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Tanzania: Foreign Tourists to Pay More in New Fees Plan

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Dar es Salaam — Foreign visitors will pay more during game drives in Serengeti and Nyerere national parks from July next year.

The new fee structure announced by the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism will combine park entry fee and concession fees.

The substantial increase in the fees will become effective on July 1, next year, the ministry said in a statement seen by The Citizen.

The news fees have been released even with Tanzania yet to fully recover from a sharp fall in the number of visitors after the outbreak of Covid-19.

Early this year, the ministry estimated that foreign tourists will drop to between 900,000 to one million this year from two million earlier projected.

According to the statement, there will be a four fold increase in the fees at the Nyerere National Park for the East Africans. Residents of Tanzania will face an increase of nearly 26 per cent during their visit to the park, formerly Selous Game Reserve.

Non-resident visitors to the 54,600-square kilometre Selous will face the highest increase of nearly 72 per cent.

The park, characterised by vast wilderness was created last year in a bit to tap the tourism potential of the southern circuit. The ministry, however, argues travellers and tour agencies have to consult with their hotel groups and tour agencies.

“They should consult on what impact this will have on already quoted prices for safaris,” the statement added.

The new fee structure for Nyerere National Park indicated the conservation fees (entry fees) for non-residents has been hiked to $70 (Sh162,239.42) from $50 (Sh115,885.30).