tipping in Madagascar

Madagascar is home of rich wildlife and is the fourth largest island in the world. It really is a must see country for nature and culture enthusiasts. You will be amazed to see the contrast in cultures and landscape in different regions of the country. Tipping in Madagascar isn’t very common for locals, but as a foreigner it is expected to tip. It is very common in the tourist industry and that’s how most of the workers make their wages.

tipping etiquette for spas in Madagascar

In Madagascar Tip 0-10% at a Spa

Tipping is not customary in spas in Madagascar, but appreciated. A few dollars or about 10% of the package rate is a suitable tip amount. Most resorts in Madagascar have authentic spa treatments, offering various techniques with wide range of packages to choose from.

should you tip your tour guide?

in Madagascar Tip 5,000-20,000Ar for a tour

While on a Madagascar tour, tipping is not obligatory but is expected for services obtained from people like tour guides. You should tip the guide the equivalent of about 15,000-20,000 Ar ($7-$10) and about 5,000-10,000Ar (about $5) per day for driver.

tip etiquette at restaurants in Madagascar

In Madagascar Tip 200Ar at a Hotel

Most locals in Madagascar don’t tip and if they do they tip quite small amounts. However, tipping is more expected from tourists. If the bell boy was to handle your baggage then you should give him them about 2000Ar per bag. You should tip housekeepers in Hotels 2000Ar per day.

tips at restaurants in Madagascar

In Madagascar Tip 10% at a restaurant

Tipping in restaurants in Madagascar is quiet simple, if a service charge is added to the restaurant bill, tipping is not necessary. If not then, about 10% is reasonable. Usually a local would pay much lesser, but a higher tip is expected from foreigners. This is because most service workers depends majority of their wages on tips. Similar to restaurants, you should aim to tip 10% for bars catered to tourists.

should you tip your taxi driver?

in Madagascar Don't Tip your taxi Driver

Tipping your taxi driver in Madagascar is not required but you could round up to show appreciation and make things easier.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Madagascar Tip 500-800Ar yo your hairdresser

A tip of 500-800Ar is reasonable. Not a custom to tip but always appreciated.
The average price at the hair salon can be anywhere between 5,000 – 15,000 Ar (equivalent to $2- $7 USD).