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DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY: MEET A MAN WITH NO RIGHT LEG AND RIGHT ARM MADE IT TO THE TOP OF MT. KILIMANJARO FOR A CAUSE!

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.

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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

9TH ANNUAL NGORONGORO MARATHON TO SUPPORT EDUCATION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA IN AFRICA

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.

For more information about Zara Charity and its endeavors, contact: zara@zaracharitytanzania.org and/or 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 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

Shopping During Your Tanzania Safari

Sure, you’re going to see a brilliant array of wildlife and amazing culture during your Tanzania safari, but you may not realize just how incredible the shopping is as well! When it comes to African safari tours, those who are less outdoorsy may think that this isn’t really the vacation for them, but the accommodations and cultural opportunities offered by these sorts of adventures aren’t designed to only delight those who are passionate about rugged experiences! Shopping during your Tanzania safari can be an experience in and of itself, and we want to provide a few tips to make sure your experience is the best it can be:

  • How to pay – When it comes to what money to bring, and what credit to use, you’ll want to use the native currency of Shillings or US currency in bills dated 2003 or after. Bills dated earlier than 2003 may not be accepted by shops and store owners, so making sure to have bills dated later is a great way to prepare. If you plan to pay by credit, we recommend taking along your Visa card!
  • Where to shop – Tanzania has a vast and brilliant culture, and the local markets can provide souvenirs you’re not like to find anywhere else in the world. Gift shops and shops inside of your accommodations are where you can go to find your more standard souvenir, but if you’re looking for something unique, you’ll need to check out what the locals have to offer. Shopping in these local shops or from local markets also helps to boost the Tanzanian economy and improve the lives of the Tanzanian people.
  • What not to buy – You may see some interesting folk items made from endangered woods or animal products, and we don’t suggest buying these items for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it support the destruction of these natural resources, but bringing them home may provide you some trouble when going through customs.

Tanzania safari vacations aren’t only for the rugged and adventurous, and those looking for a luxury experience will be offered quite a bit by vacationing in Tanzania as well. If shopping is something that you love to do during your vacations, Tanzania provides a gorgeous and interesting experience if you consider a few tips to prepare!

January 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

A Tanzania Safari Makes An Amazing Gift

Whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, or the holiday season, handing out gifts isn’t’ always easy – especially when someone seems to have it all. If you want to give something that will really impress, or if you just want to give yourself a little something special, booking a Tanzania safari experience could be the right decision. It’s a chance to give a real life adventure to someone close to you or to yourself, and as such is well worth taking a closer look at.

A Tanzania safari is exactly what you would think of when considering a safari – the chance to head into the open plains of Africa for up close and personal encounters with the wildlife that has become legendary. It’s appropriate for nearly anyone as long as they’re ready to experience a true adventure, and is a gift that will never be forgotten. If you’re not convinced, here are some benefits of giving yourself or a loved on a safari.

  • A group experience that can help you and friends or family bond and share the adventure together.
  • The chance to see wildlife up close and personal, with no zoo cages in your way.
  • Beautiful scenery and stunning landscapes everywhere you turn.
  • Memories and photographs or videos that will stay with you forever.

For those who want to go even further than the basic experience, some Tanzania safari tours offer the chance to go on even bigger adventures like climbing Kilimanjaro. That’s one of the best things about planning African safari tours – you can create the kind of trip that works best for you and your companions.

To get the most from a safari in Tanzania, it’s important to take steps to prepare. Start by choosing the right tour company, and then look into the specifics of the tour itself. Learn when to visit, what to expect during your visit, how long you’ll be there, and what to pack. Once you plan ahead, the only thing left to do is head out and experience Africa for yourself.

Instead of giving some trinket that will barely be used, consider giving a gift that will always be remembered. A Tanzania safari is a great gift for your loved ones, and is also a great present for yourself when you feel like you’ve earned it. If you’re looking for an experience like no other, there are few things that can compare to this.

December 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Top Tips To Help You Enjoy Your Tanzania Safari Even More

African safari tours can be amazing adventures, and will likely be one of the experiences that you never forget. And thanks to the fact that most are fairly affordable when compared to other vacations like stays at resorts or theme parks, it’s never been easier to decide that it’s the right time to take one for yourself.

However, when you head out on a Tanzania safari it’s important that you understand that a few things related to your enjoyment of it will be directly tied to your own preparation and planning. The chance to see wonderful creatures up close is something that is integral to the experience, but there are a few things worth remembering that can make your safari even better.

Here are some of the tips to keep in mind that can help you enjoy your Tanzania safari even more.

  • Pick the right tour, first and foremost. African safari tours vary greatly and things like your tour guide, the safari location, and the price can all influence your experience. Take time and do some research so you know exactly what you’ll be doing and what kind of experience you’ll have.
  • Know what to expect. This applies to knowing where your tour is going, obviously, but also to some expectations some people have about a Tanzania safari. You’ll have accommodations, but it’s worth noting that you’re not going to some island resort to be pampered. Keep that in mind to make sure you aren’t disappointed when you arrive.
  • Pack properly. Bring comfortable clothing, shoes that are suitable for the savannah, items like bug spray and sunscreen, and anything else you think you may need. All of these things will help you enjoy your time on a safari.
  • Be realistic. You’re going to see some incredible animals. And sometimes, you’ll see something that will leave your jaw on the floor. But don’t automatically assume that you’ll see a lion take down a gazelle right in front of you. The animals on a safari are in control of their own actions.

Simply put, deciding to take a Tanzania safari is something that’s well worth it for anyone who want to have an adventure on their vacation instead of just another trip to a beach. Keep the points above in mind so you can plan out your trip more effectively and so you are able to enjoy it even more.

November 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Plan For The Best Combination Packages for Kilimanjaro Treks, Tanzania Safaris and More

What is the best adventure to have when traveling to Tanzania? Safari? Beach? Mountain? Ocean?

The great news is that Zara Tours offers a wide variety of combination packages that pack together the best Kilimanjaro treks with the greatest Tanzanian safaris. So there’s no need to choose which adventure you would most like to have, you need only decide when you want to have each.

Here are a few of our favorite Tanzania adventure combination packages. Which sounds like the perfect trip for you?

Climb Kilimanjaro & Safari Adventure #1

13 Days / 12 Nights – 7 Day Machame Trek / 5 Day Serengeti Safari

Reaching the top of a mountain like the majestic Kilimanjaro and following the wildest animals in the world on safari are two items near the top of any bucket list. This intermediate expedition begins and ends in Moshi, crosses volcanic rocks and walls, takes you past glaciers, and goes around the crater rim of Stella Point. Finish with the wildest of safaris in the Serengeti National Park.

Package #3: Kilimanjaro & Safari

11 Days / 10 Nights – 5 Day Marangu Route / 5 Day Northern Tanzania Safari

Another of our most popular packages, the Marangu Route is the oldest and most well established trek up the mountain and is considered by some to be the easiest. Follow a successful summit with several days of safari through Serengeti National Park and on a game drive along the inside of Ngorongoro Crater.

Package #5: Kilimanjaro & Safari

9 Days / 8 Nights – 6 Day Rongai Trek / 3 Day Safari

This more scenic route up the north side of the mountain is complete with cave exploration, and has a very high success rate. This lesser traveled route guarantees many breathtaking views as you descend on the southeast side of the peak. After, Lake Manyara National Park is an ideal location to drive past zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and more.

Sustainable Tourism With Zara Charity Package #1

2 Day Orphanage / 6 Day Machame Trek

Are you looking for an expedition with deeper meaning, one that offers an opportunity to get involved? Start off by visiting Kilimanjaro Orphanage and its surrounding projects before heading to Machame Gate and up the Machame trail. Climb from Shira Camp to Uhuru Peak, claim your summit certificate, and return to the plains of this country you have already begun to love.

 
Take a look at the full itineraries, packed with activities, and consider many similar versions of each of these trips, customized to appeal to every kind of traveler. Once you decide on one of the many possible combination packages, contact us soon to book your trip while your dream expedition is still available.

 

July 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Zara Tours perfect Safari/Zanzibar experience.

Day 1:  Arrive at KIA airport, met and transferred to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight on bed& breakfast.

Day 2: After breakfast depart for Arusha National Park, after clearing with the park authorities enjoy a guided walking safari in the park which offers great view of Mt Meru. After enjoy the guided walk depart for lunch at The Arusha Hotel. In the afternoon drive to Highview Hotel or similar for dinner& overnight.

MACON22Day 3: After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge takes 3 to 4 hours. Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then in the late evening, drive to and overnight at either the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp or similar.

Macon 27Day 4: After breakfast, venture into the Serengeti’s wilderness corners for a full day of game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, take your leisure while exploring this world heritage site, where earth’s largest concentration of plain game still roams free! In the late evening, go to either the Serengeti Wildebeest Camp or similar for rest, dinner, and overnight.

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Day 5: Enjoy an early morning balloon ride and later drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. In the late afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Wild Camp or similar for Dinner and overnight.

173R5778Day 6: The drive from the wild camp to Tarangire National Park takes three hours. Tarangire national park is a diverse and picturesque African wildlife sanctuary. Game drives in Tarangire features excellent landscapes views of beautiful riverine forests, acacia woodlands, ancient African baobab trees and endless rolling hills. Resident animals include elephant, mongoose, giraffe, bushbuck, rock hyrax, hartebeest, dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, warthog and reedbuck. Primates include olive baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Other migrant but very common animals include buffalo, wildebeest and zebra. With a little luck you may encounter some rare antelope species such as lesser kudu, eland and fringe-eared Oryx, African wild hunting dog. Carnivores include lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Tarangire is also a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species even in the dry season. In the evening drive to the Arusha Hotel for dinner& overnight hotel.

Day 7: After breakfast enjoy time at leisure and later board a flight from Arusha to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, transfer to Dongwe Ocean View Hotel for dinner& overnight.

7 Beach DinnerDay 8: Day at leisure. Dongwe Ocean View Hotel for dinner& overnight.

10 Beach ShootDay 9: Day at leisure. Dongwe Ocean View Hotel for dinner& overnight.

Day 10: After an early breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Moshi. Upon arrival transfer to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight on bed& breakfast.

Springlands HotelSPRINGLANDDay 11:  After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

Cost breakdown

  • Cost per person sharing if 2 pax travelling @US$3610
  • Cost per person sharing if 4 pax travelling @US$3235
  • Cost per person sharing if 8 pax travelling @US$3235
  • Cost per person sharing if 10 pax travelling in 3 safari vehicles @US$3307
  • Cost per person sharing if 12 pax travelling in 3 safari vehicles @US$3235

Price includes

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All meals as per the program
  • National park entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Transport in 4X4 safari vehicles
  • Flight to and from Zanzibar

Price excludes

  • Tips
  • Laundry services
  • Drinks
  • Expenses of personal Nature
  • International airfare.

For more information about This package & Zara Tours please  Email us: zara@zaratours.com
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July 13, 2015 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

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