Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz was among celebrities who on Sunday failed to make it to the peak of Africa’s highest mountain at an expedition christened Kili Challenge.
Besides the Kwangwaru hit maker, other Bongo stars that gave up the ascend at the first stop at Mandara Camp were actors Steve Mengele and Jacob Steven. The celebs had previously boasted on social media how they will easily tackle Africa’s highest peak in record time.
Pressed for comment, Diamond stated that he withdrew from the challenge prematurely “due to tight performance schedule.” The superstar had lined up a show in Arusha over the weekend.
Kili Challenge was organised by Tanzania’s Ministry of Tourism and attracted over 130 climbers most of them Bongo Flava’s biggest names in music and film. The challenge was aimed at spurring local tourism among Tanzanians.
Tanzania is a country with many tourist attractions. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and marine parks. Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
Travel and tourism contributed 17.5 percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product in 2016 and employed 11.0 percent of the country’s labour force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013. The sector is growing rapidly, rising from US $1.74 billion in 2004 to US $4.48 billion in 2013. In 2016, 1,284,279 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005.
Latest reports show that Tanzania is now ranked 10 among African countries that have registered fastest growth in the tourism sector.
Tanzania despite its massive tourist resources trails Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Namibia and Botswana in no particular order.
The report attributes the growth to positive policy changes coupled with increased investment in the sector. The country’s president John Pombe Magufuli has urged it’s citizens to take advantage of the recently launched Air Tanzania to travel across the country.