Following the assented Finance ACT 2016, entry fees to the national parks and reserves is VAT exempt.
As a result, Kenya Wildlife Service has reviewed park entry fees downwards, effective 1st November 2016.
As per the new rates, premium parks entry fees is Kshs 860 for citizens, Kshs1,030 for residents and USD60 for non residents; whilst wilderness parks rates is Kshs430 for citizens, Kshs1,030 for residents and USD52 for non residents.
The new rates for Nairobi National Park is Kshs430 and Kshs215 for citizen adults and children respectively, and USD43 and USD22 for non resident adults and children respectively.
Download the official new rates in full here Official Rates for KWS Parks & Reserves
The price reduction is expected to translate into increased visitation to the parks and reserves and therefore higher sales volumes for tour/Safari operators and Kenya Wildlife Service. It is also expected that this will positively impact domestic tourism.
Further, VAT exemption on tour operator services, tips and service charge also came into effect following the assented Finance ACT 2016. This reduces the cost of doing business, and will go a long way into making the country a more competitive destination in terms of pricing.This is essential to ongoing programs to recover lost tourism business and return to a growth path.