Tipping is an integral part of South African life, and tips are expected for services that you might take for granted at home. However tipping is only recommended if you are satisfied with the service you have received and is entirely at your own discretion. Below are some further guidelines:
On Kruger Park Safaris & Tours
At the end of your stay at a private game lodge, most guests will want to tip both the ranger and the tracker. Tipping guidelines vary from lodge to lodge, but plan to give the local equivalents of about US$10 per person per day to the ranger and not much less to the tracker; an additional tip of US$25 for the general staff would be sufficient for a couple staying two days. If you are unsure of how much to give - if at all - it is best to ask a manager who will be able to give you advice particular to the relevant lodge.
In restaurants, the size of the tip should depend on the quality of service, but 10%-15% is standard, unless a service charge has already been added to the bill. Give the same percentage to bartenders, taxi drivers, and tour guides.
The highlight of any safari in the Kruger National Park is exploring the bush and the wildlife by enjoying a game drive or bush walk. It is an incredible experience and a privilege to see wildlife in its natural habitat. We encourage our clients to take note of the guidelines below that will assist in ensuring the long-term survival of South Africa’s beloved Kruger Park.
• Take back photographs and memories only and leave only footsteps! Do not remove natural objects (rocks, flowers, plants, etc) from the Kruger Park or any of the reserves. It disrupts the ecology of the area. Please do not litter.
• Do not try to attract the animals’ attention by imitating their sounds, clapping, throwing objects or any other means.
• Never tease or corner wild animals, this may cause an unpredictable response and a potentially dangerous reaction.
• The vegetation in the Kruger Park is very sensitive and off-road driving causes erosion. Only go off-road with a ranger and never on your own.
• Remember that you are a visitor in the animals' natural habitat, so please observe the animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives will frighten the animals away.
• The African bush is very dry, ignites easily and fires can kill many animals. So PLEASE do not smoke on game drives.
• Respect your driver/guide's judgment about your proximity to certain wild animals. Don't insist that he take the vehicle closer so you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt, or cause animals to abandon a well-deserved meal.
• Always follow your guide’s advice – he is the expert! Don’t be afraid to ask him questions if you are unsure of anything.
• Never attempt to approach a wild animal on foot, especially near your lodge or campsite where the animals have become accustomed to humans.
Why a Private Game Reserve?
Our team of well travelled consultants have all the local knowledge to ensure that we build you a tailor-made itinerary of a lifetime. So what's the difference between the Kruger National Park itself and the private reserves and concessions?
So What Do I Need To Know?
Going on safari for the first time can be a daunting prospect, but don't fret - we've been doing this for years and we know you'll be well looked after. If you have any questions at all, our expert consultants are on hand to help you out...
Kruger National Park Destinations
There are numerous private game reserves surrounding the Kruger Park. There are also some spectacular places in the nearby areas including the spectacular Panorama Route. Learn about the various destinations and familiarise yourself with the area.
Kruger Park Safari Lodges
There are plenty of hotels, lodges and self-catering options in the Kruger National Park. With so much to choose from, it can become quite confusing which is why we've set it all out for you below.
What Will We See?
So what is there to see on Safari? You've probably heard of the Big 5, but that's only scratching the surface. But what about the Little 5? Find out more about the Big 5 and some of the other magic that awaits here...
History of the Kruger Park
Founded by Paul Kruger in 1898. In 2002 it became part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that links Kruger with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe to the north, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique to the east.
When to Visit The Kruger National Park
Your safari experience will vary according to the seasons. We've compiled some information to help you make an educated decision about when best to visit. We usually recommend between 3 and 5 nights on safari.
What Should I Pack?
The secret to successful safari packing is "less is more". Pack light and you'll save yourself many headaches. You really do not need to go mad buying camouflaged kit and pith helmets! Just take comfortable clothes and avoid bright colours.
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