Most Kenyans in the travel industry are paid very low wages and rely heavily on tips. Tipping is down to individuals as you tip according to the service you get. Tip what you feel is appropriate and what has been deserved, and please tip in Kenyan Shillings as most staff find it difficult to change foreign currency, and they lose some of their hard earned tip in commission to the money changer. Also please note they cannot change foreign coins at all.

The following is intended just to be a rough guide, if you are generous or feel you have had particular;ly excellent service you may wish to tip more: 

Baggage porters   50/- to 100/-

Airport Transfer Driver.   100/- (based on a shared Tour Operator transfer, you may wish to tip more for a private transfer)

Bar staff    20/- to 30/-  per round of drinks or if running a tab round up to nearest convenient figure up to 10% of total

Food Waiter   50/- to 100/- in AI or HB Hotel, around 10% of bill if in an external local restaurant

Safari Guide    500/- per person per day

Room Staff    50/-  per day

Pool attendant    300/- per week

With Room Staff and Pool Attendants it is often sensible to give them half of what you intend to give them at the beginning of the Holiday and the balance at the end dependant on the service you receive.

Don't forget the backroom staff, gardeners, handymen, kitchen staff, etc. many places have a tip box where tips are shared between all staff.

When you change money or use an ATM you will likely be given 1,000/- notes and some 500/-  unless you get out and about and use local shops, bars and restaurants you will find getting these changed difficult. In this case ask the bank or forex where you excagne to include smaller denomination notes or buy something cheap like a bottle of water from a shop / bar / cafe large enough to be able to change a 1,000/- note (many small stalls will not carry enough float to do so)