US goodwill ambassador to begin46th 6-day Mount Kilimanjaro expedition

15Jan 2022
James Lanka
Moshi
The Guardian
US goodwill ambassador to begin46th 6-day Mount Kilimanjaro expedition

​​​​​​​TANZANIA’s Goodwill ambassador for tourism in the United States (US) Macon Dunnagan, will early next week start his 46th six-day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb along with a group of other tourists.

This year, apart from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Goodwill Envoy from Charlotte, in North Carolina in the US will also have a special climb in Mount Meru.

Speaking with this paper in Moshi soon after he arrived from the US, Dunnagan SAIS he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro 45 times, and wrote many books about attractiveness of the Tanzania tourism destinations including his famous book named ‘Sons of Kilimanjaro’.

He was later announced by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) as a Goodwill Ambassador for Tanzania’s tourism.

 In December last year, Macon Dunnagan participated in this year’s special Mount Kilimanjaro Uhuru Expedition as part of the commemoration of the 60 Years of Tanzania Independence.

This was his 45th six-day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb that broke a record of the first Whiteman to climb many times, according to the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA).

During the Uhuru Expedition, the Chief Park Warden for Tourism at KINAPA, Charles Ng’endo commended the envoy who is the US national for participating in the special Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Expedition.

He added that, to date, there is no record that shows that there is any whiteman who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro many times as Dunnagan.

Before his official marriage in the US, the Goodwill ambassador, engaged his wife Kim Brown at the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) three years before celebrating their engagement by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through the Rongai route in a special expedition organised by ZARA Tours.

Dunnagan, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with ZARA Tours for more than 40 years, comes to Tanzania every year two or three times with a group of tourists to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and visit some tourism destinations in Tanzania with his group including Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) for fun or for the cause.

 Speaking with this paper in an exclusive interview a few moments after descending from the mountain at his special 45th Mount Kilimanjaro Climb before he left for his home, Charlotte, North Carolina in the US, the US national explained that he has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro 44 times, and wrote many books about the attractiveness of the country's tourism destinations including his famous book named 'Sons of Kilimanjaro', and later on he was named by the TTB a 'Goodwill Ambassador' for tourism in his country.

n the year 2018, Dunnagan, came along with the verifiable record of climbing Kilimanjaro 4 times in 28 days; and from Monday of July 2, 2018; starting taking first group to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in different four summits in only 21 days, and he said that he is enjoying helping non-profits plan and implement Kilimanjaro climb fundraisers.

According to Dunnagan, he has helped organisations and clubs like Rotary “End Polio Now” and Ovarian Cancer Canada to plan for Kilimanjaro Fundraising climbs.

“As you know, I have four groups including a charitable organisation called Samaritan’s Feet which raises funds to buy shoes for the needy people Worldwide, a group of students from Cannon School in Charlotte, North Carolina in US who climb Mount Kilimanjaro to learn more about it, as well visiting Serengeti National Park for that cause, and a group of Rotarians from 7680 Charlotte Club who will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds from the Rotary “End Polio Now” initiative,” he said.

According to Dunnagan, he has helped organisations and clubs like Rotary "End Polio Now" and Ovarian Cancer Canada to plan for Kilimanjaro Fundraising climbs.