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Elephants Swala Luxury Safari Tanzania (1)

Money and Tipping

Tanzania's currency is the shilling. Notes are issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 shillings, although the first two are seldom used. The local currency you may need during your stay in Tanzania should be obtained at authorised facilities such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus. US Dollars and British Pounds can also be exchanged at the airport on arrival. It is very difficult to exchange the shilling outside of Tanzania so we recommend that you change only as much as you will need. Major credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Tanzania. We accept credit cards in Sanctuary Swala.


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