Kenya’s Park Entrance Fee Increase

Kenya’s Park Entrance Fee Increase – Effective January 1, 2024, Kenya’s game reserves and national parks, including the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, will implement increased park entry fees. Under the stewardship of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the country manages an extensive network of natural reserves and parks.

This includes twenty-five terrestrial national parks, twenty-nine terrestrial national reserves, four marine national parks, six marine national reserves, six national wildlife sanctuaries, and three captive wildlife management facilities. The overarching mission of the KWS is to safeguard these invaluable natural assets, ensuring their preservation for the benefit of present and future generations.

While the forthcoming park entry fee increases may appear significant, they are anticipated to yield positive outcomes for the parks:

  1. Enhanced Conservation: The augmented revenue stream will empower conservation initiatives, enabling increased ranger patrols. There is also intensified anti-poaching efforts, and heightened wildlife protection measures.
  2. Improved Infrastructure: With additional funding at their disposal, the parks will undertake essential infrastructure projects, resulting in better-maintained roads and upgraded facilities. These ultimately enhancing the overall visitor experience.
  3. Protection of Biodiversity. The heightened financial support will enable the parks to amplify their efforts in safeguarding Kenya’s diverse and abundant biodiversity.
  4. Enriched Safari Experience: Visitors can anticipate a more enriching safari experience during peak seasons, with the potential for reduced vehicle congestion. Moreover, guests will take pride in knowing that their contributions directly support the conservation and sustainability of Kenya’s natural treasures.

The entrance fee for Maasai Mara Park now grants access for a 12-hour period.

Starting from July 1, 2023, there was a modification to the validity period of entry fees for the Masai Mara, adjusting the daily park entry from 24 hours to 12 hours. Consequently, every guest is required to possess a valid park ticket for each night spent in the Mara Reserve. On the departure day, guests must either be at the airstrip or exit the reserve by 10 a.m.

The Narok County government has clarified that this fee adjustment is crucial to cover the escalating costs associated with managing and conserving the reserve. We sincerely appreciate your continued support and dedication to the preservation of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Together, we can ensure its long-term protection and sustainability.

Safaris utilizing the private conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara will experience minimal impact. We now include one entry fee for all guests staying three nights (two days) in a Mara Conservancy. This means that the price increase will only be applicable for one entry. On the other day, guests can continue enjoying game drives within the conservancy.

Comprehending the rationale behind the park fee hikes.

The transition from a 24-hour to a 12-hour pricing model significantly alters the fee arrangement. This shift has already commenced. Essentially, guests who do not exit the park by 10:00 hours will incur an extra day fee on their departure day. This particularly affects individuals with late departures or afternoon flights.

Effective January 1, 2024, the following park entry fees apply: The fees listed below are charged per adult, per day.

All seasons
2024 Low Season2024 High Season
Masai Mara National ReserveUS$ 80US$ 100US$ 200
Tsavo East National ParkUS$ 52US$ 35US$ 80
Tsavo West National ParkUS$ 52US$ 35US$ 80
Amboseli National ParkUS$ 60US$ 80US$ 100
Lake Nakuru National ParkUS$ 60US$ 80US$ 100
Meru National Park/AberdaresUS$ 52US$ 35US$ 60
Nairobi National ParkUS$ 43US$ 100US$ 100
Mount Kenya National ParkUS$ 43US$ 30US$ 60

Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage

Nairobi National Park: As per the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) mandate, visitors to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust must now pay park fees for Nairobi National Park. This marks a departure from previous practices where such fees were not applicable for visits to the Elephant Nursery. The fee for Nairobi National Park is US$ 100 per person, in addition to the entry fee of US$ 20 for the elephant orphanage.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Effective from July 1st, 2023, a 12-hour ticket validity has been implemented. Notable points include guests staying outside the reserve needing to pay a daily entry fee, with tickets 6 am to 6 pm.

Departure By Air

Guests departing by air, whether residing inside or outside the reserve, should arrive at the airstrip no later than 10:00 hours. Extension beyond this time will be considered an additional day in-park fee. A 2-hour transit ticket will be issued to guests coming from facilities outside the reserve at the entry gate to reach the airstrips within the reserve.

Departure By Road

Guests departing from the Masai Mara by road must exit the reserve by 10:00 hours. Exiting beyond this time will incur an additional entry fee.

The Narok County Government has confirmed the Masai Mara Park Fees for 2024. From January 1st, 2024, to June 30th, 2024, the fee will be US$ 100 per non-resident adult per day, and from July 1st, 2024, onwards Here it will be US$ 200 per non-resident adult per day, with children rates at US$ 50 per child per day. These rates were initially proposed but have now been confirmed by the County Government as of mid-October 2023.

Please note that these proposed pricing adjustments result from decisions made by the Narok County Government and the Kenya Wildlife Service, and they will apply to all confirmed and new bookings traveling after January 1, 2024. Impacted travelers will be contacted separately to arrange payment of these fees.

Hot Air Balloon Safari Landing fees will increase by US$ 30 in the Masai Mara. All hot air balloon rides will now incur a US$ 30 landing fee. Pricing discussions with various balloon companies in the Masai Mara are still ongoing.

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