Domestic tourists to pay more for park entry fees as KWS increases fees by 300% starting July

Lake Nakuru National Park. [Photo courtesy]

Kenyans who visit national parks starting July will have to pay more in entry fees in a new gazette notice by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

This move is geared towards aiding KWS and other game parks to generate revenue on their own and reduce their reliance on the National Treasury for funding.

Foreigners will, however, pay the same rates as before. 

The special gazette notice signed by Tourism CS Najib Balala will take effect July 1. It has increased the entry fees by up to 300 percent meaning it will cost a Kenyan Sh1,500 to enter Nakuru National Park from Sh1,000 there before.

This will also be the case with Amboseli National Park and Nairobi National Parks. However, this will only be during the peak season. 

During off-peak seasons, the charges will be Sh800.

In other national parks across the country; Meru, Tsavo, Aberdare and Mt Kenya, the entry fee will be Sh1,000 from Sh350. During the off-peak, it will be Sh400.

Foreigners will pay, as usual, Sh7, 400 ($70) to enter the main national parks – Nakuru, Nairobi and Amboseli while Tsavo, Aberdares, Mt Kenya and Meru National Parks charge them Sh6,365 ($60).

Revenue collected from tourism hit Sh163.56 billion in 2019 further cementing it as a key source of foreign exchange earner for Kenya.

Tourism is among Kenya’s leading foreign exchange earners, bringing in Sh163.56 billion last year.