Currency & Tipping Guidelines
Please contact your bank and let them know you will be traveling in South Africa and may be using both debit and credit cards. If your bank doesn't know, they may block access to your card while you are here. On this note, please use the ATM at the airport in JoBurg before you depart, you can take out local currency, South African Rand. There are no ATMs in the bush. We recommend that each traveler allots $200-$250 for the 10-day trip (not including tips).
$1 USD = 18 ZAR, South African Rand*
*conversion rates vary daily, check the XE.com site for up to date quotes.
The program fee covers all gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation. Gratuity for your guide/staff is not included, we do recommend around 250 Rand /$12-14 USD per person, per day. This can be included in the bill and charged at the accommodation -or- you can leave it in an envelope at the end of the 10 days in South African Rand (cash). This will be split between guides and general staff. 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 camp.
Victoria Falls Extension - We recommend a gratuity of around $5-7 USD per person per day for the guide. You can tip in USD. You can leave it with your guide at the end of your time in Victoria Falls!