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Why A Safari Is Worth Considering v

You have plenty of choices when it comes to planning out your next vacation. But the reality is that sometimes you just need something truly different. Resort destinations, theme parks, and other tourist attractions all have their place, but the fact is that Tanzania wildlife safaris offer something you just can’t get anywhere else, and stand out as being one of the absolute best choices when you’re ready for a different kind of vacation.

If you’re not sure if Kenya or Tanzania safaris are right for you, or why they’re such a great choice when you want a truly wonderful vacation, you only need to consider some of the big reasons that they’re a great idea. Here are some of the main reasons you should think about going on a safari for your next vacation.

  • Adventure – Simply put, they’re one of the best ways to experience a true adventure while on vacation. From getting up close to wildlife to experiencing the stars under the African sky, you’ll have an experience that can be defined as an adventure in every sense of the word.
  • Wildlife – Zoos are great, but they can’t provide the kind of experience that you will get when you see a wildebeest migration in person, or a big cat stalking its prey. Safaris in Kenya and Tanzania offer an unforgettable look at wildlife that you can’t get anywhere else.
  • Beauty – From the animals to the vistas, you’ll see beauty in a whole new way here. A single safari can put you in touch with the world in an incredible way, and give you a new outlook on everything.
  • Romance – Yes, Tanzania wildlife safaris can be romantic. While you’re not going to be dining at a 4-star restaurant, you will be in a location that creates its own ambiance and romance. In addition to being thrilling, safaris can also bring you closer together.
  • Memories – The bottom line is that everything that happens on your safari will be something that you remember time and time again over the years. You will create stunning memories that you’ll never be able to forget – memories that won’t just blend into rest of the vacations you take over the years.

If you’re ready for a vacation that offers you much more than you might be used to, it’s time to think outside the box. Tanzania wildlife safaris can give you the experience of a lifetime, and are worth considering for anyone.

August 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment


JOHN Cairns (50), a Canadian man who lost his right arm and right leg in a workplace accident in 1992, accompanied by Lucas Wiseman had 7-day Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Expedition through Rongai route to raise awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities and funds for his Wheelchair of Hope Foundation.

A man with only one left leg and one right hand from America is not a sailor. But still he has a right to shout: “Ahoy there!” because he managed to reach a top Mt. Kilimanjaro representing a cause for people with physical disabilities worldwide.

As Cairns recalls it was around 6.35 a.m. on August 7, 2016 during their summiting to the ‘Roof of Africa’ after a breath taking 2 and half hour slow walk from Hans Meyer cave that he managed to reach Gilman’s point, 5,681 meters, above sea level.

“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend Lucas Wiseman, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me from Uhuru peak (5,895m ASL), just few meters from where I was in a second group under guidance from professional mountain guide from the ZARA Tanzania Adventures and it downed on me that he has made it. We both made it!”

He recollected that was the culmination of “our seven day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb” through the toughest Rongai route that to him still seems like a dream. “Reaching Gilman’s peak was a dream come true
but the actual climb is a long episode that ones need to grow old first to forget,” Mr. Cairns noted in an exclusive interviews with this paper with tears of joy!

“I do like the challenge that’s why I come to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro though I lost my right leg and hand and I’m very much appreciate myself that I made it to the Gilman’s Peak with the ‘great assistance’  from Edwin Kilawe, a Tour Guide with ZARA Tanzania Adventures..” he explained.

According to Mr. Cairns, he dreamed to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro for a long time to prove to the World that ‘Anything is Possible if you like’ and disabled can do if assisted.

“When back to Canada I will tout for all people to come to Tanzania and enjoy agony, joy and pride of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I thank God that I made it to high peak, much salutes goes to ZARA mountain guides, Edwin Kilawe and Joseph Meela and their team for their good assistance who was very patient and kind to me. They assisted me very much to fulfill my dream, and next year I will come to scale gain the highest Peak of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro to Uhuru peak…” Mr. Cairns further explained in tears of joy.

2Commenting on why he decided to ‘take Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge’ Cairns explained that, he has decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro which is also famously known as ‘The Roof of Africa’ with also the aim of delivering mobility into the lives of children, teens and adults, within the community who otherwise would have limited resources to acquire a wheelchair on their own in Canada and in Tanzania through the charity Kilimanjaro climbing organized by the ZARA Tanzania Adventures for the cause.

According to him, his mission through his charity organization called Wheelchair of Hope Foundation is also transforming lives through providing dignity of mobility, hope and opportunity through freedom of independence.

“Through the generosity and support of both local and international sponsors, Wheelchair of Hope Foundation is able to deliver hope, independence, and enable human and social upward mobility…” Cairns explained.

On his way to the highest top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cairns provided free toothbrushes and toothpaste to the marginalized children in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region donated by Family Dental Centre in Canada.

3Explaining his life experience and how he became physically disabled, John Cairns explained that; “Twenty-three years back, I was hit by a train and survived,” he said. “I’ve met many mountains, some the size of Mount Everest metaphorically, and have climbed and succeeded to achieve just unbelievable success through tragedy.”

4Two years ago, Cairns founded the Wheelchair of Hope Foundation, which gives the gift of mobility by providing free devices such as wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters to those who need them in and around the Quinte region.

The foundation’s mission is to equip people with the devices they need to live their lives to the fullest, he said.

“When you think of everything that you do on a day-to-day basis, it all centers around mobility,” Cairns said adding that mobility devices positively impact the lives of those who receive them. We bring a higher degree of quality of life that they’re so deserving of.” Cairns said.

For his part, a photo journalist form Canada, Lucas Wiseman who reached the highest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m ASL) explained that; “I had a spirit of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro long time ago that’s why I succeed and made it to Uhuru Peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 m ASL) under great assistance from professional mountain guides from ZARA Tours, and I’m now planning to climb other highest mountains of the World for charity as we did..” he explained cheerfully.

13914148_10154071682589219_6867573331562582225_oAccording to him, scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro to the highest peak is way of fulfilling his dream of helping the needy people worldwide being the first young Tanzanian to scale and reach the highest peaks of the highest mountains in different continents of the world famously known as ‘Seven Summits’.

As Wiseman recalls it was around 4:55 a.m. on August 7, 2016 after a breath taking 2 and half hour slow walk from Stella Point that he managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 meters, above sea level.

“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend John Cairns, then some 20 minutes or so later turning I saw him going down from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and told that he reached Gilman’s point. We both made it!”

She recollected that was the culmination of “our nine day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb” through the tough Rongai 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.

To learn more or to donate, please visit Climb for Mobility or like the Wheelchair of Hope Foundation on Facebook.

August 11, 2016 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Planning Your Safari

When you’re considering a vacation, you have plenty of different options to choose from. But instead of going with the same old resort stay or theme park visit, you could decide to head out on a grand adventure you’ll never forget. Kenya or Tanzania safaris allow you to do just that, and can be one of the most memorable experiences you ever have.

Heading out onto the open plains of Africa can put you up close and personal with beautiful wildlife and stunning views. But in order to really enjoy it to its fullest, you need to be able to plan ahead properly.

There are several steps worth taking when planning Kenya and Tanzania safaris, and remembering them will ensure that you have the best experience when you arrive. Here’s what to keep in mind.

  • Start by choosing the right trip. There are numerous Kenya or Tanzania wildlife safaris, and each one could offer different experiences. One may include a trek up Kilimanjaro, another may center around the wildebeest migrations. The key is selecting a safari package that gives you what you want from your journey.
  • Be sure to understand accommodations. In most cases you’ll be looking at camping, huts, or modest lodging accommodations. Some luxury accommodations may be present as well, but are the expectation instead of the norm. Either way, knowing where you’re staying will help you be prepared when you arrive.
  • Pack smart. You’re not going to need formal wear on your safari. Bring comfortable, durable clothing that will serve its purpose while on the safari. Also bring things like cameras, portable battery chargers, and other similar items so you can capture all of the experience while you’re there.
  • Pick the right company. Do some research into your provider of Tanzania wildlife safaris to ensure that you’re going to get the best results. Look for experience and reputation, and do some research if you’re in doubt. The right companies offer much better experiences.
  • Time it right as well. Different periods of the year may have different weather patterns, larger or smaller crowds, and different wildlife patterns to consider. Your tour company can help you determine the right time for your visit.

All in all, Kenya and Tanzania safaris offer an unforgettable experience that you’ll never forget. They’re worth taking a closer look at if you’re tired of the same old vacations and are ready for something truly amazing. Your adventure could be waiting for you.

August 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment


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