2016 UHURU EXPEDITION CELEBRATES 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF TANZANIA’S INDEPENDENCE TREK LED BY GENERAL GEORGE WAITARA STRESSES PRESERVATION OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO

December 14, 2016 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Tanzania, Africa –This month retired Chief of the Tanzania Peoples Defense Forces (TPDF) General George Waitara led a team of trekkers up Mount Kilimanjaro, including several key government officials, on the Uhuru Expedition to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Tanzania’s independence.

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An experienced Kilimanjaro climber, General Waitara spoke at the flag ceremony before the expedition and emphasized the importance of cleaning, protecting, and conserving Mount Kilimanjaro. The theme for the historic expedition, which drew 36 climbers for a six-day trek through the renowned Marangu route, was “Maintaining Cleanliness and a Safe Environment on the ‘Crown of Africa’!“

 

15497612_1891056357794845_1607315280_nThe expedition was organized by Zara Tours, based in Moshi, Tanzania, and it drew several keynote speakers who echoed the importance of protecting Tanzania’s land from poachers and supporting domestic tourism and opportunities for Tanzania and its people. These key participants included Minister of Natural Resource and Tourism Prof. Jumanne Magembe; Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro Said Meck Sadick, Managing Director of Tanzania Tourist Board Devotha Mdachi; Director General of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Mr. Allan Kijazi; Ambassador Charles Sanga; and Chief of Land Force Operation and Training Brig. General Jairo Mwaseba.

1-2“Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from many lands but can only be climbed from its home- Tanzania,” explained Prof. Magembe during the flag ceremony. The Uhuru Expedition has become an annual event to mark Tanzania’s independence and promote the nation’s environmental preservation and tourism.

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On December 9, 1961, Tanganyika attained independence from Britain and became known as the country of Tanzania. To mark the occasion, the Uhuru Torch was lit on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Uhuru Expedition has become a yearly event, welcoming climbers from all around the country to celebrate the day and its meaning for Tanzania.

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Zara Tours’ current special offer can save travelers up to $150 if trips are booked by December 31, 2016. Join the Independence Day trekkers and the many others who have summited Africa’s highest mountain, the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. For more information about Zara Tours, contact: zara@zaratours.com.

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 Mount 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.

 

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