Saturday, January 3, 2015
ENVOYS: WE HAVE CONQUERED MT KILIMANJARO
Nine High Commissioners out of twenty three from Tanzania who represent the country in different countries in the World are not sailors. But still they have a right to shout: “Ahhoy There!” because they managed to reach the top Mt Kilimanjaro (the snow capped mountain and the Roof of Africa); aims at promoting tourism in Tanzania and the countries that are representing.
Ambassador Adadi Rajab who represents Tanzania in Zimbabwe was among nine High Commissioners who reached the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak-5,895 m ASL) recalls that it was around 7.30 a.m. on December 21, 2014 after a breath taking two-and-half-hour slow walk from Stella Point that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres, above Sea level.
“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my fellow Ambassadors including Joseph Sokoine (Director Europe and America) and Mzee Daniel Ole Njoolay (who represents Tanzania in Nigeria). Some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw them (Ambassador Sokoine and Ole Njoolay) coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me they have made it. We both made it!
And surely we were able to make it to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro due to friendly assistance from the two Professional mountain guides from the ZARA Tanzania Adventures (Zara tours) namely Faustine Chombo and Theophil Karia,” he explained joyfully in interview with this paper at Horombo hut during the coming down from the ‘Roof of Africa’.
He recollected that was the culmination of “our six day Mt Kilimanjaro climb” through the famous Marangu route (also known as Coca Cola route) that to him still seems like a dream.
“Reaching Uhuru peak was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that ones need to grow old first to forget, and I will never forget the high assistance from my brothers from the ZARA.’
“Tanzania Adventures and the Tanzania National Park’s (TANAPA) Rangers including Flavian Kalinga and his fellow Park Rangers from the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) whose assistance was very meaningful to me to reach the summit,” noted Ambassador Adadi Rajabu accompanied by Ambassador Daniel Ole Njoolay.
“I and other twenty two high commissioners from Tanzania selected us to join 2014 Tanzania Ambassador’s Mt Kilimanjaro Expedition aims at promoting Tanzania tourism both locally and internationally under the advanced Co-ordination of Ambassador Radhia Msuya who represents Tanzania in South Africa.
Each and every one at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to follow in the footsteps of our well wishers for the Ministry, as well as the Minister for Foreign Affairs Bernard Membe who joined us by escorting us up to the half-way to Mandara hut after the ‘flag off’ of our expedition that he happy fully made, explained Ambassador Rajabu during the interviews.
According to Ambassador Adadi Rajabu, he will make sure that he will bring more tourists from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to tour and climb Mt Kilimanjaro as well as visiting other tourism destinations in Tanzania including Zanzibar Islands.
Having implementing it he added, he has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Fast jet in Zimbabwe to transport tourist from Victoria Falls to Mt Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar islands in Tanzania.
“As we have already climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to its highest summit, we have experienced a lot of things and we are going to prepare a special report that will be handed over to the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) so that they can use it in collaboration with us to utilise and improve tourism in the site.
For her part, Dr Batilda Buriani (represents Tanzania in Kenya) the only female Ambassador who made it to Uhuru peak (5,895 m ASL) of the highest free standing mountain in Africa-Mt Kilimanjaro explained that, in her Mt Kilimanjaro expedition, she will never forget the ‘Zigzag’ area which is between Kibo hut and Gilman’s point where she about to go back down from the mountain!
“Though the journey was very tough, I’m thanked God, ZARA Tour’s Professional mountain Guides particularly Faustine Chombo for his crucial support that made me to reach the highest peak of the mountain-Uhuru Peak (5,895 m ASL)….” She explained cheerfully.
Dr Buriani is expecting to bring a group of High Commissioners who represents their countries in Kenya to come in Tanzania and climb Mt Kilimanjaro.