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Zara Tours to host 8th Ngorongoro Marathon

As a proud representative and supporter of a number of community development projects throughout Tanzania, Zara Tours is excited to host the 8th Annual Ngorongoro Marathon, taking place on 18 April 2015 in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

ngorongoro race

As a unique, community-themed, multi-cultural event, this year’s Ngorongoro Marathon has been designed to offer a variety of entertainment packages, including, but not limited to: adventure safaris (pre and post marathon tour packages), open festivals, overnight carnivals, football matches, stage performances and a red carpet award ceremony. All events and celebrations (including pre-events) will take place over a five-day period in the town of Karatu.

In 2008, Ms. Leila Ansell and Mama Zainab Ansell, CEO’s of ZARA Tanzania Adventures, came up with the idea to create a unique community outreach and development initiative under Zara Charity Tanzania, and the first ever Ngorongoro Marathon was born. Up until its 7th season, the Ngorongoro Marathon took on promotional campaigns for malaria, and was entitled, “The Race Against Malaria.”

ngorongoro marathon

In addition to malaria, which presents a visible prevalence setback of 8.7% to 0.4% to date, the Ngorongoro Marathon has positively impacted other important issues such as Maasai women and children empowerment.

Furthermore, the Ngorongoro Marathon aims to:

– Promote art and culture by bringing together both locals and foreigners at a multicultural festival.

– Raise funds for charity works and other community interventions.

– Promote both local and international tourism in Tanzania.

– Create awareness for health and environmental conservation issues.


The Ngorongoro Marathon is officially registered and recognised with international standards of athletic associations, worldwide. For more information on the 8th Annual Ngorongoro Marathon, or to learn how to register, please visit the event’s website.

ngorongoro run

Zara Tours

Zara Tours, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, Zara owns and operates two hotels and four wild camps.

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