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So, as many of you know we leave on our OAT Safari Serengeti:Tanzania Lodge and Tented Safari on July 11. Anticipation and excitement are at the top of our thoughts now.

We do, however, question OATS tipping guidelines which seem to be tending toward the HIGH side. We would appreciate your thoughts on the matter and , if you can recall, how you handled it on your trips to Africa.

Their suggestions are as follows:

OAT Trip Leader: $7-10 dollars per day per person............I'm thinking $5-6 per day pp

Driver Guides: $5-7 per day per person...............................I'm thinking $5 pp per day

Local Guides: $2-5 dollars per day pp

OAT Serengeti Camp Staff: $10 per day per person................I'm thinking $5 pp per day

Lodge staff: $3-5 dollars per day pp.....................................I'm thinking $3 pp per day

Am I being a cheapskate in what I am thinking regarding tipping....Using my guidelines we are talking about $450 in tips alone......you can't dispute that this is a bunch of dough, can you?? This is, after all, one of the pricier trips and is running in excess of $12K for both us.

Thoughts/opinions appreciated.

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