Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has written to Miami Herald newspaper correcting the impression that Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Kenya. Miami Herald carried a story about the unfortunate passing on of South Africa’s famous TV presenter and rally driver Gugu Zulu in which the media house stated that Kilimanjaro was in Kenya when in fact not. The late Gugu was #Trek4Mandela event.
In a statement issued by the Managing Director of the Board, Tanzania has refuted claims made by a Ms Cara Ana an Associate Press for American based newspaper who on July 18 2016 wrote an article in which it was stated that the South African died while trying to climb Kenya’s Kilimanjaro.
The Board has taken issue with the statement deeming it as misleading and has since requested the paper to retract it through the same media used to carry the story.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, with an elevation of close to 6km above sea level. It is an important source of foreign exchange for the Tanzanian government – it is estimated that revenue from tourists visiting the Kilimanjaro National Park can goes as high as $50 million per year.
[UPDATED] The newspaper has since corrected the information and republished the article.