The new increased rates cover not only the regular park entrance fees for Non East African citizens (USD$) and East Africa citizens (TSHS), but also a range of other services such as professional filming fees and fees for walking safaris, night game drives, canoeing, among others. TANAPA also renamed the park entry fee to "conservation fee". The new tariffs will be effective from 01 July 2013 until 30 June 2015.
As major reasons for the park fee changes, Tanapa names the following:
- To cater for the general increase in price levels of most commodities and services that has
- continued to escalate hence increasing operational costs for the organization.
- Improve tourism facilities and infrastructure such as roads, bridges and airstrips, to cater for increased number of visitors and diversify tourism activities in order to provide outstanding visitor experience.
- Improvement of staff incentives and packages to cope with increased cost of living.