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GROUP EMBARKS ON CLIMBING MT KILIMANJARO FOR 36 HOURS

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A group of 18 Mount Kilimanjaro trekkers under the leadership of the World’s Record holder – Wim Hof ‘Iceman’ has today started to climb the mountain with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) in 36 hours while wearing shoes and shorts only.

DSCF9431In an exclusive interview with The Guardian over the weekend in Moshi, Hof who has 25 Guinness Records explained that they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro using the famous route under the guidance of a Moshi based tourism company – ZARA Tanzania Adventures.
“Early last year I guided a group of 25 Mount Kilimanjaro trekkers who managed to make it to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 metres) and Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) within 48 hours… they were also wearing shoes and shorts only,” he explained.
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He said the key challenge is to maintain control of the body under extreme conditions as the freezing temperature at the summit can range between 18-26 centigrade and reach the summit at nearly six thousand metres in only 36 hours (instead of the usual days 6).
“The climbing speed we are using does not give the body time to acclimatise,” he explained.
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Hof noted that on the first day they will climb 3,800 metres and the following day they will scale the mountain up to 4,700 metres and on the last day climb all the way to the top of the mountain.
He added that the crew will have to maintain control of mind and body while dealing with the major risks of hypothermia and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Hof has won 25 World records including climbing the World’s highest mountain, Mt Everest in an empty chest, run a marathon beyond the Poler Cycle and swimming under the Ice (after making holes) among many others.
“However, these capabilities are not unique to me and in fact, I have achieved similar encouraging results with many patients with auto-immune diseases of joints such as Arthritis and Rheumatism as well as nerves and muscles such as ALS and Myasthenia Gravis,” he said.
One of the climbers, Leon Leijten from Holland explained that the project’s goal is to show that anyone can accomplish such an extraordinary world record.
He added that given the global interest for this challenge, an international documentary will be produced so that everyone is able to follow closely the crew’s journey on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hof has been working with documentary producers from the BBC, Discovery Channel and the National Geographic for quite some time.
“The latest documentary on his extraordinary performances in Iceland will be a great success. And the entire journey will be filmed for a full-length feature documentary on how to stay In Control on Kilimanjaro,” Leijten pointed out.
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For her part, ZARA Tanzania Adventures Managing Director, Zainab Ansell said: “We are very happy to host such a unique group. Apart from Mount Kilimanjaro we are also marketing other tourist destinations available in the country.
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( Hof and the team visit kilimanjaro Orphanage centre in moshi)
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( Group shot at Zara’s Springlands Hotel in Moshi)
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( Get ready for kili climb)
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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. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four 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 also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

January 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

ZARA TOURS, ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL BEGIN “THE ASSURED TANZANITE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE”.

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Zara Tours, one of the largest and most well respected outfitters in Tanzania has announced that it will begin “The Assured Tanzanite Shopping Experience”.

Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It is found in only one place on earth, deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  It is a wonderful blue colour surrounded by a hint of purple and it is considered at least one thousand times rarer than a diamond based on its single source and limited supply. Due to its unusual aura and with the backing of New York jewelers, Tiffany & Co.,  Tanzanite has rapidly become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world.

“Our clients come to Tanzania in expectation our Safaris/Kilimanjaro and journeys on to Zanzibar but also of shopping for and buying Tanzanite for a long term keepsake of their adventure to this wonderful Country” said Zainab Ansell, President of Zara Tours. “After listening to our clients’ needs we understood that there would be a benefit to our clients to shop for Tanzanite while in Moshi, giving them a truly relaxing, enjoyable shopping experience in a quiet peaceful setting with a certified and well respected local dealer of this gemstone”. She went on to say “ Our clients can contact us at any time before or after they arrive and at their convenience we would set up a time to meet with the Gemologist and in a no pressure atmosphere, they can look over a wide variety of Tanzanite stones and with no obligation to purchase”.

We, at Zara Tours, continue to find ways to enhance our clients’ experience while in Tanzania and we feel sure that this shopping experience will be one of the many wonderful memories when they return home.  contact Zara tours

Email: zara@zaratours.com

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. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four 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 also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

January 10, 2015 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

MOUNT KILIMANJARO PORTERS SOCIETY (MKPS) MISSION, VISION, FUTURE PROGRAMS READY TO FULFIL WITH YOUR HELP:

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1. Mount Kilimanjaro cleaning Project
Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour to Clean-up Mountain, Preserve for Future Generations
Tanzania, Africa – Twice a year, ZARA TOURS, a Tanzanian tour company, hosts a volunteer-based climb to help clean up Mount Kilimanjaro. The next opportunity to join this unique effort is April 25, 2015 & 1st – 7th of October 2015 (Machame Route)

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This Kilimanjaro hiking tour involves a six day trek along one of the most popular routes on the mountain: Machame. Climbers will spend no more than seven hours a day cleaning up debris as they go. It’s all part of the government’s solid waste management initiative, aimed at preserving the mountain climate and usability for future generations.
Additionally, they have passed a pack-in, pack-out rule where all climbers must take all the supplies and trash they produce with them when they leave. This has minimized ongoing pollution on the mountain, but considering there are three staff members to every climber, this is part of an ongoing, collaborative effort to improve conditions on the mountain passes.
ZARA TOURS offers willing volunteers a 15% discount on the cost of their trip. Climbers also get an added incentive of watching their money help those in need in Tanzania – 20% of the proceeds go to Zara Charity, an organization that helps support orphan welfare, porter services, and women’s rights and education, among other charitable interests.
Collaborations like these will keep Tanzania beautiful and its communities thriving. Come be part of making a tangible difference in the world-at-large. Continue to replace negative impacts with positive ones to achieve sustainability.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROJECT;
The area which surrounds the source of Springlands covers the total area of 5
Hectors and the place have the scarcity of 2,000 trees and up to now we have covered the total number of 800 trees. With the remaining of 1,200trees, it’s due to this needs that we have decided as the MKPS to collaborate with the local community in the whole process of training on the importance of environmental conservation and planting 1,000 trees which will help to
Compact the nature and the services provided by the place.

EDUCATION & TRAINING PROJECT
This project supports porters who climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru due to the fact that most of the porters are low income earners and they have low or no education at all, so the project is aimed at improving the living and working conditions of those porters, especially by providing them the following:

Free education during the low season, such as health education e.g. MALARIA and HIV/AIDS, financial management education, mountain sickness education, environmental conservation education and English.

As of late, all porters have their own bank account and bank card, which will help them to handle their money better; due to this, some of the porters pursue their own businesses, can afford to build their own houses, pay their bills and are taking care of their families in terms of basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes and education material. In terms of environmental education we have started and partly finished several tree planting projects around Moshi and Karatu (Highview Hotel) in order to raise awareness on environmental problems and to give employment to the porters during the low season.

HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Today, most porters at Mount Kilimanjaro (and ALL porters of ZARA!) are members of the Society and can benefit from various resources such as language classes, classes in environmentally sustainable tourism, healthcare and first-aid classes, training in providing customer services, classes to know their rights, legal advise, assistance in micro-finances to improve their family’s living conditions and guarantee a proper education of their children, year-round employment possibilities, and access to an affordable equipment and clothing store.
MICRO –FINANCE PROJECT
Porters are poorly lacking behind. This can be traced back to their burden of a traditional inferior role within their community. However, porters strongly need some simple skills for example in accounting to improve quality of service, their businesses. This claimed improvement shall be achieved by providing the proper with education and very necessary basic skills in order to empower them and help them to rise above their restricted and superior positions in their communities and society in general. They shall be able to grant their own living, to improve their living standards and most of all to be independent. The vocational training center could support the porters in providing them with proper skills. Moreover, health education in general and particularly about the topics of Aids, Money Management and shall be covered by the Training center as well.

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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. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four 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 also runs ZARACharity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

January 7, 2015 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

HE SCALED MT KILIMANJARO 35 TIMES, BURIED HIS WIFE ON ROOFTOP

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The North Carolina native, Macon Dunnagan (R) posses for a photo with the writer of this feature
The government initiative in promoting Tanzanian potentials in the US has registered remarkable achievements after a 54-year old American for the 35th time descended from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m ASL), Africa’s tallest free standing mountain for the cause.

The North Carolina native, Macon Dunnagan, continues to prove that age is not a factor as he did his 35th climb to the “Roof of Africa”, Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro, and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 5,895m above the Sea level (19,341 feet) where he claims to ‘bury’ the remains of his late wife!

Recently, he broke a record for making the most Kilimanjaro summits in one month when he climbed four times in 28 days. At 54 years old, he serves as an inspiration for others as he still has climbs scheduled through 2017.

Dunnagan made his first ascent in February 1999 with little hiking and no mountain climbing experience and has 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 Dunnagan as a Goodwill Ambassador of Tourism for Tanzania.
Speaking with Guardian in exclusive interview at Marangu gate on mid-September 2014 during his 35th expedition when ascending from the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro-Uhuru Peak (5,895 m ASL), Dunnagan explained that he felt superior as he managed to lead a group of nine Rotarians from different Rotary Clubs in the United States of America to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds to end up polio worldwide.

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

In 2005, his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she 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 treatments by partnering with ovarian cancer expedition of hope.

“I do remember, before my beloved wife passed away, she insisted me to bury her on top of Mt Kilimanjaro. So in 1999 when I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro from the first time I came with some ‘dusts of the remains’ of my wife’s body and burry it on top of Mt Kilimanjaro…” Dunnagan explained exclusively.

According to him, he has also “tackled” polio, bringing new awareness through his summits in collaboration with Rotary District 7680’s “End Polio Now.”

Though only a few countries still feel the effects of polio, Dunnagan believes it’s important to continue with eradication efforts until the disease is extinct. He has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both causes and will continue to do so for as long as possible.

In addition to his mountain climbing skills, Dunnagan is also a published author. Sons of Kilimanjaro are his debut novel and it details the summit of four men up Mt Kilimanjaro.

Commenting on the ‘uniqueness’ of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Macon Dunnagan explains “Though it’s my 35 time to scale Mt Kilimanjaro to the top, I’m now feeling very glad as I managed to lead a group of nine Rotarians who scaled Mt Kilimanjaro for the cause…,” he boasted.

He recalls that last year’s Mt Kilimanjaro charity expeditions dubbed ‘Mt Kilimanjaro 2014 Climb to end Polio Now’ started scaling up the mountain on Monday of September 8, 2014 and descend on Saturday of September 13, this year.

According to Dunnagan, in last year’s expedition, they had expected to raise a total of USD 300,000 that would go directly to the Rotary International End Polio Now project.

“In 2012, the climbers raised over USD106, 000 to help end polio whereby 100 per cent of the contributions will go directly to the Rotary International End Polio Now project…” they explained.

He said they started their 2014 Mt Kilimanjaro charity climb through Rongai route under the guidance of the professional Mt Kilimanjaro tour guides from ZARA Tanzania Adventures including Edwin Kilawe.

An official from the Tanzania Tourist Board who was among the people who officially received the expedition Augustina Makoye explained that a report from Karen Hoffman, President of the Bradford Group based in the US who is also the Tanzania Tourist Board representative noted that he will climb the mountain to attract more travelers to Tanzania to see the country’s exceptional blend of scenery of wildlife and human culture.

According to her, Macon Dunnagan, continues to prove that age is not a factor as he plans his 35th climb to the “Roof of Africa”, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet.

When asked why Dunnagan climbs the same mountain over and over again, he replied “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.”

Elaborating on Tanzania, he said, 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.

Presently it boasts of 16 national parks and 32 game reserves, 50 game controlled areas, one special conservation area (the Ngorongoro) and three marine parks.

It is home to the Serengeti, to the “Great Animal Migration” that was named the New 7th Wonder of the World by USA Today and ABC TV’s Good Morning America, the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “Eden of Africa” and the “Eighth Wonder of the World.

Others include Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, Selous, the world’s largest Game Reserve, Ruaha, now the second largest National Park in Africa, the Spice Islands of Zanzibar, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people with rich history and diverse blend of cultures are warm and friendly. Tanzania is an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically elected and stable government.

For his part, the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Chief Park Warden, Erastus Lufungulo recommended the role played by Dunnagan in the tourism sector of Tanzania worldwide, particularly in the US.

“This man deserves to be named as a goodwill tourism ambassador of Tanzania in the US as he played a big role in the sector worldwide…” he explained.

He also recommended the role played by the Rotary Clubs worldwide in various community development activities.

For her part, the Managing Director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures (Zara Tours company) Zainab Ansell said that her company was established in 1987, and currently the leading Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country.

She added that through Macon Dunnagan expeditions Tanzania will have more tourism potentials in the US and the America in general.
It is home to the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt Kilimanjaro; The Serengeti, home to the “Great Animal Migration” that was named the James Lanka is a Science and Environmental Journalist based in Moshi-Kilimanjaro Tanzania.

January 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

THE HEART OF GIVING!

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In year 2014, ZARA Tanzania Adventures has been able to exponentially expand its reach and give back to community to thousands of people across our country through ZARA Charity in many ways. On behalf of all the people, partners and volunteers who  positively impacted by our message and resources, thank you to our supportive clients and sponsors for helping to provide malaria awareness (Project Ngorongoro Marathon), education (ProjectNgorongoro Maasai Pre-School), and hope to those in need through Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center in Moshi and others.

Our goal for 2015 year-beginning campaign, is to raise $40,000 to cover running and operational cost for 45 enrolled Maasai kids at Ngorongoro Pre-school. Also for the purpose of expanding our outreach, grow our community, increase awareness of malaria, develop and distribute our multi-platform children development and women empowerment we are launching ‘eCAMPAIGN’ Initiative in 2015,[Explore-Excite-Empower]. We can’t do it without your help. Will you make a gift of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet this goal? Yes, every dollar counts. No gift is too small. Thank you. Click here to make your donation now!

We need your help to move forward.

We simply can’t do it without you. Your support and generosity helps children and families in need, to grow and thrive, to be better people, and better parents. Please, click below to make your donation now.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

January 3, 2015 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

OVER 120 CLIENTS CELLEBRATE THE NEW YEAR “2015” WITH ZARA TOURS AT HIGH VIEW HOTEL.

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Fire has always, throughout human history, been at the Centre of communities. People gather around the fire and talk or sing or connect.

ZARA 5ZARA Tanzania Adventures Is dedicated to ensure all clients gets the best service and hospitality mixed with TanzanianAfrican culture such as Maasai barbecue well prepared in front of you while sitting at the fire place. Traveling through Tanzania you will experience different and unique features from any of ZARA properties. As it is for most of us a barbecue won’t make the most of it without variety of cocktails including but not limited to; Campari orange, absolute tequila, Acapulco, black dog, gin fizz, margarita, daiquiri, bloody Mary, black Russian and Highview rum’s without neglecting special consideration for non-alcoholic users (pink juices).

Leila Ansell, have issued New Year messages as ZARA Tanzania Adventures celebrates the New Year eve, accompanied with fireworks.

Together with the family of Ansell who are the founders of the company, with over 120 guests had a spectacular moment crossing 2014 to 2015. It was an amazing dinner with celebrations held at High view Hotel among Zara Properties.
“This is the season for new beginnings, to forgive and to forget giving hopes for the future,” she said. “And ZARA Tanzania Adventures is ready for a new beginning.

“As this New Year dawns, we have the chance to change direction; a chance to build a recovery for all. This year, we have the power to bring about the change all over. This isn’t about idle dreams or empty promises. It’s about a real, concrete plan: a plan for a recovery which reaches your happiness and desires.”

Zainab Ansell, known as Mama ZARA, and his devoted husband, Rogers Ansell (Papa) also take their moment and enlighten the dancing floor among many other tourists. However, ZARA Tours is known by most Tanzanians through its impacts to community apart from tourism and hospitality business. In supporting Millennium Development Goal and Post-2015 Development Agenda, they are in a front-line through ZARA Charity. Celebrating New Year’s festival with the clients and volunteers was an important moment to remember 2014 and start new beginnings in 2015.

“…Spiced with a live band, gifts raffles, and African-Tanzanian buffet we are happy and feel like never before,” says Catarina, among tourists.

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January 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

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