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Entry fees for various national parks and reserves across the country are set to go up with effect from January 1, 2011. 

The new rates will largely affect foreigners visiting five popular but ecologically fragile national parks of Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli and Meru.

The new conservation fees will be applicable during the high season months of January, February, March, July, August, September and October. 

The name of the charges has been changed from “park entry fees” to “conservation fees” to reflect the fact that whenever visitors enter national parks, they are making a contribution to conservation and continued survival of wildlife and their habitats for generations to come.

The fees for premium national parks of Lake Nakuru and Amboseli for foreigners moves from US$60 to US$75, while wilderness parks of Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Meru rises from US$ 50 to US$60.

Conservation is an expensive exercise that constantly demands more resources to maintain infrastructure and the ecological integrity of the wildlife habitats.

The review aims at encouraging visitation during low season in highly visited parks and reducing congestion during peak seasons to maintain ecological integrity of such wildlife areas.

The biannual review is necessary to meet the rising cost of improving infrastructure within national parks to meet visitor demands as well as enhance conservation activities.  Review of park entry fees is carried out every two years with the last review having been carried out in 2009.

For more details, please check: www.kws.go.ke