Friday, December 9, 2016

Celebrate 55 years of independence in Tanzania by taking part in a conservation clean up of the famous Mt.Kilimanjaro

Retired Chief of the Tanzania People Defense Forces (TPDF) General George Waitara is leading a team of 36 trekkers up the snow-capped and highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro to mark the 55th Anniversary of Tanzanian independence.
General Waitara was Chief of Defense Force between 2001 to 2007.

When the country (then Tanganyika) attained its Independence from Britain at midnight on the 9th of December 1961, the Uhuru Torch was lit on top of Mount Kilimanjaro to mark the occasion. The ‘Mwenge’ was also taken atop the mountain when Tanzania celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in December 2011.
Tanzania’s founding Chief of Defense Forces, General Mrisho Sarakikya, has set the record of being the first Tanzanian who has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro the most. The retired General has climbed the peak over 40 times!

But General Waitara, who is also the chairman of TANAPA Board of Trustees, is a veteran when it comes to climbing the Kilimanjaro, the now retired chief of the defense force leads by example in this years celebratory climb. The theme for the expedition; To maintain cleanliness and safe environment on the ‘Crown of Africa!’.
During the initial ceremony of the expedition at Marangu gate yesterday, General Waitara explained that they took to the mountain to celebrate 55 years of independence with a particular emphasis on cleaning, protecting and conserving mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania. The new chairman of the TANAPA also used the opportunity to declare war against poaching in the country “Tanapa should make sure all parks remain no go areas for poachers”, urging those those involved in poaching to find another Job.

The initial flag off ceremony was attended by government officials from Ministry of Natural resource and Tourism, Tanzania Tourist Board, The Director General of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Kilimanjaro regional Commissional, including District Executive Director, among many others.
Speaking during the ceremony at Marangu, The minister of Natural Resource and Tourism Professor Jumanne Magembe explained that the Uhuru Expedition, which has become an annual event to mark and celebrate Tanzania’s Independence, had year carried an additional message, of maintaining the cleanliness of the trails and encouraging domestic tourism.

“Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from many countries but you can only climb Mt. Kilimanjaro from its home in Tanzania.”
The six-day Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition dubbed ‘Uhuru Expedition 2016’ through the famous Marangu route was organized by the Zara Tanzania Adventures (Zara tours).
The mountain Chief Guide supervising the expedition, Faustine Chombo explained that in the group there were top government officials including Ambassador Charles Sanga, The chief of Land force TYC General Mwaseba, amongst many others.

“I have experience of over 20 years on mountain climbing as a professional mountain guide; and I’m happy I’m leading this historical event marking the independence of our country, Chombo said.
One of the trekkers of this year’s Uhuru Expedition commended the role played by Zara Tours in promoting tourism in the country as well as creating employment. The founder and Director of Zara Tours Ms. Zainab Ansell said various achievements have been attained in tourism sector in 55 years since our country’s independence.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the ‘Rooftop of Africa’ at 5895 m, is arguably one of the biggest attractions in Africa, in which there is always a special recognition for those who take the liberty and risk to experience it in their lifetime.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Serengeti Safari Lodge

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Walk with the animals in Africa

Monday, October 31, 2016


At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals



 Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger - Zara Tours provided employment to 1080 employees around Moshi, Arusha and Karatu regions in Tanzania. They work in different department in all Zara Tours offices and properties and they have different educational and life backgrounds. They vary from office workers, mountain guides, safari guides, cooks, waiters and waitresses, housekeepers,watchmen, car mechanics, mountain porters and etc. The income that all these employees get from working with Zara Tours has enabled them to take care of their families and sustain their lives. For this reason unemployment rate is reduced which eradicates poverty and hunger to an extent. 

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education - every child in Africa and the rest of the world deserves a good start. Roger & Zainab Ansell the sol founders of Zara Tours initiate a charity foundation Zara Charity. This charity has provided pre school educational opportunity to children at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which contributes to their educational development and enhance school achievement later. Currently the maasai children get pre-school education where they learn Swahili, English, basic skills and gaining exposure to classroom environment this motivates their families to be more supportive of the formal education and the children stay in school longer and do better. Zara Charity aims at finishing the classrooms and dormitories used by the maasai children by furnishing them with all necessary equipment to sustain the children comfortably. Also Zara Charity aims at building more premises to enroll more children and offer them with additional skills and training. 
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women - Maasai women make a change project, this movement was initiated with the aim of supporting women and liberate them from their traditional beliefs which is based on oppression, exploitation and subjugation of women within their society. Zara Charity employed them, educated them about their roles, rights and responsibilities from family level, community level as well as national level and now they know that women play a vital role to enhance community economic development. More than 36 Maasai women have been empowered by being taught skills, provided with capital and offered a favorable environment for their works. Every year a group of 12 women is sponsored.

Goal 3 & 4 : Reduce child mortality and improve maternal health- Malaria threatens at least 24 million pregnancies each year in Africa, it causes anemia and can result in miscarriage and the delivery of premature and low birth weight babies. Seeing this Zara Charity  initiated  a healthy marathon and festival event which is conducted in Karatu every year and goes by the name "The Ngorongoro Marathon". It was launched in year 2008 with the aim of contributing to the ongoing global and national effort towards the fight against malaria. Community involvement and mobilization against malaria needed bold and innovative ideas, the marathon being one of them. In the following years more themes for the marathon were adopted such as “brick for life” with the aim of creating awareness and fundraising for the maasai pre school.

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability - 21st to 30th April 2016 Zara Tours participated in the campaign of cleaning Mount Kilimanjaro, where by Zara staff and clients climbed kilimanjaro and cleaned the mountain for sustainable use. Apart from that Zara Tours supports TESO (Tourism and Environmental Social Organization), it is a non governmental organization which aims in keeping the environment friendly for sustainable tourism. TESO has successfully distributed 700 trees in local governments offices and schools in Moshi Kilimanjaro.
About 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 owns and operates two hotels and four wild camps.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This holiday season and get special rates with memorable  experiences as you hike to the roof of Africa, explore the endless plains of Serengeti National park and finish by relaxing at the spicy island of Zanzibar.

Climbing Kilimanjaro (Machame Route)

The Machame route is normally completed in 6 days and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m/15190ft) on day 3 then brings you down for overnight at Barranco camp (3950m/12960ft). This intermediate ascent and decent is the secret to successful acclimatization and the reason why this route has a high success rate.

It is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south side of Mount Kilimanjaro since you go up one way and come down on another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. 

Safari Adventures

Tanzania offers wildlife viewing like no other. Almost a third of this vast and spectacular country is protected for wildlife viewing, and these areas include some of the best and most varied safari locations in the world. This is a region of incredible natural beauty with a fantastic range of landscapes and terrain.

Spicy Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is a tropical island in the Indian ocean with a mix of Arabic and Indian residents, the scenic cultural appearance of the homes, tiny shops and palaces of Arabic sultans makes Zanzibar unique and historical town. The beaches of Zanzibar are simply sensational, white and powdery with warm and azure blue crystal clear ocean waters.

From its beautiful beaches farmed with palm trees swinging in the gentle tropical breeze, you can observe how local fishermen using their traditional canoes to fish and further more you get to see happy and smiling Zanzibar women wearing colorful and beautiful traditional clothes.

Why Zara Tanzania Adventure

  • Zara Tanzania Adventure is a number one Kilimanjaro outfitter and largest safari operator
  • Zara Tanzania Adventure has 30 years of experience, this assures all our clients a memorable lifetime experience
  • Zara Tanzania Adventure owns a fleet of land cruisers, mini buses and land rovers with equipped viewing roof ready to take you on a lifetime safari and kilimanjaro adventure.
  • Zara Tanzania Adventure has 88 permanent employed guides who can speak English, Germany and Spanish. They are fully professional with full knowledge and experience about the incredible Tanzania.
  • Zara Tanzania Adventure in the year 2000 started its involvement in the hospitality industry where by currently it has 6 private owned properties which includes hotels and tented camps with all necessary facilities to accommodate you comfortably while you explore Tanzania.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Disability is not inability, meet the man with no right leg and right arm who made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for a good cause. Click the link below and read how he explained to us the agony, joy and pride of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Maasai community has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in East Africa, primarily due to lack of enough schools and pastoral life adaptations which prevents many children from receiving an education. We strongly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty that plagues their communities and can create a better future for children and their families. That is why we started to promote education in Ngorongoro Conservation Area among Maasai adaptations by building a Pre-school where by 96 children are currently registered on our two maasai pre-schools thats (enduleni and Isirwa pre schools) and with it an opportunity to sponsor a child as he or she begins an education journey that will prepare him or her for future success.

Zara Charity is proud to have played a vital role in bringing education to pre-school aged children of Ngorongoro. 

Here, children are given meals, learn basic skills and Swahili, and be exposed to a classroom environment. With this foundation, they will be better prepared for Primary School and will stay in school longer and do better. Pre-primary school opportunities also help to encourage families to be more supportive of formal education. Ngorongoro pre-school offers the hope of education to Maasai children, who face many challenges to education. Some do not live close enough to school to attend, while others are too poor to afford it. The opening of Ngorongoro pre-school offers quality education to a new generation of Maasai children.

To sponsor a student in Pre-school (elementary education) through High School, the cost of one full year is $850 (that is just $2.3/day!) and you may choose to pay this on a monthly basis at $70/month. You also have the option to co-sponsor a student for $425/year or $35/month. Through the profound investment of an education, you can transform a child’s life and enable them to have a brighter future. We hope that you consider supporting Maasai children through ZARA Charity.

Only 1% of funds is expected from the parents, while the remainder needed for the students is raised with the help of sponsors. You can also help fund this program by assisting with operational costs such as school supplies. Learn more about the children you will be helping and don’t hesitate to contact Zara Charity for further details (

ZARA Charity being part of ZARA tours sustainable tourism plan believes education can be the best approach in transforming Maasai communities of which part of the company business is to interact with their culture. We focus on building a support system for children by constructing better facility for them to stay and learn, ensuring access to safe and healthy learning environments, strengthening teaching quality, and providing scholarships.

Monday, October 10, 2016


This April the Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro Said Meck Sadick launched the clean up campaign for Mount Kilimanjaro. The campaign was entitled "leave the mountain clean, conserve the environment so that it can protect you".

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa.
He emphasized that all tour companies in Tanzania should focus on providing quality services and practice sustainable tourism. In doing so the mountain will be protected from land degradation, loss of biodiversity and litters which pollutes the mountain.

Zara Tour's clients and guides
Adhering to that Zara Tours the number one Kilimanjaro outfitter and largest safari operator in Tanzania participated in cleaning the mountain, where by  Zara staff and Zara clients went up on the mountain for 10 days to clean the mountain for future and sustainable use. 

Certification for cleaning the mountain

 Mount Kilimanjaro is the leading tourism destination in Tanzania, it contributes 25% of foreign exchange in the country. It is the responsibility of all the Tanzanians and all the tourist to ensure that the Mountain is clean and to conserve it for coming generations.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Zara Tours invites concerned travelers to come to Tanzania and support the fight against poaching.
Tour for seven days with experienced guides, visiting the national parks and protected wild lands that many animals of Africa call home, and 15 percent of every booking will be donated to anti-poaching initiatives by the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, Tanzania National Parks Department.

This specially designed safari takes visitors through Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Arusha National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater, and even includes a balloon safari over the Serengeti. See with your own eyes elephants, monkeys, zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffalos, rhinos, hippos, flamingos, cheetahs, hyenas, and more, all of whom are at risk under the current threat from poachers.

Zara Tours is a team of people who strongly agree that well-planned tourism can be a highly effective way to fight poaching. As most wildlife tourist destinations are impacted by illegal killings of animals, joint approaches to sustainable tourism have begun to arise, together with effective governmental measures to further the protections.
In a country where almost a third of the land is protected and preserved, for the people as well as for the wildlife, there is still an ever present danger of poaching, especially for elephants and rhinos. Now people from around the world can experience the heritage of the country while also participating in the anti-poaching wars.
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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 Mount 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’s groups, and more.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Zara Tours Celebrates 30 years of experience and proven competence in Kilimanjaro and Safari expeditions

Zara Tours Clients, Machame Route Towards Mount Kilimanjaro
For 3 decades Zara Tours has been guiding visitors successfully in Tanzania and the neighboring countries from the roof of Africa  to the endless plains of Serengeti over the spice island of Zanzibar.

Our mission was to help people around the world to experience the beautiful land of Africa and all its precious wonders without dimishing from the land itself. We are proud to say that for 30 years we have brought more people than we have ever imagined and it has been a success since then.
Yearly Zara Tours guides 5,000 climbers on Mount Kilimanjaro with 98% success rate and 3,000 safari clients with an assurance of lifetime adventure.

Zara Tours Clients Having Hot Lunch at the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater

Our experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Guides for mountain trekking and safari tour operators assures memorable experiences to clients about Tanzania and Africa at large. 

Zara Tours Clients at the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Today, Zara Tours has earned a reputation in Tanzania and Africa at Large for being Efficient, Safe and Reliable.

Zainab Ansell, Director of Zara Tours