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KENYA TOURISM HEAD JOINS THE 7 SUMMIT AFRICA CHALLENGE TO MOUNT KENYA

KENYA TOURISM HEAD JOINS THE 7 SUMMIT AFRICA CHALLENGE TO MOUNT KENYA

Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala has joined the Mt. Kenya leg of the 7 Summits Africa Challenge organized by Great Migration Camps. The Minister set off to climb Mt. Kenya from Serena Mountain Lodge in Kenya on the 13th November on a gruelling 6 day climb up Africa’s second highest mountain.


The 7 Summit Africa Challenge mission is set to achieve a world record by climbing 7 mountains summits in Africa in 7 weeks. The overriding purpose of this challenge is to showcase the opportunities for adventure travel in East Africa as well as promote conservation through sustainable tourism practices. The expedition was officially launched on the 3rd November at Kigali Serena Hotel where the team of 9 environmentalists, journalists and mountaineers set out to climb Mt Karisimbi and Mt Nyiragongo in Rwanda.


Hon. Balala, said, “I’m excited to part of this exciting experience. Today we are introducing a new tourism asset to the world. It is, of course, an asset that is already there, but Mt. Kenya has long been underutilised and under-promoted. It is my hope that the 7 Summits Africa Challenge will change this by showing the world Magical Kenya’s adventure tourism opportunities.”
Serena Hotels has partnered with 7 Summit Africa Challenge to provide accommodation that will act as base areas for the 7 week mountaineering. The team has now been joined by Hon. Balala to climb Mt. Kenya. Thereafter, they will proceed to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Stanley & Mt Speke, and Mt Meru. The finale ceremony is scheduled to be held at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (soon to be Arusha Serena Hotel Resort & Spa).


The 7 Summit Africa Challenge has partnered with Spot Africa to provide the SPOT GEN 3 tracking device that will track the CS and the 7 Summits Africa team throughout the climb. The expedition is being broadcasted live via
Youtube. Click here for more information. 


“The hard truth is that conservation requires money – lots of it – and the best way to get this much-needed revenue
for conservation is through responsible tourism,” explains Carel Verhoef, one of the expedition leaders and a
director of title sponsor Great Migration Camps."

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