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Thread: Tipping and Gratuities etiquette.

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    Tipping and Gratuities etiquette.

    Just out of curiosity, what is the etiquette surrounding tips to the PH and others when big game hunting?

    Is there an unspoken minimum based upon a percentage of the total safari cost or is it judged per animal? Do you tip the skinners, trackers guides etc?

    I was having a conversation with a colleague last night and somehow the conversation got around to this subject and I have no idea how tipping is worked out so I'm asking the question here.......

    What is the correct thing to do?
    Best Regards,
    Adrian.

    Jedward. The reason why there are two barrels on a shotgun.

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    My version of a fair answer, tip what you can afford and relevant to the skills of the PH. So if the PH looks after you thoroughly, gets you your animals and is a good old boy all round I would say you tip him 100 % of what you can afford and deem appropriate ( remember you've already paid for his services so unless you think he's top notch and deserves it you don't need to tip ).
    However on occasion if the PH and trip has been less than my expectation no tip is forthcoming but I don't tip highly as I have to save hard for my trips and disposable income for tips isn't top of my priorities.

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    Adrian,

    I tend to leave a tip with the outfitter rather than individual tips. He s more aware of the local politic among staff than I am.

    Stan

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    i personal would tip the man yourself rather then leave for agent or outfitter end of day you show your appreciation to the people younwant to and its going direct to them not a cut!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajfab View Post
    i personal would tip the man yourself rather then leave for agent or outfitter end of day you show your appreciation to the people younwant to and its going direct to them not a cut!
    100% agree with this, from personal experience.

    One very large and well known agency charge their guests an all encompassing sum, to cover the days sport and keepers and loaders tips etc, which used to be handed to us at the end of the season believe it or not, obviously many weeks after the day if we were at partridges. Even the guns I loaded for were not in favour of that method and often felt obligated to mention the tips that they had paid up front for fear of the loaders and keepers thinking they had been forgotten about...

    Not ideal and a bit embarrassing for them and us... thankfully things changed a while back.

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    I appreciate your replies. It's one of those awkward questions that everyone seems to avoid talking about and at the end of the day, no-one wants to feel like they didn't leave enough or pay too much etc etc.

    I hope it might save embarrassing moments or awkwardness for any first timers.
    Best Regards,
    Adrian.

    Jedward. The reason why there are two barrels on a shotgun.

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    Guys,

    On hunting in Africa, as per the OP, the outfitter tends to be the familly that you live with. The value of the PH is less than all the other guys that make it happen. You can choose to upset the politik.

    Stan

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    I usually allow 10% of the hunt cost for tipping. I like to give all trackers and staff i have had direct contact with their money directly, as its not unheard of for tips to not make it down the chain.

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    Not familiar with Africa, so unable to add directly. But set me wondering how does Capstick's advice stack up these days in Africa ( appreciating its a big and varied place ) regards tips being part cash and part gear that's hard to acquire/ 'worth its weight in sterling silver' - knives, ammo, rifles, torches etc?
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    Never been to Africa but don't see as tipping here or abroad is any different ,I was brought up to tip just my way .
    if you have been made welcome and looked after then tip what you can afford ,people know if a tip has been given with genuine gratitude or not
    norma

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