Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society

 
The Mount Kilimanjaro Porter's Society was created by ZARA Tours in 2004 for the purpose of preventing the exploitation of the local population and preserving the local environment through sustainable tourism. Before the founding of the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter's Society, there was no regulating body to ensure the safety and well-being of the porters summiting the mountain. Given the need for employment, these individuals were endangering their lives to secure work, they received poor quality provisions and safety gear, they overloaded themselves with equipment, and they were not paid fair wages. Also during this time, few porters possessed significant knowledge about sustaining Mount Kilimanjaro's ecosystem or habitat. The creation of the Porter's Society has fought hard to alleviate these challenges through central coordination.
Now the Porter's Society is an established organization with its own constitution, includes over 700 porters, and is completely self governed. The ultimate goals of this society are to protect the rights of the porters that work on Mount Kilimanjaro. The first of it's kind in the area, some of the beneficial measures provided by the MKPS include:
 (1) Weight limits on the amount of gear porters are required to carry
 (2) Minimum standards for wages, rations, and sufficient gear
 (3) Free English education classes
(4) Free first aid and mountain safety education classes
(5) Free educational classes on sustainable tourism and environmental conservation of the mountain
(6) Micro-finance loan assistance and provision of emergency funds for porters' families. 
(7) Health insurance for all porters under MKPS

Additionally, the porters of this society take part in two climbs per year in which they clean the mountain on their way to the top. In these ways the Porter's Society is working very hard to protect the health and safety of the porters while at the same time supporting the community and providing better customer service for tourists.
If you would like to find out more about the Kilimanjaro Porter's Society, please visit their website at http://www.kilimanjaro-porters.org

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HELP US BUILD A CLASSROOM FOR THE MAASAI CHILDREN

 
     Every  child deserves a good start and that is why Zara Charity provides pre  school educational opportunity to children at the Ngorongoro  Conservation Area which will contribute 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 with the help from friends and donors from all over the world aims at finishing the classrooms and dormitories used by  the maasai children by furnishing them with all necessary equipment to  sustain the children comfortably. Follow this link to support the pre school project in Ngorongor Crater by Zainab Ansell.


 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Zainab Ansell a star among the Top 100 women in Tourism Africa



Zainab and the entire Zara Tours team we wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation for all who voted for Mama Zara (Zainab Ansell)  as one among the top 100 women in tourism. We appreciate everyone from around the world for this great support!!!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Special OFFER - Marangu 5-Day Route








It is referred to as the tourist route because of services available on the way to the summit. Unlike other routes, it is relatively easy, has low success rate because many unfit people attempt Kili trek via this route and fail, it is a popular route and accommodation is in huts. It is preferred by many trekkers. It is also beautiful. It is the easiest and shortest route. Ascent and descent are done on the same path.

Day 1 KILIMANJARO AIRPORT | MOSHI
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.

Day 2 MOSHI | MARANGU PARK GATE | MANDARA HUT
Altitude: 1,830 m - 2,700 m
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Leave Moshi town and drive for about 45 minutes to Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking through the rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut. Stop half way for lunch. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Day 3 MANDARA HUT | HOROMBO HUT
Altitude: 2,700 m – 3,720 m
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours
Wake to breakfast and pack for the next leg. Hike to Horombo Huts. You travel through lower heath land with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Stop half way for lunch. Views of Mawenzi are amazing. The summit of Kibo can be seen from Horombo Huts. Arrive Horombo Huts, unpack and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Day 4 HOROMBO HUT | KIBO HUT
Altitude: 3,720 m – 4,700 m
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 6–7 hours
Wake to breakfast as usual (if you wake before sunup you can get some great photos of the sunrise). Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Hut. The first half of the day’s hike traverses the upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. No running water at Kibo Huts.

Day 5 KIBO HUT | SUMMIT | HOROMBO HUT
Altitude: 4,700 m – 5, 895 m – 3,720 m
Hiking distance: 16 km
Hiking time: 15+ hours
Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00 am and reach Gilman’s Point at about 7:00 am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak, the summit. From there you will descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.

Day 6 HOROMBO HUT | MARANGU PARK GATE | MOSHI
Altitude: 3,720 m – 2,700 m
Hiking distance: 18 km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Wake, as usual, pack and descend to Mandara Hut. Take lunch there and continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. Continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. Overnight in Springlands hotel. Tips is recommended and highly appreciated and can be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

Day 7 MOSHI | KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.
END OF SERVICE

COST & INFORMATION (R) 5- DAY CLIMB
2 – 5 persons - US$1380
6 – 10 persons - US$1335
11th Person ( Tour Leader) Rate / 5- Day climb – US$ 961
Children younger than 15 years of age qualify for a 30% discount

BOOK NOW AT (zara@zaratours.com)


NOTES:
•1 Person rate (private climb) is based on a single climber with his/her mountain crew
•1 Person rate (join other climbers) – this rate is subject to ZARA being able to confirm that it is possible to join other climbers
•11th Person rate – every 11th person in a group will qualify for this discounted rate (In order to qualify for this rate people need to book together as a group).
•All climbing rates quoted are based on a per person rate.


INCLUDED:
•Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)
•First night includes breakfast
•Last night includes dinner with a choice of 1 drink (soda or beer) & breakfast
•Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
•Qualified guides with mountain crew
•National park fees
•Hut accommodation
•Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
•Rescue fees
•Pulse oximeters
•First aid kit
•Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
•Boiled water on the mountain
•All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
•Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

EXCLUDED:
•Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
•Airport transfers
•Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
•Meals and drinks not specified
•Gear for your climb
•Items of personal nature
•Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
•Visas
•Emergency oxygen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tanzania Named Top African Safari Destination by Global Customer Analysis



TANZANIA, AFRICA–An analysis of 2,500 reviews by both tourists and expert travelers declared Tanzania the best place to experience an African safari. This is the second time visitors have chosen Tanzania for this top position, as it also was the highest rated country in a survey back in 2013.


 Third-party booking site SafariBookings.com conducted both reports, finding that customers from around the world were most enthusiastic about safaris in Tanzania. And with the range of ages and variety of homelands of the adventurers who visit the country with Zara Tours, such a consensus is even more compelling




  Many of the people who visit through Zara Tours find that one of the best things about Tanzania is the variety of possible adventures and the richness of each experience. Combination packages are popular among fierce adventurers who want to climb a mountain and go on safari; lay on beaches and shop in Addis Ababa. The opportunity to take multiple vacations and make the most of time away is real here in Tanzania.



 The same study by SafariBookings.com also discovered that Tanzania’s incredible wild spaces were an ideal spot for viewing wildlife, making it the best country to visit for the purpose of seeing Africa’s one-of-a-kind animals, as well.





 For more information about Zara Tours, contact: zara@zaratours.com

About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is Tanzania’s unrivaled No 1 Kilimanjaro trekking company and one of the largest safari operators in the region. Zara Tours organize full-service travel experiences in Tanzania; and provides various choices of safaris, and climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, and expeditions in Zanzibar. Zara Tours own and operates two hotels, two lodges and four tented camps in the northern circuit of Tanzania. Zara Tours provide airport transfer, city-to-city transfer, VIP and regular tour services, to groups and corporations from all over the world. Zara offers additional experiences in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. The company owns 102, 4×4 Land Rovers, 4×4 mini buses, and 4×4 Land Cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs). The company’s 88 registered Kilimanjaro tour guides speak English, German, French, and Spanish. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, the Maasai women’s group, and more.