A safari trek in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photographer: Vicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond/Moment RF.
Kenya lowered entry fees to game parks for local citizens and foreign visitors by 50% for a year, starting July 1, as the nation seeks to revive its tourism industry that has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The sector is the East African nation’s third-biggest foreign-exchange earner after remittances and agricultural exports.
The country recorded 1.44 million visitors between July last year and February 2020, compared with 1.42 million a year earlier.
The government also announced a one-year moratorium on rent for all lodges and camps in Kenya Wildlife Service parks and a 50% discount to all filmmakers shooting documentaries in the parks, Tourism and Wildlife Secretary Najib Balala said Thursday.