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Elephant Viewing Safari In Kenya

Money and Tipping

The Kenyan shilling is divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings. 50 cent coins are available, but not commonly used.
money matters

The local currency you will need during your stay in Kenya should be obtained at authorised facilities such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Currency can also be exchanged at the Nairobi Airport on arrival. It is very difficult to exchange the shilling outside of Kenya so we recommend that you change only as much as you will need. Major credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Kenya. At Sanctuary Olonana and Sanctuary Tambarare we accept Visa, MasterCard or Amex, as well as cash.


Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:

  • $15 per guest per day for the guide
  • $15 per guest per day for the rest of the staff