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Walk With The Animals In Africa

For most people, the idea of a fun vacation is to go from the town or city they live in to another town or city either in their own country, or in a different nation where the culture, language and traditions are different. Seeing other parts of the world—especially where other people live—is a rich, educational experience that everyone should enjoy. But in exchanging one civilization for another, many people are missing out on what constitutes that vast majority of the rest of the world, and that is the rich biological diversity and natural wonder of the wilderness.

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With our wildlife safaris in Tanzania we offer people the chance to see and experience much, much more. We have a variety of different tours that allow travelers to see one of the most complex and biologically rich environments in the world from the comfort of vehicles. But for people that really want to experience what it means to be in Africa, we offer walking safaris as well.

Africa From The Ground

Too often we view nature from afar, either on a television screen, in parks, or simply passing by through the window of a car. A walking safari gives people a chance to be IN nature, and IN Africa itself, getting a feel for the land and gaining an appreciation of the truly vast scale of this continent, the wildlife in it, and what our ancestors had to deal with as they rose to supremacy over the other wildlife in this continent so many generations ago.

2When you undertake Kenya and Tanzania safaris and decide to walk, you get a completely different and yet completely safe experience. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of both the landscape and the wildlife in it. With their supervision you can literally walk off the beaten path and see, hear and feel what it’s like to be in one of the most primal continents in the world. Africa is not a place that you see, it is a place that you feel, and our walking tours give you that chance to really become a part of the African landscape in a way that a tour on a bus never could.

For an experience that you and your family will never forget, don’t just fly to Africa, get on ground and walk the land with Zara. You won’t forget it.

October 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Witness One Of The Greatest Migrations On Earth

Africa is still one of the wildest, most untamed continents in the world, and because of that, it still plays host to the most numerous and spectacular displays of biological diversity on our planet. One of the most impressive natural phenomenon occurs on the plains of the Serengeti, and wildlife safaris in Tanzania and Kenya give you an opportunity to see this for yourself with a migration unlike anything you may have imagined.

The Pursuit Of Rain

Zebras and wildebeests are herbivores who go where the “green” is, feeding on grasses and waiting for the rains to come that can fill the plains with an abundance of food both for themselves, and the young that they will give birth to in order to ensure the next generation of the species continues. This means that these huge herds of animals are constantly on the move, and when the time is right, the rains come to certain areas of the continent, giving these huge tracts of land the moisture they need to sprout grasses and other plants.

This is the signal that zebras and wildebeests wait for, and when it happens, they make an arduous trek fraught with hardship and danger that tests their endurance and, in some cases, costs them their lives. Our Kenya and Tanzania safaris give you the opportunity, at the right time of the year, to witness one of the largest movements of animal life on our planet. This is an event that has been documented by many nature programs over the decades, but there is nothing quite like seeing it yourself, especially as the continuing changes to the environment and the encroaching needs of civilization continue to put this migration and these animals at risk.

If you have a love for nature and want to see a natural phenomenon with no other equal in any country, come to Africa, and let us be your guide. You can see the animals as they make their journey, battling both the environment and the predators that wait for their arrival, in a primal, natural struggle of life and death. Come to Africa and let our seasoned guides take you on a journey that is nothing like you’ve ever seen, where nature is at its most beautiful and brutal, and life fights for every triumph and moment of peace and family it can get.

October 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Why A Safari Could Be The Perfect Vacation Idea

Taking a vacation is something that provides not only the chance to rest and recharge body and mind, but also to create memories that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. One option that is well worth thinking about – especially if you want a unique vacation – is wildlife safaris in Tanzania or Kenya.

These safaris allow you to head out into the beautiful countryside and experience Africa in a truly personal way. From viewing the landscapes of the plains to seeing wildlife up close, it’s an experience that is hard to get anywhere else. Just think about some of the big reasons that taking Kenya and Tanzania safaris is such a great vacation idea.

  • First of all, it’s a break from the beaches and theme parks that make up so many other vacations around the world. Instead of doing the same old thing, you can treat yourself to something that is truly a unique experience unlike anything else you can find.
  • Being able to see the beautiful animals of Africa up close and personal is something truly stunning. Instead of seeing them in a zoo, you’ll see them in their natural habitat. This allows you to get a greater appreciation of these creatures and of the inherent beauty in the world – and a greater appreciation for Africa in particular.
  • Kenya and Tanzania safaris also let you see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The unspoiled plains of Africa create amazing backdrops for your adventure, letting you see a different side of the world.
  • While there’s no question that a safari can be very relaxing thanks to the beauty you’ll find, they can also be a true adventure. Whether you just take a safari, go visit the wildebeest migration, or climb Kilimanjaro, there are numerous adventures that you can experience during Kenya and Tanzania safaris.
  • Above all else, taking a safari lets you create memories that you will never forget. Basic vacations can easily blend together in your mind, but what you see and experience on a safari will stand out forever.

If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, it’s important that you make certain you’re planning out one that you’ll really enjoy. Looking beyond the standard parks and vacation destinations, you may find that Kenya and Tanzania safaris offers you something you’ve been looking for – an amazing experience filled with adventure, wonder, beauty, and memories. In short, this is a vacation that deserves anyone’s attention in a major way.

September 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Top Things To Consider About Your Tanzania Safari

Making the decision to take Tanzania wildlife safaris as a holiday destination is something that can provide you with an amazing experience filled with adventure and wonder. But as with any other vacation, taking the time to plan ahead properly is important and doing so will help ensure that you get the best possible trip.

There are numerous things that you’ll want to consider regarding Tanzania or Kenya safaris, and taking a closer look at the following points could help make your journey even more enjoyable.

  • First of all, think about what you want to experience during your tour. Are you looking to just experience the wildlife of Africa up close and personal, or do you want to go further with a Kilimanjaro climb? Figuring out what you want to do is the first step, and you can easily design the perfect safari experience if you just think about your overall desires.
  • How many days will your safari last? There are Kenya and Tanzania safaris lasting from 3 days up to 10 days. Plan your experience to ensure that you get the best possible stay – more days means more time to enjoy yourself and to experience more of the majestic African countryside and wildlife.
  • Also pay attention to when you’re visiting. Safaris can be taken at any time throughout the year, but remember that October, November, April, and May are the rainy seasons and that some of the roads in the countries may be impassable due to the weather. You can still have a great experience, however.
  • Accommodations vary as well, and you’ll want to make sure that you pick the right option for your experience. If you want to save money, basic camping is readily available. However, 3 star and even 5 star accommodations do exist if you’re looking for a higher standard from your stay.
  • Finally, be sure to pack properly. For Tanzania and Kenya safaris, bring your sleeping bag, personal items, and clothing that will work well on a safari. Packing smart makes your stay much better.

It doesn’t take much effort to plan out a great holiday. If you want to look beyond typical destinations, there’s no question that planning wildlife safaris in Tanzania is a great way to give yourself a unique experience. Keep the points above in mind when making your plans and you’ll be able to go on an adventure that you’ll remember forever.

September 15, 2016 at 3:13 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

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

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

Who Are The Masaai?

One of the most culturally intensive safaris in Kenya and Tanzania involves a visit with the African tribe known as the Masaai. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you probably know the look of a Masaai tribesman when you see one. The image of a tall, jumping nomad that cuts an imposing figure on the African landscape is an iconic one that has appeared numerous times in magazines, film and television.

00005But who are the Masaai? If you’re going to meet with them on one of our special Zara Tours, you should learn a little bit more about them to better prepare for the experience.

The Pastoral Life

The Masaai are a part of a group called “Nilotic people.” This is a reference to both region and language, as Nilotic people are generally found in the area ranging from the Nile Valley to North Tanzania. They share a common root language, though of course there are specific variations in dialect from one region to the next.

The Masaai themselves are semi-nomadic, creating shelters to temporarily live in when they settle down with their livestock to let them graze. When it is time to move on to better pastures, they abandon their dwellings and build new ones at the next site. The Masaai story is one of livestock; their entire way of life, the routes they wander, the calendar they follow, the seasons they deem significant are all based around the welfare of their animals.

Despite—or perhaps because—of caring for farm animals, the Masaai are also warriors, with the men of the tribe trained and ready to defend both themselves and their animals. Because of this, the Masaai, during their original migration from the Nile, fought and won against many other tribes as they made their way down to the Kenya/Tanzania region. Some of those tribes were scattered, while others became part of the Masaai culture.

massailodge233Today, the Massai are a symbol of both Africa’s history and its frailty; the Masaai are determined to maintain their traditions, and successfully do so. But it’s become increasingly difficult in the 21st century to maintain a purely isolationist policy. With a Zara tour, you can spend a day and a night with this distinct African tribe and learn more about their unusual and rare cultural practices.

June 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Meet The Gorillas In The Mist

There’s something fascinating about the gorilla. It is one of our closest ancestors in the primate family, but these are huge, powerful yet peaceful animals that are now in more danger than ever. Changes to the environment and the never ending expansion of human industry have dramatically reduced the numbers of gorillas in the world for their prime before the industrialization of humans. Today, the mountain gorilla population is fraction of what is once was in centuries past.

Zara tours have always offered wildlife safaris in Uganda and Rwanda  but one of our special offerings is a chance to meet with the mountain gorilla.


A Trip To The Mountains

The Bwindi National Park is the destination for people that want a glimpse of actual mountain gorillas in their native habitat. Because this is a trip that involves going out to see the wildlife, rather than the other way around, it’s highly recommended that people come prepared for a hike. The unpredictable nature of weather means travelers should be prepared not just for a long walk, but the possibility of rain.

Gorillas build “nests” and thus have a territory, but no permanent dwelling that they reliably stay at. The trip to Bwindi national park puts you squarely in their territory, but you’ll still have to search, with a guide, to find them within that territory. Sadly, while there are over 300 mountain gorillas living in this area, that number comprises over half of the total mountain gorilla population remaining in the world.

When the gorillas are found, it’s important to be quiet, respectful and keep conservation principles in mind. In order to minimize the possibility of interfering with the gorillas, only an hour of time with the animals is allowed once contact has been made. This is important in order to preserve the natural behavior of the gorillas and ensure that they prefer their independence and natural lifestyle, rather than develop a bond with humans, which could create a dependency that would endanger the species further.

There are also birds, butterflies and many other forms of wildlife to appreciate during this tour, but it is our primate cousins that are the real star of the show. When we meet with gorillas, we encounter an aspect of our own humanity, and we are definitely the better for it if we have the opportunity to experience this confrontation.

June 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Experience African Wildlife Before It Disappears Forever

It was in the summer of 2015 that the world was galvanized by unexpected hunt and death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Animal lovers all over the globe expressed their dismay at the death of an iconic lion, but for many animals in Africa, from elephants to rhinos, illegal hunting and changes to the environment that threaten natural habitats are all just a tragic, everyday part of nature’s dwindling presence in our world.

Of course, the many nations of Africa aren’t just standing by and letting the threats to the many animals of the continent go unchallenged. There is a change in the air. Wildlife safaris of Tanzania are no longer just about letting hunters with guns track and kill animals. There is an effort now to save the natural world within Africa and Zara Tours, with your help, can be part of this effort.

Experience Nature The Right Way

A traditional zoo that takes animals out of their natural habitat is not the way to truly appreciate African animals in all their splendor. And by going on a wildlife safari in Tanzania or Kenya, you can get a once in a lifetime chance to see unspoiled, natural African landscapes and the animals that inhabit them in complete safety. As part of a safari photo tour, you can capture images of your adventure while doing no harm whatsoever to the animals themselves. You are also contributing to the local economy in ways that give back not just to the people but to the efforts of the wildlife parks to protect and preserve these animals.

While every effort is being taken by passionate people on the ground, governments concerned about the ecosystem, and nature lovers everywhere, this doesn’t mean that African animals are safe. Illegal hunting, both for sport and for black market trade, still occurs. For the animals of Africa, the danger is real. This is why wildlife safaris in Tanzania are not just a novel travel opportunity, but a chance to experience these animals while they are still here.

Make Your African Experience Unforgettable

Zara Tours offers many different types of wildlife safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. No matter which area and which safari you choose to take, all of them will offer one thing in common; a chance to see these animals in their natural habitat, and experience a world that is, unfortunately, still at risk even today. If you have the chance to see these beautiful animals in their natural world, take that chance and give yourself and your family memories that themselves may be endangered in a few years.

April 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

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