In 2006 Tanzania have introduced new Park Fees. The prices are given per person per 24 hours. Adults are classified from ages 17 and above and children are classified between the ages of 5 to 16.
The Serengeti National Park now charge US$50 per person and children are US$10 each. Ngorongoro Crater fees although not classed as a National Park – it is a Conservation Area – has new increased the entrance fees also. The rate is US$30 per person and to enter the Ngorongoro Crater is now US$100 per vehicle and each vehicle will only be allowed into the crater for 6 hours. If you want the full day in the crater the vehicle must pay US$200.
Remember when leaving the Serenegeti to return to Arusha the exit point from the Serengeti is usually through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and although you may pass straight through ‘in-transit’ you must pay US$30 per person.
Kilimanjaro National Park has doubled the fees so as last year it was US$30 per person the fees are now US$60 per person per day. This means a 5 day climb will incur a cost US$300 per person just in Park fees. Children pay US$10 per child – noting that children below the age of 12 are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro.
Camp sites on Kilimanjaro are now US$50 per person per day. Climbs are best organized through a tour operator. You are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro without a qualified guide. Remember every year people die when attempting to climb Kilimanjaro – although it is not a technical climb the climb must be treated with respect.
The Tarangire [which is probably Tanzania’s most underrated park – although only recommended in the dry season] Lake Manyara and Arusha National park are all US£35 per person and children aged 16 and under are US$10 per child. These charges will come into affect from 1 July 2006.
The remote and wonderful Katavi National Park, the Ruaha, Rubondo National Parks and the breathtaking Udzungwa Mountains [ a National Park without roads] are all US$20 per person and US$5 for children. The lesser charges here are not because they are inferior parks – it is because they are on the ‘southern circuit’ and have less visitors. The Higher charges in the Northern parks are to try to encourage the ever increasing volume of visitors away from the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Mahale Mountain on the remote western Lake Tanganyika, where chimpanzees are to be found – the charges here from July 1 2006 will be US$80 per person per 24 hours and US$30 per child.
Public Campsites US$30 per person per day and Special Campsites US$50 per person per day – these are site within the National parks. If you camp outside the parks, as is possible with Lake Manyara and the Tarangire then camp fees are much less.