Tanzanian tourism officials have announced that plans to install cable cars on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, are nearing completion.

The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mary Masanja, stated that the process of introducing the cable car on the mountain is on track and will begin very soon.

Masanja stated at a press conference in Dodoma that the cable cars would primarily be used by tourists and other climbers who were unable to walk to the mountain’s peak on foot.

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Mount Kilimanjaro, one of Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations, is about 5,895 meters above sea level, with roughly 50,000 climbers from across the world attempting to reach the summit of the mountain annually.

In Dec. 2020, Paul Banga, the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) assistant conservation commissioner for national parks development, said the government of Tanzania had approved the installation of a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Banga said the government had given TANAPA the green light to invest in the installation of the cable car.

 

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