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Ngorongoro Marathon – The Race against Malaria

The ZARA Marathon was held in the Karatu area of Ngorongoro on April 10th, 2010. Like last year, many national and international runners took part in the race which has the aim to raise awareness about malaria, which affects between 300 and 500 million people every year, over 90% of whom live in Africa. Malaria kills over one million men, women and children every year. In Tanzania one person dies of malaria every 10 minutes.

This year, ZARA Charity was sponsor of the Kids Run, which was arranged for the first time. The picture shows Zainab Ansell of ZARA congratulating the female winner of the run. See more pictures here.

Zainab congratulating female winner

May 25, 2010 at 7:05 am 1 comment

English Premier League players at Springlands Hotel

Recently, a number of football (soccer) players from England’s Premier League club Stoke City have stayed at ZARA’s Springlands Hotel after hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, summiting on the 22nd of May.

The most famous participants included the former Arsenal and English National team goalkeeper, David Seaman, and Stoke City coach Tony Pulis.

The celebrities also met the ZARA Tours football team which won the 2009 Karibu fair football cup.

The pictures show David Seaman along with the ZARA football team and Zainab Ansell; Tony Pulis and David Seaman along with some ZARA office staff; and Tony Pulis giving an autograph to a Tanzanian sports journalist at the Springlands Hotel.

May 25, 2010 at 6:32 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours recipient of the 2010 Tanzanian Tourism Tour Operator Humanitarian Award

Zara Tours has been awarded the 2010 Tanzanian Tourism Tour Operator Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented at the Africa Travel Association Congress in Banjul, the Gambia, May 20, 2010.

To find out more about Zara’s charitable engagement, visit

April 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

“Make-A-Change” Ngorongoro Bicycle Race postponed to 2011

Dear All,
This is to inform you that the eagerly anticipated “Make-A-Change” Ngorongoro Bicycle Race scheduled for the 31st of October 2010 has been postponed till the year 2011. The exact dates and detail will be communicated to you once they are determined. This has been brought about by preparation and time constraints and the postponement will enable the organizers: Zara Tours and Highview Hotel enough time to make adequate preparations for an even more successful event in 2011.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and supporters in this worthwhile endeavour and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Kind Regards, Zainab Ansell
Director: Zara Tanzania Adventures

April 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Ngorongoro Run 2010 – The Race against Malaria

The third Ngorongoro half Marathon (21 km/14 miles) will be held on Saturday, the 10th of April, 2010. It is still possible to register as a participant, which is free of charge. Everyone participating will get a 50 US$ discount on any ZARA safari or climb. Even if you’re not into participating yourself, it will be a lot of fun to cheer on the many local and foreign runners!

Last year, In April 2009, more than 280 world class runners from East Africa and the United States made their way through one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth, beginning at the Ngorongoro Crater and ending in Karatu Town. Participants ran the full half marathon as individuals and this year, MIHV (Minnesota International Health Volunteers) that are arranging the run, are encouraging corporate teams to run the race as a relay. For 2010,  5 km and 1 km “fun runs” for children are added.

MIHV is still looking for sponsors of the event. If you see yourself in a position to assist, contact Jolene Mullins, MIHV country director for Tanzania ( Sponsorship opportunities start as low as 100,000 TSh (75 USD) to sponsor a runner (Bronze package) and 1 Mio. TSh (750 USD) to be a main sponsor. Also contact Jolene if you want to participate as a runner.

The marathon is an opportunity to raise awareness about malaria which affects between 300 and 500 million people every year, over 90% of whom live in Africa. Malaria kills over one million men, women and children every year. In Tanzania one person dies of malaria every 10 minutes.

March 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm 6 comments

Dresses collection to support educational training centre for Maasai women

In cooperation with some young Maasai women, the Karatu Maasai Women Group which is being supported by the ZARA Highview Hotel Karatu and the ZARA Charity, have designed several dresses that have strong influences of the Massai colours and jewelery, but they have been adjusted to a modern feminine style. The collection is interesting and possible to wear for females of all ethnicities. The dresses are being sold at Highview Hotel Karatu and Springlands Hotel Moshi. You can also order them online and we will dispatch them to you. Of course, the benefits from the sale of these dresses will solely be used to contribute to the set-up of the educational training centre for Maasai women. See the collection here.

February 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Highview Hotel Karatu is opening swimming pool

Highview Pool

On the 30th of December, 2009, the new swimming pool of Highview Hotel Karatu has finally been opened. On the following night – New Year’s eve – the terrace around the new pool has then been used for the first time as an attractive outdoor dinner location – illuminated by the full moon. From now on, outdoor dinners at Highview Hotel will be served at the pool terrace which also features a bar.

On the 31st, the hotel’s 80 rooms were fully booked and our guests could enjoy a New Year masquerade party with special buffet, live music, karaoke, a raffle and fireworks.

January 6, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Stone Age Experience at Lake Eyasi

ZARA Tours announces a new and innovative African adventure which will take place for the first time in February 2010: A group of 12-20 participants will live in the East African savanna like in Stone Age time. There will be an expert Stone Age instruction who will teach many prehistoric skills such as making tools, cloths or Stone Age cooking. Further, the participants will interact with members of local tribes such as the Hadzabe Bushmen who are the only active people of hunter-gatherers in Africa.

The group then has to apply what they have learned in order to solve certain tasks. An example is to bake honey-bread. The group must decide who will collect the honey (from wild beehives together with Bushmen), who will build the oven (using simple Stone Age tools) and who will collect the grains, make the wheat, the dough etc.

This is a really exciting new outdoor adventure for anyone seeking for the complete opposite of modern city life – going “back to the roots”. It is also particularly interesting for groups such as universities or clubs of cultural anthropology, ethnology, African sciences, history, archaeology etc. and for corporate team building.

There is a separate website for this new product with all necessary information, dates of upcoming events, video, photos and the possibility to book:

November 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Meet ZARA at New York Adventures in Travel Expo 2009

ZARA will exhibit at the New York Adventures in Travel Expo October 10-11, 2009. If you want to meet us, please contact us in advance and we will provide you with complimentary guest tickets, valued at up to 15 USD! Just email to

August 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm 2 comments

Forodhani Gardens Zanzibar reopened

The renovated Forodhani Gardens in Zanzibar Stone Town

The renovated Forodhani Gardens in Zanzibar Stone Town

After more than 18 months of redesign construction time, Forodhani Gardens have opened again last week. Rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) at a cost of $2.2 million, the park was officially opened on the 30th of July 2009 by Zanzibari President Amani Abeid Karume in a function that was also attended by His Highness the Aga Khan.

The 1.4 acre park has regained its landmark status with a fresh new look that added to the beauty of the old Stone Town, itself a World Heritage Site recognised for its exceptional significance to mankind.

We have uploaded more images of the redesigned park to Flick. And you can read a full article about the redesign of the park on following this link

August 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

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