Slideshow 2 images Around 50, tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50 percent by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb it, Constantine Kanyasu, the deputy minister for tourism, said.
The country is conducting feasibility studies on possible routes at the moment, Kanyasu told Reuters. Kanyasu said the government was looking at business plans, potential investors and profits.
The length of the route has not been finalised, with various options under consideration depending on cost and engineering issues, the minister said.
An environmental impact assessment would also be carried out, he said. Porter and guide groups who take tourists up the mountain oppose the project because they fear cable cars will reduce the number of climbers.
Tourism is the main source of hard currency in Tanzania, known for its beaches, wildlife earnings on the Internet on kili and Mount Kilimanjaro, which has three volcanic cones and is nearly 5, meters high from its base. Editing by Katharine Houreld and Jane Merriman.