Paschal Shelutete, a senior official of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), said yesterday that the new entry fees and permit arrangements are meant to accommodate more visitors, and are expected to take effect tomorrow.
Efforts have for a while been apace to attract more visitors, especially domestic tourists, thus TANAPA has scaled back charges for ‘canopy walking’ mode of game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park, from 15,000/- to 10,000/- for visitors from East African Community (EAC) member states.
While East Africans will be charged 10,000/- at Lake Manyara, overseas visitors need $20 instead of $60 charged earlier, “to enjoy the country’s only vantage point game viewing on exhilarating canopy walking bush gang planks.”
The 10,000/- entry fee for East African residents also applies to Serengeti; Kilimanjaro; Tarangire and Arusha national parks, where children of up to 15 years of age pay 2000/-, he said.
At the moment, the legendary Serengeti migration has started, moving south to the Serengeti from Kenya’s Maasai Mara. This year’s event is said to be more spectacular due to an increased number of ungulates, the corporate communications executive noted.
TANAPA has also revised entry charges to six new national parks, namely Kigosi, Nyerere, Rubanda, Burigi-Chato and Ugalla River, also requiring 10,000/- for regional and local visitors of above 16 years of age.
Adjustments have been made to multiple entry permits in national parks and now the daily authorization (12 hours permits) validity, will be peaking at 6.00 pm (18.00hrs), regardless of when the permit was issued, for visitors who stay outside parks.
The daily permits allows people to move in and out of the parks throughout the day, an arrangement designed to enable those living close to national parks to effectively conduct trade in traditional curios and cultural artifacts unhampered.
“We target to encourage and essentially boost cultural tourism,” explained Shelutete, seeking optimal visitations at the total of 21 game parks across the country.