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Zara Tours & Zara Adventures Awarded Best Tour Operator – First Prize

MOSHI, TANZANIA – When Zara Tours was founded in 1986, owner Zainab Ansell knew she wanted to create an organization focused on community giveback. Before sustainable tourism was a buzzword, she was creating exactly that, founding Zara Charities in 2009. Currently operating two area hotels, 3Lodges and 4 luxury tent camps in the northern circuit of Tanzania, Zara Tours is one of the largest safari operators in the region.

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In June 2019, Zara Tours was honored to receive the 1st prize for Best Tour Operator (Overall), in the Tanapa Tourism Awards/Tanzania National Parks Awards. We also won 1st prize for Mountain Climbing and Best Seasonal/Special Camp/wild camps.

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(Zara Tours Awarded 1St Prize -Best Tour Operator overall winner Award)


(1st Prize Best Tour Operator – Mountain Climbing awards )


(Zara Tours Awarded 1St Prize -Best Seasonal/Special Camp overall winner Award)

Ms. Ansell continues to donate a portion of all tourist sales back to the community through Zara Charities and their various projects.

Known for its safety, efficiency, and reliability, Zara Tours offers one of the best values in Tanzania tourism. We are able to do this because We have our own properties and equipment. We also currently employ over 280 guides who speak English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and many other languages. With a priority on education and sustainability – both for and with, our staff and clients, it becomes clear why we would be recognized for our contribution.

The KiliClean Project is probably one of their most notable offerings, giving a 15% discount to trekkers who are willing to clean as they climb. Offered twice a year, this option encourages environmentally conscious trekkers to get all the joy of climbing, with the additional benefit of giving back.

For those not interested in trekking, but still interested in the preservation of ecology, safaris through the new Mkomazi National Park have begun. Designed as a refuge for certain species of endangered animals, such as the black rhino and African wild dog, it features over 75 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.

About ZARA TOURS: Our full-service African travel company owns and operates local hotels, lodges, and wild camps to create a truly amazing adventure of a lifetime. Tanzania, the largest country of East Africa, offers a landscape for every traveler: white beaches on the coast, the Serengeti plains full of wildlife, tropical rain forests full of monkeys and brightly colored birds, and one of the world’s largest mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

With over 30 years of experience, we offer the best in trained climbing guides, accommodations, and safari operators to give a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget. Find us online at

August 14, 2019 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours Offers Education, Opportunity, and Give-Back to Tourists and Community

TANZANIA, AFRICA – June in Africa kicks off the top of the season for wildlife viewing and a pleasantly tropical climate in drier weather, resulting in less mosquito activity. The coastal areas will be hotter and more humid than those further inland, and the mountain areas will drop in temperature significantly overnight, as altitude increases. This weather, that lasts until October, makes trekking the perfect African holiday activity.

Whether hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, or the Ngorongoro Highlands, Zara Tours’ focus is on education, safety, and sustainability. Our Kili-clean program runs twice a year and our porters, along with others in the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society (MKPS), trek and clean to keep the mountain beautiful for generations to come. Trekkers who wish to join in this environmental project can do so, and earn a discounted rate on the standard trek fees.

The 5- to 9-days trekking routes are all lead by skilled guides and porters who place safety first, which starts with proper hydration and altitude acclimation. From solar-powered sleeping huts on the easiest hike to slow and steady treks to the summit, Zara’s diverse offerings are given to private climbers or groups and include prepared meals.

ZARA TOURS 1A full circle, we educate porters, who educate visitors. These visitors allow us to reinvest in our communities to provide further education, skills, and the ability to earn income and support their families. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that supports and equips everyone to have a better life.


ZARA TOURS was founded in 1987, with sustainable tourism in mind well before it was a trend. One of the largest safari operators in the region, Zara Tours creates one-of-a-kind experiences for tourists interested in safaris through the Serengeti, trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, gorilla watching in Uganda, and more. Our full-service African travel company owns and operates local hotels, lodges, and wild camps to create a once-of-a-lifetime experience, you will want to relive.


A portion of all proceeds goes right back into the community through Zara Charities which supports vulnerable groups like orphans, Maasai women, and porters. Learn more at

August 1, 2019 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

Preparing for Your Spring East African Safari

Have you been dreaming of going on a safari? Safaris tend to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience people often have on their “bucket list”. Safety and preparation are critical in helping them be successful and enjoyable, which requires the support of high-quality and knowledgeable staff, like ours at Zara Tours.


Spring is a perfect time to visit East Africa, so get your pen and paper ready to jot down what it will take to make it a vacation to remember!


The Best East African Vacations

Because East Africa has so much to offer, working with a company who can help you have the experience you desire is very important. The best vacations depend on the level of adventure and sights you’d like to see, as well as the amount of time you are able to spend there.

37240682_10156261874200042_1641902238471290880_oWhen you consider East African Tanzanian vacation, consider:

37565393_1897443723647727_4908993455771877376_nThink about what type of experience you’d like to have and look at ways to combine the areas you’d like to see with the time and budget you have available.

What to Pack for Tanzania

You will want to check luggage limits for domestic flights as you will likely be limited to 30 – 40 lbs (15-20 kg) per person. You will want clothing that provides rain, wind, and bug protection – light-weight, cool shirts, and pants are best. Wear waterproof, sturdy shoes. Consider the weather and location of your travel and plan accordingly. Click here for a more detailed safari packing list.
6.3 Makuti Main Restaurant & Main PoolCheck for specials:
When considering your trip, look for specials on the areas you want to visit. For example, every April, Zara Tours offers discounts to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro with their Kili-Clean program. This opportunity allows trekkers to give back to the community by picking up trash left by tourism while exploring the majesty of one of the world’s largest mountains. To see other discounted options, check out Zara Tour Specials page.


May 17, 2019 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

‘Pink’ Elephant – A Rare Species of Elephants Found in South African Safari Park

Let us talk about the (pink) elephant in the room. Lately, an extremely rare albino elephant was spotted in South Africa’s MalaMala Private Game Reserve. A video of this adorable three weeks old champagne-pink calf has now gone viral on the Internet.
Speaking of the Pink Elephant, it is a rare occurrence in African elephants, and it’s presence has not been well documented. From the clip, it was hard to point out if the calf is a true albino or if it’s unusual coloring is caused by leucism, a genetic condition causing pigment loss.
Irrespective whether albino or leucistic, this baby elephant has a tough road ahead of it. As animals with skin conditions are often sensitive to the harsh rays of the sun and could also have health problems related to a genetic mutation.
An article on this rare elephant was published by Earth Touch News Network recently –Baby ‘Pink’ Elephant Filmed Frolicking On South African Game Reserve…

“A Call For Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation; The Elephant Can Survive Only If Forests Survive.”

Forest elephants have been diminishing throughout their range during the last several decades.

Therefore, if we do not conserve our environment and forest today, then the day is not far when we will only find the Elephants in photos and videos.


Zara Advocates For Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation To Save The Pink Elephants In South Africa.

Zara Tours is committed to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism. As the saying goes “Towards a journey every step counts” – so is our commitment to realize sustainability, we try to contribute as much as we can and are prepared to help as much as possible for the cause of Elephant Conservation In Africa including this marvelous Pink Elephant In South Africa.

Marvel At The Sight Of The Rare Pink Elephants; A Truly Heart-Warming Sight.

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Nature never misses a surprise. If you perceive that you have seen it all, then we can guarantee that sighting of this rare pink is something you are yet to encounter. Marvel at this unique sight with us on our South African Safari.

Elephants, Ecosystems, And Survival
Did you know elephants are closely affected by the turmoil they face in their families and the ecosystems in which they live?

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  • Yes, just like humans elephants share a close bond with nature and family and are adversely affected if any crisis takes place.
  • However, with rising deforestation and continuous poaching activities, elephant species are threatened of being endangered.
  • Elephants are highly adaptable intelligent and masters of survival, which allows them to survive a lifespan of 60-70 years.

About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was established in 1987 in Tanzania, Africa and is one of the Continent’s biggest safari, Operators with leading experience in the region’s Top Tourism hotspots such as the Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa. We offer private and group tours and safari experiences from 1 to 30 days. To learn more, visit more information.

April 18, 2019 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

The World’s Top Five African Destinations To Enjoy A Breath-Taking Sunrise

Africa’s diverse topography gives it some of the best sunrises and sunsets in the world. From rolling desert dunes, thick jungles and wildlife-filled savannah plains the African horizon is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise from the majestic Kilimanjaro or on a tropical beach. Whatever the reason, as the dawn rolls in the horizons of these magnificent African Destinations the site is, to say the least spellbound!

Top Five African Destinations To View Sunrise

  1. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro: Seeing the sun rising in the sky from the highest peak in Africa is magical, the glorious blend of the rays in the horizon will give you Goosebumps for sure!
  2. Tanzania’s Mount Meru: In a scene set behind Mt Kilimanjaro, the sight of the sun rising from the peak of Mount Meru is nothing sort of breathtaking.
  3. Kenya’s Mount Kenya: The sun rising from the peak of Mount Kenya is an incredible experience characterized by colorful beams and a golden sky.
  4. Uganda’s Murchison Falls: As the dawn graces the skies, the sun rising over the Nile; the world’s longest river is quite an enchanting and beautiful sight to behold.
  5. Rwanda’s Kigali: Sunrise from a hike up Mt. Kigali that overlooks the entire city will leave you amazed with the mesmerizing gradient illumination over the city.

Add one of the above countries spectacles to your African Safari Adventures as these destinations put on the most fabulous sunrises!

Popular Travel website Makes time to see the World in its recent article “The Best Places To Visit In Africa In 2019 (With Photos & Things To Do)” has included all the African Destinations in which we operate. Below we have highlighted some of the main highlights of these countries.



Tanzania is an entrancing travel goal exemplified by Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s most noteworthy pinnacle; the Serengeti National Park; one of the world’s largest wildlife ecosystems and recently proclaimed world wonder; and the Ngorongoro Crater with its inconceivable concentration of biodiversity. Get the best Tanzania Safari Packages to find the true definition of an authentic African Safari.

Kenya is one of the iconic safari goals in Africa. It is home to an immense wildlife concentration and boasts some of Africa’s most popular destinations including the Masai Mara, which together with the Serengeti in Tanzania has the Great Migration from July to October. Get the best Kenya Safari Packages to enjoy a magical African adventure!


Zambia is popular for incredible African strolling safaris. This magnificent destination is home to the fabulous Victoria Falls and the powerful Zambezi River where guests can appreciate the exciting wilderness in a boat safari. Get the best Zambia Safari Packages for a delightful experience!



Uganda, known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, is a nation where mountains soar, with incredible landscapes, it is home to the source of the Nile; the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake; Lake Victoria. Rafting down the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most sought after the experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. Get the best Uganda Safari Packages for a thrilling encounter!



Dubbed “The Horn of Africa” hardly any nations in Africa are as compensating to go in as Ethiopia. Spread over beautiful scenes Ethiopia boasts rich historical significance and it is a truly unique country to visit with some of the continent’s most amazing places and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in Africa. Get the best Ethiopia Tour Packages for a truly unique holiday.



Rwanda; the land of a thousand is a nation wealthy in widely varied vegetation popular for the uncommon Silverback mountain gorilla. Get the best Rwanda Safari Packages to find the lively gorilla in their habitat!



Botswana is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life. From the perfectly clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the expansive elephant groups in the Chobe National Park and the capricious Savute Channel, Botswana is an exceptional safari goal. Get the best Botswana Safari Packages to find Africa’s wilderness wonders!

South Africa often described as the world in one country is a standout amongst the most entrancing and awesome nations in Africa, celebrated for its lovely biodiversity, natural life, rich culture, and daylight.

Cape Town and the 12 Apostels from above in South Africa

“Africa Gives You The Knowledge That Man Is A Small Creature, Amongst Other Creatures, In A Large Landscape.”

The above saying by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing rightly captures the essence of Africa. With its vast landscape, a plethora of wildlife and multitude ethnicity, Africa is like the largest landscape which has a plenitude of animals including man, the well-evolved species of mammals.

Why African Safari Is Worth Considering With Zara Tours?
African Safari with Zara Tours offers the ultimate value for money experience as we not only organize safari and trekking tours but our guests get to stay at our properties in Tanzania, which is a complete package. We offer our clients a one-stop shop holiday.

  • One of the leading Kilimanjaro trekking and safari outfitters in the region.
  • Zara Tours is one of the first local-based travel company in the region.
  • Zara has over 30 years of experience in the industry, guaranteeing the best services to our clients.
  • Zara owns its own hospitality properties in Tanzania giving the best accommodation to our clients.
  • Zara owns a fleet of 102 vehicles comprised of; 4×4 Land Rovers, 4×4 minibusses and 4×4 Land Cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs).
  • All our guides are the multilingual speaker.
  • Giving back to the community is our priority. In 2009 Zara creating a platform for us to engage directly with the community. Zara Charity supports vulnerable and marginalized groups in our tourism host communities such as orphans, the Maasai women’s group and more.

Is Africa On Your Travel List? It’s Time To Dream And Plan

With over 50 African nations to look over choose from, selecting where to go can be overwhelming. The initial step is to settle on the sort of vacation you want or the particular things you’d like to see.

Are you looking for the classic African SafariTours experience? Then perhaps Kenya or Tanzania is the apt choice for you. Want to find out wonderful ancient cultures? Ethiopia is your calling. For beach vacations, consider the stunning islands of the Indian Ocean.

If you’re traveling with small children, then South Africa is the destination for you, where malaria isn’t a problem. Head to Uganda or Rwanda, if you want to track the last remaining mountain gorillas, the closest relative to man, we share around 98% of our DNA with them.

Tips And Tricks For Travelling In Africa


  • Pick The Correct Tour, Above All Else.
African safari tours differ significantly and things like your tour guide, the safari area, and the cost would all be able to impact your experience.
  • Recognize What’s In Store.
It is important to be mentally prepared by reading about the destinations you will be visiting before travel; this will proactively help shape your expectations. Remember that to ensure you aren’t baffled when you arrive.
  • Pack Appropriately
Bring comfortable and suitable outfits, shoes that are appropriate for the savannah, insect repellent and sunscreen plus whatever else you figure you may require.
  • Be Realistic
You’re going to see some mind-blowing creatures. What’s more, some of the time you will see something that will leave your jaw on the floor. However, don’t consequently expect to see a lion bring down a gazelle directly before you!
About Zara Tours:

Zara Tours was established in 1987 in Tanzania, Africa and is one of the Continent’s biggest safari, Operators with leading experience in the region’s Top Tourism hotspots such as the Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa. We offer private and group tours and safari experiences from 1 to 30 days. To learn more, visit for more information.

April 18, 2019 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Getting Engaged? Celebrating a Significant Anniversary? Zanzibar Awaits!

TANZANIA, AFRICA – One of the most beautiful and romantic locations in the world is located in Zanzibar with its white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. With annual weather averages between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (20-32 degrees Celsius), it offers an endless summer year-round.


Known as the Spice Islands for the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper they export, the cluster of islands, of which Zanzibar is the largest, is located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania.

Sultan Swimming Pool

Honeymoon specials are available for couples married within six months of their trip when booked with Zara Tours. Enjoy relaxation oceanside, or combine your experience with a safari, mountain trek, African village excursion, wildlife viewing and more. It’s your special, romantic time so design it with as much adventure or downtime as you want and need.


Plan your proposal, honeymoon, or anniversary with us. Discover and reignite your passion with the perfect sunset, tour, safari, or trek you are waiting for. Visit our website at for pricing and packages.

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ZARA TOURS, was founded in 1987, with sustainable tourism in mind well before it was a trend. One of the largest safari operators in the region, Zara Tours creates one-of-a-kind experiences for tourists interested in safaris through the Serengeti, trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, gorilla watching in Uganda, and more. A portion of all proceeds goes right back into the community through Zara Charities which supports vulnerable groups like orphans, Maasai women, porters, and more.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0080.JPGOur full-service company owns and operates several properties including local hotels, lodges, and wild camps you must experience. Enjoy a Zara Tours once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

March 28, 2019 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Zara Tours Unveils New and Newly Renovated Lodges in Tanzania

TANZANIA, AFRICA–Tanzania Wild camps & Lodges, owned and operated by Zara Tours, has announced that renovation is complete on several of their lodges. The top-rated tour operator also reported that three new lodges Highview coffee lodge in karatu, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti Safari Lodge in Serengeti was opened recently.


In addition to taking visitors from around the world on safaris and guiding them up Mount Kilimanjaro, Zara Tours also owns and runs several lodges and many eco-friendly tented camps in Tanzania. Travelers headed up Kilimanjaro or on safari throughout the country can choose from a variety of lodging styles, from luxury hotels to clean and comfortable tents.

In the Karatu area, the new lodge Highview Coffee Lodge was opened to the public in August 2018 offers 8 exclusive cottages, which have easy access to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. While in Serengeti the Serengeti Safari Lodge was opened in December 2018, located in the Seronera Tana Spring Area. The Camp consists of 20 comfortable luxuries. Serengeti Safari Lodge is a luxury resort with a swimming Pool, Massage and spa facilities in the middle of Serengeti, Imagine having a swimming pool in the middle of Serengeti? Ngorongoro Safari is our New and luxury lodge located in the south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, approx 50km south-west of karatu Town. The Lodge is composed of 10 luxury tents to accommodate 2guest each, as well as large dining and reception area.

For a truly hands-on experience, Tourists looking for more than just the typical safari experience should consider this a unique opportunity to get closer to the rich East African culture and the real-life realities of the people in the Region.

Serengeti Safari Lodge

Highview Coffee Lodge




Ikoma Wild Camp


Highview Hotel

Early bookings are available for these adventures and more; don’t wait to plan your trip and enjoy your savings.

About Zara Tours: Zara Tours was founded in 1987 in Tanzania Africa and is one of the largest safari operators in the region, including Kilimanjaro treks and expeditions in Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, and South Africa. The company offers personal and group tours and safari adventures from a day trip to 14 days or more. Owning and operating several venues and tour travel vehicles equipped with multi-lingual guides, Zara Tours

March 22, 2019 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

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