A GROUP of 37 tourists from South Korea have jetted into the country, ready for a six-day mission on top of Mt Kilimanjaro.
The group, which also features renowned artistes from the East Asian nation, will produce a reality show on Africa’s rooftop during their mission.
The show titled ‘Once in Lifetime Kilimanjaro Climb’ will later be premiered on South Korean national TV, tvN.
“The film will document our daily lives on top of Mt Kilimanjaro and of course the sights and sounds of Africa’s highest mountain,” said Son Ho-jun, one of the actors who will star in the reality show, at Marangu gate on Saturday, shortly before starting their climb.
Mr Ho-jun, who is also a singer, disclosed that the group was buoyed by the prospects of the climb, having come a long way to accomplish their mission.
“We used to hear and read about the mountain and today is definitely one of our proudest moments in life as we begin our ascent, to the top,” said the excited actor who made his acting debut back in 2006.
The team’s leader Hyojung on her part couldn’t hide her excitement on the prospects of producing a reality show on Mt Kilimanjaro, describing it as an incredible moment.
This will definitely be a must watch show with a great deal of global appeal.
Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Conservation Officer Charles Ngendo lauded the South Korean group for their decision to document their film on Africa’s rooftop, saying the move will further market and promote Tanzania as a destination.
“Just when Royal Tour is continuing to trail blaze, it worth to note that we will soon have another film, this time round shot on top of Mt Kilimanjaro,” said the conservation officer.
He described South Korea as a potential emerging market, just when the country is on a hunt of identifying new markets from the traditional ones.