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MACON LEADS CLIMB OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO TO HELP END POLIO NOW

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TANZANIA, AFRICA – Members and climbers from around the world will climb Mount Kilimanjaro with skilled guide Macon Dunnagan in June and August to raise funds for End Polio Now.

Tanzanian Honorary Tourism Ambassador Macon has climbed to the top of ‪Mount Kilimanjaro 36 times and holds the record of 4 climbs in 28 days. He has often helped organizations and clubs like Rotary’s End Polio Now and Ovarian Cancer Canada plan Kilimanjaro fundraising climbs, lending his expertise to help climbers make a difference.

June 22-27 and August 2-7 of 2015, Macon will be returning to climb Kilimanjaro for the 37th and 38th time. The two groups will travel 54 miles to the top over a period of 6 days, and will raise money for the fight against polio around the world.

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Climbers and Rotarians around the world are challenged to take this opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience while helping to eradicate a globally devastating disease. Funds raised will be given to the World Health Organization for polio immunization, surveillance, and research.

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When he’s not scaling mountains to save lives, Macon is a safari guide for the Serengeti Ngorongoro Crater and presents at travel shows about climbing Kilimanjaro and going on safari. He has acted as guide for many of Zara Tours successful Kilimanjaro climbs.

For more information about this tour please follow the link bellow https://www.zaratours.com/sp…/climb-with-macon-dunnagan.html and/or Email: zara@zaratours.com

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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.

April 23, 2015 at 6:28 am Leave a comment

10 Lessons to Learn from Kilimanjaro

There are many reasons people travel from around the world to climb Kilimanjaro. Here are 10 of the many lessons you will learn along the way.

  1. The mountain is king. There’s a reason that only half of the 35,000 tourists who try to climb Kilimanjaro each year are successful. Forget everything you think you know about how to eat, walk, breathe, or drink water. The mountain will dictate your actions, and you must treat the unfamiliar territory with respect.
  2. The guide is the master. With dozens to hundreds of successful climbs, the guides know the mountain better than anyone. Leading you, advising you, watching and encouraging you, your guide will make it possible for you to reach the top.
  3. It is a team effort. As you climb, dozens of Tanzanian porters will be there to support and help you along the way, along with your fellow climbers. Because no amount of training and preparation can fully prepare you to climb a mountain like Kilimanjaro.
  4. Focus on the goal. Look up ahead for a moment at a time and visualize where you are going. It may seem increasingly daunting, but it will continue to be a worthy goal, one to be proud of seeking.
  5. Take it step-by-step. But when the mountain looks too far and too high and you feel sure you will never make it, keep your head down and think only of the next few steps.
  6. How to breathe. Climbing from sea level to 13,000, 15,000, 19,000 feet means learning to breathe a lot differently. Guides will show you deep-breathing techniques that can see you through the climb–and even add relaxation to your life when you return.
  7. Don’t worry about the stink. Days without showers? Check. No running water? Check. Liberate yourself from the constraints of your daily life and just welcome the freedom.
  8. Embrace being technology free. When was the last time you turned off your phone? Or refrained from checking email or social media sites at any free moment? Enjoy real conversation and distraction-free relaxation to appreciate the lack of technology as you already appreciate the thing itself.
  9. ‘Pole, pole’. A refrain often heard going up the mountain, ‘pole’ is the Swahili word for ‘go slow’. Guides and porters whisper it as you climb, reminding you that slow and steady is the best way to acclimate to thin air and low temperatures.
  10. It’s all about the journey. After the long days of anticipation and all the hard work it takes to get there, many climbers only remain on the summit for a matter of minutes, due largely to the dizzying altitude. So savor every step of the way, the good and the bad, and celebrate each milestone you reach.

Kilimanjaro is considered the mildest climb of the seven summits of the world, and one that can be climbed by even inexperienced hikers. So don’t put off the greatest experience of your lifetime, plan your Tanzania visit now.

April 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Tanzania in the News: Defeating Drought

Tanzania has experienced chronic drought for the past several years now, threatening the economy and landscape with extreme lack of water. Around 80% of people in Tanzania rely on rain fed agriculture for their livelihood, leaving the well being of many vulnerable with continued lack of rain.

So now, farmers and animal herders are taking steps to build a better system for their country, changing many of the ways they have worked for centuries in order to protect their future.

Drip Irrigation

This methodical approach to watering crops takes far less time and energy than other systems, as well as requiring less actual water to supply sufficient moisture to the plants. This technology has cut water use by around 75 percent in many areas, in addition to the lesser amount of water lost to evaporation.

New laws also allow farmers to expand their planting onto government-controlled land provided they use irrigation sustainably, adding further benefits to sustainable water practices.

Changing Crops

Many regions have chosen to switch their fields from common rice paddies to crops that require less water, such as vegetables, maize, potatoes, and beans. This added variety can add dimension to both cash and food crop as well as increase odds for a successful harvest.

Planting Trees

The acacia tree is ideal for helping ease the impact of drought for goat. Commonly seen across the savannah, these trees produce seeds even with low water. Goats will eat these seeds, and so these trees are essential for the many Maasai who raise goats for their milk and for their meat.

Drought Resistant Seeds

Getting seeds to grow into crops can be at the center of all drought-driven food problems. The Tanzanian Commissions for Science and Technology, has several teams of scientists who are working on promising projects to combat rainless years, one such success being drought resistant seeds. These seeds have moved from the research stage to the actual production level, and actually produce more than twice the harvest than traditional seeds, particularly when used with a drip irrigation system.

By innovating animal raising and crop cultivation as they have always known it, the people of Tanzania can build the means to withstand these years of drought while still providing food and money to their families.

Come and see the thriving land of Tanzania for yourself, stroll down the streets of cities and venture out into the great wild. Rain or shine, Tanzania remains home to many of the world’s most beautiful views and creatures.

April 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment


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