Friday, May 30, 2014


We would like to celebrate with you our 5th Anniversary on 23rd March 2014 as we mark the fifth year since our orphanage started.

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Monday, May 26, 2014


Zara Tours is proud to announce that the Highview Hotel in Karatu, Tanzania received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor recently. This prestigious award is given to businesses world wide that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. It places Highview Hotel in the top-performing of all tourist businesses around the world on TripAdvisor in 2014.
Ms. Leila Ansell, High View Hotel’s general manager said “We are very honored to receive this recognition. It means a lot to us especially because TripAdvisor is one of the most reputable sources of tourism and hotel information for global travelers. This goes to show that High View Hotel has earned its place among the leading global hotels market. Our clients have always been at the core of our operations as we thrive to ensure that their experiences at Highview are beyond memorable.”
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at HighView Hotel and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said by Zainab Ansell, The Director of Zara Tours. She then add “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest online travel site that enables travelers to plan and have perfect trips. It offers trusted advice from real travelers about a variety of travel choices, itineraries, accommodation and travel experiences. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The site operates worldwide.
Highview Hotel was opened in 2006 and sits on a beautiful hilltop looking down on a small valley and other neighboring hills. Tourists exploring Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park and the
Ngorongoro conservation area usually lodge at Highview.
The Hotel is owned and operated by Zara TanzaniaAdventures, a travel agency and tour operator based in Moshi Tanzania. Mrs. Zainab Ansell, a sustainable tourism advocate from Moshi/Tanzania, founded the business in 1987. They now boast not only a successful tour operation and travel agency but also 5 properties in the Northern circuit including Springland Hotel in Moshi, #HighViewHotel in Karatu, Serengeti Wild Camp (in Serengeti National park), Ikoma Wild Camp (in Serengeti National park) and Ngorongoro Wild Camp (in Ngorongoro Crater), and two to be open Later this year to be known as NDUTU WILDCAMP and SERENGETI WILDERBEEST CAMP
ZARA Tanzania Adventures has won a couple of awards in recent years including the 2012 global WorldTrade Market (WTM) Humanitarian Award in London for practicing sustainable tourism under its foundation Zara Charity, and Mrs. Ansell was awarded the business entrepreneur award under Tanzania Women of Achievement in 2011, Canadian Excellence award in commerce 2013, and Highview Hotel the global certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2013 and 2014.

Friday, May 23, 2014


May 23rd 2014 - Zara Tours Inc has been selected for the 2013 Canadian Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the USTrade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).

Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify certain international companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that the Canadian economy is renowned for.

Zara Tours Inc has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.
As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong immersion in the business climate of the Canadian economy.

The USTCI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

More information on USTCI can be found at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

From Vancouver to Ottawa – In Support of Zara Charity

One Mountain At A Time
Tracy Pepper was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the tender age of 10 and was not expected to survive. Miraculously she did and she has devoted her life to charitable work in support of others. Read more on the link Tanzania with Love Poster

Friday, May 9, 2014


 Zebra are extremely dependent on water and never wander far from waterholes, where they usually drink at least once a day. It is the responsibility of an adult mare (often the oldest), to guide the family as they move from area to area and ensure that they never wander too far from water.
 Cheetahs have black "tear stripes" running from the corners of their eyes. These help block out sunlight, which aids them in spotting prey.
 Height and excellent eyesight enable giraffes to keep an eye on each other from far away. A dozen may be dispersed over 1/2 mile (0.8 km) of savanna and still be considered to be in a herd.
 Litters consist of two or three cubs that weigh about 3 pounds each. Some mothers carefully nurture the young; others may neglect or abandon them, especially when food is scarce. Usually two or more females in a pride give birth about the same time, and the cubs are raised together
Hyenas have a wide diet range and are both hunters and scavengers. In addition to scouring other predator's meals, hyenas will eat lizards, birds, snakes and insects but also have the ability to take down an antelope or wildebeest. Because their jaws are so strong, hyenas have the ability to eat bones, teeth and hooves. Generally, hyenas eat at night.