Friday, February 14, 2014


Run to bring much-needed awareness to malaria-stricken communities
Tanzania, Africa – Zara Tours is proud to announce that it is acting as a sponsor of the seventh annual Ngorongoro half marathon, which will be held on April 19, 2014 in Arusha, Karatu. The 14 mile (21km) run is designed to draw attention to World Malaria Day, which will be observed on April 25, 2014. Some 189 international runners have been invited to participate.

Race coordinator Leila Ansell explained why drawing attention to malaria is essential, and particularly so in Tanzania, where malaria takes the life of one person every 10 minutes. “For communities to proactively control this disease, there is a great need to raise awareness, and we think through the Ngorongoro Run, we can spread this education to the people of Karatu.”

In addition to shining a spotlight on World Malaria Day, the race will benefit local communities as they’ll be provided with mosquito nets, malaria education, malaria tests and treatments, as well as caps and t-shirts.

Although the main event will take place on April 19, additional races and race activities will begin on April 18. The additional races to take place are a 10.5k run, a walk for the disabled and a 5k fun run for kids and families.

All registered runners will receive a t-shirt and refreshment. The top-three finishers are to receive certificates, medals and cash prizes. The first-place finisher will receive 1.5 million Tanzanian Shillings (TSH), the second-place finisher will receive 1 million TSH and the third-place finisher will receive 500,000 TSH.

Race sponsors include: Zara Tours, Zara Charity, TIGO, Orange Gas, Manjis Gas, Hance Paul, Simba Safari, Chuchu Bar, Equity Insurance, CRDB Bank, and Africa Safari
For race participants looking to capitalize on Zara Tours’ once-in-a-lifetime adventures, the company is offering a $50 discount on any safari or climb, including the wildly popular Kilimanjaro climbing excursions.
                                                                               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. Zara Tours owns and operates two hotels and three 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 is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.

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MOSHI:  LINDA Koeman (37), a usual from Holland is not a sailor. But still she has a right to shout: “Ahoy there!” because she managed to reach a top Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres ASL) in just two days (only 48 hours), instead of the usual 6 days through Marangu route, while wearing shoes and shorts only (with naked chest) representing the cause that everybody can maintain control over the body under extreme conditions as the freezing temperatures at the summit (Uhuru Peak) can range between -18 and -26?C (0 to -15?F).
The woman is among a group of 26 people who under the leadership of Wim Hof who recently started to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres above the Sea level) in just only three days and ‘surprisingly’ all the group managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak (5,895 mts ASL) within 48 while wearing shoes and shorts only!
In exclusive interviews with ‘Business Times” at Marangu gate last week at Marangu gate during the down hilling of their expedition from the highest summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the Roof of Africa) Ms. Linda recalls; it was around 5.30 a.m. on January 28, 2014 after a breath taking one and half hour fast walk from Gilman’s point (5,861 mts ASL) that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres, above sea level only in shoes and shorts!

“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me he has made it. We both made it!” Ms. Koeman further recalled.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


A group of 25 Mt Kilimanjaro trekkers who started to climb the mountains early this week with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) in three days, had surprisingly managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak within 48 hours while wearing shoes and shorts only.

The Managing Director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures Ms. Zainab Ansell explained: “We are very happy to hold such a unique group in our company, and it is our hope that apart from advertizing different tourism destination of our country including Mt Kilimanjaro that will improve sustainable tourism in World, they will also instruct our people with many health exercises for the better future.” 

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