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Understanding Conservation Levies, Park Fees, and Community Levies on African Safaris

Understanding Conservation Levies, Park Fees, and Community Levies on African Safaris

A Safari in Africa is a dream for many, affording a privileged opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of wildlife in their natural habitat. The magic of a safari experience is intricately tied to the conservation efforts that sustain these ecosystems.

By travelling to Africa, you are contributing to the conservation by paying these fees, you become active participants in the ongoing efforts to preserve Africa’s unique ecosystems and ensure that future generations can continue to marvel at the wonders of the continent’s wildlife.

You will be able to see how much you are contributing to your proposal from Timeless Africa Safaris as we itemise the Conservation Levies, Park Fees, Community Levies, or Trekking Permits.

But just exactly where do the fees that you pay go to?

Tswalu Kalahari

Conservation Levies:

Conservation levies have the explicit purpose of funding conservation initiatives. These fees contribute to the protection of endangered species, habitat restoration, anti-poaching efforts, and wildlife research. The revenue generated from conservation levies is pivotal in maintaining the ecological integrity of the areas visited.

Anti-Poaching Initiatives

A significant portion of conservation levies is allocated to anti-poaching measures, including the deployment of rangers, the acquisition of surveillance technology, and the training of wildlife protection teams. These efforts are essential for combating illegal wildlife trade and ensuring the survival of endangered species.


Habitat Preservation

Conservation levies contribute to habitat preservation programs, focusing on maintaining the natural landscapes that sustain diverse flora and fauna. This includes initiatives to control invasive species, prevent habitat degradation, and promote sustainable land management practices.


Gorilla Trekking Permits

The revenue generated from gorilla trekking permits is used to fund conservation efforts, protect the mountain gorillas, and support local communities. The majority of the revenue goes towards the management and protection of the Volcanoes National Park, where the gorillas are located. The funds are used to finance anti-poaching efforts, habitat conservation, and monitoring of the gorilla population. This includes employing park rangers and other personnel involved in the protection of the gorillas and their environment.

A portion of the revenue is often invested in local communities surrounding the national park. This could involve projects related to education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other community development initiatives. The goal is to ensure that local communities benefit from gorilla tourism and are motivated to actively participate in conservation efforts.

KAMBA, Mom and young gorilla

Francois van Zyl, Africa Photographic

Park Fees:

Park fees are entrance fees charged by national parks and reserves for visitors to gain access to their pristine wilderness. These fees are a critical source of revenue for maintaining the parks’ infrastructure, enhancing visitor experiences, and supporting local communities.

Infrastructure Maintenance

Park fees contribute to the upkeep of infrastructure within national parks, including roads, trails, and visitor centers. Well-maintained infrastructure ensures a safe and enjoyable experience while minimizing the impact on the environment.


Conservation Education

A portion of park fees is often allocated to educational programs aimed at raising awareness about the importance of conservation. These initiatives play a crucial role in fostering a sense of responsibility among visitors and local communities towards preserving the natural heritage of the region.

Francois van Zyl, Africa Photographic

Louise Engelbrecht

Community Levies:

Community levies are charges imposed to benefit local communities residing near conservation areas. These levies are designed to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism are shared with the people living in proximity to wildlife habitats.

Community Development

Revenue from community levies is invested in projects that promote sustainable development, such as building schools, healthcare facilities, and infrastructure that improves the overall quality of life for local residents.


Livelihood Enhancement

Community levies may also support initiatives that empower local communities through skill development programs, job creation, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods. This helps in establishing a symbiotic relationship between conservation and the well-being of nearby communities.


Timeless Africa Safaris is committed to the Conservation of the parks and reserves, their wildlife and the communities around them. Once you have travelled, you will truly understand just how vital and greatly appreciated these levies are.


In this article
  • Introduction
  • Conservation Levies
  • Park Fees
  • Community Levies

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