US Dollar vs. Local Currency- Tanzania & Kenya

Jun 20th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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US Dollar vs. Local Currency- Tanzania & Kenya

I have noticed on many posts that most people choose to tip in US dollars at least in Tanzania. Now I know it may be of some minor inconvenience for the guides, etc. but is it really a big deal? My travel agent is more or less insisting that one really needs to convert to the local currency for tipping. What I have read is that it appears to be more proper in Kenya but not a big deal in Tanzania.
Can anyone out there confirm or deny my impressions? This will be my first safari so I don't have any personal experience. Thanks
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Jun 20th, 2006, 12:27 PM
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I don't know about Kenya. In Tanzania, USD seemed perfectly appropriate, both for tipping and for paying bills.
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Jun 20th, 2006, 12:28 PM
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I forgot to mention... in Tanzania, except at hotels, cash is king. Be sure to have a lot of cash, especially smaller bills. There are a lot of people to tip.
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Jun 20th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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For Kenya, I don't think you absolutely have to tip in KES, it's just that it may be easier for the recipient not to have to convert (and for camp guides and staff, the exchange rate available to them may be rather poor). It's very easy to get KES via an ATM or at one of the airport exchange bureaus and you may want some for small purchases anyway. Regardless of what currency you choose to tip in, it will be graciously accepted.
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Jun 20th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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Thanks Folks. I think I will stick with USD in Tanzania and try to get some KES cash in Kenya.
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