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What Tanzania Has To Offer As You Plan Your African Safari Adventure

How much do you know about the country of Tanzania, really? You may know that it is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain, and you may be aware that it is one of the absolute best places to go on African safari. But there are so many other reasons to visit Tanzania.

Whether you have always longed to visit this exquisite land in the heart of the Dark Continent or are just beginning to wonder about its secrets, here is a peek at what Tanzania has to offer.


Sitting off the coast of Tanzania’s mainland, Zanzibar is accessible by ferry, an island ideal for relaxing on white sandy beaches. Just inland is Stone Town, full of culture, and with opportunities to visit many shops and mosques. You can also take spice tours, go fishing, watch dolphins, and play water sports, because Zanzibar is more than just its beaches.

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania’s capital city is a bustling, fascinating place to visit, where you can take a tour or shop at one of the many street fairs. Wander through the National Museum for a glimpse of the country’s history, walk down Temple Road for a look at the religious temples, marvel at the Mwenge wood carver’s village to find souvenirs, and sample various street food and beverages all along the way.

Ngorongoro Crater

Marking the spot where a volcano once stood over 8 million years ago, this vast crater lies on the southeastern side of the Serengeti, covering 120 square miles. It is home to wild game and birds, a great spot to soak up more nature and extend your safari experience.

Coffee Farms

Did you know that Tanzania is the 19th largest producer of coffee in the world? Not bad for its size. Grown mostly by small farmers on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Tanzanian coffee is full of bright, berry flavors, and is a testament to the rich soil and hard work found in the region.

Cultural Safaris

If you want to learn more than the average tourist about the country of Tanzania, Zara has carefully crafted tours that include visits to “authentic” Massai villages and farming areas of Mto Wa Mbu.

Tourism has a unique role in Tanzania, in that a percentage of any trip you take is donated to charities like The Porter’s Society, local orphanages, malaria prevention projects, and others. Thus, tourism protects and preserves the country of Tanzania even as it sustains it.

Discover for yourself the matchless draw that Tanzania has for visitors from across the globe. It is like nowhere else on earth. From tallest mountain to lowest plains, a trip to Tanzania offers an enriching experience in every way.



August 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Helpful Tips As You Prepare To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

What could possibly be more thrilling than the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest walkable mountain?

Make no mistake, this journey will be hard, but so very worthwhile. Passing through 5 different climate zones before reaching an elevation of 19,341 feet, or 5,895 meters, above sea level.

So how do you get ready for such an adventure?

  1. Choose a Good Tour Operator: This is essential as Kilimanjaro can only be climbed along established routes, with an organized trek. Now you’re one step ahead, because award-winning Zara Tours is one of the best tour operators in Tanzania, with more than 25 years of experience and over 80 guides who speak English, German, and Spanish.
  2. Select a Route. There are several different routes up the mountain, taking anywhere from 5 to 11 days, varying in difficulty and cost. Longer routes give you a greater chance of success, as you have more time to acclimate to the altitude changes. Marangu and Rongai are considered less difficult, while Machame, Shira, and Limosho are harder.
  3. Plan Ahead. January-March and September-October are considered “high season”, when the weather conditions are ideal for climbing. Choose your dates and book your climb well in advance to ensure your spot.
  4. Get Into Shape. The more walking and hiking you do now, the easier you will find your hike up Kilimanjaro. Break in a pair of good hiking boots, hike in nearby hills, climb lots of stairs–anything to build up stamina and get ready. Have a basic medical check-up done as well, to make sure you are fit and healthy.
  5. Pack Carefully. Pack light while also bringing everything that you will need to deal with variations in altitude and temperature. You can also rent equipment and clothing locally if needed. Leave all important documents, passport, and credit cards at the hotel, you won’t need them on the mountain.
  6. Prepare for Altitude Change. As you reach greater heights, pace yourself, taking the Swahili “pole, pole”–slowly, slowly–well to heart. Acute Mountain Sickness comes with headaches, nausea, and disorientation, so descend if you feel any of these symptoms! Drink lots of water, ask a doctor about medicine, and confirm your guide has additional supplies.

Some recommend that climbers walk high and sleep low, taking a walk ahead of your camp before coming back down for the night.

  1. The Final Ascent. This will be the hardest part of your climb so focus on your goal and stay determined, you are almost there! Watch the sunrise, take lots of photos, and head back down the mountain before the high altitude takes its toll.
  2. Celebrate! Once you’re back down the mountain, it’s time to celebrate! You did it! Consider this an impressive accomplishment, order a drink, and then take a nap!

This climb will be a life-changing event for you, so do all you can to prepare before you begin!

August 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment


There are good reasons why Tanzania is called the Land of Wonders. Zara offers grand Safari adventures to all of Tanzania’s alluring destinations. We will give you a custom quote for any adventure you desire. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

You’ll see the diversity of wildlife, amazing landscapes and culture that Tanzania has to offer.

Safari itinerary:

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and we’ll transfer you to Springlands Hotel/ Alternative Hotel in Moshi where you will overnight in preparation for your Safari the next day.

Springlands Hotel


Day 1: Drive from Springlands Hotel Moshi to Tarangire National Park, lunch en-route. Afternoon game drives in Tarangire. This is a beautiful park filled with baobabs and acacias with a large variety of game such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, and waterbuck. All the animals enjoy the water coming from the Tarangire River. The animals are best viewed during the dry season, including elephant herds, elands, orynx, lesser kudo, leopards, lions, and cheetah. The birdlife is varied and plentiful. You can also see the very rare Roam Antelope in this park. Overnight at the High view Hotel – full board. 10835064_764813146931925_206103473392715929_oDay 2: The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is 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 backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the High view Hotel – full board.

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Day 3: The drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge takes 3 to 4 hours. Olduvai Gorge 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 same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then in the late evening, drive to and overnight at the Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages – full board. FB


IMG_3619Day 4: Early in the Morning you can do Balloon Safari and after breakfast, venture into the Serengeti’s wilderness corners for a full day of game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, take your leisure while exploring this world heritage site, where earth’s largest concentration of plain game still roams free! In the late evening, go to the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp or Serengeti Wild Camp for rest, dinner, and overnight. Full Board. (FB).


Ngorongoro crater10984238_10103091612011575_8251411885183967276_nDay 5: After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. In the late afternoon drive to Highview Hotel for Dinner and overnight. FB

Cheetah 1Day 6: The drive from the High view Hotel to Arusha National Park takes two hours. This park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes; The Park has a rich variety of wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen, the blue monkey, flamingos and more. African elephants and leopards are present, but rarely seen. Arrival at Maasai Lodge in the late afternoon, rest and relaxation at the lodge. We have a swimming pool, healing chamber and spa where the guests can relax and unwind. Dinner and overnight at Maasai Lodge Full board basis.



Day 7: Early morning wake up call with coffee and biscuits to catch the breathtaking sunrise. You will depart the lodge to visit a Maasai Boma in order to immerse yourself into the traditional Maasai Lifestyle. Not only you will experience the beauty of Tanzania natural surroundings, you will learn about the daily tasks and responsibilities of Maasai men and women to get an in-depth understanding of their traditions and customs. You will return to the lodge for brunch and experience further Maasai activities in the afternoon such as Spear throwing competition against the Maasai and a guided nature walk with a Maasai guide where you learn about the different herbs and medicinal plants still used by Maasai people as well as more traditions and culture of the Maasai. Return to the lodge in the evening to prepare for a festive Maasai dinner where Maasai Men will grill a goat on the fireplace while the women prepare the side dishes. You will get a chance to chat with the Maasai and ask any questions about their lifestyle and culture. After Dinner the festivities traditionally continue well into the morning hours. Overnight at Maasai Lodge.




Live like a maasai – for one whole day in your life.

We also can suggest the Special Maasai Day for those who wish to have a hand on experience of the Maasai traditions and culture.

You will be wake up early in the morning to be dressed like a maasai, go for goat and cow milking experience in one of the maasai settlement near to the lodge. 
After a late brunch men will collect healing plants, slaughter a goat and prepare the goat on the fireplace. Women look for firewood, repair maasai houses
and experience the challenges of the life of maasai. Finish the evening with a special goat fire celebration and dances. During the whole day you will be accompanied by one of our maasai guide who will explain you the deeper meaning of maasai life.

An experience you will never forget!

Costs: USD $ 200 for two persons.

DAY 8: You will be provided with the transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport Or Beginning of trip to Zanzibar to Explore the Coastal Island of Zanzibar at affordable price.

4 Sail Terrace

1 person = US $ 3595
2 – 6 people = US $ 2086 per person
7 – 14 people = US $ 1935 per person
15 or more people = US 1895 per person

Single supplement US $ 605

Price includes:

  • Accommodation with full board during safari.
  • All park fees.
  • Transportation with driver-guide during safari (All vehicles are 4×4 with viewing roofs).
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee.
  • Spear Throwing competition against the Maasai.
  • Nature Walk with the Maasai.
  • Sunrise Donkey Ride.

Price excludes:

  • Transfer to/from airport.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Extra activities (hot air balloon safari, Maasai village visit, guided nature walks).
  • Tips for your driver-guide during safari.
  • Visa fees & travel insurance.
  • Emergency evacuation cover.
  • Optional: Live like a maasai – for one whole day in your life

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August 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment


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