ZimParks reverses entry fees increase

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ZimParks reverses entry fees increase

The Chronicle

Leonard Ncube,Victoria Falls Reporter

ZIMBABWE Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) has reversed the Rainforest entry fees increase that was set to begin next month and deferred the review to April.
Tourism operators had expressed concern over the increase without their consultation and raised objections through the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ).

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority

ZimParks spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo, confirmed the increase reversal.
“As Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority we would like to confirm the postponement of the increase in Rainforest entry fees,” he said.

“We were supposed to effect the increases on the 1st of January 2023 and after consulting players in the tourism industry we have agreed to postpone until the 1st of April.”

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo

He said after consulting and considering that the country seeks to promote domestic tourism, ZimParks saw it prudent to allow easy access to the resort by locals upon payment of US$7 per person, which remains unchanged until April.
“So, the new charges for international tourists or regional tourists are going to be effected on the 1st of April 2023,” said Mr Farawo, adding that wildlife management and conservation was being funded by tourism directly.

‘We are Victoria Falls Initiative’ coordinator, Ms Shelley Cox, commended ZimParks for responding positively.
She said engagements among stakeholders will minimise any negative impact of the increase in fees and allow trade partners and travellers to understand some of the reasons behind the increases.

“While we await feedback on outstanding requests, it has been agreed that the Victoria Falls Destination Management partnership will work with all stakeholders to come up with an effective communication campaign strategy announcing the increases, which will be implemented in the second quarter of 2023,” she said.

The new fees schedule proposed by ZimParks will see locals paying US$10 to enter through the ordinary gate up from US$7 per person while Sadc and international clients will pay US$30 and US$50, up from US$20 and US$30 respectively.
To enter through the VIP gate, locals will pay US$30 per person, US$75 for Sadc and US$150 for international clients.
Locals who want to tour the rainforest under the moonlight will be expected to part with US$15 per person while Sadc clients will pay US$70 and US$100 for international clients.

Visiting the Zambezi River will now cost US$5 for locals while Sadc clients will pay US$12 and those from the international world paying US$15. Children above five years of age will pay half the adult fees.
Vehicles will be charged between US$5 for small cars and US$20 for buses and lorries while foreign-registered vehicles will pay US$30 each.

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The industry said the fees are too exorbitant considering that schedules had already been advertised for the year 2023.
Victoria Falls has over the years been tagged as an expensive destination compared to other destinations.
The tour of the rainforest is one of the many activities tourists embark on in Victoria Falls. Others are game drives, bungee jumping, white water rafting, cruise, gorge swing, zipline, and interaction with animals among others. — @ncubeleon

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