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About ZARA Tours

The charismatic founder and director of ZARA Tours is Mrs. Zainab Ansell, a local from Moshi/Tanzania. After studying tourism and working for Air Tanzania, she started ZARA Tours in 1987, organizing National wildparks safaris and climbs to Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Today, in terms of guest numbers, ZARA tours is Tanzania's No.1 Kilimanjaro outfitter and one of Tanzania's biggest safari operators. ZARA tours has also entered the field of hospitality, we currently operate two hotels and three tented camps.

Our years of experience and knowledge as qualified climbing guides and safari tours operation in Tanzania assures you an experience you can remember a life time. Safety, efficiency and reliability have earned us the reputation for being one of the best-valued and most reliable operators in the region.

With 88 registered Kilimanjaro Guides and a fleet of 4x4 Land rovers, 4x4 mini buses and 4x4 Land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) we are ready to take you on your safari adventure and on top of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Zainab Ansell and guest 

Our English, German and Spanish-speaking guides will share the knowledge and stories of the incredible Tanzania Game reserves or joining you on your climb on the many routes to the top of magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The year 2000 was the start for ZARA's involvement in the hospitality industry. With her husband Roger, Zainab Ansell opened the Springlands Hotel in Moshi, named after the nearby crystal clear springs. The hotel is serving as the ideal base for trekking Mount Kilimanjaro.

Not shortly afterwards, the mobile Serengeti Wildcamp and the permanent Ikoma Wildcamp had been added, offering safari travellers the perfect bush experience at two of Tanzania's most classic safari hotspots.

Another milestone has been the opening of the Highview Hotel in 2006, airly located on a hillside facing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Highview Hotel had been designed on the same lines as the Springlands Hotel - simplicity combined with quality services. Zainab's daughter Leila is managing the hotel today.

ZARA's latest expansions include the Selous Wildcamp and an upper-class permanent camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater - both will be opening in 2008. They will offer the same reliability, quality and level of service that ZARA Tours is famous for.

It is our concern that this area should benefit, and not suffer from the advent of tourism, please on our website about our involvement into sustainable tourism.


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ZARA memberships include:

* Sustainable Travel International (STI)


* Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)
* Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
* Tourist Agent License - class "A" for safari and Kilimanjaro (TALA)
* International Air Transport Association (IATA)
* Africa Travel Association (ATA)
* American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
* Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
* Women in Tourism International Alliance (WITIA)

Contact Information

- ZARA Tanzania -

Zara Tours
P.O. Box 1990
Moshi
Tanzania


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References

We are mentioned in the following publications:

 

 Guide books:
* Lonely Planet
* Rough Guide to Tanzania

* Snow, ice and savannah by Stephen Nicolosi

* "Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya" by Cameron Burns
* "Sons of Kilimanjaro" by Macon Dunnagan
* Bradt Travel Guide "Northern Tanzania" & "Tanzania"
* "Kilimanjaro, Tansania und Sansibar" by Tom Kunkel (German)
* "Stein Outdoor - Tansania: Kilimanjaro" by Reinhard Dippelreither (German)
* "Kilimanjaro - A photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa" by Michel Moushabeck

* "Directed not Lost" by Ryan Shankles


 

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