Read this thread, and got some answers to my "tipping" question ... and more answers to ask to myself and to others!!
If "tipping" is paying for excellent service, why it is not named "rewarding"? My english is poor, I admit, so there might be a better word to describe this payment.
If lodges are "eco" and "sustainable" and also "luxury" isn't it expected that they are paying their staff accordingly? If not, if they pays lower salaries i.e. they exploit their staff isn't it right thing for me to just avoid such businesses?
If a certain hour or week or month salary/wage is prescribed by the state, do I have the right to interfere with those laws (by giving additional salary/wage)?? How much disturbance it might cause between the staff (some of them being able to receive a tip, and others not being able to receive, due to their different jobs)?
How to distinguish between "excellent service" and "ordinary done job" when on the guided safari for the first (or second or third) time? One can easily spot a sloppy job, but an excellent one?
If a travel agency puts out Rules for tipping, isn't it that tipping is not anymore at the discretion of the guest, but a norm? Wouldn't then be better, more fair to the potential guest to have those costs included, or listed under the Rate section?? Because "tipping" can add a substantial amount to the total budget of a average safari trip.
Too many questions/dilemma for a poor European guy, specially the one that was raised in a socialist/communist country (where every work was a paid work). It seems to me that not tipping I will make problems only to myself, and by tipping I could make "problems" to others. I prefer the first option. Maybe Japan and Iceland should be the countries to be visited next ?!
Anyway thanks a lot for all the contributors to this specific thread. It helped me made my mind. I hope I could report back in the near future about the consequences of my decision!
BTW, when driving around New England, USA for a month in 2009, the whole "tipping" situation, and reactions from the receiving side made me so uncomfortable after one week that we have not eat at restaurants anymore. Just at diners (with a tip box/jug or fast food joints). "Daughter, how much is 15% out of 55.60?" "Anyone has 1.60 $ in coins?" "Wait, wait, I will give you your tip, just have to collect the cash first!" "Sorry, i am so sorry, I have just made an honest mistake in calculating your tip amount!"