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    Default Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Just noted that Narok county's 2023 finance bill changes the definition of the park fee validity from a 24 hours period to a daily model. Might be relevant for non-residents planning a visit.

    “Park entry fees” –An amount charged for entry into Maasai Mara from (6.00am 6.00pm) time of entry notwithstanding

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    Thanks for the update. Do you know if that is effective immediately? I think I preferred the 24hr model, but I suppose it is a way to generate a more income without raising fees outright.
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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Quote Originally Posted by CalDriver View Post
    Thanks for the update. Do you know if that is effective immediately? I think I preferred the 24hr model, but I suppose it is a way to generate a more income without raising fees outright.
    I think the Narok County Finance Bill is still in draft format and under consultation. Until such time as the Mara Conservancy website acknowledges any conservation fee changes, then I would say that the 24 hour system is still operational.

    https://www.maratriangle.org/conservation-fees-1
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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    As far as I am aware the bill passed and the changes will take effect July 1st.

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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Yes. Just received an e-mail from the conservancy confirming that it will be effective from the 3rd of July and their website will reflect that shortly.

    Indeed not the best news. Any recommendations for a camp near Sekenani Gate?

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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Quote Originally Posted by apfac View Post
    Yes. Just received an e-mail from the conservancy confirming that it will be effective from the 3rd of July and their website will reflect that shortly.

    Indeed not the best news. Any recommendations for a camp near Sekenani Gate?

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    I will ask my Kenya Association of Travel Operators’ contact as to what the overnight fee will be. The Mara Conservancy website has updated to the new 12 hour fees. https://www.maratriangle.org/conservation-fees-1

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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    This is copied from the Mara Conservancy’s June 2023 Monthly Report.

    The County Government have decided to implement a 12 hour ticket, effective 1st July. After some discussion, people staying within the Reserve will be exempted from paying on the day they leave if before 10.00 am. It should be noted that clients staying in Lodges like Mara Serena will have to leave the entire Reserve before 10.00 am, not just the Triangle.”
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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Thank you WW. I am still waiting for a reply from the Conservancy, and that was one of the questions asked. That is perfectly sensible.

    Are there any opinions on these two options for a single overnight stay near Sekenani Gate ? : https://ioverlander.com/places/22482...a-springs-camp and https://ioverlander.com/places/10173...asai-mara-camp ?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Quote Originally Posted by Wazungu Wawili View Post
    This is copied from the Mara Conservancy’s June 2023 Monthly Report.

    The County Government have decided to implement a 12 hour ticket, effective 1st July. After some discussion, people staying within the Reserve will be exempted from paying on the day they leave if before 10.00 am. It should be noted that clients staying in Lodges like Mara Serena will have to leave the entire Reserve before 10.00 am, not just the Triangle.”

    I have received an answer from the conservancy stating and confirming that for guests staying / overnighting at the conservancy that are no more fees apart from the entrance/ conservation fee and the camping fee. As stated above, clients staying inside the reserve will be allowed to exit the reserve until 10:00AM without incurring any more charges. Therefore, there are not any overnight fees.

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    Default Re: Maasai Mara entry regulations change

    Hi All
    just returned from the Mara Triangle camping for 8 nights this week-end. Confirmed that if you leave the reserve at 10am no additional charges. Note that 10am is leaving Mara Reserve and not the Triangle. So plan for an hour and a bit from leaving Mara river bridge entrance at Purungat to make the 10am.

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