Zara Tanzania Adventures

Zara Tanzania Adventures is the largest Tanzanian-based outfitter on the mountain. Based in Moshi, they’ve been leading climbs and safaris for over 15 years. Zainab Ansel, the founder and director has become a staple of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is recommended by the Kilimanjaro National Parks Service.
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  1. gladys reeves
    January 24, 2014 | Permalink

    Climbed with ZARA and would say they are not a high end outfitter. Tents needed repair, porters had marginal clothing, food was mediocre. Their prices were low to moderate, so I guess you get what you pay for. The porters were very attentive and helpful, though. Tipping practices were questionable. I would not recommend them to other travelers.

  2. Ellie o' leary
    October 3, 2013 | Permalink

    I have climbed Kilimanjaro twice -first time here with Ian McKeever and everlasting – second time. This test with KA and mike I’Shea – I have heard awful things about if her climbing companies -Ian McK hated Zara and all they stood for -apparently they have highest no of porter deaths on mountain

    • ddorr
      October 3, 2013 | Permalink

      Hi Ellie,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback. Congratulations on your multiple Kilimanjaro Adventures. Please feel free to share your journey with our broader community on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kissingkilimanjaro.

      I have climbed with Zara myself and did not see any mistreatment of their porters. But this is an important issue and I encourage all climbers to let their outfitter know that porter safety is very important.

      Thank you,
      Daniel Dorr

    • G.Mtui
      November 5, 2013 | Permalink

      Hi Ellie, Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it seems you hear from wrong person or from Zara competitors, but the truth is that Tanzania Zara adventure has nothing to do with mistreatment of portners and zara is always stand and fight for Porters and Kilimanjaro Porters society is part of Zara charity initiatives to support and ensure good conditions of all porters klimbing kili. find the link for your reference http://kilimanjaro-porters.org/

  3. James Lambert
    March 30, 2013 | Permalink

    How I Rate This Outfitter : ★

    I did a lot of research into this when I made a booking and found a great video done by two americans see http://vimeo.com/27746760 which is all about the bad treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and the excellent work done by an American lady called Karen Valenti that set up an NGO called the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. This works to ensure fair treatment of portes- what I found was that all the good outfitters I spoke to were members of KPAP. Zara are not members and KPAP say they have the WORST record on the mountain for porter treatment and have the highest death rate for porters. Do you really want to recommend this type of company to western visitors!

    • ddorr
      March 30, 2013 | Permalink

      Thanks for the comment James. I too am disappointed Zara has not joined KPAP and instead started their own porter’s program, the Mt. Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) http://www.kilimanjaro-porters.org/. As one of the largest tour operators on Kilimanjaro they have a unique leadership opportunity in the community of outfitters and climbers.

      I have personally climbed with Zara in the past and only saw good treatment of the porters in our group. I’ll never forget Mik and Juma who helped me with my equipment and made an ordinary hike into an extraordinary experience.

      Aside from looking for KPAP-certified outfitters, I also encourage all climbers to tell their guides that tips are contingent on the health and welfare of the porters. If the porters aren’t well taken care of, it should affect the guides and outfitters directly! No one should die or suffer on Kilimanjaro for lack of adequate food and protection. Thanks for reminding us all of this important issue.

      –Daniel Dorr

    • H. Warner
      May 26, 2013 | Permalink

      How I Rate This Outfitter : ★★

      I saw this comment while searching for an outfitter. I did a lot of research on KPAP and the work that they have done and I was shocked to hear that KPAP has been banned from Kilimanjaro by the Tanzania Parks. When I spoke with a few of the companies that are members of KPAP, they told me very clearly that this is a result of Zara. Evidently the minister of tourism is the finance backer of Zara and they did not like having a third party (voluntary) group out there certifying certain outfitters are following their guidelines.

      • G.Mtui
        November 1, 2013 | Permalink

        Dear H. Warner,

        I’ve been through your Comment and it is fortunate I know zara and Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) very well and what your saying is not true, Kilimanjaro porters society is part of Zara charity and created by Tanzania Zara Adventures which Zara is doing a lot to support them and KPAP know this very well may be you need to ask them well if you do alot of reserch with them but also read about Kilimanjaro porters society here will find the truth about ZARA http://kilimanjaro-porters.org/ The Minister of Tourism has nothing to do with zara nor he is not the finance backer of Zara.

  4. March 31, 2010 | Permalink

    How I Rate This Outfitter : ★★★★★

    I climbed the Rongai route with Zara and really loved it. The night before the climb Patience gave a briefing on what to expect on the mountain and how to fight altitude sickness (polepole = go slow, and lost of water). Our guides, Mndeme and Mohamed were both great. Mndeme had a great sense of humor and lots of fun. Mohamed had tons of experience and was clearly respected on the mountain. Of the ten of us only 1 person had to go back down, the rest made it to the summit. When we got back everyone at the hotel knew us by name, congratulated us and made us feel like welcome family members. It was an awesome experience and I’d definitely book with them again.

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