Tourists to enjoy cable car rides at Kilimambogo park

By James Wakahiu
A cable car project to take tourists up the Mount Kilimambogo National Park will start soon.
The joint initiative between the government, University of Nairobi and Muka Mukuu Co-operative Union, which owns the land around the mountain, is aimed at encouraging more domestic and foreign tourists to the park, which borders Kiambu and Machakos counties.


A consultant for the project, Prof T.N. Mwangi, said a contractor is expected
to start work at the site any time.
Once completed, it will enable tourists visiting the national park to enjoy cable car rides.
Other developments at the park will include renovation of the historic Lord McMillan Castle, which is intended to house a public museum and a water supply system.
Muka Mukuu Society chairman Fredrick Karanja said besides helping improve the livelihoods of the local community, the project is aimmed at promoting cultural tourism, preservation and conservation of national heritage.
Kilimabogo is ideal for sporting activities like mountain climbing and
cable car rides while the nearby River Athi, which forms the 14 Falls Resort, is suitable for water sports.
Plans have also been drawn for a cultural centre in the area, dubbed Bomas
II, to rival the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, which is a tourist attraction centre. The Bomas II seeks to tap local tourism potential as well as provide conference facilities.
The 32-room McMillan Castle was built by Sir William Northrop McMillan, an American farmer, investor and hunter, in 1918.

It hosted key world figures, including the 26th American president Theodore D. Roosevelt, UK war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Colonial British Governor Everlyn Baring, as well as big game hunters and soldiers.

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