Measurable Impact Through Tourism
To date, Fair Trade Safaris' contributions combined with our guests' matching donations have generated over $250,000 for our Conservation and Philanthropy partners. Our goal is to more than double that amount by the end of 2018!
Share your passion and talents with a cherished cause. Sample local cuisine. Participate in a traditional ceremony, complete with music and dance. Form an indelible connection with the greater human family. Find love and joy. All it takes is a few hours, or perhaps a full day; but the impact is profound and long-lasting.
Travelanthropy is the ethos around which Fair Trade Safaris bases its entire foundation. It’s philanthropy through travel. And we take this to the highest level by giving 100% of our profits to worthy projects in Africa.
This is NOT volunteer travel or volunteer tourism (sometimes known as "voluntourism"). Volunteer travel usually entails days, if not weeks, of humanitarian or charity work, along with modest living conditions. Fair Trade Safaris, on the other hand, is primarily a luxury travel organization that focuses on, and specializes in, wildlife safaris and other leisure travel activities and adventures in Africa. Philanthropy - or "Travelanthropy" - is certainly an important component of our charter and mission. And during your travels with us, we visit a community project, orphanage or animal rehabilitation center; but you don't commit to days or weeks of volunteering or strenuous work.
It is no secret that the wildlife in Africa is under tremendous pressure; and entire species are alarmingly at the brink of extinction. So, Fair Trade Safaris collaborates with several conservation / anti-poaching organizations including WildAid, PAMS Foundation, and other similar groups in order to combat wildlife poaching and trafficking, and to promote conservation and protection efforts.
On the Community Development front, we partner with a whole range of organizations - including large established groups such as SOS Children's Village, Rotary International, and Goodwill of Central Texas, as well as smaller (but extremely impactful) initiatives such as Uthando (South Africa), Baphumelele Children's Home (Cape Town, South Africa), Ibuka Dance Foundation (Arusha, Tanzania), E3 Alliance (Austin, Texas), Interfaith Action of Central Texas (Central Texas), The Paramount Theater (Austin, Texas), Andy Roddick Foundation (Texas), and others.
Simply by visiting Africa with Fair Trade Safaris, you - i.e. our guests - can and will make a TREMENDOUS contribution to conserving our wildlife and to improving our communities in Africa and in the U.S.
It’s truly a win-win situation. You go on a unique African safari adventure. You experience some truly heart-warming projects. You give back in a meaningful financial way. You support jobs and make a tangible impact on poverty alleviation in Africa. We do good and we feel good!