The Kilimanjaro Cable Car is Trending

by Traveleads | May 17, 2019 | Latest News

Tanzania is planning to boost tourism numbers by introducing cables cars on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually – although the idea of cable cars hopes to see those numbers increase by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb in.

The itinerary has not yet been decided. The Machame route, the most popular and spectacular one, appears to be the most likely route. It would not reach the summit but only the Shira plateau, at 3,900 meters. By foot, this route takes a good day’s walk.

Will those who live in the mountains benefit from the economic advantages of Kilimanjaro the cable car?

The carriers are feeling the most concern as instead of people taking a week to climb, tourists could stay only a handful of hours on site to take picture and leave. This innovation could, therefore, deprive investors of a large part of their income.

However, this activity supports 250,000 families around Kilimanjaro and Meru. The president of their association estimates that an American hiker provides work for about fifteen people, thirteen porters plus a guide and a cook. Tour operators, as well, are cautious. Shorter stays mean fewer nights in the region and therefore smaller income.

The Minister of Tourism delays and explains that the cable car is not intended for trekkers but rather for all those who want to discover this mythical summit without having the physical condition required for such an adventure. So it is indeed new visitors who are being sought. Tanzania dreams of replicating the success of the South African cable car from Table Mountain in Cape Town that will soon be 100 years old.

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