GLORIA Y. // NEW YORK
A Great Safari with a Wonderful Company!
My daughter and I just spent a total of 20 days in Tanzania this July: we summited Kilimanjaro via the 8-day Lemosho Route, we spent 6 days on safari, and we vacationed on Zanzibar Island. It was absolutely a once-in-a-life-time experience, and it was also a celebration trip for my daughter because she is off to college this year. We have been very pleased with Sababu Safaris!
First of all, it was planning of the trip. Denise did the meticulous planning for the itinerary and continued with follow-ups. Denise connected with me on Instagram while I was pondering the trip and searching for information. (…) As the planning was going on, we met few times, I texted her often with all important or trivia questions I came up with, Denise updated me via emails and texts about our safari itinerary and her connections with trekking agencies in Tanzania. Finally, a couple of months later, she finalized our Tanzania itinerary with THREE parts: the Kilimanjaro climbing (with a trekking company), the safari and the Zanzibar beach vacation (while I booked our own hotels and activities, Denise arranged the airport pickup and departure transportation). During the time we physically and logistically prepared for this complex trip, Denise was always there to give advice.
Rob was our safari guide and driver. (…) His broad smile and easy-going personality immediately made us feel at home, even though it was our very first trip to Africa. Everything went as planned, with lots of new discoveries and excitements every day. Rob knows Tanzania National Parks and their wild inhabitants like his own palm. For example, when leaving Tarangire Park for a quicker exit, Rob drove on an off-beaten path where it was so quiet and full of over-grown plants and hidden animals. In Central Serengeti, where a lion with 6 cubs killed a buffalo overnight in the woods right behind our Mbugani Central Camp, we didn’t flock with others in the morning to see the “crime scene”. Instead, Rob drove us there in the late afternoon when there was no one else, we so closely observed the lions’ enjoying the killing or lazily lounging while vultures and hyenas lurking around. Whenever he got a word of animal spotting from his fellow safari drivers: a pack of elusive wild dogs on a grass field, one cheetah hiding in an acacia tree, one leopard with a cub appearing near a hideout …, he moved us to the best watching position long before others. And Rob always picked perfect lunch spots: a couple of times, it was under a canopying acacia tree far away from those picnic tables surrounded with other safari-goes. I loved those shady tall acacias and the lunches under them.
Of all the lodges and camps we stayed in, the most impressive were Africa Amini Maasai Lodge and Mbugani Central Camp. Africa Amini lodge, overlooking the Maasai Steppe where constant cattle of goats and cows roam and graze, gives us visitors a nostalgic sense of vastness, tranquility and remoteness, with both Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro in the far background. And we got to experience the hospitality and culture of Maasai People. Mbugani Central Camp, located in Central Serengati, is truly a place where safari-goers get to hear, see and experience wildlife right around the camp.
It was a dream trip, and it was Sababu Safaris, Denise and Rob who helped to make this dream trip come true.
Carlens F. // ONTARIO, CA
Discovering part of Tanzania, What a breathtaking experience!
Where to start? We were contemplating experiencing something different for our honeymoon. So we thought why not go on a safari? While searching for safari packages and companies, we stumbled upon Sababu Safaris' Instagram. When we first got in touch with Denise, we were pleased with our interaction with her. We were able to customize the perfect private safari trip thanks to the several options provided to us based on our preferred itinerary and date of arrival (Thank you so much for your patience!). Denise was always available to answer questions in a timely manner. Her professionalism and personalized service are two qualities that initially attracted us to Sababu. We then decided to book with them and were more than excited to start on this new adventure!
They organized a 8-day safari for us and booked our stay in Zanzibar. Everything went smoothly, from the moment we started the process until we landed and met with Robert...Everything was taken care of; we didn't have to worry about a thing! The vehicle was very comfortable and stocked with a supply of drinks we requested prior to our departure. It came with a fridge and power outlets as well! We were able to charge our camera batteries as needed.
Our Safari started with our stay at the Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, in West Kilimanjaro. This place is MAGICAL! If you decide to go to Tanzania, going there is a MUST! They support their community by building schools, orphanage and hospital. We enjoyed every minute spent with the Maasai tribe and were included in their daily activities. We also went for a nature walk where we tracked zebras and wildebeest with Elesi. We wished we could've stayed longer there. One can feel so connected to nature and the people.. Thank you for welcoming us and sharing your culture with us.
Our second stop was Tarangire National Park! What a beautiful place!...where you'll find the most elephants…and nature did not disappoint :-) Robert knew exactly where to bring us to see the wildlife. We had a blast that day! Our lodge for the night was in Lake Burunge and was beautiful! They have so many different bird species AND pink flamingos! We went for a walk and saw a herd of zebras around the lake where pink flamingos were "walking on water" and flying. What a sight!
We then visited a village in Karatu, Mto wa Mbu, where Esau taught us about agriculture, traditional cuisine, and Tanzanian art. We HIGHLY recommend going for a village tour to immerse yourself in the culture and learn more about the people and their way of life. Visiting that village was eye opening as we observed striking similarities to our culture and we felt at home.
Next stop.…Ngorongoro Crater. When we got there, it felt surreal. It has a beautiful ecosystem, beautiful fauna and flora.. we were in awe when we entered the camp and remained that way until the end. And the endless plains...Central and Western Serengeti. It’s a MUST! You can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy finding wildlife in their natural habitat. We loved our last lodge, Mbalageti, with a view of the Serengeti.
Our experience was incredible. Tanzanians are very friendly and they made us feel at home despite the language barrier. We were lucky to have Robert as an exceptional companion (guide, historian, connoisseur, rafiki/kaka). He was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and welcoming since day one! He allowed us to experience the Tanzanian lifestyle from eating traditional food to visiting different villages. Above all, he allowed us to give the "Gift of Light" (ask Robert or Denise about that option). We enjoyed every second of time spent with Robert; he was attentive to our needs and we learned so much from him (whether it was cultural or wildlife related). We would have long convos as well :)
To Sababu, we'd like to thank you for making our honeymoon a dream come true, a trip that exceeded our expectations and opened our eyes to different possibilities. We had the trip of a lifetime and created relationships and memories that we will cherish forever. This was by far the best trip of our lives!
Asante sana, tutaonana baadaye…we will come back!
Carol C. // New York
A Breathtaking Experience!
Sababu provided us an unforgettable and beautiful experience that we'll be telling our friends and family about for years. Our guide and driver Robert, was so experienced (near 20 years of guiding) was able to find us some beautiful views of animals and nature that you can't find anywhere else in the world. The driving was excellent and we never felt uncomfortable. Robert was so knowledgeable and gave us endless facts about both fauna and flora. He also threw in some other facts about Tanzania and its history which was refreshing. We loved all the lodges we stayed at. Although we left early in the morning, Robert gave us plenty of time to enjoy the lodges and their activities/amenities in the evening. We appreciated him giving us some space to relax and experience things on our own after a long day.
We drove around at the end of a drive through various Maasai villages on the search for areas without any solar power / lighting. Once we found one, we stopped by and Robert explained to them that we were donating solar lights to the homes. We got to meet and hang out with locals. I had such an incredible time with the children - even without communication. I really appreciated Sababu's efforts in giving back to communities who need it most. So many times we experience cultures from afar and don't have much true interaction with locals, especially on guided tours, but this was a completely different experience.
The entire experience was organized and we felt confident in booking with Sababu. Thank you everyone again for making our first safari a one to remember!
Corey S. // ILLINOIS
Trip of a Lifetime!
We have been dreaming about going on an African safari for many years so we wanted to make sure that we went with a trustworthy company. After searching long and carefully we eventually found Sababu Safaris, and boy did we make the right decision! As soon as we got to Kilimanjaro airport we were met by a visa representative who was right at the door with a sign with our name on it. He helped us with the visa process and then led us to meet Robert. The next day we started our safari at Tarangire National Park and then went on to see Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. The accommodations Denise had chosen for us were out of this world! We saw soo many different kinds of animals including the Big 5, but the highlight was the birth of a wildebeest calf we were able to witness toward the end of our safari! It was unbelievable!! Robert is so knowledgeable, kind and patient, and he truly cares about the animals and nature which he calls his home.
There were no hiccups at any point during the planning phase or the actual trip, and we can wholeheartedly say that it was PERFECT - we would not have changed a thing! We're actually planning to come back to Tanzania next year and bring more friends this time - and it will definitely be with Sababu Safaris! Thank you, Denise and Robert, for making our first African safari an experience we will never forget!
Sadie P. // HAWAII
An excellent choice!
We had the best time with Sababu Safaris. Our guide Modi and tour organizer Denise went above and beyond for this trip. The accommodation was amazing! Modi is very knowledgeable about the wildlife and we were able to see a lot of animals! We are using Sababu for our next safari!
Steve O. // CALIFORNIA
Highly recommend for African Safari!
My wife and I trusted Sababu Safaris in planning our honeymoon trip to Tanzania this December and we couldn't have been happier with that decision. From the moment we made our choice that we wanted to go to Africa and have Sababu plan our trip Denise was there every step of the way answering any and all questions we had. Denise and her team are very knowledgeable and can tailor your trip to your liking. Having never been to Africa we relied heavily on Denise to plan our trip and make suggestions and she and her team put a wonderful itinerary together for us. From the moment we landed until the day we left every detail (lodging, transportation, meals, tours, etc) was pre-planned and organized for us. Our safari guide, Modi, was top-notch and and was a pleasure to spend time with during our two-week trip. He was very knowledgeable on the wildlife and had an uncanny ability to always be in the right spot at the right time. We saw all of the wildlife we hoped to see and more!!! In the end, if you are planning an African safari I'd highly recommend using Sababu to plan your trip...you won't be disappointed!
Robyn L. // COLORADO
An experience you won’t forget!
I recently completed a solo 7-day safari with Sababu Safaris and every aspect of the trip was a life-changing experience. From the first moment I talked with them about planing through ending my trip, I was so impressed by their knowledge, their passion, their consideration for their guests, the parks and the animals. I had a smile on my face for the entire trip and I learned so much about the animals, the people of Tanzania and the people that make-up Sababu Safaris. I am already planning my return safari with the hopes of bringing many of my family members to share the experience with me. Thank you Sababu Safaris for enriching my travels and my life so profoundly!
Anina M. // New Jersey
One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life!
As a solo traveler I was having a difficult time finding a tour company that was trustworthy, in budget, and offered a real Tanzanian experience. As I was about to give up on my search, I came across Sababu Safari's on Instagram and from the second I contacted Sababu I knew this was the RIGHT fit!
It truly was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Sababu does an AMAZING job of creating your dream itinerary whether that includes safaris, school visits, and local experiences. Two highlights for me were Tarangire National Park and Amini Maasai Lodge. Their knowledge and partnerships with hotels and local organizations in Tanzania makes the trip feel so special!
What I love most about Sababu is that they truly provide an experience of traveling with PURPOSE. I got to explore the local communities, give the Gift of Light to a random family along our journey (Definitely recommend **ask Denise about it!) and see the country for all its beauty. In terms of safety, I always felt super safe, and the lodges selected were excellent. My guide, Robert, has been a guide for over 15 years and is very knowledgeable on the region, and I got to learn so much because of him, we shared stories for hours!
If you want a personal, interactive, and local experience of Tanzania you need to use Sababu! They will not disappoint and will make sure you have an amazing experience. I'm so thankful for the trip Denise and Robert designed for me! I cannot thank Sababu enough! Denise & Robert, THANK YOU. I will be back soon, 2020!
Megan B. // California
Our 10 day safari with Sababu Safaris was the experience of a lifetime! Denise and Robert exceeded every expectation and they are absolutely wonderful to work with! There are a lot of safari companies out there but we decided to go with them because from planning, to booking, to actually being on the safari and out in the bush, both Denise and Robert were always available, extremely helpful and quickly attended to all our needs. And you could tell how passionate they are about what they do! Denise helped us make the most of our budget and plan our route, providing us with all the details about our options and giving her recommendation on what would be the best use of our time.
The safari itself was such a magical experience and something we will never forget-- we stayed at the most outstanding properties with breathtaking views and first class service. We even had elephants coming up to the water hole at one of the camps! We started at Tarangire, saw Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. I want to give a big shoutout to our tremendous safari guide Modi who became our friend by the first day of our trip. We were so fortunate to have him as our guide - he was warm, friendly and funny, and he could spot an animal from a million miles away!! He made sure that we saw the Big 5 - we encountered countless lions, hippos, elephants, giraffes, and even a black rhino in Ngorongoro Crater...you name it! He had so many stories to tell and we had a blast with him! I will never understand how he finds his way through the most remote wilderness without getting lost...
One of the other reasons we chose Sababu Safaris was because, as a nurse, I'm passionate about giving back. Being able to do that while exploring Tanzania and being on safari made the trip for me. For our "Sababu" we spent an afternoon at a children's home that takes care of kids before, during and after surgery -- an experience I'll forever cherish. We're actually hoping to work with Sababu Safaris in the future to raise some funds for the children we met. I can't say enough good things about Sababu Safaris and hopefully we'll be able to book a return safari with them someday soon! We couldn't have imagined a better trip - THANK YOU Denise, Robert, and Modi!
Sarah W. // New York
Our amazing safari with Sababu Safaris!
WOW. What can I say? This was the trip.of.a.lifetime! My husband and I decided to do our wedding anniversary in Tanzania and went with Sababu Safaris after contacting a number of Tanzania-based tour operators. Working with them from start to finish in planning our 8-day safari was a breeze. Denise was quick to respond and very attentive. She explained everything there is to know about the national parks and places to go and stay - I don't think there was anything she could not arrange for us. Tanzania itself is beauty encapsulated, however, the attention and care that our guide Modi provided was beyond exceptional. He is a walking encyclopedia and always went the extra mile to make sure we had the most exclusive animal sightings. Seeing the animals up close in their true, natural habitat and experiencing the beauty of Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti was a dream come true!
What made our safari super special was when we stopped at a Maasai village to give a family a solar light. This wasn't something staged, Modi just chose a village that looked like it didn't have any sources of electricity, and after he explained to the elders why we were there we were welcomed into their home. Seeing their faces when we turned the light on in one of their huts gave me goosebumps!
I have never had any other experiences with other safari companies, but I would book with Sababu Safaris over and over if we had the time and money for it, and I have already recommended them to family and friends! What I loved most is how they give back to the local community - something you can tell they care deeply about. Where else would I want to spend my money? You literally see firsthand exactly where your money is going and what difference it makes. So if you are interested in visiting Tanzania - Sababu Safaris is the way to go!
Our anniversary was truly a trip we will never forget. We were so sad to leave! Asante sana, Sababu Safaris!!