Tuesday, March 29, 2016
TANZANIA, AFRICA–This April and May, Zara Tours will once again take time during the slow season to help support the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) by investing in and training new porters.
MKPS was founded by Edson Matauna, who had himself been guiding travelers up the mountain for many years. Recognizing the lack of support that porters faced, from insufficient salaries to dealing with tips, Matauna set out to advocate for the rights and recognition of hardworking porters. The vision mission for the program was designed to build the capacity of porters in managing tour operations more professionally, while also improving the living and working conditions of the porters the education and acquiring special skills.
Zara Tours was one of the first to support MKPS, and has always looked for ways as a company to support the nearby people of Tanzania. By providing much of the gear needed by the porters and advocating for the values of MKPS, Zara continues to recognize the value of the services that the porters offer.
This season, as the porter’s society welcomes new additions and new skills, Zara Tours is offering a special Easter Eve discount, with $200 USD off when travelers book a trip for two anytime before May 1 for travel anytime in 2016. For more details, check out the Zara Tours website. Zara Charity receives a portion of the proceeds from every trip scheduled, so when you book your trip, you are also supporting the same porters who will help you to the top of the mountain.
Mountain porters pride themselves on enhancing the experience for climbers, befriending them and taking care of their needs in the highly unfamiliar slopes of Kilimanjaro. With the flexibility and independence made possible by the MKPS, the porters can actually own homes and run businesses on the side. Learn from the porters who have spent decades traveling up and down the storied slopes of Kilimanjaro as you make your own historic climb.
For more information about Zara Charity and its endeavors, contact:
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.