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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.

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


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