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February 20, 2018

State approves Sh1bn plan for cable cars to link Elgeyo, Baringo

Kerio Valley escarpments where the Sh1 billion cable cars will be put up.
Kerio Valley escarpments where the Sh1 billion cable cars will be put up.

The government has approved a plan to put up the country’s first cable cars for Sh1 billion in Elgeyo Marakwet county to attract tourists.

Governor Alex Tolgos said the government has allocated Sh80 million for surveys and planning.

“The cable cars will also link Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties and it will be very easy to move tourists and other people across the valleys and escarpments,” Tolgos said.

The plan is to have more than four cable cars moving across the escarpments in the Kerio Valley.

Tolgos was speaking in Iten town on Wednesday.

He said the project is expected to increase the number of tourists in Rimoi Game Reserve and other parts of the Kerio Valley.

“We want to take the same route [as South Africa] and become the first county to have cable cars in Kenya,” said Tolgos, who visited that country recently.

The county is rehabilitating Rimoi Game Reserve.

The park is being restocked with wild animals by Kenya Wildlife Service.

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