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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

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

ZARA TOURS OFFERS EASTER EVE SPECIAL AND CONTINUES TO SUPPORT MOUNT KILIMANJARO PORTERS SOCIETY

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:

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.

March 29, 2016 at 6:10 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

Questions Answered For Your Tanzania Safari Vacation

A Tanzania safari vacation is a vacation of a lifetime, and we field a lot of questions regarding how to prepare for your safari and what you can expect during your experience. To answer a few of these questions, we want to outline some of our most common and a few answers you can use to determine if this sort of experience is the one for you! Some of our most common questions are:

  • What happens in the case of an accident? – Accidents can happen anywhere, but when travelling in a foreign country, wondering what to do in the case of an accident is common. We can suggest to you things to pack in your own personal first aid kit to carry with you on your safari trip, and we also suggest consulting with your doctor for any other necessities before taking your Tanzanian safari vacation. Should an emergency occur during your trip, travel health care insurance is also recommended to cover any emergency costs.
  • What currency should I carry? – Tanzania uses shillings, but we often suggest US travelers carry US currency during your trip. Bills dated after 2003 are recommended, as older bills may not be taken, and the most widely accepted method of credit is Visa.
  • What will my visa cost? – You will need a visa to visit Tanzania on your Tanzanian safari adventure, and the costs for this visa vary depending on your location. For US passports, the visa cost is around $100, Canadian passport holders can expect to pay around $75, and EU passport holders will pay $50. The visa can be obtained at your country’s Tanzanian embassy.
  • How will I communicate? – The most common languages spoken in Tanzania are Swahili and English, so English speakers will often be able to communicated with Tanzanian natives while shopping, eating, and exploring. A book on Swahili phrases may also be appreciated to bring along on your safari.

There are few experiences like that of a Tanzanian safari, and this is one vacation destination that can leave lasting memories to be treasured by the entire family. Knowing how to prepare for your Tanzanian safari can ensure your trip goes smoothly and the maximum amount of fun is had, which is why we want to make sure your questions are answered and you feel confident about your trip!

January 25, 2016 at 10:11 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

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