Following a commotion over the government agency’s plans to raise prices starting in January 2024, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has exempted a number of Kenyans from paying park fees.
In accordance with the increased taxes, visiting national parks will cost more for both local and foreign visitors starting in January 2024. For example, the entrance cost to Nairobi National Park will triple, rising from Ksh430 to Ksh2,000.
Children under the age of five, senior citizens, and those with disabilities will all be free from paying entry fees nationwide, according to a statement issued by KWS on Wednesday, August 9.
With the aim of enhancing conservation education, KWS highlighted that the age consideration limit for children will be changed from the existing 3-17 years to 5-17 years.
According to the EAC agreement, inhabitants of the East African Community will get lower tariffs, but citizens of other African nations who do not reside in the EAC will be considered as non-residents.
To ensure that locals receive preferential rates relative to other tourist groups, EAC tourism policies mandate that nations in the bloc offer lower charge rates to residents.