Ever wondered what the norms for tipping are in Africa? Or whether you can use your credit card on safari? Or what currencies you’ll need to carry in cash? Here, we have compiled all our best tips and information on credit cards, cash and tipping in Africa. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions!
Why is this important?
Making sure that you have enough cash to make purchases, or small enough denominations to give tips, is an important preparation for your safari. Many camps and lodges only accept MasterCard or Visa credit cards, and a number of artisanal local craftsmen are only able to accept small cash denominations as payment. Tipping is also an important supplement to the income of many staff in lodges, and has become a way of expressing guest gratitude in the case that staff have provided good service. Additionally, many border-issued visas and permits require payment in pre-drawn USD cash amounts, with not much change available for larger notes. So, it’s good to read ahead now and make sure that you are prepared and ready for your safari!