Monday, December 22, 2014

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM ZARA TOURS.


Dear valued partners and customers,
With 2014 behind us, I sincerely would like to take this opportunity to send out a genuine “Thank You” to all of you.
Without you we would not be where we are today, doing what we love “supporting the community and embracing wildlife!”
In 2015, we are ready to take on anything and are looking forward to a very prosperous year. We have a solid team in place, a loyal customer base and best partners to help us along the way.
This coming year will, again, be all about providing the best service possible and producing the most cost effective results for each one of you our customers and partners.
Sincerely,
Zara Tours Team.

AMBASSADORS REPRESENTING TANZANIA ABROAD CLIMB MT. KILIMANJARO WITH ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURES


Tanzanian Ambassadors Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge 2014 is the first ever event in the History of Tanzania for all Ambassadors to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro as a group. Accompanied by the slogan “Economic Diplomacy at the Summit of Africa”. The event is not only an opportunity for Tanzanian Ambassadors to experience Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge but also an opportunity to promote Tanzania Destination in countries they represent.


December 16, 2014; the expedition under the guidance of the ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURE (Moshi based company) flag-off ceremony take place at Marangu gate








The Minister of foreign affairs Mr. Bernard Membe graced the ceremony. Accompanied by General secretary for ministry of natural resource and Tourism, Chairman for Tanzania tourist board (TTB), The director of Tourism and Marketing For Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Speaking During the Flag-off CEREMONY, The minister announced, “I ask the Expedition to go to Uhuru peak and while up there loudly declare in and beyond “ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY AT THE SUMMIT OF AFRICA” “DIPLOMASIA YA UCHUMI KILELENI AFRICA” Giving statistics for Kilimanjaro climb the Minister explain over fifty thousands foreign visitor and over two thousands local tourist climb Mt. Kilimanjaro every year, he further show his interest to double the number in few month to come.

Speaking to this event the Director of Tourism and Marketing for Tanzania national Park Mr. Ibrahim start with the history of Mt. Kilimanjaro he further explained, “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro you will not only reach the Roof of Africa but will be exposed to all climatic types of the World”

Apart from enjoying the Majestic of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the General Secretary for Ministry of Natural resource and tourism, Speaking on Tourism situation in Tanzania. He acknowledge the Role of Tourism in Contributing to National Economy, and further explained that, “tourism is the number 1source of foreign Currency earning and Contribute to over 17% to GDP.
Speaking to this Event in an Exclusive Interviews, The Director of ZARA Tanzania adventures Ms. Zainab Ansell said that, her company has become the guide of the ‘Crucial’ expeditions for more than a Decade to join different Individual, Institutions and government initiatives including promoting Tanzania as Tourist Destination “being the first time in the History for Tanzanian Ambassador to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro we are very proud to have such a privilege to arrange this special event taking Tanzanian ambassador from different part of the world to the Roof of Africa”



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About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARACharity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.




Friday, November 28, 2014

ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURES RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST TOUR COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The Director of Zara Tanzania Adventures receive Prize

 (November 25, 2014, at Lake manyara National Park Tanzania) Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism joined by Mr. James Lembel and Allan Kijazi, Director General, Tanzania National Parks presented the Best Tour Company Annual Awards, Zainab Ansell the Director of Zara Tanzania Adventures & Zara Tours awarded the 3rd Prize in Recognition for its outstanding business contribution (GameSafaris) in Lake Manyara National Park for the Fiscal year 2013 – 2014.

  Trophy awarded to Zara Tanzania Adventures by Tanzania National Parks 
Certificate of appreciation awarded to Zara Tanzania Adventures
 Director of Zara Tanzania Adventures receive the certificate
At Zara Tours we are very thankful and appreciative for the recognition, We therefore dedicate the prize to all our clients.
Other Prize include:
2014 - Zara's Ikoma Wildcamp awarded Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
2014 - Zara's Highview Hotel awarded Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor
2013 - Zara's Highview Hotel awarded Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor
2013 - Zara Tours winner of Canadian Certificate of Excellence in Commerce
2012 - Zara's owner, Zainab Ansell, received Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award for running a successful Tour Operating Company.
2012 - Zara presented with Humanitarian Award in London at the World Travel Market (WTM).
2012 - Zara Charity received the Ngorongoro Marathon Award for organizing a successful race to fight Malaria.
2012 - Zara won Tours Football Bonanza Cup.
2011 - Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) presents Zara with Sustainable Tourism Award.

About ZARA TOURSZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

Monday, November 10, 2014

"BUY A BRICK" FOR THE NEW BUILD CAMPAIGN!

The KOC in Pasua was founded in early 2009 by Edward "Teacher" Lazaro responding to the recognized need to provide shelter and care to an increasing population of orphaned children along with the very generous support of Zainab Ansell - Director of Zara Tours and Founder of Zara Charity Our People ( Zara Tours, Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center, Zara Charity)

We are a registered Non- Governmental organization (Charter # 3959) our mission is to provide shelter, nutrition, safety, healthcare, and a long term education to orphaned at risk children.
It is our hope to provide an environment which offers an opportunity to excel & rise above tremendous obstacles life has put before them.

Currently we provide care and shelter to over 65 children in a small site in Pasua from age 3 years up to 18 years and we also provide a day care programme to the families in need in our community.

The long term plan is to care for over 100 children in an area South of Pasua. We have the site picked but we now need to raise the funds to build and complete this plan and vision we have had for a long time.
There is an ever increasing number of orphans in the surrounding area of Tanzania so with this plan in place we can provide the care and shelter we have already done so, to our inspiring amazing kids in our center today but we want to be able to offer this to so many more kids in the surrounding areas of Moshi.

So with this, our "Buy A Brick" campaign was born, but WE NEED YOUR HELP to fulfill this goal and make this dream a reality.

So please support this cause and "Buy A Brick" and be a part of this journey with us! 
Any questions on this campaign or how you can be involved with our fundraising please contact our website's indicated above.
Asante Sana.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PAIGE HUDSON, FORMER TEACHER AT SHALIMAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RECENTLY SUMMITED AFRICA'S HIGHEST PEAK, MT. KILIMANJARO IN TANZANIA.


People didn't need to know Paige Hudson’s name to know her story. For people trekking up Mt Kilimanjaro “that woman from Florida” had become the stuff of legend.

Guides, porters, other hikers all wanted to know if the 52-year-old former elementary school teacher had finally made it to the top on her third try.

“It was so funny,” Hudson said Monday afternoon, only days after returning from Tanzania. “I know I was there three times, but I don’t like to count the second because I was sick when I got there.”

Hudson first tackled the mountain last December, but stopped just shy of the top. In June, she flew overseas again with the intent to reach the highest peak, but three days in, strep throat and a sinus infection forced her to turn back.

On Oct. 3, she started again and told her guide, Simon, only one of two outcomes could play out this time: death or success.

During the eight-day adventure, Hudson thought about turning about back – even asked about it – but Simon made good on his promise.

They’d stop for one-minute standing breaks or three-minute sitting ones and then continue. On average they walked five hours a day.

The day they reached Stella Point, the place she’d stopped on her first trip, her legs ached, the wind was freezing cold and she was gasping with each breath.

“This is the first time I really said, ‘I’m not quitting,’ ” she said.

With Simon, and a porter named Amiry who been a witness to all her adventures, at her side, she reached the top.

“I did cry, just a little bit,” Hudson said. “Cause you think about it, and you go, ‘I just really can’t believe I actually did it.’ ”

They stayed for about 10 minutes and then started on the trip down.


“It was grueling,” Hudson said. “The summit night was just a suffer night of epic proportions.”

At the time, she swore it was her last trip up the summit.
Three days after returning the States, Hudson said she doesn't have a concrete plan for her next adventure, but it’s clearly coming.

Maybe even another peak in the Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park.

“Next time,” Hudson said. “I’ll wear mittens.”
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMERICAN CITIZENS GET MARRIED ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

This is how it started…narrates Kara Lee: “Sometime back during the last Christmas in Minnesota, United States of  America, we had an engagement event with my hubby Richard Miller and committed ourselves that the wedding event must be done on the roof top of Africa and this is none other than Kilimanjaro Mountain”.

Thereafter, the duo started planning for this historic and unique event by raising money for their trip to Tanzania and in particular Kilimanjaro Mountain. They also informed their relatives about their plan to have their wedding on Mount Kilimanjaro of which they got the green light from them.

They arrived in the country last week and started their seven day Kilimanjaro expedition through Machame route on 20th September, 2014 and spend an overnight at Machame Hut waiting eagerly for their wedding on the following day.  Zara Tours Company based in Moshi, organized the Kilimanjaro climb.

 Now here is the D-Day:
At Shira Cave where they arrived at around 12:00pm from Machame Hut, other Kilimanjaro climbers were excitedly waiting for this event, which was the talk of the day on Mount Kilimanjaro.


Pastor Aloyce Mbugi from Tanzania Assemblies of God Victory Christian Centre in Arusha started the church service intended to bring together Richard Miller and Kara Lee as wife and husband. The pastor said that good foundation of having a good nation started at the family level and urged the new couple and other invitees to live by that principle.

 Escorted by their witnesses Ansigar Mtandika and Neema Njau, the newly expected couple went towards the altar where the marriage oath was taken.

The groom Richard Miller is seen putting the wedding ring on the bride Kara Lee on Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Kara Lee from today onwards you are my beloved wife, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Richard while putting a wedding ring on the finger of his new wife.
Kara Lee places the wedding ring on her new husband on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Richard Lee from today onwards you are my beloved husband, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Kara while also putting the wedding ring on the finger of her new husband.

 It is now time to have wedding cake on Mount Kilimanjaro

Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right), the Director of Zara Tours (middle), the porters and guides are singing and dancing for the new couple.  Celebrating the first marriage to ever take place on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is also known as the “Roof of Africa”.  Afterwards there was champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and finally a buffet for the new couple and all other invitees.  This ended the three hour wedding event.








Champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and a buffet for everyone.
 
Reading the wedding card signed by everyone at Zara Tours.

The newly married couple pauses for a photo holding the wedding certificate and a wedding card, with flowers.


Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right) and TANAPA’s Corporate Communications Manager Pascal Shelutete (second left) poses in a picture with the newly married couple at Shira Cave shortly after they exchanged vows on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Richard and Kara spent their first night as husband and wife in their tent on the great mountain. Today they are continuing with their Kilimanjaro climb up to Baranco point and they are expected to summit on the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro on 24th September, 2014 and descending out at Mweka Gate on 25th September, 2014.
“They look energetic and determined to reach the peak and I believe they will make it” remarked Teophil Karia, their guide from Zara Tours who organized the climb.

 ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps.  Zara has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TAKING THREE GENERATIONS TO THE TOP - AGE IS NO BOUNDARY WHEN CONQUERING KILI



A 76 year old grandfather reached the summit of Kilimanjaro with his son and young grand-daughter, 57 years his junior.  He revealed the secret of his success to Tanzania's leading businesswoman Zainab A. Ansell, who thought she'd seen it all.

When you're in the business of hosting thousands of travellers as they set off for the summit of one of the world's most famous mountains, you'd think you'd seen it all.  Yet for Zainab A. Ansell, there's always something new and inspiring on the horizon.

On 6th September, Zainab, Tanzania's Businesswoman of the Year 2012, met a former North East UK Businessman of the Year, Bent Henriksen OBE (Hon.), as he began his first ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The famous dormant volcano is Danish-born Bent's fifth peak in five years.  He has already tackled Everest Base Camp, Mont Blanc, Mount Elbrus and Monte Rosa.  An impressive achievement in its own right.  It becomes even more impressive when you consider that he's 76 years old.  At a time when many of us may be winding down after a lifetime of activity, Bent shows no signs of stopping.

Ever the leader, Bent has taken a week off work to bring his sons and grand-daughters on this adventure.  This three generation expedition is the first of its kind that Zainab has witnessed as owner of Zara tours.

When he's not climbing mountains, Bent is Managing Director of Pharma Nord in the UK.  A role he has had for over 25 years. The Danish company is known worldwide for its preventative nutritional supplements and commitment to research . And it appears that Bent is a good advert for the products he sells. 

When they met at the Springlands hotel, Bent and Zainab discussed their mutual passion for working hard and keeping busy.  Bent believes that he can generate more energy and stay active thanks to the coenzyme Q10 Pharma Nord make.

Q10 is a vitamin-like nutrient that's responsible for turning the food we eat into the energy used by over 100 trillion body cells. It's especially important for the normal function of muscle cells, including the heart.

Our internal production of Q10 drops drastically with age and exercise, so Bent is a firm believer that it should be 'topped-up' if we want to stay healthy for longer. 

When you see the toll that altitude can take on even the toughest adventurers, it's evident that increasing your body's natural resources really can help.  The fact that Bent reached the peak of Kili, where other more athletic types failed, is testament to this.

"Pharma Nord have spent years perfecting the way their Q10 is absorbed into the body. This is really important if you want to feel the effect," Bent explains.

"We wanted to summit the mountain in good time to raise Q10's profile as a natural body fuel. My whole family, even my grand-daughter Celine (19) and son Rasmus (38) used it on this trip to ensure we could cope with the demanding ascent."

But as an experienced traveller, Bent knows that it takes more than just good nutrition to make it.  He made sure that he used Zara Tours to plan and host his trip and he put his trust in Zainab's reputation for smooth and efficient service.

He also travels with Noel Hanna. The World Record holder and endurance athlete from Northern Ireland is internationally renowned for his skills and attention to detail.  Noel now lives in Johannesburg and makes regular trips to Tanzania and is a valued customer of Zara Tours.

Noel discovered Pharma Nord's Bio-Quinone Q10 when he was looking for a natural way to boost his energy while tackling his World Record.  He successfully summited the highest peak on seven separate continents, returning back to sea level at top speed under his own steam.

Noel believes that his attention to good nutrition gives him the edge, and his passion for Pharma Nord is such that he completed an Ice Bucket Challenge at the peak of Kilimanjaro in freezing conditions at Mr Henriksen's request.  This brave act was not just to promote the brand, but also to raise funds for the Newman Trust, which helps young people go on expeditions.

After reaching the top, Bent took his family to the Springlands hotel for some brief relaxation, before jetting back to the UK and into the office.

"I found Kilimanjaro very inspiring and it was so special to be there with my grand-daughter as she turned 19.  I think it's important for her to learn that the harder you work, the greater the reward.  I do everything I can to keep myself healthy enough to face new challenges."

"I was happy to meet Zainab and see how she too is committed to a running a good business and recognising new opportunities to stay on top," Bent enthused.

For those yet to experience the peak of the world's highest freestanding mountain, Bent Henriksen is proof that it's never too late, as long as you stay healthy and choose an experienced team to handle your expedition.


For more information on Q10, visit Phorma Nord Uk and for tour packages and hospitality at Kilimanjaro, visit  Zara Tours