A Nine-Year Old Tanzanian Girl Scales Kilimanjaro

Nine-year old girl Idda Baita has set a record of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through a complicated Umbwe, Kibosho route. Young Idda, a Standard IV pupil at Moshi Airport Primary School, is the first female to climb Africa's highest mountain on that course.

Idda expressed her pleasure at achieving her dream and setting a historical record, reaching at Kibo Peak and descending successfully.

Idda told reporters she is going to be a good ambassador for Kilimanjaro National Parks (Kinapa) so as to boost internal tourism -- and will see to it that fellow children and youth hike the mountain.

She confided that it has been her wish to climb the mountain, among other things, to express her patriotism to her nation, suggesting that students should spend their holidays touring the country's tourist attractions, including the national parks.

Last month, Kinapa sensitised locals to hike Mount Kilimanjaro by lowering fees for internal tourists and picked them free by their vehicles from different locations in Kilimanjaro, a move that was positively responded to.

Sources: AllAfrica