Thursday, September 25, 2014


This is how it started…narrates Kara Lee: “Sometime back during the last Christmas in Minnesota, United States of  America, we had an engagement event with my hubby Richard Miller and committed ourselves that the wedding event must be done on the roof top of Africa and this is none other than Kilimanjaro Mountain”.

Thereafter, the duo started planning for this historic and unique event by raising money for their trip to Tanzania and in particular Kilimanjaro Mountain. They also informed their relatives about their plan to have their wedding on Mount Kilimanjaro of which they got the green light from them.

They arrived in the country last week and started their seven day Kilimanjaro expedition through Machame route on 20th September, 2014 and spend an overnight at Machame Hut waiting eagerly for their wedding on the following day.  Zara Tours Company based in Moshi, organized the Kilimanjaro climb.

 Now here is the D-Day:
At Shira Cave where they arrived at around 12:00pm from Machame Hut, other Kilimanjaro climbers were excitedly waiting for this event, which was the talk of the day on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Pastor Aloyce Mbugi from Tanzania Assemblies of God Victory Christian Centre in Arusha started the church service intended to bring together Richard Miller and Kara Lee as wife and husband. The pastor said that good foundation of having a good nation started at the family level and urged the new couple and other invitees to live by that principle.

 Escorted by their witnesses Ansigar Mtandika and Neema Njau, the newly expected couple went towards the altar where the marriage oath was taken.

The groom Richard Miller is seen putting the wedding ring on the bride Kara Lee on Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Kara Lee from today onwards you are my beloved wife, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Richard while putting a wedding ring on the finger of his new wife.
Kara Lee places the wedding ring on her new husband on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Richard Lee from today onwards you are my beloved husband, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Kara while also putting the wedding ring on the finger of her new husband.

 It is now time to have wedding cake on Mount Kilimanjaro

Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right), the Director of Zara Tours (middle), the porters and guides are singing and dancing for the new couple.  Celebrating the first marriage to ever take place on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is also known as the “Roof of Africa”.  Afterwards there was champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and finally a buffet for the new couple and all other invitees.  This ended the three hour wedding event.

Champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and a buffet for everyone.
Reading the wedding card signed by everyone at Zara Tours.

The newly married couple pauses for a photo holding the wedding certificate and a wedding card, with flowers.

Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right) and TANAPA’s Corporate Communications Manager Pascal Shelutete (second left) poses in a picture with the newly married couple at Shira Cave shortly after they exchanged vows on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Richard and Kara spent their first night as husband and wife in their tent on the great mountain. Today they are continuing with their Kilimanjaro climb up to Baranco point and they are expected to summit on the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro on 24th September, 2014 and descending out at Mweka Gate on 25th September, 2014.
“They look energetic and determined to reach the peak and I believe they will make it” remarked Teophil Karia, their guide from Zara Tours who organized the climb.

 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 four tented camps.  Zara 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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


A 76 year old grandfather reached the summit of Kilimanjaro with his son and young grand-daughter, 57 years his junior.  He revealed the secret of his success to Tanzania's leading businesswoman Zainab A. Ansell, who thought she'd seen it all.

When you're in the business of hosting thousands of travellers as they set off for the summit of one of the world's most famous mountains, you'd think you'd seen it all.  Yet for Zainab A. Ansell, there's always something new and inspiring on the horizon.

On 6th September, Zainab, Tanzania's Businesswoman of the Year 2012, met a former North East UK Businessman of the Year, Bent Henriksen OBE (Hon.), as he began his first ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The famous dormant volcano is Danish-born Bent's fifth peak in five years.  He has already tackled Everest Base Camp, Mont Blanc, Mount Elbrus and Monte Rosa.  An impressive achievement in its own right.  It becomes even more impressive when you consider that he's 76 years old.  At a time when many of us may be winding down after a lifetime of activity, Bent shows no signs of stopping.

Ever the leader, Bent has taken a week off work to bring his sons and grand-daughters on this adventure.  This three generation expedition is the first of its kind that Zainab has witnessed as owner of Zara tours.

When he's not climbing mountains, Bent is Managing Director of Pharma Nord in the UK.  A role he has had for over 25 years. The Danish company is known worldwide for its preventative nutritional supplements and commitment to research . And it appears that Bent is a good advert for the products he sells. 

When they met at the Springlands hotel, Bent and Zainab discussed their mutual passion for working hard and keeping busy.  Bent believes that he can generate more energy and stay active thanks to the coenzyme Q10 Pharma Nord make.

Q10 is a vitamin-like nutrient that's responsible for turning the food we eat into the energy used by over 100 trillion body cells. It's especially important for the normal function of muscle cells, including the heart.

Our internal production of Q10 drops drastically with age and exercise, so Bent is a firm believer that it should be 'topped-up' if we want to stay healthy for longer. 

When you see the toll that altitude can take on even the toughest adventurers, it's evident that increasing your body's natural resources really can help.  The fact that Bent reached the peak of Kili, where other more athletic types failed, is testament to this.

"Pharma Nord have spent years perfecting the way their Q10 is absorbed into the body. This is really important if you want to feel the effect," Bent explains.

"We wanted to summit the mountain in good time to raise Q10's profile as a natural body fuel. My whole family, even my grand-daughter Celine (19) and son Rasmus (38) used it on this trip to ensure we could cope with the demanding ascent."

But as an experienced traveller, Bent knows that it takes more than just good nutrition to make it.  He made sure that he used Zara Tours to plan and host his trip and he put his trust in Zainab's reputation for smooth and efficient service.

He also travels with Noel Hanna. The World Record holder and endurance athlete from Northern Ireland is internationally renowned for his skills and attention to detail.  Noel now lives in Johannesburg and makes regular trips to Tanzania and is a valued customer of Zara Tours.

Noel discovered Pharma Nord's Bio-Quinone Q10 when he was looking for a natural way to boost his energy while tackling his World Record.  He successfully summited the highest peak on seven separate continents, returning back to sea level at top speed under his own steam.

Noel believes that his attention to good nutrition gives him the edge, and his passion for Pharma Nord is such that he completed an Ice Bucket Challenge at the peak of Kilimanjaro in freezing conditions at Mr Henriksen's request.  This brave act was not just to promote the brand, but also to raise funds for the Newman Trust, which helps young people go on expeditions.

After reaching the top, Bent took his family to the Springlands hotel for some brief relaxation, before jetting back to the UK and into the office.

"I found Kilimanjaro very inspiring and it was so special to be there with my grand-daughter as she turned 19.  I think it's important for her to learn that the harder you work, the greater the reward.  I do everything I can to keep myself healthy enough to face new challenges."

"I was happy to meet Zainab and see how she too is committed to a running a good business and recognising new opportunities to stay on top," Bent enthused.

For those yet to experience the peak of the world's highest freestanding mountain, Bent Henriksen is proof that it's never too late, as long as you stay healthy and choose an experienced team to handle your expedition.

For more information on Q10, visit Phorma Nord Uk and for tour packages and hospitality at Kilimanjaro, visit  Zara Tours

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Zara’s path to success in tourism business

The Global Report on Women in Tourism (GRWT) a joint  initiative with United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) has recently marked a new era for tackling gender issues in the tourism sector.

It provides detailed statistical information on women’s role and status in the tourism industry, offering recommendations on how to improve the current situation. UNWTO and UN women believe that tourism can be a vehicle for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Yet, much work needs to be done in order for this potential to be realized.

One of the Great Female entrepreneurs, Ms. Zainab Ansell who runs one of the biggest tourism companies in Tanzania called, Zara Tours Company (Zara Tanzanian Adventures) was among the three women who attended UNWTO event held in London, United Kingdom (UK) early November this year.

The event  featured, among other issues, tourism’s potential for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment while at the same time examining current challenges and gaps to gender equality in the sector. Other invited panelists were; Ms. Liz Cramer Campos, the National Secretary of Tourism, Paraguay, who was represented Government, and Ms. Angela Hajipateras, the member of the Foundation for the Development of Zambezia, Mozambique who was  representative of Civil Society. Click to Read More