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Conservation Fee & Community Levy

Conservation fees:
To visit the SANParks (South Africa National Parks, 20 parks in total) a conservation fee will be asked. The Conservation fees are calculated per day for the days that you are in the park. Private game parks and nature and wildlife parks and some of national parks (not SANParks) that are located in the KwaZulu-Natal province are not under the category of "SANParks' and there you do not have to pay a SANParks conservation fee. These parks determine what the fee amount is. You will find the information about the Conservation fees at SANParks through the following links:

November 2017 to October 2018

November 2018 to October 2019

Please note that there are different rates for international visitors than South Africans, so look at the right column. You pay the conservation fee at the entrance of the park on arrival.

If you visit more parks then a wildcard may be advantageous. You pay 1 amount and then have access to all SANParks as well KwaZulu-Natal Parks and Big Game Parks in Swaziland. South Africans can buy a wildcard for a specific "cluster" for part of the parks. However, international visitors can only buy a wildcard for all clusters.

Community Levy:
From 2014 a 'community levy' of 1% of the amount of the booking (accommodation, camping and booked activities in the park) will be charged for each booking. The money is raised and will be used for projects in the areas adjacent to the SANParks. In these areas people often live in poverty and often lack clean drinking water. The projects funded from the community levy will be dedicated to health and education and it contributes to a faster implementation of sanitation projects in these communities.

It is a nice gesture of SANParks and its guests to the surrounding communities to contribute to the development of these areas. The community levy is included in the booking price.

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For Botswana:

We have been advised by the Botswana Tourism Board that a new Tourism Development Levy will apply with effect from 1 June 2017. Please take note of the details below and advise all passengers booked to travel to Botswana on/after 1 June 2017.

The Levy Background
The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources' Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation wishes to announce the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)

Purpose of the Levy
The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.

Who is eligible to pay?
All visitors to Botswana with exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states

Where is the levy collected?
The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, starting 1st June 2017

How is the payment done?
Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will be valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

How much is the levy
Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00. The Botswana Government remains committed to growing the contribution of tourism to the national economy as well as economic diversification and employment creation.

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Bed Levy

As of the 1st of February, a Bed Levy of R7, 50 per bed per night, will be applicable on all accommodation rates in Swaziland; Nett of VAT.

Government Implementation of Bed Levies
In a bid to reduce the dependence on government funding, The Swaziland Tourism Authority has embarked on an industry norm adjustment of implementing Bed Levies across all accommodation providers throughout Swaziland. A fee will be levied on each bed used per night and implemented from the start of February 2013. This fee is excluded from any current rates and will be added to bookings. Further details will be announced here shortly and advised upon booking when relevant.