Money Matters

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Safari Payment

Read on the safari payment options available for your tour planning.

Transfer Safari Money 

We at Steady Safaris Limited prefer ONE method of payment; Bank to Bank where transfer in our account which will be shared with you during booking. Other methods can be acceptable as long as they are favorable to both.

US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are the choice of safari currencies used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.  

US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2009. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in world. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to traveling Africa. 

It is also best to bring a combination of larger denominations ($100 and $50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations ($50, $20, $10 and $5) for spending money, travel visa and optional activities. 

ATMs are found throughout East Africa and other major towns and cities through Uganda. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency. Very few ATMs will offer foreign currencies especially United States Dollars. 

Banking facilities

There are full banking facilities in the major towns based on weekly business hours 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Here you can change money and withdraw cash from a credit card. Visa and Master Card are preferential, as other cards may not be widely accepted. There are several Forex bureaus that exchange money and offer better rates than the bank.

Local Payment & Gorilla Permits

Local Payments must be paid in US Dollars cash or Shillings specific to the east African country you might be in as required by your chosen destination.

Gorilla Permits can be pre-paid (on select tours) and mostly paid in US Dollars cash sent in advance of 3 months before the tour departure. We will advise you based on your chosen tour.

Optional Activities 

These are mostly paid in cash or credit card in the currency quoted on the optional activities list.

Visas , MasterCard

Depending on your nationality, visas are paid in US Dollars upon arrival at an international airport or border post. Please contact the relevant country Embassy / Consulate for confirmation on your particular requirements and the visa application process. There is also an East African visa which applies to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.


Tipping is entirely at your own discretion or, based on the following guideline:

• Driver/ tour leader: $5 to $10 per person per day

• Camp assistant / cook: $3 to $5 per person per day

• National Parks guides/optional activities: $2 to $3 per person per day

• Restaurant or Bar staff/waiters: 10% of total bill

Emergency expenses

Sometimes political or civil unrest and other circumstances beyond our control will mean the group has to make alternative travel plans, therefore keep some extra cash on you for these occasions.

Keep in mind that with most Travel Insurance policies – you need to cover the expense and then claim from your insurance.

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