Currency & Tipping Guidelines.
Please contact your bank ahead of your departure and let them know you will be travelling to Kenya and or Tanzania. If your bank is not informed they may block access to your card while you are there. On this note, there is not need to bring large quantities of cash. There are plenty of ATMS in Nairobi and your guide can always make a stop for you to take out money. We recommend traveller allocate around $400+ for souvenirs, tips etc. For more information see here.
Our Discover Corps guides and drivers are some of the best, so while the program fee covers all gratuities for most hotels, meals, baggage & transportation. Gratuity for your guide/staff is not included. So to show your appreciatiation tip are highly encouraged. You can tip in Dollar or Kenya Shillings. Please take this into consideration when converting money or using the ATM machine at the airport upon arrival. Please note, there are no ATM machines available at the camps that you stay, only during your time in Nairobi.
Please use this recommendation as a general guide:
Guide $6-$8 per guest per day.
Encounter Mara guides (4 Days): approximately $5 per guest per day
Drivers: $3-$5 per guest per day
$1 USD = 103.80 KES, Kenyan Shilling*
Also please feel free to bring them any gifts to remember you by, or write them a note before you leave!
*conversion rates vary daily, check the XE.com site for up to date quotes.