Archive for February, 2014

Tanzania: An All-Inclusive Safari Destination

Wondering when is the best time of year to take a safari tour? Tanzania actually has great options all year round. February is the perfect time to start planning your trip.

Depending on your desired departure date, Zara Tours can give you a taste of what you might see on your trip. Keep in mind, if there is a particular feature or sight that you want to see, talk to our staff before finalizing your reservation to make sure that you’re traveling at the optimum time and choosing a package that includes your desired activities. (more…)

February 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

35 youths to participate in Ngorongoro Half Marathon

At least 35 youths are expected to participate in this year’s edition of Ngorongoro Half Marathon to be held in Karatu town next month.
The event is organized by Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in collaboration with ZARA Charity.

The centre’s founder and director, Lazaro Edward, a teacher by profession said the youths will only participate in a five-kilometre race.
The marathon which has been organised as a campaign against malaria is expected to attract a number of domestic and foreign tourists. READ MORE

February 27, 2014 at 5:16 am Leave a comment

The Great Migration: A Storybook Tanzania Adventure

There are very few times in life that you will get to experience something out of a storybook or fairytale. The great migration in southern Africa (of zebra, wildebeest [gnu], and other antelope) gives you the opportunity to experience an authentic storybook example of Tanzania adventure. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Six Paths, Many Goals: The Different Sides of Mount Kilimanjaro

A lot of decisions need to be made before you board your plane and make the long-anticipated trip to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. One of your initial decisions will be deciding what route to take to the iconic summit.

In total, you have six possibilities. They are:

  • Lemosho
  • Marangu
  • Umbwe
  • Shira
  • Machame
  • Rongai

If you are unfamiliar with Kilimanjaro’s terrain, or this will be your first trek to the mountain’s summit, a Kilimanjaro climbing company can be an integral part of helping you choose the best and most successful route to experience this opportunity to the fullest. (more…)

February 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Making a Difference One Climb at a Time

Mount Kilimanjaro has always had a harrowing and inspiring effect on the individuals who reach its summit. That inspiring effect often carries over to inspire others who make their own trek to the mountain for a Mt. Kilimanjaro tour. The effect comes full circle when it spills over to improve the lives of African communities and communities around the world.

To show you what we mean, we’ve collected some information on upcoming charity efforts that include Mt. Kilimanjaro tours. (more…)

February 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

CLIMBING MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO IN JUST TWO DAYS, ONE WOMAN EXPERIENCE

MOSHI:  LINDA Koeman (37), a usual from Holland is not a sailor. But still she has a right to shout: “Ahoy there!” because she managed to reach a top Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres ASL) in just two days (only 48 hours), instead of the usual 6 days through Marangu route, while wearing shoes and shorts only (with naked chest) representing the cause that everybody can maintain control over the body under extreme conditions as the freezing temperatures at the summit (Uhuru Peak) can range between -18 and -26?C (0 to -15?F).

The woman is among a group of 26 people who under the leadership of Wim Hof who recently started to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres above the Sea level) in just only three days and ‘surprisingly’ all the group managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak (5,895 mts ASL) within 48 while wearing shoes and shorts only!

In exclusive interviews with ‘Business Times” at Marangu gate last week at Marangu gate during the down hilling of their expedition from the highest summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the Roof of Africa) Ms. Linda recalls; it was around 5.30 a.m. on January 28, 2014 after a breath taking one and half hour fast walk from Gilman’s point (5,861 mts ASL) that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres, above sea level only in shoes and shorts!

“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me he has made it. We both made it!” Ms. Koeman further recalled.

She recollected that was the culmination of  ‘two day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb’  as they were planned to reach the highest summits in three day instead of usual six days to reach the summit through the famous Marangu  route that to her still seems like a dream.Read More

February 14, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours Announces Sponsorship of Ngorongoro Marathon

Zara Tours boasts the world's best African Safari ToursRun to bring much-needed awareness to malaria-stricken communities

Tanzania, Africa – Zara Tours is proud to announce that it is acting as a sponsor of the seventh annual Ngorongoro half marathon, which will be held on April 19, 2014 in Arusha, Karatu. The 14 mile (21km) run is designed to draw attention to World Malaria Day, which will be observed on April 25, 2014. Some 189 international runners have been invited to participate. (more…)

February 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

LOW SEASON SAFARI PACKAGE 2014

START  APRIL, MAY TO 15TH JUNE AND OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER

All prices are per person in U.S. dollars.

Adventures have set departure dates.

The minimum group size is 2 people, and the maximum is 16 people.

 Note: We can also arrange extra nights at the Springlands Hotel if you are arriving early or staying longer

PACKAGE #1 (6 days)

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, overnight at Springlands Hotel

Day 2- 6: 5 days of game drives

Pricing:

US$ 1,685 per person

Single Suppliment on accommodation: US$ 50 per day.

Extra night Springlands Hotel: US$ 36 per person.

Included:

  • A night at the Springlands Hotel BB (Arrival date)
  • Round-trip Kilimanjaro Airport transfers
  • Olduvai Gorge visit

Not Included:

  • Tips for your safari guide and cook
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks at the Springlands Hotel
  • Bottled water, drinks on safari
  • Extra nights at the Springlands Hotel
  • Optional Masai Village visit

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to the Springlands Hotel for overnight bed and breakfast.

DAY 2: The drive from Moshi to Manyara National Park, can take approx. 4 hours. In Manyara, after having a picnic lunch, you start the late afternoon with a game drive, which is also the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive back drop to the lake. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of acacia. Other animals frequently seen are leopards, zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos and others. Overnight at the Highview Hotel. (BLD)

DAY 3: Drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai George is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils ware first discovered. It has the amazing landscape that resulted from the tectonic forces, which created the Great Rift Valley million of years ago. Then in the late evening drive to Serengeti and overnight at the Ikoma Wild Camp (basic camp). (BLD)

DAY 4: After breakfast venture into the corners of wilderness Serengeti for a full day game viewing in the park. Picnic lunch besides you, take your leisure while exploring the only truly world heritage site, where largest concentration of plain game on earth still exists! In the late evening back for dinner and overnight at Ikoma Wild Camp (basic camp). (BLD)

DAY 5: Morning tour in Serengeti and afternoon drive to Ngorongoro then to Simba campsite or Highview Hotel for dinner and overnight. (BLD)

DAY 6: The half-day drive to Ngorongoro Crater. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and the variety of water birds. Other game-leopard, cheetah, hyena and lots of other members of the antelope family and small mammals of sorts can also be seen. In the afternoon, drive to the airport to catch the flight back home (Kilimanjaro Airport). (BL)

 PACKAGE #2 (5 days)

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, overnight at Springlands Hotel

Day 2-5: 3 days of game drives, 1 day walking tour of Karatu or Empakai Crater

Pricing:

US$ 1,050 per person.

Single Suppliment on accommodation: US$ 50 per day.

Extra night Springlands Hotel: US$ 36 per person.

Included:

  • A night at the Springlands Hotel BB (Arrival date)
  • Round-trip Kilimanjaro Airport transfers

Not Included:

  • Tips for your safari guide and cook
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks at the Springlands Hotel
  • Bottled water, drinks on safari
  • Extra nights at the Springlands Hotel
  • Optional Masai Village visit

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to the Springlands Hotel for overnight bed and breakfast.

DAY 2: The drive from Moshi to Manyara National Park, can take approx. 4 hours. In Manyara, after having a picnic lunch, you start the late afternoon with a game drive, which is also the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive back drop to the lake. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of acacia. Other animals frequently seen are leopards, zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos and others. Overnight at Highview Hotel.

DAY 3: The half-day drive to Ngorongoro Crater. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and the variety of water birds. Other game-leopard, cheetah, hyena and lots of other members of the antelope family and small mammals of sorts can also be seen. Then in the late afternoon drive back to basic camp for lunch. In the late evening you may have walking safaris at the coffee plantations while watching birds and returning back to Highview Hotel for the evening. (BLD)

DAY 4: Choose from hiking/cultural tours in Karatu or hiking in the Empakai Crater

KARATU: After breakfast, take a walking safari in coffee plantations, entering into the highlands around Karatu and go bird watching then back to the camp/hotel for a rest and lunch. In late afternoon, take another walk to local waterfalls or visit the cultural of the Iraqw people. In the evening return back to Highview Hotel for dinner and overnight.

EMPAKAI: After breakfast, drive through the highlands to the rim of the Empakai Crater. With its deep, very blue lake ringed by flamingo, Empakai is one of the most dramatic and beautiful treks. Walking in the crater, you will explore this unique forested crater on foot and marvel at the variety of wildlife and fauna. In the evening return back to Highview Hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Drive from Karatu camp to Tarangire National Park, which takes approx. three and a half hours drive. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and Oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In the late evening drive to the airport to catch the flight back home (Kilimanjaro Airport).

 

PACKAGE #3 (6 days)

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, overnight at Springlands Hotel

Day 2-6: 5 days game drive

Pricing:

US$ 1,735 per person.

Single Suppliment on accommodation: US$ 50 per day.

Extra night Springlands Hotel: US$ 36 per person.

Included:

  • A night at the Springlands Hotel BB (Arrival date)
  • Round-trip Kilimanjaro Airport transfers
  • Olduvai Gorge visit

Not Included:

  • Tips for your safari guide and cook
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks at the Springlands Hotel
  • Bottled water, drinks on safari
  • Extra nights at the Springlands Hotel
  • Optional Masai Village visit

 Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to the Springlands Hotel for overnight bed and breakfast.

DAY 2: The drive from Moshi to Manyara National Park, can take approx. 4 hours. In Manyara, after having a picnic lunch, you start the late afternoon with a game drive, which is also the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive back drop to the lake. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of acacia. Other animals frequently seen are leopards, zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos and others. Overnight at the Highview Hotel. (BLD)

DAY 3: Drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai George is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the tectonic forces, which created the Great Rift Valley million of years ago. Then in the late evening drive to Serengeti and overnight at the Ikoma Wild Camp. (BLD)

DAY 4: After breakfast venture into the corners of wilderness Serengeti for a full day game viewing in the park. Picnic lunch besides you, take your leisure while exploring the only truly world heritage site, where largest concentration of plain game on earth still exists! In the late evening back for dinner and overnight at Ikoma Wild Camp. (BLD).

DAY 5: Morning tour in Serengeti and afternoon drive to Ngorongoro then to Simba campsite or Highview Hotel for dinner and overnight. (BLD)

DAY 6: The half-day drive to Ngorongoro Crater. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and the variety of water birds. Other game-leopard, cheetah, hyena and lots of other members of the antelope family and small mammals of sorts can also be seen. In the afternoon, drive to the airport to catch the flight back home (Kilimanjaro Airport). (BL)

 

February 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

How the MKPS Continues to Support Fair Employment and Sustainability in Tanzania

Experienced mountain climbers know that porters are the heart and soul of a successful trek. Without their hard work and support, the ability to have a first-hand encounter with the magnificence that is Mount Kilimanjaro would be lost forever.

Unfortunately, this labor-intensive employment leaves many of these individuals impoverished. Porters that freelance or work for unlicensed companies are not well-paid, provided for during a climb, or given adequate clothing and footwear to protect them from the elements. Organizations like the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS), supported by Zara Tours, are making a difference in the lives of the communities we serve. (more…)

February 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Wearing shoes, shorts 25 trekkers reach Roof of Africa in 48 hours

A group of 25 Mt Kilimanjaro trekkers who started to climb the mountains early this week with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) in three days, had surprisingly managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak within 48 hours while wearing shoes and shorts only.

In an exclusive interviews with The Guardian on Sunday at Marangu gate mid this week during the down hilling of their expedition from the Roof of Africa, Linda Koeman from Holland recalls.
It was around 5.30 a.m. on January 28, 2014 after a breath taking one and half hour fast walk from Gilman’s point that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, only in shoes and shorts.
“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me he has made it. We both made it,” Koeman further recalled.
She recollected that was the culmination of  ‘two day Mt Kilimanjaro climb’  as they had planned to reach the highest summits in three days instead of usual six days through the famous Marangu  route that to her still seems like a dream.
“Reaching Uhuru Peak within two days instead of our planned three days while in only shoes and shorts through the Marangu Route as the summit is full of ‘ice’ particularly on top, to me it was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that one need to grow very old to forget,” she noted.
“I liked challenges since I was too young, I used to train sports so I’m physically fit, though I couldn’t have managed to make it to Uhuru without using the techniques that I obtained from Wim Hof methods of breathing that makes human body to multiply red cells in a human body that increases in his/her immune system hence reducing the risks of hypothermia and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), she added.
“That’s why I come to scale Mt Kilimanjaro though I didn’t climb any high mountain in my life and I appreciate myself that I made it to the Uhuru Peak with the ‘great assistance’  from Joseph Marandu alias ‘Photo’ in a Chief Tour Guide with ZARA Tanzania Adventures in collaboration with his counterparts” Ms Koeman explained. Read More

February 3, 2014 at 7:07 am Leave a comment


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