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Sababu Safaris

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Arusha, Tanzania
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About Sababu Safaris
Meaningful and transformational luxury Tanzania wildlife safaris for travelers from all over the world. Travel with us to profoundly shift your perspective and make a positive difference on local communities. Let's make a difference! Sababu Safaris is an owner-run boutique company with an international team. We are committed to creating a unique experience which meets your needs and exceeds your expectations and dreams. All our safari itineraries are uniquely crafted and tailored to the specific month of travel to facilitate the most optimal game viewing conditions but you will be able to completely customize your own private safari based on your travel style, preferences and interests. We offer all-inclusive safaris that will take you deep into the isolated wilderness where packaged tour companies don't go. No mixed groups, no competing for views with strangers, and no conflicting interests.
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Neil wrote a review Oct 5
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My wife and I just came back from our trip to Tanzania and it was AMAZING. Thank you to Sababu Safari for making it truly an unforgettable trip. We worked with Denise in coordinating our travel/Itinerary. Denise was very prompt, thorough and very passionate. The entire process was seamless even with coordinating everything given the current pandemic. She listened to what our priorities were in planning this trip, and was able to custom build an itinerary that suited us perfectly. We had no issues entering Tanzania. The JRO airport was clean, and there were multiple places where we were required to sanitize our hands and check our temperature. It was a very safe experience from start to finish. We had asked Denise to ensure that we did not enter any crowded areas due to the fear of COVID, so we avoided markets. The hotel staff all wore masks. Every hotel we went to had a hand washing or sanitization station as well as temperature checks. On the ground, Rob met us at the airport and was with us the entire trip until he dropped us off at the airport to go back home. We spent 1 night in Arusha, 1 in Tarangire, 1 in Ngorongoro, 2 in Central and 3 in Northern Serengeti. Rob was very knowledgeable about the animals, the history and ecology of the area we were in. Our goal was to see the great migration and river crossings and to our delight we were able to see this and get great pictures of our trip. In addition, we were lucky enough to see a few hunts as well! In addition, I highly recommend Tarangire National Park to see Elephants I cannot say enough good things about this trip, I highly recommend it. In addition, Sababu's mission involves giving back to the community. They are actively participating in projects to help distribute solar lights to the community as well as providing access to education for underprivileged children.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from sababusafaris, Owner at Sababu Safaris
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Neal, Asante sana for your lovely review. We are very happy that we could alleviate any initial concerns about traveling during the pandemic and that you both decided to take the trip to Tanzania. We're so glad you were able to experience the magic of Tanzania and its people, and to witness the river crossings and even a successful hunt unfolding right in front of your eyes - very special! We appreciate the kind words and hope that you will both be able to come back again soon - maybe during the Calving Season this time! :) Your Sababu Safaris Team
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Veronika B wrote a review Sep 2020
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I've traveled within Africa extensively and my recent trip with Sababu Safaris was a clear standout, delivering unforgettable experiences while tending to all my needs! I had never visited the Serengeti before and was initially apprehensive about travel during Covid. Denise & Rob completely put me at ease with their unparalleled professionalism, assuaging any safety concerns, while also creating a thoughtful and personalized itinerary. Not only did local lodges maintain excellent health protocols, but visiting Tanzania without the usual influx of tourists was truly the opportunity of a lifetime. We were able to witness the migration and enjoyed rare wildlife sightings in almost completely private settings! Rob's extensive knowledge of the region was a huge asset, producing every bucket-list moment I could have hoped for. From the early stages of booking all the way to the many heartfelt moments shared together in the bush, both Denise & Rob were an absolute joy to interact with. In addition to the many exceptional sightings, I particularly valued Sababu Safaris' authentic approach to tourism, enabling memorable encounters with locals which will surely stay with me forever. There really is no better time than now to visit Tanzania and marvel at its endless open spaces and staggering natural beauty -- and with this team of experts you are truly in the best hands!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Veronika, We are so glad to decided to come to Tanzania last month and that your first visit to the Serengeti was such a special experience! How great that you saw the migration in full swing, and in such an intimate, private setting - truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! :) Thank you for sharing your experience - we're thrilled that it was such a memorable trip for you and we hope that you will be able to come back to Tanzania soon! Your Sababu Safaris Team
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Cal189 wrote a review May 2020
Buchanan, New York29 contributions
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I have always wanted to visit Africa and go on a safari. My wife and I travel quite a bit, but I must admit that I was very apprehensive about the safety, accommodations and the food and drink while on a safari. We did a ton of research and then another couple we know, who also wanted to go to Africa on a safari, introduced us to Denise Brown of Sababu Safaris. The three couples met with Denise three different times and constantly barraged her with phone calls and hundreds of questions until we all felt safe and excited to go. We constructed a tour that was to all of our liking and not only included all the amazing big game watching, but also a deep dive into the local people, the villages, the schools and the history of the these local people. This was a turn key operation from our needed vaccinations, our flight into Kenya, our connector to Tanzania where Denise's partner Robert picked us up in our safari vehicle for the trip to the Maasai village where we would stay for our first 3 nights. Our mud hut had its own running hot and cold water, lighting and an indoor toilet that flushed somewhere? We participated in villager’s song and dance, ate their tribal food and were treated like royalty. There was also other more mainstream food, drink and a small bar available also. My favorite was the spear throwing instruction and competition into the simulated lion. While visiting the small Massaai Villages we brought them solar lights for their huts and the amazing gratitude from them was unbelievable. Our 12 day trip included West Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Central Serengeti and then to Zanzibar. Our new friend Robert never left our side and besides being a tremendous driver, guide and African Wikipedia wizard, he has a very deep love and affection for the wildlife and the African ecology. He also made sure that he made very well timed “proper bathroom” stops whenever possible. Robert even arranged a formal picnic lunch complete with table and tablecloth while in the bush. In our safari vehicle with the pop up roof was excellent for animal viewing and there was never a shortage of beer, soda or water along with numerous places to recharge your phones and cameras. We saw every wild animal possible numerous times including Lions‚ Rhinos‚ Cheetahs‚ Giraffes‚ Leopards, Zebras‚ Elephants and birds. We had an up close and personal experience with the bull elephant who we had to make friends with before he would allow us to pass. Absolutely amazing! Every place we stayed along our journey was top notch with exceptional food, drink and accommodations. If you are considering a safari there is not a better place to go get your trip of a lifetime than Sababu Safaris. What are you waiting for!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from sababusafaris, Owner at Sababu Safaris
Responded Jun 4, 2020
Dear Chris, We want to thank you very much for taking the time to write such a thorough and lovely review - we greatly appreciate it! Hearing that this has been the best vacation experience of your life is the biggest compliment we can get. We always aim to provide the most memorable and life-changing experience for our guests but knowing that we achieved our goal on your safari truly fills our hearts with joy! :) It has been such a pleasure introducing you to Tanzania and we hope that you will make it back one day! Karibu tena! Your Sababu Safaris Team
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Karen Marconi gomez wrote a review May 2020
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My husband and I went on a safari in February 2020 . Something that we have always wanted to do , We met Denise Brown and she guided us in our planning , was very concerned with our vision of the trio and our wants and needs . We told some friends and they to wanted to go . Well 6 of us went and Wow was the word i used the whole 2 weeks . It was everything we wanted to see and everything Denise promised and she listened to all 6 of our needs . From the time that her business partner Robert picked us up at the airport we never felt anything but adventure and safe ! Robert was great and he knew so much about our locations and the animals . Our accommodations were out of this world. They say camping or glamming well they were all great places . All the staff so friendly and could not do enough for us . We would get up and be on the road in the bush by 8 or so and again Wow was what we said till 5 pm that day . I wish i could show you all 1,600 pictures I took .We Were all so excited every day to see the animals and culture and Robert was just as excited . Never met a guy on a tour that loves his job and found it a adventure along with us . We saw the big 5 and many more animals. One of the best days was going to the village and passing out solar lights to the families for there huts. We drive in and do many of the village women knew Robert and wanted to be picked to get one of these lights. What a great feeling to be able to change someone’s families life ! Sababu travel means travel with purpose and you felt that . It is very important for they do travel along with doing good for the people . When I sit and write this it brings so many memories i want to tell everyone ! Please look into Sababu travel and make this your trip of a life time ! The cost was great compared to others and I will say definitely what they say is what they do , over and beyond . Denise walks your through every bit of the trip . I give the whole trip 5 star or a 10 or 100 % however you want to look at it ! Planning , flight , accommodations, guide , food , safari animals , and feeling safe ! ALL get a 100% approval . Please look them up and give Denise a call and let her tell you All about it and make your dream vacation come true .
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded Jun 4, 2020
Dear Karen, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with others. We are very happy that you and Larry thoroughly enjoyed yourself and that you liked all the accommodations we chose and the places you visited. It was a lot of fun planning this trip with you and we're glad to hear that you returned home with so many great memories! We cannot wait to welcome you all back soon - this time to see the river crossings! :) Your Sababu Safaris Team
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Denise Calabrese wrote a review Apr 2020
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This Tour Company did a phenomenal job with planning our “trip of a lifetime” from the very beginning to the end and managed to exceed all my expectations! Sababu Safaris provides a very customized safari experience and will hold your hand every step of the way. My husband and I, with four other friends, met with Denise to inquire about the trip and she provided videos, literature and answered all kinds of question for several hours. A few months later we met again and asked more questions before making the decision to book the trip. Based on our shared preference of experiences, desired dates of trip and budget, Denise put together an amazing itinerary which included West Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Central Serengeti and then to Zanzibar for a total of 12 days. She reviewed the itinerary with us and gave us details on vaccinations, as well as what to pack. Every minute of our trip was well planned, and our guide Robert picked us up at the airport and stayed with us throughout our trip until he dropped us back off at the airport for our few days in Zanzibar. Even in Zanzibar arrangements were made to pick us up at the airport, deliver us to an all-inclusive resort and then drop us back to the airport. We were always in good hands and felt safe. What was very important to me was that, in addition to the wildlife of Africa I also wanted to experience the people of Tanzania and so the first two days were spent at the Africa Amini Maasai Lodge in West Kilimanjaro. We spent time learning the food and customs of the Maasai people. The staff were all so welcoming and friendly - It was a perfect start to our adventure! We also visited a school and Orphanage as well as a Maasai village. We were able to bring gifts (from a supplied list of needed items) and it was a very rewarding experience. I can’t say enough about Robert, our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every type of wildlife and had an uncanny ability to seek them out. We were typically one of the first vehicles on the scene and were able to see all that we had hoped to see, including the big five. Robert’s passion and enthusiasm for the wildlife and people of Tanzania was truly contagious. He was excited as we were with each experience, making it so much more fun! For those of you who may be concerned about the bathroom situation (as I was) he couldn’t have been more accommodating and always knew when to plan a bathroom stop. The safari days are as long or as short as you want them to be. The vehicle was comfortable, always clean and had a fully stocked refrigerator with beer, juice, soda, etc.. The Pop Top was perfect for unobstructed views and included some binoculars and beanbags for still camera shots. We learned a lot and laughed a lot and we all came to treasure him as a friend! I tried hard to think of what I would change and all I can offer is that if you are looking for a shorter trip, I would have skipped Zanzibar. An all-inclusive resort doesn’t offer the unique experiences that were provided in the first part of our trip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from sababusafaris, Owner at Sababu Safaris
Responded Apr 21, 2020
Dear Denise, We cannot thank you enough for your lovely feedback! We are so glad that you all had the chance to visit Tanzania before the whole world got turned upside down due to COVID-19. We are very happy to hear that you made such unforgettable memories, and thinking of your trip always puts a smile on our faces. We are glad you got the chance to get to know the people of Tanzania and to spend time with them - they make Tanzania so irresistible :) We enjoyed planning everything with you and Rob had so much fun introducing you all to his home country! ;) Please stay in touch! Karibu tena! Your Sababu Safaris Team
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