Friday, January 30, 2015

MY SPEECH; ON PUBLIC LECTURE HELD AT MOSHI COOPERATIVE UNIVERSITY, ON THE THEME: “UNEXPLOITED OPPORTUNITIES IN TOURISM INDUSTRY”.



Yours Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to be invited and to join all of you here; this is my first invitation to Moshi Cooperative University Session.
I am entrepreneur with dedications on Tourism sector with particular interests on accommodation facilities, mountain climbing and safari business in Tanzania and East Africa at large. I officially founded a company called ZARA tours in 1987. I have been socially responsible about the impacts of Tourism activities and have developed my business around sustainable development practices and I strongly believe and practice giving back to the community.
Yours Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my pleasure to congratulate and thanks Moshi Cooperative University Authority (MoCU) in collaboration with the Universities Providers Worldwide (UPW) for organizing such a great session. Their support is very much appreciated, with the fact that, the impact of this event will not only benefit and empower University students in Tanzania but the general public attending, especially those who want to take my path to become entrepreneur. “WE ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURES STAND FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS, YOUNG LADIES, THE NEEDY, THE VOICELESS, WE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM AND SEE THEM GROW” Moshi Cooperative University (MoCU) you have shown us how much you care and how much you are dedicated to play your role for Empowering Graduate in our Country and beyond. May God abundantly repay you!


Yours Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
As a woman, an Entrepreneur and Director of Zara Tanzania Adventure apart of being a tour operator, I have engaged on a lot of other social issues in my country particularly those directly affecting orphan, children, Women, Youth, the needy and mitigation of the impact of climate change from environmental perspective. more details  Zara charity Tanzania
Hon. Dr. President, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete the current (President of The United Republic of Tanzania) commended and appreciated in person the contributions of Zara Tanzania Adventures in Tourism Industry and the community of the United Republic of Tanzania. To me that was reflection of trust and of course good gesture of reflection how ZARA Adventure is perceived beyond our offices.

Yours Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
As a woman in developing country to achieve all this is not an easy task of which I really and highly express my sincere thanks to family and friends for invaluable support in making this company what it is today. I also pose this as a challenge to University Providers and Graduate students in Tanzania, Africa in Particular and the world at large to be very strong with ambitions and commitment as we endure in addressing some of the core and new challenges we face for our economic development.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
As I started this company to date I have been on a number of issues….
  • Way back to my Background, Early life and education,
  • When I graduated school my thought was to start something but the vision was still not clear how will I go about it, such the issue of capital, bureaucracy in registering business…. etc.. etc..
  • My working experiences with Air Tanzania “a good path to my dream come true”.
  • My Decision to Quit ATC and start ZARA….. “one of the hard and important decision”
  • Challenges when I Quit ATC and start ZARA.  “Being a WOMAN in my world at that time……”
My Dear all having the above introductory remarks, please allows me to share some of my thoughts and experiences “Tourism as an Integral Part of Tanzanian Economy”.
Tourism has become the world’s largest industry, according to the World Tourism Organization Findings; no surprise when one considers that it incorporates the world’s oldest profession. In some developing regions, such as the Caribbean or the South Pacific, tourism is the primary sector in which significant economic growth takes place. In other regions, including areas of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and formerly communist Eastern Europe, tourism is just beginning to take off. In all of these areas, tourism’s impact has been decidedly mixed.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
In spite of its natural beauty, the Tanzania tourism sector still remains relatively untapped, receiving approximately 600,000 visitors per annum compared with neighboring Kenya’s million + visitors. 

In the past, despite Tanzania’s record of political stability, the unattractive investment climate discouraged foreign investment. 

This is no longer the case and the Government’s determination to create an environment conducive to private investment, combined with Tanzania’s natural beauty and the potential of the tourism sector, have made Tanzania an extremely viable and appealing market for investment

”Investment opportunities are in all sub sectors of tourism in Tanzania, such as hotels construction, restaurants, air operations, ground operations, supplier of tourism products such [vegetables, chickens meet, Milk, beef, gift shop] to mention a few,”
In its early stages tourism in the country was very minor, “because of the conservative approach [but] later on, as the government changed its political approach from socialism to a free market economy, investment in the protected areas was promoted and this opened up a new dimension for the development of tourism in Tanzania.” 

Since 1995, the tourism industry has been increasing at a rate of around 10% per annum and today, most tourists come directly to Tanzania, with only 20 to 30% coming via Kenya.

Tourism plays a key role in the country’s economy;
  • It is one of the main sources of foreign exchange and it offers employment opportunities both directly (supporting around 198,557 direct jobs) and indirectly [the suppliers of tourism Products and services].
  • Tourism accounts for around 16% of the GDP and nearly 25% of total export earnings.
It is, therefore, seen as a vital industry in terms of job creation, poverty alleviation and foreign exchange earnings. By the year 2010, the Government hopes to reach the target of one million tourists per year. The impact of tourism to the national economy is expected to reach US$ 3,699.4 million by 2015.
However, while the Government is keen to develop and promote tourism in Tanzania, it is also committed to sustainable tourism in order to preserve its natural and cultural resources.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Tourism industry positions itself as a major employer for graduates globally and an industry that is Graduate friendly – opening doors for Graduates! However research and the stories of women engaged in tourism around the world has shown repeatedly that it is an industry that is far from being gender friendly. EQUATIONS work in this area examines the realities of tourism from the women perspective – particularly its most exploitative impact – Poverty alleviation. I also examine ways in which women can have greater access, control and ownership over livelihoods and natural resources as well as access to the benefits in the context of tourism. I Endeavour to influence policy makers for gender-sensitive models and policies for tourism. Through networking with government, tourism promoters and industry, media, monitoring impacts and research on tourism I aim to highlight these links. EQUATIONS work to ensure that the aspect of graduates receives attention in all our research studies and interventions and such to highly key areas and initiative for empowerment.

Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Have also Identified some of the Challenge for Graduate in Tanzania.
  • Inadequate Employment opportunities. And such Companies and other institutions when want to employ they will ask for experience. You will hear that [we need 2, 3years experience].
  • Limited Capital and microfinance for Graduate would be entrepreneurs.
  • Lack of awareness of opportunities for students to invest in Tourism and other Sector.
  • Entrepreneurship skills and courage [Few graduates have the skills and courage].
  • Inadequate Support, networking and Partnership.
  • Graduate Mindset.
    – Graduate fails to use their knowledge and skills to employ themselves as entrepreneurs in their field of studies and available opportunities.
    – Negative attitudes towards graduate entrepreneurship.
  • Lack of trusted business partners / employees.
  • Lack of proper Infrastructures and the need for new technology i.e. Internet connectivity.
  • Low quality of Product and services.
  • Lack of proper skills including languages, to help graduate employ themselves.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Have also identified some of the Opportunities for graduates in Tourism Industry.
  • Training opportunities i.e. opportunities for field attachment.
  • Employment Opportunities.
  • Investment opportunities [Involve in production and supplier of Tourism products and services such as Vegetable farming, poultry production, milk], Establishment of information & cultural center i.e. at tourist destination area, Establishment of Resort and recreational center.
  • Marketing opportunities the fact that our country is not well promoted.
  • Monitoring and Research Opportunities [Identifying new forms of tourism and the new need for Tourist, available opportunities for investors].
  • Involved in planning, Decision making and implementation.
WAY FORWARD/WHAT NEED TO BE DONE:
  • The higher learning institutions, Universities Provides Worldwide and educators are challenged to innovate ways in which entrepreneurship courses will address issues that entrepreneurs face in Tanzania.
  • Creating a good environment for graduates to invest, this will include providing them with important knowledge and skills.
  • The Need for short courses for Capacity Building on entrepreneurship skills through training and development.
  • Capital and support from Government, NGOs financial institutions. [To help graduate, women and other groups source fund for their entrepreneurship]
  • Establishment of Networking and partnerships [globalization].
  • Identification of potential areas for Graduates to invest in the tourism industry, other sectors as well as awareness rising to the general public.
  • The need to increase Research and Monitoring on graduate and Entrepreneurship skills.
  • The Need to improve business registration and taxation procedures.
  • Improving general awareness of entrepreneurship skills.
  • Partnering with and Assistance from other entrepreneurs.
  • Good publicity of entrepreneurs in media, fostering legitimacy and reputation.
  • Entrance of foreign role models [learning from entrepreneurs of other countries]
  • Political and policy change.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
The premises of this unique collection as I was preparing this speech is that Graduates Roles in tourism industry is highly important, just as are their other positions in societies; and that Graduates themselves are affected in different ways by tourism depending on such factors as race, region, and class (leisured consumer vs. working producer, or guest vs. host). My general understanding for example Graduates role in the less-developed tourist destinations, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and eastern Europe; is less, unpredictable and thus has good implication for the future of economic development, policy issues and gender relations in tourism Industry.
Yours Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
In 2015, the national theme for the Tourism Day can be “Tourism Opens Doors for Graduates.” As an opportunity to take the debate further on identifying challenges and opportunities for graduates to improve their economy from tourism Industry, as well as to understand the speech-making of the policy maker. An invitation from the University Providers Worldwide to participate in a high level think tank from around the world will help us in this task. I influence the University Providers Worldwide, Researchers to include aspects of graduates challenges and opportunities in their training, Research and work to bring out best solutions, Status report on the status of Graduates in tourism and to ensure that Graduates from all field had a role in influencing tourism policy and practice.
To wind up, Apart from those who are employed Graduates Involvement and Participation in Tourism Industry” has been unpredictable in some years and for our Economic empowerment at least we need to support each other in numbers of ways such by rising the awareness on available opportunities, giving them proper education and skills, Establishment of Networking, exposing to micro-finance’s and financial institution for capital, give each other courage through experiences but also identifying available opportunities in the tourism industry for graduates to invest as well as awareness aims at bringing youth aspects of tourism to the attention of policy makers, especially the role and position of Graduates in the economy, issues of graduate’s employment in the tourism industry and participation in tourism planning and management.
Graduates should be encouraged to get involved in independent community based tourism initiatives, through promoting the opportunities, offering advice, contacts and networks, training and education, access to information and access to credit – by national and local governments, trade unions, NGOs and industry collaborating with National graduates initiatives.
To University Providers Worldwide: Training and education programmes should aim at impacting graduates with important skills and identifying available opportunities for them to take entrepreneur initiatives by encouraging and helping them to change their mindset and find ways to employ them instead of looking for employment opportunities, which is unpredictable. This needs to be visible in the context of University and University Providers Worldwide in supporting graduates and the national economy. My appeal to the Universities in the Country is to identify and expose available opportunities for graduates to invest.
Intergovernmental bodies, national governments and NGOs should supportGraduates’ initiatives to improve awareness and ability of stakeholders to participate effectively, including using electronic media. However, the effort of addressing graduates’ challenges and groups need to be tackled in collaboration with local government and local NGOs.
Today more than ever before, we need to learn from our past economies, live consciously and meaningfully our present and with strong determination planning for the future. Let us be active supporters, humble contributors who can make initiatives calmly, actively, intellectually, historically, magnificently and productively for our economies, other graduates in the World and the entire Generation.
I am optimistic that these Public Lectures sessions will help us to lead our Graduates determine their aspirations, positions, needs, desires, challenges and reality on the basis of finding, seeing, judging, reflecting, actions and success of our Economy and our mother Country.
It is upon these questions that we need to focus on, bring in support for graduate organizations and see that the tourism issue is included in their agenda and that we adopt their understanding on Entrepreneurship and graduate issues in our agenda. There is need, therefore, to build a data base and alliances with different universities in the Country and if possible world wide, the industry and social activists and concerned citizen groups to study the issue of Graduates and debate the model being implemented in Tourism. Information and awareness is not only to be based on the motivations of the tourists and their need for services and products. It is to be based on the needs of the people and their perceptions of how tourism is to be developed and what benefits are to be derived. We must also be made aware of the negative consequences of tourism.
Finally, there is the issue of income generation as the only measure of development. Income, particularly in the case of tourism, is not stable, not under the control of the hosts, but manipulated by trade itself.
Secondly, income alone need not indicate growth or mobility because income is only one relation in the production-consumption process, and its impact on interconnected social issues need not be productive or liberating. As far as the issue of foreign exchange earnings is concerned, one must examine how global economy and lifestyle affects graduates and the community. In what way does it to bring graduates more power, influence and prosperity? In what way does it bring success to them? Does income or foreign exchange change graduates’ perceptions of society to transform the social position of Graduate? Attempting to answer these questions and issues will be the first step in the direction of empowering Graduates as they plan not only for today but also for the future because once the engines of graduate entrepreneurship have been set in motion, it will be difficult to stop them.
I thank you wholeheartedly for listening to me. THANK YOU!
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 ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

ZARA TOURS AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION BY AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (ATA) FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION IN PROMOTION OF TRAVEL TO AFRICA.


January 27, 2015, in  Los Angeles, California  Michael Madison, The President of Africa Travel Association (‪ATA) Presented a certificate of Appreciation to Zara Tours for its outstanding Contribution to the advancement and Promotion of Travel to ‪Africa, and collected by Mr. Rashid Adam, the Director of marketing for Zara Tours.

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 ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

Friday, January 23, 2015

ZARA TOURS TO HOST THE EIHGTH ANNUAL NGORONGORO RUN.

Scheduled to take place on 18th April 2015, Ngorongoro Marathon is among unique community themed-multi-cultural series of events designed with entertainment packages including but not limited to adventure safari’s (pre & post marathon tour packages), open festivals, overnight carnivals, football matches, stage performances and red carpet award ceremony; heavily concentrated in Karatu town for almost five days including pre-events.
History: Ngorongoro marathon is a community outreach initiative bestowed under Zara Charity Tanzania and the idea was invented in 2008 by Ms. Leila Ansell and Mama Zainab Ansell among CEO’s of ZARATanzania Adventures in supporting Zara Charity organization community development projects. Together with various stakeholders the race was positively accepted and promoted to its success. Until its 7th season Ngorongoro marathon took on promotional campaigns for Malaria being entitled “The Race against Malaria”. Ngorongoro marathon is officially registered and recognized with international standards of athletics association worldwide.
More impacts like Maasai women and children empowerment have been observed throughout Karatu and neighboring places apart from malaria case which presents a visible prevalence setback of 8.7 to 0.4 to date.
Currently, we anticipate more positive impacts whereas education project for Maasai community in Ngorongoro conservation area (Endulen), as well as local tourism are considered to be seasonal priority.
Primarily objectives for the existence of this marathon are as follows;
I. Promoting art and culture by bringing together both locals and foreigners as a multicultural festival.
II. Raising funds for charity works and other community interventions.
III. Promoting both local and international tourism in Tanzania.
IV. Creating awareness for health and environmental conservation issues (whereas MALARIA have been given priority over the last 7 years).
V. Promoting Education.
Warmest regards,
ZARA Charity Team

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PUBLIC LECTURE ON "TOURISM"

MOSHI, KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA: The Universities Providers Worldwide (UPW) in collaboration with Moshi Cooperative University and IBF/Africa has organized a "Public Lecturer" at Moshi Cooperative University on "Tourism as an Integral Part of Tanzanian Economy".
Public lectures are part of college and public education and it will be given by Madame Zainab Ansel on January 29, 2015. 
The lecture would highlight Ms. Ansel's resounding 28 years experienced as an entrepreneur in the tourism industry as the Managing Director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures and former Air Tanzania staff. 
We expect the issue of Sports Tourism to be exploited fully and graduates to be sensitise about the benefits of engaging in the tourism sector after the completion of their college degrees.
We welcome the education stakeholders and the public to come in big numbers! You are welcome
They call it Africa!
We call it Home!

Monday, January 5, 2015

HE SCALED MT KILIMANJARO 35 TIMES, BURIED HIS WIFE ON ROOFTOP

The North Carolina native, Macon Dunnagan (R) posses for a photo with the writer of this feature
The government initiative in promoting Tanzanian potentials in the US has registered remarkable achievements after a 54-year old American for the 35th time descended from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m ASL), Africa’s tallest free standing mountain for the cause.
The North Carolina native, Macon Dunnagan, continues to prove that age is not a factor as he did his 35th climb to the “Roof of Africa”, Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro, and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 5,895m above the Sea level (19,341 feet) where he claims to ‘bury’ the remains of his late wife!
Recently, he broke a record for making the most Kilimanjaro summits in one month when he climbed four times in 28 days. At 54 years old, he serves as an inspiration for others as he still has climbs scheduled through 2017.
Dunnagan made his first ascent in February 1999 with little hiking and no mountain climbing experience and has yet to look back. He has since become a Kilimanjaro specialist and expedition director for Zara Tanzania adventures, a Tanzanian tour company based in Moshi.
In 2013, the Tanzania Tourist Board named Dunnagan as a Goodwill Ambassador of Tourism for Tanzania.
Speaking with Guardian in exclusive interview at Marangu gate on mid-September 2014 during his 35th expedition when ascending from the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro-Uhuru Peak (5,895 m ASL), Dunnagan explained that he felt superior as he managed to lead a group of nine Rotarians from different Rotary Clubs in the United States of America to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds to end up polio worldwide.
When asked why Dunnagan climbs the same mountain over and over again, he replied “I enjoy taking other people up Kilimanjaro and giving them an appreciation for the mountain, what it is, the environment and the people of Tanzania.”
In 2005, his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she succumbed to the disease in August, 2007. He has since dedicated a number of his climbs to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and treatments by partnering with ovarian cancer expedition of hope.
“I do remember, before my beloved wife passed away, she insisted me to bury her on top of Mt Kilimanjaro. So in 1999 when I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro from the first time I came with some ‘dusts of the remains’ of my wife’s body and burry it on top of Mt Kilimanjaro…” Dunnagan explained exclusively.
According to him, he has also “tackled” polio, bringing new awareness through his summits in collaboration with Rotary District 7680’s “End Polio Now.”
Though only a few countries still feel the effects of polio, Dunnagan believes it’s important to continue with eradication efforts until the disease is extinct. He has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both causes and will continue to do so for as long as possible.
In addition to his mountain climbing skills, Dunnagan is also a published author. Sons of Kilimanjaro are his debut novel and it details the summit of four men up Mt Kilimanjaro.
Commenting on the ‘uniqueness’ of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Macon Dunnagan explains “Though it’s my 35 time to scale Mt Kilimanjaro to the top, I’m now feeling very glad as I managed to lead a group of nine Rotarians who scaled Mt Kilimanjaro for the cause…,” he boasted.
He recalls that last year’s Mt Kilimanjaro charity expeditions dubbed ‘Mt Kilimanjaro 2014 Climb to end Polio Now’ started scaling up the mountain on Monday of September 8, 2014 and descend on Saturday of September 13, this year.
According to Dunnagan, in last year’s expedition, they had expected to raise a total of USD 300,000 that would go directly to the Rotary International End Polio Now project.
“In 2012, the climbers raised over USD106, 000 to help end polio whereby 100 per cent of the contributions will go directly to the Rotary International End Polio Now project…” they explained.
He said they started their 2014 Mt Kilimanjaro charity climb through Rongai route under the guidance of the professional Mt Kilimanjaro tour guides from ZARA Tanzania Adventures including Edwin Kilawe.
An official from the Tanzania Tourist Board who was among the people who officially received the expedition Augustina Makoye explained that a report from Karen Hoffman, President of the Bradford Group based in the US who is also the Tanzania Tourist Board representative noted that he will climb the mountain to attract more travelers to Tanzania to see the country’s exceptional blend of scenery of wildlife and human culture.
According to her, Macon Dunnagan, continues to prove that age is not a factor as he plans his 35th climb to the “Roof of Africa”, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet.
When asked why Dunnagan climbs the same mountain over and over again, he replied “I enjoy taking other people up the Kilimanjaro and giving them an appreciation for the mountain, what it is, the environment and the people of Tanzania.”
Elaborating on Tanzania, he said, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa that is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28 percent of the land protected by the government, the largest percentage of any country in the world.
Presently it boasts of 16 national parks and 32 game reserves, 50 game controlled areas, one special conservation area (the Ngorongoro) and three marine parks.
It is home to the Serengeti, to the “Great Animal Migration” that was named the New 7th Wonder of the World by USA Today and ABC TV’s Good Morning America, the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “Eden of Africa” and the “Eighth Wonder of the World.
Others include Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, Selous, the world’s largest Game Reserve, Ruaha, now the second largest National Park in Africa, the Spice Islands of Zanzibar, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people with rich history and diverse blend of cultures are warm and friendly. Tanzania is an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically elected and stable government.
For his part, the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Chief Park Warden, Erastus Lufungulo recommended the role played by Dunnagan in the tourism sector of Tanzania worldwide, particularly in the US.
“This man deserves to be named as a goodwill tourism ambassador of Tanzania in the US as he played a big role in the sector worldwide…” he explained.
He also recommended the role played by the Rotary Clubs worldwide in various community development activities.
For her part, the Managing Director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures (Zara Tours company) Zainab Ansell said that her company was established in 1987, and currently the leading Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country.
She added that through Macon Dunnagan expeditions Tanzania will have more tourism potentials in the US and the America in general.
It is home to the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt Kilimanjaro; The Serengeti, home to the “Great Animal Migration” that was named the James Lanka is a Science and Environmental Journalist based in Moshi-Kilimanjaro Tanzania.
SOURCE:  Zara Tours  and THE GUARDIAN

Saturday, January 3, 2015

ENVOYS: WE HAVE CONQUERED MT KILIMANJARO




Nine High Commissioners out of twenty three from Tanzania who represent the country in different countries in the World are not sailors. But still they have a right to shout: “Ahhoy There!” because they managed to reach the top Mt Kilimanjaro (the snow capped mountain and the Roof of Africa); aims at promoting tourism in Tanzania and the countries that are representing.
Ambassador Adadi Rajab who represents Tanzania in Zimbabwe was among nine High Commissioners who reached the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak-5,895 m ASL) recalls that it was around 7.30 a.m. on December 21, 2014 after a breath taking two-and-half-hour slow walk from Stella Point that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres, above Sea level.
“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my fellow Ambassadors including Joseph Sokoine (Director Europe and America) and Mzee Daniel Ole Njoolay (who represents Tanzania in Nigeria). Some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw them (Ambassador Sokoine and Ole Njoolay) coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me they have made it. We both made it! 
And surely we were able to make it to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro due to friendly assistance from the two Professional mountain guides from the ZARA Tanzania Adventures (Zara tours) namely Faustine Chombo and Theophil Karia,” he explained joyfully in interview with this paper at Horombo hut during the coming down from the ‘Roof of Africa’.
He recollected that was the culmination of “our six day Mt Kilimanjaro climb” through the famous Marangu route (also known as Coca Cola route) that to him still seems like a dream. 
“Reaching Uhuru peak was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that ones need to grow old first to forget, and I will never forget the high assistance from my brothers from the ZARA.’
“Tanzania Adventures and the Tanzania National Park’s (TANAPA) Rangers including Flavian Kalinga and his fellow Park Rangers from the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) whose assistance was very meaningful to me to reach the summit,” noted Ambassador Adadi Rajabu accompanied by Ambassador Daniel Ole Njoolay.
“I and other twenty two high commissioners from Tanzania selected us to join 2014 Tanzania Ambassador’s Mt Kilimanjaro Expedition aims at promoting Tanzania tourism both locally and internationally under the advanced Co-ordination of Ambassador Radhia Msuya who represents Tanzania in South Africa.
Each and every one at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to follow in the footsteps of our well wishers for the Ministry, as well as the Minister for Foreign Affairs Bernard Membe who joined us by escorting us up to the half-way to Mandara hut after the ‘flag off’ of our expedition that he happy fully made, explained Ambassador Rajabu during the interviews.
According to Ambassador Adadi Rajabu, he will make sure that he will bring more tourists from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to tour and climb Mt Kilimanjaro as well as visiting other tourism destinations in Tanzania including Zanzibar Islands.
Having implementing it he added, he has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Fast jet in Zimbabwe to transport tourist from Victoria Falls to Mt Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar islands in Tanzania.
“As we have already climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to its highest summit, we have experienced a lot of things and we are going to prepare a special report that will be handed over to the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) so that they can use it in collaboration with us to utilise and improve tourism in the site.  
  
For her part, Dr Batilda Buriani (represents Tanzania in Kenya) the only female Ambassador who made it to Uhuru peak (5,895 m ASL) of the highest free standing mountain in Africa-Mt Kilimanjaro explained that, in her Mt Kilimanjaro expedition, she will never forget the ‘Zigzag’ area which is between Kibo hut and Gilman’s point where she about to go back down from the mountain!
“Though the journey was very tough, I’m thanked God, ZARA Tour’s Professional mountain Guides particularly Faustine Chombo for his crucial support that made me to reach the highest peak of the mountain-Uhuru Peak (5,895 m ASL)….” She explained cheerfully.
Dr Buriani is expecting to bring a group of High Commissioners who represents their countries in Kenya to come in Tanzania and climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

THE HEART OF GIVING!


In year 2014, ZARA Tanzania Adventures has been able to exponentially expand its reach and give back to community to thousands of people across our country through ZARA Charity in many ways. On behalf of all the people, partners and volunteers who  positively impacted by our message and resources, thank you to our supportive clients and sponsors for helping to provide malaria awareness (Project Ngorongoro Marathon), education (ProjectNgorongoro Maasai Pre-School), and hope to those in need through Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center in Moshi and others.
Our goal for 2015 year-beginning campaign, is to raise $40,000 to cover running and operational cost for 45 enrolled Maasai kids at Ngorongoro Pre-school. Also for the purpose of expanding our outreach, grow our community, increase awareness of malaria, develop and distribute our multi-platform children development and women empowerment we are launching ‘eCAMPAIGN’ Initiative in 2015,[Explore-Excite-Empower]. We can’t do it without your help. Will you make a gift of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet this goal? Yes, every dollar counts. No gift is too small. Thank you. Click here to make your donation now!
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