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Zara Tours Announces Purchase of New Equipment

Equipment to benefit tourists, employees, Tanzanian government

Tanzania, Africa – Zara Tours, Tanzania’s leading provider of Mt. Kilimanjaro tours, announced the purchase of a wide variety of new equipment to enhance the guest (tourist) experience, as well as maintain Zara Tours’ tradition of safety. Tents, sleeping bags and pads, porter’s bags and other essential climbing equipment were among the items recently purchased. (more…)

January 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Sustainable Tourism: Tanzania Tours Support and Respect Indigenous Cultures

Tourism has been a major source of income and sustenance for many cultures in countries popular for their natural wonders or manmade attractions.  The revenue and interest garnered as a result of visitors from far away can enable an improved economy, allow certain classes of people to prosper, and even be a driver for development where there would have been none.  The impact on indigenous people, however, can be negative.  Traffic from insensitive or ignorant travelers can harm the culture and traditions of locals and leave the location worse off instead of better. (more…)

December 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

How Tanzania is Changing the Face of Tourism

Tourism is referred to as the lifeblood of many foreign countries and popular destinations. Where Tanzania is concerned, the statement certainly applies. The largest country in Eastern Africa, Tanzania is located just south of the equator and next-door to the Serengeti. This vantage point offers tourists the chance to see many different sides of Africa in one place. (more…)

August 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Kilimanjaro Trips: Sharing the Wealth of Africa with One Another

Kilimanjaro trips do more than just take you to the “Roof of Africa” and back. A portion of the proceeds supports the local community through Zara Charities. One beneficiary of this support is the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center. (more…)

June 19, 2013 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Ngorongoro Run: The Race Takes Place on the 7th Wonder of the World

Ngorongoro Run & Trekking Kilimanjaro for Charity


Ngorongoro Crater was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world. Voters referenced the largest unbroken caldera statistic along with the unique encounter with wildlife as the primary factors drawing their votes. Ngorongoro Crater joined the Serengeti Migration and Mount Kilimanjaro as wonders of nature that call both Africa and Tanzania home.

By observation done by Zara Tours and Zara Charity, ​​it was found that malaria is a disease which kills more than 250,000 people a year in Africa.

In the southern Sahara desert, 88 million people are at risk for getting infections of malaria. It’s believed that there are indicators where approximately 20 million people will become infected and suffer from malaria this year.

While in Tanzania, only about one person loses a life every minute due to the disease.

It is based on statistics like these that we, at Zara Tours and Zara Charity, got organized and decided to start this race in Ngorongoro and Karatu. Since 2008, we’ve been raising funds that will be used to help communities in Karatu and Ngorongoro on the prevention, access to treatment and education about this disease and the risk of malaria to life in general.

Zara Tours is well-known for offering unique chances to see the natural beauty of Tanzania, but trekking Kilimanjaro is just one way you can see what makes Africa so special. We also support one-of-a-kind events that help to sustain local communities through our charity organization, Zara Charity. One of these events is the Ngorongoro Run on April 6th, 2013. We would like to extend an open invitation for you to get involved.

Holding Up the “Roof of Africa”

As a rule, 10% of all the proceeds from trekking Kilimanjaro and other Zara Tours trips go to local charities.  Ngorongoro Run is an exception. All of the proceeds from this event are put towards Malaria awareness, education, and prevention. Why Malaria? The statistics are staggering:

  • There’s an estimated 88 million people living in Sub-Saharan Africa – a Malaria hot zone.
  • Of the 88 million inhabitants, 20 million will contract Malaria this year.
  • 250,000 people will die of the disease by the end of the year.
  • That translates to one death every 10 minutes.

Looking at the magnitude of a problem like this, it’s clear that something needs to be done, not only on an international level, but on a local level as well. That’s why Zara Charity is raising funds to put toward community mobilization and education. What will the result look like?

It starts with the large-scale distribution of long-life insecticide treated bed nets (ITN’s) and accessibility to effective treatment. These two simple steps can prevent the spread of this disease and save millions of lives.

Making an Impact through Innovation

The steps may be simple, but there’s a lot of ground to cover in Sub-Saharan Africa. Making an impact takes bold and creative execution.  That’s something we are all too familiar with.

Our organization has helped to:

  • Start and fund 35% of the Kilimanjaro Orphans Center
  • Offer skills training and teach financial management through the Porter’s Society
  • Work with Mwema street children
  • Contribute to HIV/AIDS care and education
  • Offer healthcare to families
  • Give women a business education

What better way to cover new ground than with a marathon? Since taking over management of the Ngorongoro Run in 2008, the event has expanded from 200 runners to over 50 cooperate racing teams. Runners come from all over the world, including East Africa, Somalia, and the United States. The goal: eradicate Malaria one mile, one sponsor at a time.

Where do you come in?

There are four ways you can help:

  1. Become a member of Zara Charity
  2. Volunteer at an event
  3. Make a one-time donation
  4. Consider running the marathon or trekking Kilimanjaro for charity

We host a limited number of charity treks a year. For more information on these trips and the other opportunities listed here, please visit our website:

We can make a difference in the fight against Malaria right now. Help us spread the message of prevention and hope throughout Tanzania and beyond; get involved!

Help Zara Charity by trekking Kilimanjaro for a good cause

April 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Ngorongoro Marathon – The Race against Malaria

The ZARA Marathon was held in the Karatu area of Ngorongoro on April 10th, 2010. Like last year, many national and international runners took part in the race which has the aim to raise awareness about malaria, which affects between 300 and 500 million people every year, over 90% of whom live in Africa. Malaria kills over one million men, women and children every year. In Tanzania one person dies of malaria every 10 minutes.

This year, ZARA Charity was sponsor of the Kids Run, which was arranged for the first time. The picture shows Zainab Ansell of ZARA congratulating the female winner of the run. See more pictures here.

Zainab congratulating female winner

May 25, 2010 at 7:05 am 1 comment

Ngorongoro Run 2010 – The Race against Malaria

The third Ngorongoro half Marathon (21 km/14 miles) will be held on Saturday, the 10th of April, 2010. It is still possible to register as a participant, which is free of charge. Everyone participating will get a 50 US$ discount on any ZARA safari or climb. Even if you’re not into participating yourself, it will be a lot of fun to cheer on the many local and foreign runners!

Last year, In April 2009, more than 280 world class runners from East Africa and the United States made their way through one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth, beginning at the Ngorongoro Crater and ending in Karatu Town. Participants ran the full half marathon as individuals and this year, MIHV (Minnesota International Health Volunteers) that are arranging the run, are encouraging corporate teams to run the race as a relay. For 2010,  5 km and 1 km “fun runs” for children are added.

MIHV is still looking for sponsors of the event. If you see yourself in a position to assist, contact Jolene Mullins, MIHV country director for Tanzania ( Sponsorship opportunities start as low as 100,000 TSh (75 USD) to sponsor a runner (Bronze package) and 1 Mio. TSh (750 USD) to be a main sponsor. Also contact Jolene if you want to participate as a runner.

The marathon is an opportunity to raise awareness about malaria which affects between 300 and 500 million people every year, over 90% of whom live in Africa. Malaria kills over one million men, women and children every year. In Tanzania one person dies of malaria every 10 minutes.

March 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm 6 comments

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