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Check it off the Bucket List: Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

A college friend of mine kept a bucket list. When we met, neither of us knew that by the time we were seniors she would be able to cross one of those goals off of her list. Surprisingly, it was an unlikely line item; especially for someone so young. Climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t a chance a lot of twenty-something’s take, but she did, and she did so with gusto.

My friend’s opportunity came through a study abroad program in Africa. She spent a semester there exploring and learning about the culture and history of the continent.  One of the outings involved a picnic in the mountains. Little did she know, she would spend most of that day climbing Kilimanjaro, enjoying a picnic, and then gearing up for the decent. At 5 in the morning stateside my phone rang. Groggy and confused I picked it up and the words, “I did it! I actually did it,” greeted my ears. She proceeded to excitedly recount her day; neither one of us cared about the time difference anymore. It remains one of the best wake-up calls of my life.

Of course, there is one thing people don’t tell you at that age: sometimes you don’t just take an opportunity, you create it. That’s what Zara Tours is all about. So for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of climbing Kilimanjaro, and still want to cross it off your bucket list, now’s your chance. This article will tell you more about what Zara Tours has to offer.

The Joy of Embracing Opportunities

If standing on “the roof of Africa” has been a lifelong dream, the guides and staff at Zara Tours understand your passion. For over two decades, we have led adventure seekers from around the world on a pilgrimage up the mountainside.

Kilimanjaro stands among the seven fabled summits of the Earth. It is known for the epiphany-giving powers it bestows on the brave and determined climbers that reach itsClimbing Kilimanjaro with Zara Tours summit. The challenge and the revelation continue to draw people to the mountain year after year. That said; to safely and successfully complete this trek you need the services of Tanzania’s number one Kilimanjaro outfitter. Enter Zara Tours.

Our tour company has access to multiple routes up the mountain. We use our experience and knowledge of the terrain to keep you sure-footed and provided-for all through your trek. We can arrange climbs for small groups (6 people or less), large groups, or private climbs.

All climbs include:

  • Free airport transit
  • Hotel stays (if applicable)
  • Internet service (if applicable)
  • Meals

Departures are made on a daily to weekly basis. We are currently booking for all climbs from April to June. Contact us through: for more information.

What’s the point of having a bucket list if it’s just collecting dust? Pull it out of your desk drawer, put on your hiking boots, and find out what it feels like to embrace opportunity; climb Kilimanjaro today!

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March 25, 2013 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

How to Choose an Africa Safari Tour: Tips for the Best & Most Affordable Trip

At some point in our formative years, many of us have dreamed about participating in Africa safari tours. Whether this is because of writers like Ernest Hemmingway or our tandem desire to be a photographer for National Geographic; it’s a shared life goal for many readers. The question is: if you are ready to see that life goal realized, how do you pick the trip that’s right for you? To find the answer to this question, let’s turn to one of the expert tourism companies in the region.

African Safari Tours - Zara ToursZara Tours has been booking and leading Africa safari tours for over 20 years. It’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about selecting the right trip for the right adventurer. Here’s what we suggest:

Look for Tourism Opportunities that Give Back

Sustainable tourism, also known as geo-tourism, is tourism that respects both the Earth and its people. When you’re planning a trip to another part of the world, try to find organizations that sustain or give back to their local communities. That way, your Africa safari tour will take on more meaning. You get to accomplish a life-long dream while sustaining the lives of others. Zara Tours fits into the sustainable tourism framework. We have specially selected charity climbs for visitors who want to give a little something extra. It is our hope that by providing this service, it will keep the tourism opportunities alive for generations to come.

Your second task is to decide what kind of trip you want. This task may seem obvious until you understand what we mean. African safari tours are available in three different accommodation styles:

  1. Mobile tented (carry-in and carry-out)
  2. Permanent tented (hike into a pre-set camp site)
  3. Luxury (must book at least eight weeks in advance)

The question you want to ask yourself is:  what’s your idea of a safari? How hands-on do you want your experience to be? Some tourists like the opportunity to really connect with their environment and be as much a “part of the land” as possible. Other groups want to experience the surroundings without adding the stress of set up and supplies to the trek. It’s not about a right or wrong answer; it’s about picking the best trip package for you.

You should also think about the region you’ll be visiting and the activities that are available. Many tourists have always wanted to:

  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • See the African plains
  • Camp out under the stars

What you want to do will effect when you book your trip.

Climate changes and rainfall make early spring or early winter treks more difficult. Try to book during a suitable timeframe that leaves game parks, nature reserves and roads accessible. Also, pay attention to the price points and special packages available. We do our best to keep these trips affordable so everyone can appreciate Africa’s beauty.

For more tips and booking information visit Our staff can help you plan your trip of a lifetime.

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March 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment


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