Domestic tourism is not very popular in Kenya. This is mostly due to the wrong information. Whereby locals tend to assume that the gate fees are too expensive. They also an assumption that tourism belong to the white guys. But all these are wrong information being assumed to be true.
There have been an increase in the domestic tourism rates. And most people are embracing the activity. Locals are visiting parks, reserves, orphanages and sanctuaries. They are also taking part in conservation activities. Including planting of trees, providing support towards wildlife, among others.
To the rest, who are yet to embrace domestic tourism. Let me take this opportunity to take you through the expenses. It’s not expensive as you may think. Am sure you will definitely visit one of them after reading this.
First, I will outline for you the various categories of conservation areas. These categories are as per Kenya Wildlife Service. And they do have different charges.
- Premium parks – These includes Amboseli National Park and Nakuru National Park.
- Wilderness parks – This category is further divided into two:
1.Wilderness park A – which includes both Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park.
2.Wilderness Park B – which includes Meru National Park, Aberdare National Park as well as Mt. Kenya National Park.
- Urban Safari – This include the Nairobi National Park.
- Sanctuaries – They include the animal orphange center, both in Nairobi and Kisumu, Impala safari walk and Nairobi Safari Walk.
- Mountain climbing – Just like the name, it includes Mount Kenya National Park that allow mountain climbing.
- Special Interest – This category is also further divided into two:
1.Special Interest A includes Hell’s Gate National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Ol-Donyo Sabuk National Park.
2.Special Interest B includes all the other parks that have not been mentioned.
- Marine parks – Includes the Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park, Malindi Marine National Park, Mombasa Marine National Park and Kiunga Marine National Park.
Parks fees is as follows:
- Premium parks goes for Kshs. 860 for adults and Kshs. 215 for kids.
- Wilderness park A goes for Kshs. 515 for adults and Kshs. 215 for kids.
- Wilderness park B goes for Ksh. 300 for adults and Kshs. 215 for kids.
- Urban safari goes for Kshs. 430 for the adults and Kshs. 215 for the kids.
- Sanctuaries goes for Kshs. 215 for the adults and Kshs. 125 for the kids.
- Mountain climbing goes for Kshs. 430 for the adults and Kshs. 215 for the kids.
- Special interest A goes for Kshs. 300 for the adults and Kshs. 215 for the kids.
- Special interest B goes for the Kshs. 300 for the adults and Kshs. 125 for the kids.
- Marine parks goes for Ksh. 215 for the adults and Kshs. 125 for the kids.
(NB: These rates are as per KWS website and apply for a one day visit)
For those who have no personal vehicles, worry not. Kenya Wildlife Service provide transport services as well as both security and tour guides. Transport rates are equally affordable as the park fees. Let’s embrace domestic tourism for a better understand of our wildlife. We will be able to appreciate them. And in return, fight harder for their conservation.
Once in a while, let’s pay visit to these amazing conservation areas. We will be able to enjoy and most importantly, be able to support conservation. These parks are evenly distributed through the country. Pick one near you and enjoy wildlife. One step at a time. Next you will be motivated to go all of them. Seeing wildlife is more satisfactory than watching them on the TV.
Grab your boots, lets tembea Kenya.