Thursday, July 13, 2017
At 80, Werner Berger is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, for the 7th time. Why? He says, “To celebrate my birthday at the top on July 16, and, of more importance, to inspire individuals of all ages to live their lives with greater Passion, Purpose, Health, and Fulfillment.” He then adds, “This is the launch of ‘Quest736, The Game is not Over (seven summits, seven continents in thirty-six (36) months).’”
We immediately wanted to ask, “What is that all about,” yet checked in with him, in anticipation of your question, “Who the heck is this guy?”.
Well, he is one of your neighbors; a Part-Time Bucks County resident and a Guinness World Records holder as the oldest person on earth to have climbed the seven summits; the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. We asked him, “Why the heck would you be climbing at your age and planning to re-climbing the seven?” His casual response, “Because I love doing it and to inspire others to live their lives “out loud.””
What we found fascinating, at age 57, he dreamt up a challenge for himself. His Bucket List included hiking to Mr. Everest Base Camp, hiking to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbing the Matterhorn. Never did he even think any of this would come to pass.
We have all heard the phrase, “Careful what you wish for.” Well, in Berger’s case he got what he wished for and more. “Did you ever think you’d one day be standing on the top of Mt. Everest.” His instant reply, “No never.” He then followed up with, “At least, not until I had climbed a few of the higher continental points. Only then did the 7-Summits jumped to mind. “
" How old were you when that happened?” He calmly answered, “65.” “And, how old were you when you climbed Mt. Everest?” 69. And now, 10 years he is stepping out to re-climb the seven summits, with Kilimanjaro as the first and all within the next thirty-six (36) months
“What does living your life out loud mean to you?” His response includes re-awakening your adventurous spirit, overcoming the “I can’t do this or that syndrome,” reconnecting with yourself in a meaningful manner – by finding that zest for life we all had as unencumbered children and becoming the leader we were all meant to be – re-bonding with nature and re-discovering the true meaning of “awe?”
He leaves on July 6 for Africa and will be standing onto of the African continent on the morning of his 80th birthday.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed so quickly, but when we stop and look back at the calendar, it’s 30 years and counting.
Zara Tours can bring you everywhere in Tanzania – from the endless plains of the Serengeti to the Roof of Africa “ Mt. Kilimanjaro” down to the Islands of Zanzibar. We have more than 30 years of experience as a qualified climbing guide, hospitality accommodation and Safari tour operator in Tanzania and East Africa. We currently employ more than 80 registered English, Spanish, Russia, France and Germany speaking Guides.
Monday, June 12, 2017
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Monday, June 5, 2017
The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Geita Gold Mine (GGM) Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge against HIV/AIDS has now reached 16 years since its establishment in 2001; with the aims of raising awareness and money which is used in the joining government’s efforts in the combating of HIV/AIDS pandemic across the country.
Speaking with the Managing Director of the ZARA Tanzania Adventures Ms. Zainab Ansell said that, her company has become the guide of the ‘crucial’ expedition for more than a decade to join the government efforts in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
“As you know, HIV/AIDS has become one of the giant problems to our society that’s why I’m saying that there is urgent need to join forces with the government to fight it; I appeal other institutions to emulate Geita Gold Mine initiatives.
Monday, May 15, 2017
- To unite the world long term volunteers with various projects supported by Zara Charity.
- To enhance community economic development
- To improve women economic performance
- To improve living condition for special group such as women and children.
- Social needs
- Educational needs
- Environmental conservation and sustainability
- Employment creation
- Improving working and living conditions for the porters who climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru
- To ensure local community development and sustainability
- To support disadvantaged groups within the community such as women, orphans and poor people by providing them with basic needs such as food, shelter, education and etc.
- To link our projects with international donors
- To ensure environmental conservation and sustainability