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Fair Travel™ | Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania
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About Fair Travel™ | Tanzania
Fair Travel™ is a unique non-profit tour operator. We offer wildlife safaris and Kilimanjaro expeditions 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 positive social and environmental impact. We will make you fall in love with Tanzania and make sure that …your footprints matter.
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Liz E wrote a review Jun 2020
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My daughter & I spent 10 glorious days in Tanzania last September on Safari with this wonderful company. It was to celebrate my forthcoming 60th birthday. My daughter did a lot of research on the subject and destination before we booked as we wanted the trip to be as socially responsible as possible. I had not realised the method of operation of so many large safari companies which did not sit comfortably with me but Fair Travel is run on a different and much fairer model. When you are in the privileged position of being able to consider such a trip this was paramount to my conscience. Before approaching Fair Travel we identified roughly what we wanted to do and see in the time frame available and at the time of year we were going to travel. Jorin was great in shaping our plans to accommodate our wishes, making suggestions based on local experience. It really was a"tailor made" trip particularly as we weren't in a group, just the two of us with out driver/guide and our cook. I had never spent such a large amount of money on a holiday and I was cautious transferring the deposit and balance to Tanzania, to an unknown entity; my bank only questioned the second payment strangely, but my fears were unfounded. We opted for basic camping for most of the nights, on public campsites to add to the experience. It is basic camping but you have the benefit of being close to nature at all times. Not being a regular "camper" I did miss the comfort of a proper bed and decent showers but it's only for a few nights in a lifetime and had the opportunity of waking in the night, peeking out of the tent to see a herd of zebra all around us, illuminated by moonlight. All the hard work is taken care of and our team always picked the best available spot for us - facing the best view or the sunrise etc. Our cook, Josephat, always produced tasty food and loads of it, from the most basic of facilities and everything transported with us, particularly in the Serengeti. We did have 2 nights in a more superior camp/lodge at KatiKati following a recommendation from friends. This was a little bit of luxury right in the north of the Serengeti near where we saw the wildebeest crossing the Mara river. A hot shower in our own "shower room" in our grand tent was very welcome. We spent out time as follows: Dep LHR Thursday. Thurs night Ilboro lodge in Arusha; Fri. at lodge in Arusha; leave Arusha Saturday am for Tarangire. Sat night camp in Tarangire (wake at the dawn with elephants on perimeter of campsite!), Sun more Tarangire then to Lake Manyara, past Masai villages, Mon Lake Manyara, Mon night public camp in south of Serengeti, Tues drive north through Serengeti & first to visit Mara river (lots of waiting for Wildebeest to decide to take the plunge) Tues & Weds nights at Kati Kati, for river crossing and leopard "hunting". Thursday early departure for Ngorogoro crater, Friday night back in Arusha, Saturday spent at lodge & in Arusha before heading to airport for departure. We saw so much and learnt so much. Our guide and driver, Fadile, was a consummate professional - spotting hidden wildlife way ahead whilst negotiating the most difficult terrain in the 4x4, answering endless questions and stopping for photos when requested, finding the best picnic spots and using all his knowledge and experience to "hunt" for elusive wildlife for us to see. It was great to talk with him and Josephat about their country, their lives and life in general. They were intrigued by Brexit !! The suggestion by Jorin to stay at the lodge in Arusha before & after the safari was a good one, giving us a chance to relax, and experience a little of urban Tanzanian life. If you have the opportunity of doing a trip like this don't hesitate to go with Love Fair Travel Tanzania. We were so pleased to have done so and have had such a great experience of a lovely country & people. Don't forget to take a notebook to write a journal - so much to remember and so many beautiful memories 😊 Liz & Emily
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Wouter H wrote a review Dec 2019
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Me and my girlfriend did a 7 day safari with Fair Travel in November 2019 (we visited Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and we visited the Hazabi tribe). Of all the companies we contacted for information, FT was the one that immediately stood out in a positive way. Jorin was very responsive, knowledgeable and honest (eg he immediately told us that November might be more rainy than other months, something we knew and didn't mind :-). Indeed, we had quite a bit of questions before we finally decided to book but he was always fast and elaborate in his answers. His open way of communicating also resulted in us not having any doubts about transferring the considerable amount of money upfront to pay for the trip. FT might not be the cheapest option on the market but we were more than happy to pay a bit more knowing that their staff gets a fair wage and local communities are being supported. Also, the fact that tips are included in the full price was a plus for us as this meant we didn't have to worry about this during the trip itself. That being said, we still decided to give our guide Edward and cook Josefat something extra at the end of the journey. Both turned out to be amazing at their jobs and it was largely due to them that the trip exceeded our upfront expectations. Edward is a master animal spotter and took us on game drives that sometimes lasted up to 10 hours (talk about value for money!). Josefat on the other hand always made sure that copious and delicious meals were ready when we returned. In addition, both of them were fun to hang around with and made us both feel very comfortable during the whole trip. Finally, they also helped us out at the end of the safari to get from Arusha to our next stop in Usambara mountains via public transport. Something which would have been a lot more cumbersome without them for sure! We highly recommend this company!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Susie Roddick wrote a review Nov 2019
Radnage, United Kingdom4 contributions7 helpful votes
A group of 5 of us did a 6 day Kilimanjaro climb via the Rongai route with Fair Travel. From start to finish Fair Travel proved themselves to be an excellent company who really cared about ensuring everyone had the best possible experience. The guides were very knowledgeable and took very seriously their role in ensuring the team were well prepared for the altitude and trek. The whole team of porters were amazing and we were so well looked after with good food and endless supplies of ginger tea! We researched quite carefully before choosing Fair Travel and would thoroughly recommend them as a company who is fair to the traveler but also fair to staff. The company operates as a non-profit organisation and channels profits into local initiatives in Tanzania. The booking process right from them initial contract with Jorin was excellent, Jorin patiently answered all our queries promptly and comprehensively. Thank you to everyone at Fair Travel for the experience of a lifetime!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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AngieWhoDat wrote a review Oct 2019
Chesapeake, Virginia8 contributions3 helpful votes
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If you are considering climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, please do your research about fair practices and reputable companies! We did and our expectations were still exceeded in such a fantastic way by Fair Travel Tanzania! Our guide, Merinyo, our assistant guides, Yahya and Sam, and our team of porters were phenomenal! Safety was paramount, and our comfort, enjoyment, and success was always considered. Our team was always professional, kind, knowledgeable, capable, and helpful. If you want the best group to organize, guide, and care for you and your team, you will love the experience you will have with Fair Travel Tanzania 🇹🇿!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Harry wrote a review Oct 2019
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My adult son and I began this adventure October 10, 2019. The Fair Travel Tanzania team were awesome from the time we cleared security at JRO until we were dropped off there for our return flight. The managers, drivers, guides and porters were all friendly, well trained, professional and safe. No detail was left to chance. Despite the fact that the weather was often uncooperative, there were hot meals and dry tents waiting at the end of each day of hiking. Considering the difficulty of the operating environment, we received an unbelievable level of service; better than many high end hotels. The porters were up in the early hours preparing hot coffee, tea or coco to be delivered to your tent as a wake up call. Then hot breakfast in the mess tent a half hour later. There was no shortage of food on the mountain. Hot wash water was provided daily as well. Snacks were distributed and we were off with our day packs to the next camp site while the porters broke down the camp, passed us later in the morning and set it all back up before we arrived. Our guides, who like the porters became our friends, conducted daily briefings and health checks. I began to feel guilty at how hard the crew worked on my behalf! The mountain is truly spectacular, but it is also no walk in the park. Come prepared for some tough hiking and remember that the altitude is a wild card, many will be fine but some will not. The crew will make every effort to help you succeed, but they will not expose you to life threatening situations. Our one day safari was just as amazing. We saw many kinds of animals up close, including the favorites: elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra, warthog, buffalo and many types of antelope and birds. The drivers were always on time, the hotels were comfortable and secure and we were never left wondering how to do this or that or how to get here or there. Fair Travel Tanzania (AKA Love Fair Travel and NOT the same as Fair Travel Kilimanjaro) is a top notch organization I can heartily recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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