Written on: February 16, 2016
I visited in January 2016
We wanted to have a holiday in Tanzania combining safari and some beach time, but we didn't really know how best to organise it, though we were reticent to go through a 'big' brochure-led operator, partly on cost grounds and partly just because. 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 Stone Town 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.
My boyfriend and his 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...