[Original article appears on the Business Daily]
Kenya Wildlife Service will increase park entry fees for Kenyans across the country from July this year while foreigners will continue paying same fees. The changes taking effect on July 1 are contained in a special gazette notice signed by the Tourism secretary Najib Balala.
Park charges to Nakuru and Amboseli parks have been increased by 50 percent from Sh1,000 to Sh1,500 while entry fees to Nairobi Park have been increased 300 percent from Sh500 to Sh1,500 during peak seasons. During off peak season, a visit to Nakuru, Amboseli and Nairobi will cost Kenyans Sh800.
Meru Park, Aberdare, Mt Kenya, Tsavo charges have jumped nearly threefold from Sh350 to Sh1,000 during peak season and Sh400 the rest of the time.
Foreign nationals will continue paying $70 (Sh7,412) in Nakuru and $60 (Sh6,365) in Meru Park, Aberdare, Mt Kenya, Tsavo.
Fees for Nairobi has slightly increased from $50 (Sh5,304) to $70.
The new rates are expected to lift the revenues of KWS, the game parks custodian, and reduce its reliance on the Treasury whose support account for about a third of its income.