Archive for November, 2007

New National Park for Tanzania

The Tanzanian government is in the process of adding another wildlife park, increasing the number of tourism parks in the country to 15. Tanzanian tourism minister, Jumanne Maghembe, is seeking parliament’s approval to raise the status of the Mkomazi Game Reserve (bordering Kenya) to a protected national park. Tanzania is the only country in the world that protects more than 25% of its land. “Seventy percent of our product is wildlife-based and conservation is paramount,” says Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board, Peter Mwenguo. “Sensitivity to wildlife means that the yearly migration of animals from one national park to another is uninterrupted.” says Mwenguo.

Other recent developments include government approval for new hotels and infrastructure. The Singita Grumeti Reserves, in particular, will build three new lodges in Southern Tanzania – all of which are subject to an environmental impact assessment.

Source: Deborah Gray, The Travel Hub

November 21, 2007 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

Kilimanjaro Marathon taking place March 2nd, 2008

 “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Anonymous

On March, 2nd 2008, a standard 42.2 km marathon and a 21.1 km half marathon will be run from the town of Moshi, Tanzania. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.

The route will start on a relatively flat 8-9 km section around Moshi town and will then have a gradual ascend on the slopes of Kilimanjaro passing through small farms, villages, banana and coffee plantations and forests. The locals will give ample vocal support. The last 10 kilometers will be a fast downhill section ending at Moshi stadium where local bands will be playing and where crowds will cheerfully welcome those who made it. There will also be a half marathon route.

You can now apply to take part in the race using the official registration form.

The best idea is probably to combine active participation at the marathon or experiencing the big sports event as a spectator with a Kilimanjaro climb and/or a Tanzania safari! For instance on the day after the marathon, Monday, the 3rd of March, there is the departure of our 5-days group safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara or Karatu area; or relax for on day in Moshi and then climb Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route followed by a safari in the Serengeti. The Zara website has a variety of options which will match with your interests and time.

Visit the Official website of Kilimanjaro Marathon.

November 14, 2007 at 8:12 am 2 comments

Getting to the top

“I have a story – it is about ‘good’ people, overcoming adversity, staying focused and getting to the top. This is part of what mountaineering is all about.”

Singer and songwriter Mary Clare Reinhardt has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with ZARA Tanzania Adventures. You can read her full story here.

Mary Clare has also uploaded some pictures of her trek.

November 12, 2007 at 9:12 am 1 comment

Western Breach Route open again

The Tanzania National Parks authorities have recently announced that with effect from 1st of December 2007, the Western Breach Route of Kilimanjaro (Arrow Glacier) will be open to the public again.

The Western Breach route had been closed after a rockfall accident in January 2006 which has been attributed to the melting of ice in ice-scree composite caused by global warming. ZARA Tours will however not offer treks using the Western Breach Route, as it is highly risky and extremely dangerous.  

November 10, 2007 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Climb Kilimanjaro with Macon Dunnagan 2008

You can now join two very special Kilimanjaro climbs with Kilimanjaro specialist and book author Macon Dunnagan. Macon, 47, is author of the novel “Sons of Kilimanjaro”, a captivating tale of four men who climb Kilimanjaro, an endeavour which helps them to overcome their personal struggles. Without being moralising or preaching, in his book, Macon gives inspiration to those who want to learn about unusal experiences and life beyond the limited knowledge. He has climbed Kilimanjaro 9 times and is one of the few individuals who have ever climbed Kilimanjaro twice within one month.

As his wife Michelle battled ovarian cancer, it is Macon’s aim to raise awareness for this disease. From the August climb, 250 US$ of the fees paid by each fellow climber will be given to the American National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

Macon wants to share his mountain and life experiences with everyone and invites you to join him to the top of his favourite mountain. The dates for 2008 are 4th to 9th of February 2008, and the NOCC fundraising climb will be from 29th of August to 6th of September 2008. You can see the itinerary and book this climb here.

Macon Dunnagan Sons of Kilimanjaro

November 8, 2007 at 1:10 pm 1 comment

From beautiful to ugly…

Halloween at Highview Hotel New Highview Hotel staff dresses

Everything from beautiful to ugly can be encountered at the Highview Hotel Karatu: The picture on the left does not show some scary African witchcraft ceremony, but last week’s Halloween party at Highview Hotel. The picture on the left shows Highview’s new female staff dresses which have been designed by Leila Ansell, the hotel manager herself. Leila likes to see her stuff in stylish yet practical garment and was obviously inspired by Indian fashion when doing the new designs. Can anyone name a hotel in Tanzania with more attractive employees?

November 8, 2007 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment


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