Kenya is set to have its first ever cable car system at the port of Mombasa and the second one in Sub-Sahara Africa. The US$60 million cable car project has been developed to release the pressure off the stretched Likoni ferry service that has been cited among the deterrents for tourism growth due to delays and frequent breakdowns faced by commuters playing between the main town and the south coast.
The project is developed as a public-private partnership by Tropos, a Nairobi-based “aerial transit development firm and Likoni Cable Express, a subsidiary of the Kenya Ferry Services in a concession running for 25 years.
Construction of the project will begin in August 2018 and will be carried out by C & C Construction Company that will build the infrastructure which include two 90 metre high masts and 2 landing stations on the mainland and the island sides; while cables, cars, and overall technology will be manufactured by Austrian–Swiss Company Doppelmayr Group.
The cable car project will have 22 cable cars each carrying 38 passengers per cabin resulting in a total of 180,000 people operating seven days per week, with a crossing time of fewer than three minutes.
“When the project is commissioned, travel time between the island and the mainland, which takes about 10 minutes, will take less than three minutes; a massive improvement for the people that are commuting between the two points,” said, Hassan Musa, Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director.
More than 300,000 people and 6,000 vehicles pass through the Likoni channel every day experiencing delays of up to 40 minute by using the poorly maintained ferries yet this is one of two linking channels to the south coast.
Once the project is complete, the expansion will be done in areas including Moi International Airport, Kilifi, and Malindi.
Kenya will become the 4th country in Africa to have a cable car system after South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria.