Archive for July, 2016


Geita Gold mine (GGM), Tanzania commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) and the Zara Tanzania Adventures officiated the 15th year of Kilimanjaro Challenge Flag-off at machame gate, in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region.

Former president of Tanzania Dr Jakaya mrisho kikwete

The Ceremony was officiated over the weekend by former president Jakaya kikwete in the presence of Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner, Said Mecki Sadiki and registers a 12bn/- record high raised to save those affected by the scourge.


Mr Kikwete hailed Geita Gold Mine (GGM) and Zara Tours for supporting government initiatives for the purpose of saving lives of Tanzanians with high demand of HIV and AIDS services. “The government and people of Tanzania are full of pride in this initiative.

Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) has been working closely with Geita Gold Mine and Zara Tours throughout the (15) years to ensure the purpose and objective of this noble fight is achieved,” said the retired president.

This year we mark the 15th historic climb of Mount Kilimanjaro with about 100 climbers, an initiative that is approaching 2,000 people from all across the world to have participated in Kilimanjaro Challenge.


Mr Kikwete expressed his happiness that Tanzania has come down from HIV/ AIDS infested level with double digits to a single digit, as of now the country is at 5.1 per cent. “We must be proud of the hard work done by TACAIDS and its associate partners and this has been possible through these kinds of innovative approaches… your devotion sends a message of care and love for those affected by, and living with HIV and AIDS in Tanzania,” he noted.

The former president said HIV/AIDS can be mitigated, that it is a complete national struggle but will take Tanzania to an ultimate success of seeing the country free of HIV/AIDS challenge. The Kili Challenge Committee has chosen the best and famous route – Machame that will take the climbers seven days to accomplish the task.

He urged everybody to play his/her part from family level, community, churches, and mosques and at workplaces and parents/ guardians should take time to teach their children about health and safe sex. Workers at their stations should also remind each other to avoid what could lead them contract the malady.


GGM Managing Director, Mr Terry Mulpeter said that every day the charity makes an impact to the surrounding communities and that funds raised are donated to more than 30 local NGOs, several government institutions and millions of Tanzanians were benefiting. “I am proud to announce that to date through Kili Challenge we have managed to raise over 5.5 million US dollars (12bn/-).

I thank the government for its support of the Kili Climb initiatives since its inception in 2002,” said Mr Mulpeter. This year, he said the climbers come from Tanzania, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. They are in two groups, to wit, climbers and cyclists. While climbers will trek to Uhuru Peak, cyclists will cycle at the base of the African highest mountain and finish at Mweka Gate.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge is an annual activity that aims to raise funds from different partners through sponsorship of climbers to Mount Kilimanjaro and to distribute the funds to relevant charities fighting HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.

Speaking during the official flag-off ceremony, vice president of Anglo Ashant simon shayo explained that the Kilimanjaro Challenge is an annual activity that aims to raise funds from different partners through sponsorship of climbers and to distribute the funds to relevant charities fighting HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. He further explained “This year’s climb began in Dar es salaam in early May where the minister of state, Union Affairs and environment, January Makamba, officially launched the beginning of this great journey of which today we are witnessing. The biggest message we take from this climb today is determination, Zeal and hope. These three can take us to a higher elevation in this fight. With the zeal, determination and hope you have shown us that Tanzania without HIV/AIDS is possible” he added

“ I therefore ask the expedition to go to Uhuru peak while up there loudly declare in and beyond that Tanzania without AIDS is possible, “ he added. “ As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the charity, we are proud to be joined by Mrisho Mpoto, a Tanzanian artist who has joined the kili challenge as our ambassador,” he explained.


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 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, French 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. For more information please Email us: | |

About Geita Gold Mine: Geita Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AngloGold Ashanti Group, is the largest producer of gold in AngloGold Ashanti. The mine is located in Geita Town in northwestern Tanzania. Geita Gold Mine employs about 3,500 people, 96% are Tanzanian citizens. For more information visit:

July 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate 30 Years In Africa With Zara Tours

It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed so quickly, but when we stop and look back at the calendar, it’s really true; Zara Tours has been bringing people to the wilds of Africa to experience the splendor of nature for nearly 30 years!

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It all started back in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was still the president of the United States, the Soviet Union and the Cold War were in full swing, break dancing was an actual dance and John Hughes movies were showing the world that there was a place for intelligent, honest, teenage films! Back then, we had a vision, and we weren’t sure it was going to work, but we had high hopes for it. We loved Africa, the feeling that you got when you were on the plains, watching a herd of Zebra graze, or seeing the sunrise on Kilimanjaro. These were magical experiences that could change a person for the better forever, if they just got a chance to see for themselves.

So we committed to it. We created Zara tours, and offered wildlife safaris in Tanzania and Kenya. We wanted people around the world to see what it was that was so special about Africa that no image on a television or passage in a book could ever properly capture. But we also wanted to preserve Africa. Even back then, we already knew and opposed the days of hunters with guns being shown the best places to kill the wildlife that was already in danger even back in the 80s.


Our mission was twofold; to help others experience the wonder of Africa, and to impart just how precious and vulnerable it was, without taking away or diminishing from the land itself. We wanted to show Africa to more people, but we didn’t’ want to compromise Africa in the process. We started small, with just a few tours, but our enthusiasm, dedication to our customers, and, of course, the unspoiled, natural treasures of Africa itself captured the imaginations of our customers once the land was given a proper chance to do so.

21-1-spa-oasis-jacuziToday, our Kenya and Tanzania safaris are joined by mountain hikes, scuba expeditions on the ocean, and chance to meet the Big 5, the Maasai!, the Serengeti migration and now, for our upcoming 30th anniversary, you can enjoy it all at special anniversary pricing and save up to $150 when book with us directly. The special offer is Valid for travel between now and December 31 2017, send us your booking now. Treat yourself to Africa and celebrate 30years anniversary with us!



July 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Zara Charities Continues Efforts to Support Tanzanian Communities

TANZANIA, AFRICA–Zara Charity offers renewed opportunities to get involved from around the world with one of their projects currently in need of funding. A non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by Zara Tours, Zara Charity has always sought to enhance community economic development, particularly by supporting vulnerable groups in nearby societies. As the tour company grows and brings more and more visitors from around the world, Zara Charity seeks to have an even greater impact on the people of Tanzania.

This group has been especially interested in supporting key members of society in nearby areas, such as the Mount Kilimanjaro porters society, Maasai Women’s Group, and the Ngorongoro pre-school. Many of these people lack the ability to pursue any kind of education, so one of Zara Charity’s primary focuses has been to teach them English, financial management, and entrepreneur skills to give them more tools with which to earn a living.

Several different programs fund these endeavors, allowing visitors from around the world to be a part of making a real difference in Tanzania. Ngorongoro preschool gives children a developmental boost by starting their learning early, as children typically receive no formal education until first grade. Through the Sponsor a Child Program, donors can provide clothes, food, medication, and educational costs for a Tanzanian child at a nominal cost. The Buy a Brick campaign aims to increase the shelter provided by the pre-school, allowing them to care for additional children.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a way to change lives. Both the climber and the people in the surrounding communities will be changed for good by working with Zara Tours and Zara Charity to do more.

For more information about Zara Charity and its endeavors, contact:


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’s Group, and more.

July 12, 2016 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

A Great Tour Is Because Of Great Guides

mtuiFor centuries, one thing about travel to Africa has never, ever been in dispute; you can’t really appreciate the beauty—or the dangers—of this continent without an experienced guide at your side. The 21st century is very different when it comes to travel experiences. We no longer have British or French colonial soldiers hacking through the jungle with hunting rifles, looking for big cats or elephants to kill and bring home for trophies, but the sense of adventure is still the same. Africa is still largely a wild, untamed land, and the best—and safest—way to experience it  is with someone that knows the land and knows how to make sure travelers have a fulfilling but safe experience. It all comes down to the guide you have, and our wildlife safaris in Tanzania and Kenya have some of the best in the business.

Experience & Enthusiasm

At Zara Tours, we consider ourselves very lucky. We’ve had the great fortune to meet and work with experienced guides that don’t just know Africa, they love the land they live in. And they want to share what makes Africa so special with the groups they meet. Our guides have years of experience, whether it is trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro to allow people to see Africa from a new perspective, or driving across the veldt to reveal the interplay of predator and prey as herds of zebra and antelope coexist nervously with the lions that track and hunt them.


Our Kenya and Tanzania safaris have won accolades from both our customers and professionals within the industry, and that is in no small part thanks to our excellent guides. They have an intimate knowledge of the regions they travel through, and the life that lives within it. And that means that not only do they know where to go, they understand what it means to keep travelers both comfortable and safe as they wander through a world with a very different set of rules from the cities and suburbs they may be more familiar with.

It’s important to us that our guides both share the joy and wonder that is Africa, but temper with this professional consideration for safety and convenience. We are proud that are guides are both professional and understanding, and we hope that our customers enjoy their time with our friendly and experienced staff as they see what Africa has to offer.

July 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment



The Director of Zara Tours & Zara Properties and Tanzania wild camps is Proud to announce that the Serengeti wild camp in Serengeti, 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 Serengeti wild camp in the top performing of all tourist businesses around the world on TripAdvisor in 2016.


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 Serengeti wild camp has earned its place among the leading wild camps in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Our clients have always been at the core of our operations as we thrive to ensure that their experiences in Serengeti are beyond memorable.”

“Winning the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Zara Properties, Tanzania wild Camps and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took time to complete a review on Trip Advisor,” said by Zainab Ansell, The Director of Zara Tours, Zara Properties and Tanzania Wild Camps. 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 2006 Serengeti wild camp is located in the central part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the Seronera area. It gives visitors an opportunity to witness the world wildlife show also known as the famous Serengeti migration, while enjoying the stunning view over the endless plain of Serengeti, which is full of wildlife throughout the year. The Serengeti wild camp is composed of 20 spacious private tents, which are all self-contained as well as large dining and reception area.

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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 ‪Northern circuit 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). And are looking to open two new in July 2017.

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ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, Maasai women’s groups, and more.

July 1, 2016 at 9:11 am Leave a comment


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