Tipping indicates appreciation for good service

Tipping in South Africa is widely practised.  Here is some information on tipping in South Africa.

  • In restaurants and bars, 10% to 15% is the accepted tipping standard.
  • Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays.  They generally ask if they can watch your car while you are going about your business - if you agree, a tip of R2 and up should be offered, depending on the length of your stay.
  • In South Africa we still have the luxury of petrol attendants at gas stations to fill up our vehicle tanks, check oil, water and tyre pressure, and clean the windscreens.  How much to tip for this special South African service? From R2 up.
  • The going rate for porters at airports is between R5 and R10 per piece of luggage.
  • South Africa, you'll soon see, has a tradition of roadside newspaper vendors.  It's custom to give the seller a few cents - rounding off the cost of your newspaper should be sufficient.
  • Hotel porters usually expect a tip of R10 to R20 per porter service.
  • Tour guides and drivers, Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants in hairdressers and beauty salons.  Should you need assistance in taking your purchases from supermarket to your vehicle, you may want to show your gratitude to your helper with a small monetary reward.

You'll soon find your way around tipping etiquette in South Africa - it's easy as its usually well-received.


  • Who to tip in South Africa?
  • The following service providers expect a tip:

    Luggage porters, taxi drivers, tour guides, language guides, coach drivers, restraurant waiters and waitresses, and car guards.