Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa. Here is some information on South African tipping.
· In restaurants and bars, 10% - 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 -R5 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 around R5 -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.
· Tourist guides and coach drivers are tipped at the end of the day. On a group day tour (7 seater vehicle) there is usually a single driver/guide. On coach tours, you would normally have a driver and a guide. Recommended tip is usually R20.00 per person on a day tour and R30.00 per person per day on overland and local coach tours. For private tours, R100 per person per half-day tour and R150 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm
You'll soon find your way around tipping etiquette in South Africa - it's easy as its usually well-received.