Archive for September, 2015

Taking The Adventure Of A Lifetime

For many people, the prospect of just traveling to see new places either in country or internationally can be an exciting prospect for life enrichment through experience.  Ultimately, as people become more familiar with moving outside of their own comfort zone, they are also able to gain wider perspectives on life as well as rediscover purpose.

Of course, certain travel plans or destinations can greatly enhance the overall experience, and exotic places with rare geographical formations and regional wildlife also contribute to the choice of destination.  African safari tours can be the ideal way to plan a personal or family vacation that is not soon to be forgotten.

Different Ways To Explore Nature

One of the amazing things about embarking on an African safari tour, is that travelers in current times have far more options for the manner in which they conduct their vacation.  Solo travelers, or peer groups that are traveling together, will sometimes opt for more traditional experiences with a Tanzania safari.  This can include choices such as:

  • Spending nights out in the bush
  • Photo tracking animals for several days
  • Taking a more survivalist approach to the excursion

Although this may seem very minimalist to the more refined traveler, many visitors greatly enjoy these types of African safari tours, especially as it affords the benefit of really getting to observe and study wildlife, as well as get a real feel for what Tanzania offers as a unique geographical and ecological environment.

Tours that may seem more minimalist in accommodations, however, are still well equipped for safety and survival methods, which means that visitors can still feel the thrill of a safari, but with much less concern over accidents and danger.  This approach is also highly popular with many eco-tourists and even photography students.

Vacations that range from luxurious to survivalist are all options for African safari tours, and can gain the interest of travelers from all walks of life.  These types of explorations also appeal to a deeper sense that many people have of wanting to both see and experience more than their own environments have to offer.  In taking a Tanzania safari, travelers can make a bold leap from familiar destination spots to exotic locales.

This can also make it very important for travelers to fully research their trip destination and itinerary, in order to determine whether this leap to the unknown still fits with personal needs and desires for taking an African safari tour.

September 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

A Modern Perspective On Tourism

As overall global relations between individuals are increased via internet access and social networking, there has also been a significant shift in the perspectives that people take on tourism.  At present, many views can greatly influence decision to travel, but changes in how tourism is directed to benefit both travelers and native populations have also created significant benefits in encouraging travel.

African safari tours based out of Tanzania have exhibited some of the strongest results, which has also encouraged more visitors to stay, explore, and even participate in community events for support and fundraising.  As a result, significant advances in the community have been made in regards to:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Disease research
  • Population resources

This also illustrates how different approaches to tourism and a Tanzania safari can facilitate long term benefits to communities and travelers.

The Importance Of A Home Base

For many of our visitors who are new to the idea of an African safari tour, the environment and the local can definitely cause a sense of trepidation, but only because these aspects are so foreign.  To this end, having a home base such as  a luxury hotel and ease this initial anxiety, and can also let travelers know that they always have a familiar space to return to.

However, even in having a comfortable home base, part of the reason tourists will opt for a Tanzania safari is to experience the unknown and the exotic.  As a result, luxury hotels will also provide sound itineraries that can include:

  • Living like a Massai for a day
  • Balloon rides over the Serengeti
  • Actual ride through safaris
  • Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Participating in fundraisers and marathons within the community
  • Touring the market in Zanzibar

Options such as this will also let visitors have the dual experience of familiarity and comfort in traditional hotel accommodations, as well as getting closer to nature and truly seeing the full splendor of the land.

Changing Lives

For both tourists and the general community, visitors who decide to adventure on African safari tours are truly helping to change lives for the better.  Visitors gain life changing experiences through their interactions with wildlife and nature, as well as the expanded perspective on people and life.  For the community, the contributions and especially the participation that tourists offer, make a manifest change for resources and a more sustainable community.

September 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment


2Jackson Garner (19), an unsighted student from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom (UK) has something to smile and proud of he managed to reach at a top Mt Kilimanjaro representing a cause for blinds and other disabled people.

As Jackson recalls it was around 7.30am on September 1, 2015 after a breath taking two and half hour slow walk from Stella Point that he managed to reach Uhuru Peak (5,895metres, above sea level) of Mt Kilimanjaro which is also famously known as the ‘Roof of Africa’!

“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my fellow students from Birmingham and Kent Universities; then some 15minutes or so later turning I saw them coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me he has made it!” the totally blind student explained cheerfully with tears of joy during the exclusive interviews at the Zara’s Springlands hotel in Moshi.

5He recollected that he was the culmination of “our six day Mt Kilimanjaro climb” through the Machame route that to him still seems like a dream. “Reaching Uhuru peak was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that one’s need to grow old first to forget,” he noted

“I do like the challenge that’s why I come to scale Mt Kilimanjaro though I’m totally blind and I’m very much appreciative myself that I made it to the Uhuru peak with the ‘great assistance’ from Innocent Thadei, a professional Chief Mountain Tour Guide with Zara Tanzania Adventures and his assistant Shaffi Daffa.” Garner further explained during the interviews.

According to Garner he dreamed of scaling Mt Kilimanjaro for a long time to prove to the world that ‘Anything is Possible if you like’ and that the disabled can do if assisted.

“I used to climb some hill in the UK and when we formed this group dubbed ‘Choose a Challenge for Charity ‘under the UK based charity organization called Meningitis Research Foundation; some of my fellow students thought I can’t made it to the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak) due to my disability (blindness), but I thank God that I made it to Uhuru Peak after a good assistance from Innocent Thadei and Shaffi Daffa from ZARA Tanzania Adventures who were very patient and to me. They assisted me very much to fulfill my dream and next time I will come to scale again the highest peak of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro……” the totally blind University student explained with the tears of Joy.

When he landed in Moshi, all climbers were lodged at Springlands Hotel located in Pasua area; one of Zara Tanzania Adventures facility.

We were introduced to ZARA Tour Guide, Innocent Thadei and received detailed briefing on the actual climb, and prepared for the first hike early next day Machame.

At dawn on September 6, 2015, we left the hotel in one Zara Adventures minibuses for a ride to Machame Gate. After formalities which included registration for each climber a flag-off function was organized for our expedition.

The first day trek was tough by all measures. “Walking the some seven kilometers from Machame Gate to Shira was beyond my expectation and that of my fellow climbers….. I arrived totally exhausted. I was in fact feeling ill, wishing to go back and return to London for good.”

However, the expedition Tour Guide (Innocent) in fact managed to cajole me to move on during the second and each of the following days.

However, the real examination came on the 10th September, 2015 when the expedition was summiting. We left Barafu Camp where we arrived earlier in the afternoon at 10pm to start the most daring climb to Stella Point and ultimately Uhuru was freezing cold and at Barafu winds were blowing crazily.

The climb was very slow and the chief guide called for constant breathing breaks. I felt my body aching all over, air was thinner and waliking with a torch on the forehead was tricky. At times I find myself sleeping but the requirement was to keep on waliking ahead and more so above.

At dawn our expedition managed to reach Stella Point, I thought that was it but I was proved wrong. The order came from the chief guide: “Climbers should stand up and move ahead to cover the last 200metres to Uhuru Peak!”

“To say the truth, I don’t believe the remaining distance was really 200metres. Because we walk and walk for over 2hours lucky enough I and my young brother George we ultimately made it.

I had many people to thank for the feat but much salutes goes to the ZARA Tanzania Adventures staffs particularly Shaffi Daffi and his fellow Kilian Christian who throughout the expedition played a role of my guardian father.

“The other important person was Zainab Ansell, the managing director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures who encourages me so much to fulfill my dream to reach Uhuru Peak (5,895metres above sea level)!” he pointed out.

Innocent Thadei, a professional mountain Chief Tour Guide from ZARA Tanzania Adventures who led the group of 34trekkers from Birmingham and Kent Universities under the expedition dubbed “Choose a Challenge” explained that, in general the expedition was good and total of 32trekkers made it to the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro name Stella Point and Uhuru peak, and only two of them failed to reach the highest peak!”

5“A total of 32trekkers out of 34 made it to the highest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro; but much salutes goes to the Jackson Garner, a totally blind student who was the first to reach the highest peak of the “Roof of African though we found some few difficulties on the way due to the ‘blindness’ of his client, but he made it…..’ he explained.

The Managing Director of ZARA Tanzania Adventures Zainab Ansell, congratulates Jackson Garner as he fulfilled the dream of scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak.

About Zara; ZARA Tours has evolved into Tanzania’s largest Kilimanjaro outfitter and one of the largest safari operators in the region; currently operate 2Hotels and 4-tented Camps in the northern circuit of Tanzania. Provide VIP, honeymoon and regular tours; Airport transfer, city-to-city transfer, ground handling services, groups and corporations from all over the world.

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Source: The Guardian.

September 18, 2015 at 11:32 am Leave a comment


The Director of Zara Tours & Zara Properties is Proud to announce that the Ngorongoro wild camp in Ngorongoro, Tanzania received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor recently. This prestigious award is given to businesses worldwide that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. It places Ngorongoro wild camp in the top-performing of all tourist businesses around the world on TripAdvisor in 2015.

Ms. Leila Ansell, Zara Properties general manager said, “We are very honored to receive this recognition. It means a lot to us especially because Trip Advisor is one of the most reputable sources of tourism and hotel information for global travelers. This goes to show that Ngorongoro wild camp has earned its place among the leading wild camps in Ngorongoro Conservation area. Our clients have always been at the core of our operations as we thrive to ensure that their experiences in Ngorongoro are beyond memorable.”

“Winning the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Zara Properties and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on Trip Advisor,” said by Zainab Ansell, The Director of Zara Tours and Zara Properties. She then adds “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

Trip Advisor is the world’s largest online travel site that enables travelers to plan and have perfect trips. It offers trusted advice from real travelers about a variety of travel choices, itineraries, accommodations and travel experiences. Trip Advisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The site operates worldwide.
Opened in 2012 Ngorongoro wild camp is located in Isirwa area within the Ngorongoro Conservation area, on the beautiful view of ‪Lake‬ Eyasi. It gives visitors an opportunity to witness the Ngorongoro Ecosystem, while enjoying the stunning view over the surrounding savannah, which is full of wildlife throughout the year. The Ngorongoro wild camp is composed of 20 comfortable luxury tents and 6cottages to accommodate 2 guests each, as well as large dining and reception area.
The Camp is owned and operated by ‪ZARA‬ Tanzania Adventures, a travel agency and tour operator based in Moshi Tanzania.

Mrs. Zainab Ansell, a sustainable tourism advocate from ‪Moshi‬/Tanzania, founded the business in 1987. They now boast not only a successful tour operation and travel agency but also 6 properties in the ‪Northerncircuit‬ including Springland Hotel in Moshi, High View Hotel in ‪Karatu‬, Serengeti Wild Camp (in Serengeti national park – Seronera area), ‪Serengeti‬ wildebeest camp (in central Serengeti), Ikoma Wild Camp (in Serengeti National park) and Ngorongoro Wild Camp (in Ngorongoro Crater).
Ngorongoro crater 1ZARA Tanzania Adventures has won a couple of awards in recent years including the 2012 global World Trade Market (WTM) Humanitarian Award in London for practicing sustainable tourism under its foundation Zara Charity, and Mrs. Ansell was awarded the business entrepreneur award under Tanzania Women of Achievement for running a successful Tour Operating Company in 2012; Zara ‪Charity‬ received the ‪Ngorongoro‬ Marathon Award for organizing a successful race to fight ‪Malaria‬ in 2012;
Others include:
2015 – Traveler’s Eye Presents Sustainable Business Award honoring Zara Tanzania Adventures on its outstanding contribution in Conservation, community Development and Capacity Building Achievement – Tourism for future Africa Awards – 2015.
2015 – Zara Tours Awarded a certificate of appreciation by Africa travel Association (ATA) for outstanding contribution in promotion of travel to Africa.
2014 – Zara’s Ikoma Wildcamp awarded Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
2013/2014 – Zara’s Highview Hotel awarded Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
2013 – Zara Tours winner of Canadian Certificate of Excellence in Commerce.
2011 – Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) presents Zara with Sustainable Tourism Award.
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