Kenya Wildlife Services has cleared the claims park fees for Kenyans had been increased by up to 60 Percent.
According to business daily, an article jotted on Monday August 31 indicated that KWS had increased park entry fees for Kenyans and cut the charges paid by foreign nationals amid reduced travel in the wake of COVID-19.
However, Kenya Wildlife Services in its defense clarified that the park entry fees were to be standard for Kenya residents and citizens.
“In the new changes, Residents of Kenya and citizens will now enjoy the same rates. The public is advised to ignore reports that the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has increased its rates.” a statement read on KWS twitter account.
The Business Daily wrote on its website: “KWS said earlier it expects to collect about 20 percent of the projected KSh4.62 billion annual revenue from park fees due to reduced tourism activities. The higher park fees are expected to ease KWS revenue drop, despite analysts forecasting that foreign travel will take up to three years to return to pre-Covid-19 levels”.
The state corporation that was established in 1989 to conserve and manage Kenya’s wildlife illuminated that the park entry fees were reduced July 1, 2020 for one year to all its National parks, reserves and sanctuaries.
The rates applied to all categories of tourist (Local, Residents and International).
Nakuru and Amboseli National Parks which are categorized as premium park will charge Ksh.800. Nairobi National Park local tourists will pay Ksh. 400. While those who want to travel Coast province ie Tsavo East and Tsavo West: Ksh. 500.