Kenya’s National Parks: Fees & Permits

Kenya, with its diverse landscapes and rich wildlife, boasts over 23 national parks, 15 national reserves, and 140 private conservancies. Each of these conservation areas has its own entry and pricing systems, making it crucial for independent travelers to have a comprehensive understanding of fees and permit arrangements.

In this guide, we will delve into the intricacies of visiting Kenya’s National Parks and Conservancies, covering key areas such as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Parks, Masai Mara, Ol Pajeeta Conservancy, and the process of entering Tanzanian parks with a Kenya-registered vehicle.

KWS Parks: Fees & How to Arrange Permits

The majority of wildlife areas in Kenya fall under the management of the Kenya Wildlife Services, overseeing renowned parks like Amboseli, Hells Gate, Lake Nakuru, Meru, Mount Kenya, Nairobi National Park, and Tsavo East and West National Park. To plan your visit, refer to the KWS website’s Park Fees and Accommodation Section, where a downloadable PDF provides an overview of entrance fees.

Unlike the traditional on-arrival payment method, permits for KWS parks must now be obtained and paid for through their online portal. This shift necessitates an eCitizen account, which is also required for obtaining a tourist visa. To simplify the permit application process, create or access your eCitizen account.

Visit the KWS portal, choose the ‘National Park Entry’ option, and apply for the desired permit. Notably, KWS does not impose a maximum visitor limit, allowing flexibility in purchasing permits a day before park entry. To facilitate this, some guidelines are provided, such as selecting a vehicle with fewer than six seats, adding a driver-guide as a resident, and settling payments in Kenyan Shillings (KES) before USD payments.

While the permit arrangement process may seem intricate, it streamlines entry into the parks, ensuring a hassle-free wildlife experience.

Masai Mara: Fees & How to Arrange Permits

The Masai Mara, a gem within Kenya’s wildlife offerings, is divided into three large sections and several smaller private conservancies. The Masai Mara National Reserve, with its main entry points at Sekenani, Oloolaimutia, Talek, Musiara, and Purungat Mara River gates, attracts the most visitors. Permits for this reserve can be arranged on arrival at any gate, with payments accepted through credit cards or MPESA Mobile Money.

The Mara Triangle, another integral part of the ecosystem, requires payment at the Oloololo Gate and a transit permit at the Sekanani Gate. As of January 1, 2024, entrance rates for non-residents stand at USD 100 per day, set to increase to USD 200 per day from July 1, 2024. This potential increase emphasizes the importance of staying informed through the Masai Mara National Reserve and Mara Triangle websites.

Beyond the reserve, the Mara North Conservancy, home to luxurious camps, poses challenges for self-drive enthusiasts as it primarily focuses on all-inclusive game drive packages. Private conservancies like Naboisho also exist, with conservation fees added to accommodation bills. If visiting the National Reserve or the Triangle, additional entrance fees apply.


We strive to provide accurate and current information; however, it is essential to independently verify any details before relying on them.

Ol Pajeeta Conservancy: Fees & How to Arrange Permits

Ol Pajeeta Conservancy, known for its conservation efforts, requires online permit arrangements in advance. On-arrival permit acquisition is no longer an option, emphasizing the need for proactive planning. The entrance fee stands at USD 100 per day, and various activities, including the campsite, must be booked online. Stay informed about fees and activities by checking their official website.

Entering the Parks of Tanzania with Your Kenya-Registered Car

For those planning to venture into Tanzania, especially with a Kenya-registered vehicle from the Hire a Car Kenya branch, the process is simplified. Park permits for Tanzanian parks, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, can be arranged on arrival at the park entrance gate. Notably, fees for foreign-plated vehicles are higher in some Tanzanian parks, requiring travelers to be aware of the variations.

understanding the fees and permit arrangements for Kenya’s National Parks and Conservancies enhances the travel experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife that this East African gem has to offer. Whether exploring the vastness of Masai Mara or contributing to conservation efforts in Ol Pajeeta, proactive planning ensures a seamless and memorable adventure.

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