Fair Travel Tanzania

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Fair Travel™ lets you explore Tanzania with quality, safety and value – for you and the local people. Our highest priority is happy customers so we dedicate mind and soul in every detail to make your adventures a lifetime experience. But we also believe in happy locals so we pay fair salaries, support the local economy, behave responsibly to nature and use all profits for the benefit of local community and natural conservation. We make sure that your footprints matter.

If you’re looking for cheap ‘tourist traps’ with low concern of quality and safety; tour companies who take your money, pay low wages and expect you to add up staff salary with tips; or prefer that profits from your adventures leak out of Tanzania or increase income gaps – keep looking elsewhere.

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nilic123_23249 10/13/2016

“Amazing Tour Company!”

9 months ago

My friends climbed Kilimanjaro for a week and then joined my sister and I for a safari in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as a day visiting various tribes. Some internet research showed us that many...

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08/15/2016
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5 Days
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Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Hadza Tribe

My friends climbed Kilimanjaro for a week and then joined my sister and I for a safari in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as a day visiting various tribes. Some internet research showed us that many tourist companies in Tanzania take a lot of money from tourists but terribly exploit their employees, forcing them to work under very inhumane conditions. We found the Fair Travel non-profit tour operator (http://www.fairtravel.com/) on an NGO website which was started to try and improve the terrible conditions kili porters are usually working under (http://www.kiliporters.org/). As we could not find trip advisor reviews on Fair Travel, we got a Bradt Travel guide that confirmed FairTravel was the only company that paid their employees 2-4 factors more and had them working under way better conditions while charging us the same prices as other companies.
We booked with them and it was amazing! We talked to many of their employees who indeed confirmed Fair Travel pays much better under way better working conditions. Our equipment (truck, tents, dining table, dining chairs, sleeping bags, etc) was new and really good quality. We talked to travelers whose drivers slept in the car and cooks on the kitchen floor, ours had their own tent and were well equipped. Our driver Eli, was very kind and knowledgeable, telling us many facts about the park, the animals, the different tribes and people of Tanzania. Our cook, Paolo was amazing, the food was hotel-quality, the meals were elaborate and delicious. I also have a quite sensitive stomach and Paolo's was the first food I had in Africa/Asia that did not upset my stomach. Their background was also really amazing to hear about, but is theirs to tell so I will leave that for you to ask.

I highly recommend this tour operator! It was started by a guy who climbed Kilimanjaro and started his company to improve working conditions of porters. From what we can tell the quality of our tour surpassed the quality of the tours other travelers we had talked to were on. We also saw many broken trucks along the way, we had no problems.

The tribe visits were one of the most interesting things I've done in my life. We saw saw many animals in both parks!

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clementsrc_14550 02/16/2016

“Just superb”

1 year ago

We wanted to have a holiday in Tanzania combining safari and some beach time. We contacted a small number of operators about whom we had read in guides or online; the response from Fair Travel impressed us most. One reason we were...

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Date of safari: 
01/21/2016
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7 Days
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Tarangire,Ngrongoro, Serengeti

We wanted to have a holiday in Tanzania combining safari and some beach time. We contacted a small number of operators about whom we had read in guides or online; the response from Fair Travel impressed us most. One reason we were attracted to Fair Travel is that it is an ethical outfit, which in its own words is "a unique non-profit tour operator. We offer Tanzanian adventures with affordable and transparent pricing, staff who are not dependent on tipping, tours that are CO2 off-set and where 100% of net profits are channeled into conservation."

Fair Travel arranged a time to phone me in the UK to discuss what we wanted and our budget. They then came up with a proposal which suited us perfectly and was very competitive in terms of price. Everything worked perfectly - we had an excellent driver/guide; it was just us in the Landcruiser for the whole of our safari, which took in Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti and Ngorongoro, an excellent schedule in January which meant we started quite gently, but saw lots of birds (part of our aim), took us through the amazing migration of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, gave us two full days in Serengeti with amazing close up encounters with lions, cheetah, leopards, elephants, giraffes and so much else, and we ended up in the extraordinary and unmissable Ngorongoro crater.

Everywhere we stayed was excellent - comfortable, great food, and unique. Our second half, in Zanzibar was just as good in a very different way - a night in a lovely boutique hotel in Stonetown followed by an excellent quiet hotel on the coast with a huge empty white sand beach.

We would therefore heartily recommend Fair Travel and can honestly say that every detail of the arrangements worked perfectly and that, with apologies for the cliche, we really did have the holiday of a lifetime.

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adria.serra.mer... 09/15/2015

“Excellent safari with the "guide of guides"”

1 year ago

We just had one of the most wonderful experiences with Fair Travel!

The eight-day safari we had with them was just amazing. Departing from Arusha, we visited Tarangire, Serengeti (Seronera, Lobo and the Mara) and the...

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09/15/2015
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8 Days
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Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro

We just had one of the most wonderful experiences with Fair Travel!

The eight-day safari we had with them was just amazing. Departing from Arusha, we visited Tarangire, Serengeti (Seronera, Lobo and the Mara) and the Ngorongoro crater. First we thought we were lucky but a great deal of the success was due to our guide, Joshua.

Joshua was just awesome. He has more than 17 years of experienced and besides knowing everything there is to know about wildlife and the area, and being a seasoned driver -something very important specially in northern Serengeti-, he is the perfect guide. Speaks excellent English and amazingly good Spanish, but most of all he knows how to take you to the hot spots before anyone else, avoiding the masses of cars, he has a lot of patience and likes to wait for the good scenes. He will even tell the other guides where to look! And, above all, he is really passionate about his work. By the end of the week we were "ranking" him as the "guide of guides". Definitely, it would not have been the same without him; we are really, really grateful.

Moreover, Josafat the cook was also great; the meals were all excellent (the African specialties were delicious) and we were taken care of perfectly. We were staying in public camps but sometimes it fell like a five-star hotel. They care about everything and all we had to do was enjoy and take pics. Nothing else we could ask for.

The organisation and communication prior to the safari was also excellent. Benjamin handled it professionally and efficiently, especially considering the time constraints we had to set on him. They were flexible and advised for the best options. Also, the transfers and the stay in Arusha were taken care of by them.

All in all, it was a experience of a lifetime and we have Fair Travel to thank for.

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piagray 09/15/2014

“Fantastic holiday and experience”

2 years ago

Edward our guide for the safari was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and a kind , really nice person who's company we enjoyed immensely. The lodges and tented accommodation were really good both on the safari and in Zanzibar. We can...

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Date of safari: 
08/11/2014
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9 Days
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Tarangiri, Lake Eyasi. Ngorongoro, Northeren Serengeti

Edward our guide for the safari was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and a kind , really nice person who's company we enjoyed immensely. The lodges and tented accommodation were really good both on the safari and in Zanzibar. We can highly recommend Fair Travel.

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evangelinadelfratte 08/07/2013

“great experience”

3 years ago

We spend four days and three nights with our guide-ranger Stephan and Josheph, our cook. Each one of them was better, by far, than the expected. The first, furthermore of the game drive, mades of each meal an interesting moment...

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08/07/2013
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4 Days
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Serengeti, Ngorongoro

We spend four days and three nights with our guide-ranger Stephan and Josheph, our cook. Each one of them was better, by far, than the expected. The first, furthermore of the game drive, mades of each meal an interesting moment with his knowledge and good sense of humor. Joshep surprised us with delicious, plentiful and well prepared dishes. The tent and all the necesary for a comfortable night was provided for the company. We only had to be there.
Relative to the necessary arrangements to start and finished the safari, we are completely satisfied too.
We found and saw the big five and lots more.
Indeed, we recomend Fair Travel. Evangelina y Federico :D

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jeanluc.louis 04/17/2013

“In touch with Africa”

4 years ago

Mostly in camping, under the tents.
Fantastic guide and cook: knowledge, kindness, availability, always on time, ....
A lot of "wouaw!" great moments thanks to landscapes and animals but also a very rich human experience...

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Date of safari: 
03/04/2013
Length of safari: 
7 Days
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lake lanyara, serengeti and ngorongoro

Mostly in camping, under the tents.
Fantastic guide and cook: knowledge, kindness, availability, always on time, ....
A lot of "wouaw!" great moments thanks to landscapes and animals but also a very rich human experience.

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gayendra 02/07/2013

“Safari Jan 2013”

4 years ago

Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew where to take us to see all the interesting animals. Camping tents were excellent and Food - yummy!

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01/28/2013
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3 Days
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Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew where to take us to see all the interesting animals. Camping tents were excellent and Food - yummy!