Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has announced the introduction of a conservation fee for entry to National Parks and Game Parks. The fee, which will be charged in addition to the existing park entrance fees, will take effect from January 2021. The combined fee will be based on market related prices and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism will consult with stakeholders in Namibia’s tourism industry before the fee structure is released.
According to the press release, the conservation fee will accrue to Namibia’s Game Product Trust Fund and will be used for the management and maintenance of infrastructure in National Parks and Game Parks, human wildlife conflict mitigation and preventive measures as well as wildlife protection and law enforcement.
Namibia has not adjusted or increased entrance fees to National Parks and Game Parks since 2005. The country’s park entrance fees are currently the lowest in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).