Tanzania authorities set to introduce cable car on Kilimanjaro

Tanzania set to introduce cable car on Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian tourism authorities say they will start introducing cable cars on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

Mary Masanja, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, disclosed that introducing the cable car on the mountain was on track and would begin soon.

On Tuesday, Ms Masanja told a news conference in the capital Dodoma that the cable cars would mostly be used by tourists and other climbers who could not walk to the mountain’s peak on foot.

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 mountain’s summit annually.

In December 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 installing the cable car.