Extension of Kenya Wildlife Services conservation fees
Extension of Kenya Wildlife Services conservation fees : The Kenya wildlife services this week extended the validity of its reduced conservation fees to December 31st 2021. In a circular that was shared with tourism stakeholders, the reason for the extension was informed by the prevailing challenges in the tourism business.
The circular further stated that after consultations with the ministry of tourism and wildlife, Kenya Wildlife service decided it would review the reduced conservation fees in on January 1st 2021 and will give feedback to the public then.
Last year the cabinet secretary for the ministry of tourism and wildlife, Hon, Najib Balala announced the reduction in the Kenya wildlife service conservation fees. These reductions were to apply to all Kenya wildlife service game parks and reserves. The reductions also applied to all tourists’ local and international, residents and non-residents.
In his announcement the cabinet secretary stated that the reduced conservation fees would apply to park entrance fees and would be in effect from 1st July 2020 all through to 30th June 2021. The secretary then attributed the reductions to the economic crisis in all business sectors that was a result of the covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns that had greatly affected the tourism industry.
The covid-19 pandemic is one that can affected many lives across the world and has left most businesses hanging on a string especially the tourism industry that was greatly affected by country lockdowns that put a stop on movements between regions and areas.
In 2020 as the country was coming out of its first lockdown, the Kenya Wildlife Service offered reduction of conservation fees to help tourist tour at a much cheaper rate. As he made the announcement then, the Hon Najib Balala cabinet secretary for tourism and wildlife urged Kenyans to take advantage of the reduced conservation fees to explore and relish the beauty and diversity of Kenya’s wild, nature and culture. With the reduced conservation fees one is able to tour especially the premium parks at an affordable rate compared to the usual premium price.
Now that the reduction in the conservation fees has been extended to December 31st 2021, tourists both local and international should take this time to visit all Kenya game parks and reserves especially the premium parks.
Kenya is one of the top tourists’ destinations with several natural attractions that include but not limited to wildlife, diverse flora, unique land features, beaches, agriculture and many more.
The country gives its visitors a wide of beauty to see and enjoy that has magnificent sceneries of hills, mountains, plain lands, coral reefs, desert areas, savannahs, woodlands, animals, birds, culture etc.
Kenya is home to over 500 Wildlife species and includes the big five animals that are Lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes and leopards. Among other animals in the country are the wildebeest that are known for the yearly wildebeest migration between Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania.
The bird species in Kenya surpass 4500 species, as the country has several bird hubs in the country, the most famous one being Lake Nakuru known for harbouring about a million flamingos.
Kenya tourism products range from wildlife, hills and mountains, culture, palm fringed, plantation tours, white sand beaches, golfing experiences, historical and paleontological sites, water adventures and other adventures.
For persons bent on visiting the wildlife parks, Kenya has over 47 game parks and game reserves that are:- Maasi Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Malindi Marine National Park, Meru National Park, Mombasa Marine Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and many more.