Preparing for Your Spring East African Safari

Have you been dreaming of going on a safari? Safaris tend to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience people often have on their “bucket list”. Safety and preparation are critical in helping them be successful and enjoyable, which requires the support of high-quality and knowledgeable staff, like ours at Zara Tours.


Spring is a perfect time to visit East Africa, so get your pen and paper ready to jot down what it will take to make it a vacation to remember!


The Best East African Vacations

Because East Africa has so much to offer, working with a company who can help you have the experience you desire is very important. The best vacations depend on the level of adventure and sights you’d like to see, as well as the amount of time you are able to spend there.

37240682_10156261874200042_1641902238471290880_oWhen you consider East African Tanzanian vacation, consider:

37565393_1897443723647727_4908993455771877376_nThink about what type of experience you’d like to have and look at ways to combine the areas you’d like to see with the time and budget you have available.

What to Pack for Tanzania

You will want to check luggage limits for domestic flights as you will likely be limited to 30 – 40 lbs (15-20 kg) per person. You will want clothing that provides rain, wind, and bug protection – light-weight, cool shirts, and pants are best. Wear waterproof, sturdy shoes. Consider the weather and location of your travel and plan accordingly. Click here for a more detailed safari packing list.
6.3 Makuti Main Restaurant & Main PoolCheck for specials:
When considering your trip, look for specials on the areas you want to visit. For example, every April, Zara Tours offers discounts to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro with their Kili-Clean program. This opportunity allows trekkers to give back to the community by picking up trash left by tourism while exploring the majesty of one of the world’s largest mountains. To see other discounted options, check out Zara Tour Specials page.


May 17, 2019 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

‘Pink’ Elephant – A Rare Species of Elephants Found in South African Safari Park

Let us talk about the (pink) elephant in the room. Lately, an extremely rare albino elephant was spotted in South Africa’s MalaMala Private Game Reserve. A video of this adorable three weeks old champagne-pink calf has now gone viral on the Internet.
Speaking of the Pink Elephant, it is a rare occurrence in African elephants, and it’s presence has not been well documented. From the clip, it was hard to point out if the calf is a true albino or if it’s unusual coloring is caused by leucism, a genetic condition causing pigment loss.
Irrespective whether albino or leucistic, this baby elephant has a tough road ahead of it. As animals with skin conditions are often sensitive to the harsh rays of the sun and could also have health problems related to a genetic mutation.
An article on this rare elephant was published by Earth Touch News Network recently –Baby ‘Pink’ Elephant Filmed Frolicking On South African Game Reserve…

“A Call For Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation; The Elephant Can Survive Only If Forests Survive.”

Forest elephants have been diminishing throughout their range during the last several decades.

Therefore, if we do not conserve our environment and forest today, then the day is not far when we will only find the Elephants in photos and videos.


Zara Advocates For Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation To Save The Pink Elephants In South Africa.

Zara Tours is committed to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism. As the saying goes “Towards a journey every step counts” – so is our commitment to realize sustainability, we try to contribute as much as we can and are prepared to help as much as possible for the cause of Elephant Conservation In Africa including this marvelous Pink Elephant In South Africa.

Marvel At The Sight Of The Rare Pink Elephants; A Truly Heart-Warming Sight.

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Nature never misses a surprise. If you perceive that you have seen it all, then we can guarantee that sighting of this rare pink is something you are yet to encounter. Marvel at this unique sight with us on our South African Safari.

Elephants, Ecosystems, And Survival
Did you know elephants are closely affected by the turmoil they face in their families and the ecosystems in which they live?

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  • Yes, just like humans elephants share a close bond with nature and family and are adversely affected if any crisis takes place.
  • However, with rising deforestation and continuous poaching activities, elephant species are threatened of being endangered.
  • Elephants are highly adaptable intelligent and masters of survival, which allows them to survive a lifespan of 60-70 years.

About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was established in 1987 in Tanzania, Africa and is one of the Continent’s biggest safari, Operators with leading experience in the region’s Top Tourism hotspots such as the Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa. We offer private and group tours and safari experiences from 1 to 30 days. To learn more, visit more information.

April 18, 2019 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

The World’s Top Five African Destinations To Enjoy A Breath-Taking Sunrise

Africa’s diverse topography gives it some of the best sunrises and sunsets in the world. From rolling desert dunes, thick jungles and wildlife-filled savannah plains the African horizon is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise from the majestic Kilimanjaro or on a tropical beach. Whatever the reason, as the dawn rolls in the horizons of these magnificent African Destinations the site is, to say the least spellbound!

Top Five African Destinations To View Sunrise

  1. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro: Seeing the sun rising in the sky from the highest peak in Africa is magical, the glorious blend of the rays in the horizon will give you Goosebumps for sure!
  2. Tanzania’s Mount Meru: In a scene set behind Mt Kilimanjaro, the sight of the sun rising from the peak of Mount Meru is nothing sort of breathtaking.
  3. Kenya’s Mount Kenya: The sun rising from the peak of Mount Kenya is an incredible experience characterized by colorful beams and a golden sky.
  4. Uganda’s Murchison Falls: As the dawn graces the skies, the sun rising over the Nile; the world’s longest river is quite an enchanting and beautiful sight to behold.
  5. Rwanda’s Kigali: Sunrise from a hike up Mt. Kigali that overlooks the entire city will leave you amazed with the mesmerizing gradient illumination over the city.

Add one of the above countries spectacles to your African Safari Adventures as these destinations put on the most fabulous sunrises!

Popular Travel website Makes time to see the World in its recent article “The Best Places To Visit In Africa In 2019 (With Photos & Things To Do)” has included all the African Destinations in which we operate. Below we have highlighted some of the main highlights of these countries.



Tanzania is an entrancing travel goal exemplified by Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s most noteworthy pinnacle; the Serengeti National Park; one of the world’s largest wildlife ecosystems and recently proclaimed world wonder; and the Ngorongoro Crater with its inconceivable concentration of biodiversity. Get the best Tanzania Safari Packages to find the true definition of an authentic African Safari.

Kenya is one of the iconic safari goals in Africa. It is home to an immense wildlife concentration and boasts some of Africa’s most popular destinations including the Masai Mara, which together with the Serengeti in Tanzania has the Great Migration from July to October. Get the best Kenya Safari Packages to enjoy a magical African adventure!


Zambia is popular for incredible African strolling safaris. This magnificent destination is home to the fabulous Victoria Falls and the powerful Zambezi River where guests can appreciate the exciting wilderness in a boat safari. Get the best Zambia Safari Packages for a delightful experience!



Uganda, known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, is a nation where mountains soar, with incredible landscapes, it is home to the source of the Nile; the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake; Lake Victoria. Rafting down the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most sought after the experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. Get the best Uganda Safari Packages for a thrilling encounter!



Dubbed “The Horn of Africa” hardly any nations in Africa are as compensating to go in as Ethiopia. Spread over beautiful scenes Ethiopia boasts rich historical significance and it is a truly unique country to visit with some of the continent’s most amazing places and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in Africa. Get the best Ethiopia Tour Packages for a truly unique holiday.



Rwanda; the land of a thousand is a nation wealthy in widely varied vegetation popular for the uncommon Silverback mountain gorilla. Get the best Rwanda Safari Packages to find the lively gorilla in their habitat!



Botswana is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life. From the perfectly clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the expansive elephant groups in the Chobe National Park and the capricious Savute Channel, Botswana is an exceptional safari goal. Get the best Botswana Safari Packages to find Africa’s wilderness wonders!

South Africa often described as the world in one country is a standout amongst the most entrancing and awesome nations in Africa, celebrated for its lovely biodiversity, natural life, rich culture, and daylight.

Cape Town and the 12 Apostels from above in South Africa

“Africa Gives You The Knowledge That Man Is A Small Creature, Amongst Other Creatures, In A Large Landscape.”

The above saying by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing rightly captures the essence of Africa. With its vast landscape, a plethora of wildlife and multitude ethnicity, Africa is like the largest landscape which has a plenitude of animals including man, the well-evolved species of mammals.

Why African Safari Is Worth Considering With Zara Tours?
African Safari with Zara Tours offers the ultimate value for money experience as we not only organize safari and trekking tours but our guests get to stay at our properties in Tanzania, which is a complete package. We offer our clients a one-stop shop holiday.

  • One of the leading Kilimanjaro trekking and safari outfitters in the region.
  • Zara Tours is one of the first local-based travel company in the region.
  • Zara has over 30 years of experience in the industry, guaranteeing the best services to our clients.
  • Zara owns its own hospitality properties in Tanzania giving the best accommodation to our clients.
  • Zara owns a fleet of 102 vehicles comprised of; 4×4 Land Rovers, 4×4 minibusses and 4×4 Land Cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs).
  • All our guides are the multilingual speaker.
  • Giving back to the community is our priority. In 2009 Zara creating a platform for us to engage directly with the community. Zara Charity supports vulnerable and marginalized groups in our tourism host communities such as orphans, the Maasai women’s group and more.

Is Africa On Your Travel List? It’s Time To Dream And Plan

With over 50 African nations to look over choose from, selecting where to go can be overwhelming. The initial step is to settle on the sort of vacation you want or the particular things you’d like to see.

Are you looking for the classic African SafariTours experience? Then perhaps Kenya or Tanzania is the apt choice for you. Want to find out wonderful ancient cultures? Ethiopia is your calling. For beach vacations, consider the stunning islands of the Indian Ocean.

If you’re traveling with small children, then South Africa is the destination for you, where malaria isn’t a problem. Head to Uganda or Rwanda, if you want to track the last remaining mountain gorillas, the closest relative to man, we share around 98% of our DNA with them.

Tips And Tricks For Travelling In Africa


  • Pick The Correct Tour, Above All Else.
African safari tours differ significantly and things like your tour guide, the safari area, and the cost would all be able to impact your experience.
  • Recognize What’s In Store.
It is important to be mentally prepared by reading about the destinations you will be visiting before travel; this will proactively help shape your expectations. Remember that to ensure you aren’t baffled when you arrive.
  • Pack Appropriately
Bring comfortable and suitable outfits, shoes that are appropriate for the savannah, insect repellent and sunscreen plus whatever else you figure you may require.
  • Be Realistic
You’re going to see some mind-blowing creatures. What’s more, some of the time you will see something that will leave your jaw on the floor. However, don’t consequently expect to see a lion bring down a gazelle directly before you!
About Zara Tours:

Zara Tours was established in 1987 in Tanzania, Africa and is one of the Continent’s biggest safari, Operators with leading experience in the region’s Top Tourism hotspots such as the Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa. We offer private and group tours and safari experiences from 1 to 30 days. To learn more, visit for more information.

April 18, 2019 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Getting Engaged? Celebrating a Significant Anniversary? Zanzibar Awaits!

TANZANIA, AFRICA – One of the most beautiful and romantic locations in the world is located in Zanzibar with its white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. With annual weather averages between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (20-32 degrees Celsius), it offers an endless summer year-round.


Known as the Spice Islands for the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper they export, the cluster of islands, of which Zanzibar is the largest, is located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania.

Sultan Swimming Pool

Honeymoon specials are available for couples married within six months of their trip when booked with Zara Tours. Enjoy relaxation oceanside, or combine your experience with a safari, mountain trek, African village excursion, wildlife viewing and more. It’s your special, romantic time so design it with as much adventure or downtime as you want and need.


Plan your proposal, honeymoon, or anniversary with us. Discover and reignite your passion with the perfect sunset, tour, safari, or trek you are waiting for. Visit our website at for pricing and packages.

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ZARA TOURS, was founded in 1987, with sustainable tourism in mind well before it was a trend. One of the largest safari operators in the region, Zara Tours creates one-of-a-kind experiences for tourists interested in safaris through the Serengeti, trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, gorilla watching in Uganda, and more. A portion of all proceeds goes right back into the community through Zara Charities which supports vulnerable groups like orphans, Maasai women, porters, and more.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0080.JPGOur full-service company owns and operates several properties including local hotels, lodges, and wild camps you must experience. Enjoy a Zara Tours once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

March 28, 2019 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours Unveils New and Newly Renovated Lodges in Tanzania

TANZANIA, AFRICA–Tanzania Wild camps & Lodges, owned and operated by Zara Tours, has announced that renovation is complete on several of their lodges. The top-rated tour operator also reported that three new lodges Highview coffee lodge in karatu, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti Safari Lodge in Serengeti was opened recently.


In addition to taking visitors from around the world on safaris and guiding them up Mount Kilimanjaro, Zara Tours also owns and runs several lodges and many eco-friendly tented camps in Tanzania. Travelers headed up Kilimanjaro or on safari throughout the country can choose from a variety of lodging styles, from luxury hotels to clean and comfortable tents.

In the Karatu area, the new lodge Highview Coffee Lodge was opened to the public in August 2018 offers 8 exclusive cottages, which have easy access to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. While in Serengeti the Serengeti Safari Lodge was opened in December 2018, located in the Seronera Tana Spring Area. The Camp consists of 20 comfortable luxuries. Serengeti Safari Lodge is a luxury resort with a swimming Pool, Massage and spa facilities in the middle of Serengeti, Imagine having a swimming pool in the middle of Serengeti? Ngorongoro Safari is our New and luxury lodge located in the south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, approx 50km south-west of karatu Town. The Lodge is composed of 10 luxury tents to accommodate 2guest each, as well as large dining and reception area.

For a truly hands-on experience, Tourists looking for more than just the typical safari experience should consider this a unique opportunity to get closer to the rich East African culture and the real-life realities of the people in the Region.

Serengeti Safari Lodge

Highview Coffee Lodge




Ikoma Wild Camp


Highview Hotel

Early bookings are available for these adventures and more; don’t wait to plan your trip and enjoy your savings.

About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was founded in 1987 in Tanzania Africa and is one of the largest safari operators in the region, including Kilimanjaro treks and expeditions in Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, and South Africa. The company offers personal and group tours and safari adventures from a day trip to 14 days or more. Owning and operating several venues and tour travel vehicles equipped with multi-lingual guides, Zara Tours

March 22, 2019 at 8:48 am Leave a comment


Tanzania, Africa – This Month retired Chief of the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (CDF) General George Waitara led a group of 52 trekkers up Mount Kilimanjaro, including several key government officials, on the Uhuru Expedition to celebrate the 57th anniversary of Tanzania’s independence.

DSC_0177The six-day Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition dubbed ‘Uhuru Expedition 2018 ’through the famous Marangu route, was organized by the Zara Tanzania Adventures

DSC_0190Speaking during the flag off ceremony at Marangu, Gen. Waitara explained that, they took to the mountain to celebrate 57 years of independence and stress on courage and patriotism as a key to strengthening the tourism of Tanzania.

The founder and Director of Zara Tours Ms. Zainab Ansell said various achievements have been attained in the tourism sector in 57 years since our country’s independence.
“Zara Tours has been bringing people to the Roof of Africa to experience the splendor of Africa for 32 years now! Our mission is twofold; to help others experience the wonder of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of course Africa, and to impart just how precious and vulnerable it was, without taking away or diminishing from the land itself. We wanted to show Africa to more people, but we didn’t’ want to compromise Africa in the process. We started small, with just a few Tours, but our enthusiasm, dedication to our customers, and, of course, the unspoiled, natural treasures of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Africa itself captured the imaginations of our customers once the land was given a proper chance to do so”. Zainab said.



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3About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was founded in 1987 in Tanzania, Africa and is one of the largest safari operators in the region, including Kilimanjaro treks and expeditions in Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. The company offers personal and group tours and safari adventures from a day trip to 30 days. Owning and operating several venues and tour travel vehicles equipped with multi-lingual guides, Zara Tours is the premier touring, trekking, and safari company in the region.


December 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Zara Tours Coastal Scuba & African Beaches Tour

Zanzibar is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. At Zara Tours, we not only offer coastal tours of the area, but we include a wonderful day of scuba, dolphin watching, forest treks, and more. Visit the Dian beaches of Kenya as a separate adventure or as part of your Zanzibar beach tour and enjoy relaxing, snorkeling, or watching the sunset in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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White sand beaches await you in both Zanzibar and Kenya, where temperatures range 70-90 degrees year-round. Palm trees and turquoise water makes the island picture-perfect and ideal for relaxation after a day trip to town or following a several-day safari. Or, if relaxation is your only goal, the beaches are just the remedy for busy people who want a break from it all.

Beach honeymoonAn ideal destination for adventurers and honeymooners alike, Africa not only has gorgeous beaches, but also allows visitors to trek mountains, take a Jeep safari tour, and visit colorful local culture. Create the perfect experience with a variety of activities to mix and match with a coastal African beaches tour. To learn more visit us at Zara Tours website.Weddings-1About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was founded in 1987 in Tanzania Africa and is one of the largest safari operators in the region, including Kilimanjaro treks and expeditions in Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. The company offers personal and group tours and safari adventures from 2 to 28 days. Owning and operating several venues and tour travel vehicles equipped with multilingual guides, Zara Tours is the premier touring, trekking, and safari company in the region.
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November 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

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