Cable cars coining to Likoni Channel

The Standard ­ Thursday
Date: 17.11.2016
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Cable cars
moving over an
ocean. The
Kenya Ferry Ser­
vice plans to
introduce the
vehicles at the
Likoni channel
from March next
year, [photo:
COURTESY]
Cable cars coining to Likoni Channel
Special vehicles
expected to ferry
11,000 passengers per
hours. Yesterday, KFS signed an agree­
ment with a private company to es­
tablish the express cable car service
will be a major tourist attraction.
Separately, the Tourism Fund
has set in motion plans to start lei­
sure cable car operations in Barin­
go and Elgeyo Marakwet counties
where a consultant is set to carry
out a feasibility study.
across the 500m channel.
The service, linking Mombasa is­
land and south mainland, is expect­
ed to reduce the long traffic jams
hour in both directions
of the crossing
and also boost tourism in the South
The cable cars will be the first
Coast by providing pedestrians with
an alternative crossing for the chan­
nel and, in the process, reduce delays.
to be constructed in Kenya, with
South Africa the only African coun­
try currently running them to at­
The state­of­the­art infrastruc­
By PATRICK BEJA
AND PHILIP MWAKI0
Tired of the overcrowded and er­
ratic services of the ferry at the Likoni
Channel? Well you will soon be 'flying'
across the channel courtesy of a ca­
The two counties will take ad­
ists and provide a panoramic view of
the whole Mombasa region from the
100m high cable service. The conces­
sion agreement between KFS andTra­
pos Limited will last for 30 years.
vantage of escarpments in the ar­
ea to construct the cableways that
ble car.
The car will offer passengers a
beautiful scenery of the splendid
tract tourists.
ture is also expected to attract tour­
300,000 PEOPLE
will see tourists taken for rides over
can comfortably talk about value ad­
dition to destination Kwale and the
larger South Coast at large," Kenya
Association of Hotelkeepers and Ca­
the valleys.
"A key challenge facing the
(tourism) sector is over reliance on
a narrow product range and there­
fore there is urgent need to diver­
sify the tourism product range by
introducing niche products like
(KFS), the car, the first of its kind Ken­
Trapos Africa is the consultant for
the public­private partnership project
and KFS said the project will take 14
months to complete after construc­
ya, will be introduced from March
tion work commences.
next year.
KFS Managing Director Bakari
Gowa (pictured) said once operation­
al, the cable cars will ferry close to 20
per cent of the ferry users (80,000 peo­
ple per day), thus easing congestion
deal to the aesthetics of Mombasa and
The consultant will be expect­
Likoni Ferry channel which is current­
ly dreaded by both locals and interna­
on the ferries.
tional tourists.
ed to undertake analysis of the pro­
posed project sites, including de­
mand analysis and how much the
project will cost.
It is estimated that the two proj­
shores and the ocean.
According to Kenya Ferry Services
The cable cars will have a capacity
to carry 11,000 passengers per hour in
both directions. The trip, which nor­
mally takes about ten minutes, will
now take only two minutes by the car.
However the car cannot carry vehicles
or heavy luggage.
A ride will cost Sh20 during off
peak hours and Sh50 during peak
KFS estimates that 300,000 peo­
ple and 6,000 vehicles cross the Likoni
Ferry Channel daily.
"When this is actualised then we
terers (Kahc) Coast branch Executive
officer Sam Ikwaye said.
He added that over time, Kenyan
tourism has sold the pristine beaches
and its cultural history and heritage
the cable car in other tourism cor­
ridors," the Tourism Fund said in
but such new infrastructure invest­
an expression of interest in media
ments like cable cars will add a great
adverts.
Kwale County executive in charge
of Tourism, ICT and Investments
Adan Sheikh said the new develop­
ment besides easing crossing time
ects will cost Sh2 billion.
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