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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


TANZANIA, AFRICA–This April and May, Zara Tours will once again take time during the slow season to help support the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) by investing in and training new porters.

MKPS was founded by Edson Matauna, who had himself been guiding travelers up the mountain for many years. Recognizing the lack of support that porters faced, from insufficient salaries to dealing with tips, Matauna set out to advocate for the rights and recognition of hardworking porters. The vision mission for the program was designed to build the capacity of porters in managing tour operations more professionally, while also improving the living and working conditions of the porters the education and acquiring special skills.

Zara Tours was one of the first to support MKPS, and has always looked for ways as a company to support the nearby people of Tanzania. By providing much of the gear needed by the porters and advocating for the values of MKPS, Zara continues to recognize the value of the services that the porters offer.

This season, as the porter’s society welcomes new additions and new skills, Zara Tours is offering a special Easter Eve discount, with $200 USD off when travelers book a trip for two anytime before May 1 for travel anytime in 2016. For more details, check out the Zara Tours website. Zara Charity receives a portion of the proceeds from every trip scheduled, so when you book your trip, you are also supporting the same porters who will help you to the top of the mountain.

Mountain porters pride themselves on enhancing the experience for climbers, befriending them and taking care of their needs in the highly unfamiliar slopes of Kilimanjaro. With the flexibility and independence made possible by the MKPS, the porters can actually own homes and run businesses on the side. Learn from the porters who have spent decades traveling up and down the storied slopes of Kilimanjaro as you make your own historic climb.

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 group, and more.

March 29, 2016 at 6:10 am Leave a comment


TANZANIA, AFRICA–This coming April is the 9th annual Ngorongoro marathon, an event held to raise money and awareness for the fight against Malaria, and to support the Maasai Pre-school. Hosted by Zara Tours together with its sister group Zara Charity, the Ngorongoro Run will welcome more than 1,200 runners from 20 different countries to compete in what has been the single largest educational undertaking in the district and the region.
This year’s run will be held on 16th April 2016, and is open to any and all runners looking to compete in one of the largest half marathons in Tanzania. This race has been recognized by the Tanzania Olympic Committee, and is a qualifying race for the national team.

To celebrate and offer opportunities for more people to support this cause, Zara Tours is presenting a special chance to attend the event. The world-renowned tour operating company will be giving away a trip for two to attend the Ngorongoro marathon in Tanzania. For more details, visit the Zara Tours Facebook page and Register here

5In addition to the marathon, the event will also include other sponsored events in Ngorongoro, such as a visit to malaria projects and a dinner gala held after the run at the High View Hotel in Karatu. To receive more information about attending, competing in, or sponsoring this event, please contact Zara Charity.

Zara Tours and Zara Charity hope to bring together the public and the private sectors to raise national awareness for the fight against malaria, Education and significantly drive up the prevention and treatment of the disease.

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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 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 group, and more.

For more information about the Season 8 of Ngorongoro marathon 2015.

For more information about Ngorongoro pre-school and how you could get involved.

February 15, 2016 at 8:10 am Leave a comment


Retired Chief of the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (TPDF) General George Waitara has led a group of 24 trekkers who scaled the snow-capped and highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro to mark the 54th Anniversary of the Tanzania Independence.


General Waitara was Chief of the TPDF between 2001 to 2007.

The six-day Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition, dubbed ‘Uhuru Expedition 2015’through the famous Marangu route, was organized by the Zara Tanzania Adventures (Zara tours).

Speaking during then flag off ceremony of the expedition at Marangu this month , Gen. Waitara explained that, they took to the mountain to celebrate 54 years of independence emphasizing on cleaning, protecting and conserving the mountain as well as promoting local tourism.

The flag off ceremony was attended by government officials from Kilimanjaro region including Moshi District Executive Director, Fulgence Mponji, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Chief Park warden, Erastus Lufungulo among many others.

20151210_124217oneThe mountain Chief Guide who supervising the expedition, Faustine Chombo explained that, in the group there are also other top government officials including Ambassador Charles Sanga, Dr. Edmund Mndolwa, and Lt. Samweli Ndomba, among many others.

“I have experience of over 18 years on mountain climbing as a professional mountain guide; and I’m happy I’m leading this historical event marking the independence of our country, Chombo said.

20151210_124235oneOne of the trekkers of this year’s Uhuru Expedition commended the role played by Zara Tours in promoting tourism in the country as well as creating employment.

The founder and Director of Zara Tours Ms. Zainab Ansell said various achievements have been attained in tourism sector in 54 years since our country’s independence.

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December 29, 2015 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

Planning For Your Tanzania Safari

Heading out on a Tanzania safari could be one of the greatest adventures that you ever take, and because of that many people end up going back for repeat visits after their first one. However, it’s important that you keep in mind the simple fact that a bit of planning ahead is important. Knowing what to expect, packing accordingly, and planning the right experience is vital to getting the most from your African safari tours. As such, keeping a few things in mind is important.

If you’ll consider the following points you should be able to have the best experience possible when you embark on your safari. Some are obvious, some not so obvious, but all are important considerations.

  • First of all, understand just what to expect in terms of things like accommodations and dining. This isn’t a luxury resort you’re going to be staying in. However, good African safari tours will include reasonable accommodations that you will be quite comfortable in. But you shouldn’t assume you’re staying in a luxury penthouse or eating cuisine from a world famous chef.
  • Also be sure to know that your experience may vary greatly from someone else’s. The best tours will end up taking you through areas that are filled with wildlife, but there’s no guarantee for what you’ll see. One safari may experience a predator taking down a zebra, while another will see giraffes grazing in the plains. Each trip is different, and each one is an adventure.
  • Be sure to plan smart. The rainy seasons are around October, April, and May and as such you can expect heavy rainfall to be a part of your trip. Peak season runs through late December and January and will bring better experiences, but heavier demand. Plan accordingly.
  • Pack smart. Bring the right kind of clothing for an African safari tour, not high heels or flip flops. Include things like cameras, ponchos, sunscreen, and other similar items so you will be prepared for your experience on the plains of Tanzania.

There’s no way to deny the fact that a safari in Tanzania is an experience unlike anything you will experience elsewhere. But there’s also no way to deny that it’s very important to plan ahead in order to get the most from it. If you’ll keep the things above in mind you should be able to plan properly and really enjoy yourself when you head out on your adventure.

December 10, 2015 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Some Tips To Prepare For Your Tanzania Safari

People have been taking African safari tours for centuries, and with good reason – heading into the African plains to experience up close and personal encounters with the animals and scenery that is only present in that country is something that you will never forget. And thanks to today’s lower costs, setting up a safari in Tanzania has never been more affordable or simple.

Of course, you’re still going to be embarking on an adventure. This means that before you leave for your Tanzania safari you’ll want to take steps to make sure you are fully prepared for the experience. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind that can ensure you’re ready for your journey.

  • Know The Accommodations – Your Tanzania safari will last for more than just a day and a night. You’ll want to make sure you’re aware of what kind of accommodations you’re staying in so you can be mentally prepared for it. Check into this before you finalize your plans to ensure you’re getting the accommodations you want.
  • Check The Season – Any time of year will be great for African safari tours, but understand that the rainy seasons during October/November and April/May can get quite wet. Additionally, from Christmas to mid-January is peak season and can be far harder to book. In other words, the time of year you plan your trip can have a big impact on your experience.
  • Check On The Guide – Good tour companies will have English speaking guides, and some will have guides that speak other languages as well. Pay attention to the guide, their reputation, and their capabilities before you book.
  • Know The Area – A good Tanzania safari is something that should take you through the right areas in Africa. From Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti to Lemosho, there are numerous areas you’ll want to look into. Each offers its own experience, so choose the one that’s right for you.
  • Pack Properly – You’ll want to pack smart. Lighter is better, but be sure that you bring the right items and clothing that you’ll need throughout the trip. Take a look at recommended luggage and recommended gear in order to get a better idea about just what you’ll want to pack for your experience.

If you take a few minutes to make sure you’re prepared properly, you’ll be able to plan and enjoy your safari experience the right way. The tips above can help you get the most from your safari in Tanzania.

October 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

A Tanzania Safari Could Be An Amazing Adventure

There are plenty of experiences out there that can truly be called amazing, and for many people the opportunity to live through them is very rare. However, booking a Tanzania safari is something that might be more affordable and more possible than you realize – and it could be the adventure of a lifetime that you’ve been waiting on.

African safari tours allow you to experience one of the most famous and beautiful landscapes in the world, and to do so in a truly majestic way. Instead of just passing through some of the more urban areas in Africa in the hopes of seeing an animal or two, you’ll actually be leaving on a long excursion through the African plains of Tanzania, seeing amazing animals up close and personal.

Animals might include rhinos, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and a huge range of other animals that make the cradle of civilization their home. And you’ll be driving through their homelands in vehicles that allow for up close experiences. Additionally, all-inclusive packages allow you to include accommodations within the price, making it much easier to plan out your trip and make the most of it.

These trips do require some basic planning, of course. You’ll want to time the trip properly, though any time of year is possible for African safari tours. Certain months and seasons may be better than others or rainier than others, and peak season is generally from Christmas to January. Still, you can expect to see animals and have a great adventure no matter the time of year – some times just offer better experiences than others.

It’s also important to pay attention to things like the specifics of your accommodations in order to understand what to expect. For example, most safaris will involve basic accommodations that can be compared to 3 star accommodations in America. But 5 star level accommodations are available provided you secure them. Planning ahead will make a difference here.

All in all, going on a Tanzania safari is an experience that you and your friends or family will remember for the rest of your lives. If you’re looking for a trip that truly is unlike any you’ve ever taken, it’s well worth considering heading to the African plains and seeing some of the planet’s most amazing animals up close and personally for yourself. It’s easier to plan for than you might realize, and the prices are often more affordable than people think as well.

October 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

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

Helpful Tips As You Prepare To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

What could possibly be more thrilling than the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest walkable mountain?

Make no mistake, this journey will be hard, but so very worthwhile. Passing through 5 different climate zones before reaching an elevation of 19,341 feet, or 5,895 meters, above sea level.

So how do you get ready for such an adventure?

  1. Choose a Good Tour Operator: This is essential as Kilimanjaro can only be climbed along established routes, with an organized trek. Now you’re one step ahead, because award-winning Zara Tours is one of the best tour operators in Tanzania, with more than 25 years of experience and over 80 guides who speak English, German, and Spanish.
  2. Select a Route. There are several different routes up the mountain, taking anywhere from 5 to 11 days, varying in difficulty and cost. Longer routes give you a greater chance of success, as you have more time to acclimate to the altitude changes. Marangu and Rongai are considered less difficult, while Machame, Shira, and Limosho are harder.
  3. Plan Ahead. January-March and September-October are considered “high season”, when the weather conditions are ideal for climbing. Choose your dates and book your climb well in advance to ensure your spot.
  4. Get Into Shape. The more walking and hiking you do now, the easier you will find your hike up Kilimanjaro. Break in a pair of good hiking boots, hike in nearby hills, climb lots of stairs–anything to build up stamina and get ready. Have a basic medical check-up done as well, to make sure you are fit and healthy.
  5. Pack Carefully. Pack light while also bringing everything that you will need to deal with variations in altitude and temperature. You can also rent equipment and clothing locally if needed. Leave all important documents, passport, and credit cards at the hotel, you won’t need them on the mountain.
  6. Prepare for Altitude Change. As you reach greater heights, pace yourself, taking the Swahili “pole, pole”–slowly, slowly–well to heart. Acute Mountain Sickness comes with headaches, nausea, and disorientation, so descend if you feel any of these symptoms! Drink lots of water, ask a doctor about medicine, and confirm your guide has additional supplies.

Some recommend that climbers walk high and sleep low, taking a walk ahead of your camp before coming back down for the night.

  1. The Final Ascent. This will be the hardest part of your climb so focus on your goal and stay determined, you are almost there! Watch the sunrise, take lots of photos, and head back down the mountain before the high altitude takes its toll.
  2. Celebrate! Once you’re back down the mountain, it’s time to celebrate! You did it! Consider this an impressive accomplishment, order a drink, and then take a nap!

This climb will be a life-changing event for you, so do all you can to prepare before you begin!

August 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

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