Climbing Kilimanjaro by cable-car? Tanzania’s government says ‘yes’

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Mt Kilimanjaro and Acacia - in the morning - The classic view of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania from Amboseli in Kenya
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is seen from Moshi, Tanzania. (Photo: Creative Commons / Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

The government of Tanzania has approved the installation of a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, an official said on Friday.

Paul Banga, the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) assistant conservation commissioner for national parks development, said the government has given TANAPA the green light to invest in the installation of the cable car.

“We are waiting for instructions from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism before we start looking for investors of the project,” he told a workshop for editors and senior journalists organized by TANAPA in the capital Dodoma.

“Installation of the cable car on the mountain is not something strange,” said Banga.

He said the cable car will be installed up to 3,700 meters out of the mountain’s 5,895 meters above sea level.

About 50,000 trekkers from across the world attempt to reach the summit of the mountain annually.

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