Started ZARA Tours in 1987, organizing African safaris and climbs to Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today, ZARA tours is Tanzania’s No.1 Kilimanjaro outfitter and one of the biggest safari operators.
She entered the field of hospitality (Tanzania Wildcamps) where currently she operates two hotels, four tented camps and two lodges.
In 2009 through Zara Charity, she initiated a global movement of sustainable tourism and giving back to the vulnerable groups in Tanzania.
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
(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
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.
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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!!!!