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AMERICAN CITIZENS GET MARRIED ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

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This is how it started…narrates Kara Lee: “Sometime back during the last Christmas in Minnesota, United States of  America, we had an engagement event with my hubby Richard Miller and committed ourselves that the wedding event must be done on the roof top of Africa and this is none other than Kilimanjaro Mountain”.

 

Thereafter, the duo started planning for this historic and unique event by raising money for their trip to Tanzania and in particular Kilimanjaro Mountain. They also informed their relatives about their plan to have their wedding on Mount Kilimanjaro of which they got the green light from them.

 

They arrived in the country last week and started their seven day Kilimanjaro expedition through Machame route on 20th September, 2014 and spend an overnight at Machame Hut waiting eagerly for their wedding on the following day.  Zara Tours Company based in Moshi, organized the Kilimanjaro climb.

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At Shira Cave where they arrived at around 12:00pm from Machame Hut, other Kilimanjaro climbers were excitedly waiting for this event, which was the talk of the day on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Pastor Aloyce Mbugi from Tanzania Assemblies of God Victory Christian Centre in Arusha started the church service intended to bring together Richard Miller and Kara Lee as wife and husband. The pastor said that good foundation of having a good nation started at the family level and urged the new couple and other invitees to live by that principle.

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Escorted by their witnesses Ansigar Mtandika and Neema Njau, the newly expected couple went towards the altar where the marriage oath was taken.

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The groom Richard Miller is seen putting the wedding ring on the bride Kara Lee on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Kara Lee from today onwards you are my beloved wife, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Richard while putting a wedding ring on the finger of his new wife.
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Kara Lee places the wedding ring on her new husband on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Richard Lee from today onwards you are my beloved husband, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Kara while also putting the wedding ring on the finger of her new husband.

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It is now time to have wedding cake on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right), the Director of Zara Tours (middle), the porters and guides are singing and dancing for the new couple.  Celebrating the first marriage to ever take place on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is also known as the “Roof of Africa”.  Afterwards there was champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and finally a buffet for the new couple and all other invitees.  This ended the three hour wedding event.

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Champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and a buffet for everyone.

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Reading the wedding card signed by everyone at Zara Tours

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The newly married couple pauses for a photo holding the wedding certificate and a wedding card, with flowers.

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Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right) and TANAPA’s Corporate Communications Manager Pascal Shelutete (second left) poses in a picture with the newly married couple at Shira Cave shortly after they exchanged vows on Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Richard and Kara spent their first night as husband and wife in their tent on the great mountain. Today they are continuing with their Kilimanjaro climb up to Baranco point and they are expected to summit on the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro on 24th September, 2014 and descending out at Mweka Gate on 25th September, 2014.

“They look energetic and determined to reach the peak and I believe they will make it” remarked Teophil Karia, their guide from Zara Tours who organized the climb.

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ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps.  Zara has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.

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September 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

TTB GOODWILL AMBASSADOR TO RAISE $300,000 TO END POLIO

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Fifty-four-year-old Macon Dunnagan recently descended from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro for the 35th time, a remarkable feat, after leading a group of nine Rotarians from different Rotary Clubs in the US for an expedition aimed at raising funds to end polio worldwide.

A Goodwill Ambassador for the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in 2013, Dunnagan said: “In this year’s expedition we expect to raise $300,000 that will go directly to the Rotary International End Polio Now project.

After the Mt Kilimanjaro charity expedition, dubbed ‘Mt Kilimanjaro 2014 Climb to end Polio Now,’ Dunnagan commented:  “Tough, it’s my 35th time to scale Mt Kilimanjaro to the top; I’m now feeling very glad as I managed to lead the group for the cause.”

Speaking with The Guardian on Sunday in an exclusive interview at Marangu Gate, this week Dunnagan, a native of North Carolina, said they started their 2014 charity climb through Rongai route led by Edwin Kilawe and fellow professional guides from ZARA Tanzania Adventures.

In 2012, climbers raised over $106,000 for the same cause whereby 100 per cent of the contributions go to the Rotary International End Polio Now project.

A Tanzania Tourist Board official who was among those receiving the expedition Augustina Makoye said Dunnagan continues to prove that age is not a factor, as he climbs to the “Roof of Africa,” the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet above sea level.

Asked why he climbs the same mountain over and over again, Dunnagan replied cheerfully: “I enjoy taking other people up the Kilimanjaro and giving them an appreciation for the mountain, what it is, the environment and the people of Tanzania.”

At 54, he serves as an inspiration for others as he still has climbs scheduled through 2017, already holding the Kilimanjaro National Park Record for climbing the most summits in one month.

Recently, he broke a record for making the most Kilimanjaro summits in one month when he climbed four times in 28 days.

Dunnagan made his first ascent in February 1999 with little mountain climbing experience and is yet to look back. He has since become a Kilimanjaro specialist and expedition director for Zara Tanzania Adventures, a Tanzanian tour company based in Moshi.

In 2013, the Tanzania Tourist Board named him Goodwill Ambassador of Tourism for Tanzania.

Two years later, in 2005, his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and succumbed to the disease in August, 2007. He has since dedicated a number of his climbs to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and treatment by partnering with Ovarian Cancer Canada’s “Expedition of Hope.”

Dunnagan is also an author. Sons of Kilimanjaro is his debut novel that details the summit of four men up Mt Kilimanjaro, the individual reasons they have for climbing it and the lessons they learned along the way.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa that is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28 percent of the land protected by the government, the largest percentage of any country in the world.

The Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Chief Park Warden, Erastus Lufungulo praised Dunnagan’s role in promoting Tanzania’s tourism sector worldwide, particularly in the US.

“This man is really a goodwill tourism ambassador of Tanzania in the US”.

September 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Taking Three Generations to the Top – Age Is No Boundary When Conquering Kili

A 76 year old grandfather reached the summit of Kilimanjaro with his son and young grand-daughter, 57 years his junior. He revealed the secret of his success to Tanzania’s leading businesswoman Zainab A. Ansell, who thought she’d seen it all.

When you’re in the business of hosting thousands of travellers as they set off for the summit of one of the world’s most famous mountains, you’d think you’d seen it all. Yet for Zainab A. Ansell, there’s always something new and inspiring on the horizon. (more…)

September 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Kilimanjaro: The First Ascent

German missionary and explorer Johannes Rebmann is credited as the first European to discover Kilimanjaro. Though his discovery was published in 1849 it was disregarded as a mere tale. The Geographical Society of London scoffed at the idea that there was a snow capped mountain in those latitudes and chalked it all up to a malaria-stricken missionary. (more…)

September 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

Tours in Tanzania: 10 Incredible Sites on Kilimanjaro

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing tours in Tanzania—and the entire world—is the trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Standing tall at 19,341 feet above sea level, this mountain offers climbers an unforgettable adventure crossing five ecological zones in a spectacular ascent to reach the highest point of Africa. Here is a list of 10 incredible sites this mountain has to offer: (more…)

September 5, 2014 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours Announces Opening of Newest Mobile Adventure Camp – The Serengeti Wildebeest Camp

Zara Tours, currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country, is pleased to announce the official opening of its newest mobile adventure camp, the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp, in the central part of Serengeti National Park from July 15-October 31, 2014.

Featuring 10 spacious, self-contained private tents – each equipped with private showers and toilets – the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp provides guests with comfortable and unforgettable firsthand experiences of the wildlife, landscapes, natural wonders, and the exciting atmosphere of one of Tanzania’s most famous National Parks and game reserves. Other notable features include:

  • Dining & Bar Activities: From sundowner cocktails to bush meals at a private site, Serengeti Wildebeest Camp’s multi-cuisine restaurant provides a memorable dining experience.
  • Activities: Sunrise/sundowner game drives, hot air balloon and/or walking safaris, nature walks, cultural tours & dances, bird watching, and more!
  • Business Services: Internet access, Wi-Fi, and telephone services are available.

With over 27 years of experience along with multiple highly-recognized, award-winning accommodations facilities, Zara Tours has proven expertise with the Tanzanian environment, its communities, and its exciting tourist destinations. To learn more about the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp and/or other Zara Tours offerings, please contact Zara’s Publicity & Marketing Department at +225-784-451-000

About ZARA TOURS

ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and three tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.

September 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

AMERICAN SENATORS VISIT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – TANZANIA

Five American Senators have started a two days visit in Serengeti National Park as part of the official program in the country. The delegation led by the Senator of Michigan Ms. Debbie Stabenow who is also the Chairperson of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will have an opportunity to witness firsthand the vital role of conservation and good natural resources management in promoting sustainable economic development. (more…)

September 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment


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