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An ambitious ten-day long exercise to clean the giant Kilimanjaro Mountain takes off from the first day of March 2023.
The mountain cleaning project is part of the activities currently taking place towards the climax for the Africa’s highest peak, Golden Jubilee since being gazetted to be National Park.
The National Park surrounding Africa’s tallest Mountain is now hitting a milestone of 50 years since its establishment back in 1973.
Now, to mark the Golden Jubilee of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania is launching an ambitious cleaning exercise on and around this popular tourist feature in the country.
“More than 500 people will embark on the mountain cleaning exercise which will be conducted for ten consecutive days from March 1 to March 10, 2023,” explains Herman Bathiho.
Bathiho is the Tanzania National Parks’ Deputy Conservation Commissioner in charge of Conservation and Business Development.
The senior conservator for TANAPA added that the mountain cleaning endeavour will also be complemented with a tree planting venture.
This will be executed in areas surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro, especially the Rombo District where environment degradation especially forest cover depletion has been rather high of late.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park was established five decades ago, on 16 March 1973.
It is now one of the popular tourists’ destinations in Eastern Africa Region.
An average of 60,000 people from all over the world climbs Kilimanjaro every year. Most of them manage to conquer its highest peak on Uhuru Summit at about 5,895 meters above sea level.
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the continent and also the largest free-standing mountain rise in the world
Regarding forthcoming Anniversary, Vice President Dr Philip Mpango will lead the rest of the country in the ceremony to mark the Golden Jubilee for Kilimanjaro National Park on March 16, 2023.
Assistant Commissioner of Conservation Angela Nyaki who commands the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, reveals that the event will be held at the Park Headquarters, which also serves as the entry gate for climbers using the Marangu route.
“One of the achievements gained during the 50 years of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the fact that we now have 16 routes to reach the summit instead of just a single gate which used to operate in the late 60s,” Assistant Commissioner Angela Nyaki pointed out.
The celebrations to mark Mount Kilimanjaro National Park’s Golden Jubilee come five year after a similar festival was held in Mara Region for the Serengeti National Park’s 50th Anniversary in 2019.
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