5/5 Client Satisfaction Rating

Discover Africa

Sassabi Expeditions is a local, family-owned tour operator born out of a passion to share the extraordinary country which we’ve been lucky to call home.

We’ve built a reputation for creating authentic safari experiences designed to explore the natural beauty of Tanzania, all while protecting and making a lasting impact on the land, wildlife and local communities in which we operate


Tanzania is a country full of natural splendor, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns and world-renowned archaeological sites, making it the ultimate bush and beach destination.

From walking the open plains of the Tarangire National Park with the Maasai to snorkeling the turquoise waters of Zanzibar and even pin-pointing the best time of year to catch the Serengeti’s Great Migration, we’ve spent years crafting a kaleidoscope of experiences to help our guests check off every item on their bucket list.

Our Team

Sassabi Expeditions are experts and leaders in the travel industry . Most of our team members from the Board of directors to our tour guides drivers and staffs are Africa born, have lived or worked in Africa, their knowledge and skills for Safari and guest experience is top notch. We pride ourselves of the reputation we have earned for decades and the trust we have bult in the continent and globally.

The Board

Sassabi Expeditions is a renowned leader in providing unparalleled, authentic safari experiences and luxury in the wilds of Africa. Our distinguished board members are seasoned experts in the industry, with decades of experience under their belts, bringing crucial knowledge and expertise to our services.

    Jeremy Lowney

    Business Development Director

      Levi Lowney

      Marketing Director Global

        Lightness Johnson


          Jessica Ree


            Filip Travaeli Nasari


            The sassabi difference

            Our name, Sassabi (Rhymes with “Wasabi”), is a Swahili word meaning Tsessebe or Topi antelope, one of the fastest and most handsome antelopes in Africa. The Topi is a highly-social animal and an integral part of the ecosystem here. It’s a Serengeti resident – just like us.

            We welcome you to our amazing homeland. Our team has built a reputation for creating authentic safari experiences, simply luxury in the wild. We design each of our unique safari tours to explore the natural beauty of Tanzania, all while protecting and making a lasting impact on the land, wildlife and local communities in which we operate. It is our mission to provide you with the most memorable and exotic expedition of a lifetime.

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            Top Tier Safari with High Touch Service

            I had an unforgettable 2 days safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Not only could we watch animals from a very close distance, but we were also provided with many interesting and specific information about their habitats, behavior, food and many more. The service provided to us by Sassabi Expeditions was excellent. Everything was organized perfectly. The warm meal for lunch that was served to us in the wilderness was a daily highlight as well. Customer service provided to us by our driver guide Erasto was exceptional. Also, the accommodation that was selected for us was comfortable with the service of high standard.All in all my two safari days were extraordinary and I will never forget them.


            We not only create customized and luxurious itineraries across Tanzania, but we also understand the difference that having passionate and knowledgeable local guides can have. Our guides take the time to explain every sighting, every landscape, and every encounter in detail so that you get to experience life in the Tanzanian wilderness like a true local.


            When you travel with Sassabi Expeditions, we guarantee that 10% of our profit goes directly to 3 Conservation Initiatives. No other company can match this commitment. By taking a safari, you’re contributing to planting trees in Kilimanjaro, protecting wildlife, and investing in education programs for local communities. We also pledge to only work with accommodation providers that are built and managed in sustainable, eco-friendly ways to ensure that we leave the lowest possible carbon footprint.


            Each of our land cruisers has been customized to the highest standard to enhance the comfort and safety of your overall safari experience. Each vehicle is limited to six seats for unique personalization and ensures every guest has a window seat to catch all the action.


            People are at the core of what we do and we welcome each of our guests into our family. We embrace the true spirit of African hospitality, welcoming guests from around the world and forging life-long bonds that will stay with you long after you leave us. We can’t wait to meet you!


            Offering both pre-packaged safaris and a wide range of customizable offerings, we can create the perfect experience for you. Our seasoned travel experts work with a variety of accommodation partners in hand-picked locations to create your trip of a lifetime. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions and offer assistance in preparing the perfect tour at your request.


            Suppliers' Insured

            We at Sassabi Expeditions make every effort to protect your finances, as evidenced by our continued accreditation by ASTA, the Government of Tanzania, TALA & TATO. We only work with accommodation suppliers that have default insurance: in the unlikely event they fail to deliver the accommodation or service that you paid for, you will be protected.

            When it comes to your personal protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance from a reputable supplier, before you travel to Africa. If you are planning on doing extreme sports such as climbing Kilimanjaro or SCUBA diving in Zanzibar, make sure that they are covered by your policy.

            We encourage our guests to come with some cash on hand (large notes receive a better exchange rate) for tips, buying souvenirs, and any personal items. ATMs are also readily available when in town, but credit cards are not widely accepted.

            Travel Insurance

            We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance before arriving in Africa. This can help you in case of the unlikely event of any travel disruptions. Depending on where you are traveling from, we may help make recommendations. We recommend that you consult your professional agents in your country about travel insurance before departing to give you full peace of mind.

            Our secure payment methods

            We offer options for secure method of payment. At checkout, you will be re-routed to a secure third party where you will be able to complete your payment in a few easy steps.

            Alternatively, our guests can also choose to pay via direct bank transfer details below;

            • Bank Name: CRDB BANK PLC TANZANIA
            • Bank address: P.O.Box 268, Arusha
            • Branch: Arusha, Tanzania
            • Swift code: CORUTZTZ
            • Beneficiary: Africa Reserves Safaris Limited, A/C: 0250 496042300

            Please allow 72 hours before payments are completed. You will be notified immediately upon successful completion of payment

            Government regulated

            We work with suppliers who are highly regulated under strict environments. Being on the ground in Tanzania means we can regularly inspect our suppliers. Any supplier working with us is highly regulated, and regularly inspected.


            We work with suppliers who are highly regulated under strict environments. Being on the ground in Tanzania means we can regularly inspect our suppliers. Any supplier working with us is highly regulated, and regularly inspected.

            Privately owned

            We are privately owned by a highly reputable family. This gives us high control over our suppliers should they fall short of our standards for the financial protection of our guests.

            All costs disclosure

            At Sassabi Expeditions, we guarantee good pricing. We will gladly beat an equivalent quote – provided it has no hidden costs. When you book with us there are no hidden costs and no surprises. Your safari expert will disclose all costs to you, explaining what is covered on your itinerary and what is not covered before you have made a decision to book with us. Click here to consult your safari expert if you have absolutely any questions about costs.


            We are passionate about surpassing our guests’ expectations. That’s why our customer reviews – and our 5/5 satisfaction rating – are so important to us. Read what our guests have had to say about us.

            Steve BrightSteve Bright
            12:41 15 Mar 23
            I have recently returned from a safari tour with Sassabi Expeditions and it’s safe to say it was the experience of a lifetime.I am a serious birder and wildlife enthusiast. We toured Serengeti,... Ngorongoro conservation area and Tarangire all of which had birds and mammals which were off the chart. I travelled with an old friend who is also a birder and equally enthusiastic about wildlife. He has much more experience of sub-Saharan Africa and agrees that our experience was spectacular. Wildlife encounters are often down to chance but the skill and expertise of Joseph, our driver and wildlife guide, along with Modi, our bird guide, knew the right places to go to ensure we got as much out of the safari as possible.Sassabi provided an amazing experience from start to finish. We were well looked after by Jessica during the planning from the UK and also on location when we arrived in Arusha, as well as on our return to the city. Joseph and Modi made our experience so enjoyable by being super keen and accommodating to our birding needs, which differ from mammal watching but also by being great company for our long days in the jeep.5 star rating....highly recommended. I hope to be able to return in the not too distant future. Thanks Sassabi!read more
            Elisabeth MerzElisabeth Merz
            06:27 12 Dec 20
            I had an unforgettable 2 days safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Not only could we watch animals from a very close distance, but we also have been provided with many interesting... and specific information about their habitats, behavior, food and many more. The service provided to us by Sassabi Expeditions was excellent. Everything was organized perfectly. The warm meal for lunch that has been served to us in the wilderness was a daily highlight as well. Customer service provided to us by our driver guide Erasto was exceptional. Also, the accommodation that was selected for us has been comfortable with the service of high standard.All in all my two safari days have been extraordinary and I will never forget.I highly recommend Sassabi Expeditions tours.read more
            Roland RichterRoland Richter
            12:45 16 Nov 20
            Unforgettable Serengeti Safari with Sassabi ExpeditionsSassabi Expeditions provided us with a perfectly organized and according to our expectations performed safari in Northern Tanzania. Our tour... had been adapted to our individual shedule - all this is possible with Sassabi Expeditions, just contact and ask them. We went there in October to enjoy the Great Migration in the Northern part of Serengeti National Park and the world famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Please don't forget to plan your safari according to the season - go only to various areas at the specific seasons when animals are there. Don't go for cheap offers to see gras an savannah only. The visit of the Ngorongoro Crater is a unforgettable experience you should not miss while visiting Tanzania. Amazing to stand in one of the world's largest calderas, long ago having been a volcanoe similar in height of Mt. Kilimanjaro, another highlight in Northern Tanzania, and mountain climbing you can easily organized through Sassabi Expeditions. To visist a traditional Maasai village I really recommend not to miss. You will get a impression of the traditional culture of these indigenous people in Tanzania. My warmest thanks to Sassabi Expeditons and all the staff involved in our safari, very professional service. No questions remained unanswered by our knowledgeable guide Erasto, he could explain all the animals, big and small, the environment and stunning nature in Northern Tanzania, like printed in a book not stopping to talk. Last but not least I highly recommend Sassabi Expeditions because of their support to local commuities, a share of each tour will support the ones who need most. Thank you so much. Ashe naleng.read more
            Jonathan NewtonJonathan Newton
            19:29 05 Oct 20
            My 40th birthday in Tanzania, unforgettable experienceGoing for the Tanzania Safari has been my dream for many years. I always wanted to make this trip memorable. We decided on my 40th birthday to... celebrate in this beautiful country together with my wife.We initially started to plan our September safari early this year. However, after Coronavirus hit the world, for once I thought I am not going to make my long-lasting dream to be true. Like other travelers around the world, we had to put our trip on hold. Reaching this August, we decided to continue re-planning our safari. Before the pandemic, we were in contact with Europe based Travel Agency who later advised us against traveling. We took the initiation of researching online for a Tanzania based company, then when we came across Sassabi.So let me start by saying this company had no review, which got us nervous and worried but since we had less time in planning and doing research, we leaped and decided to go for it. This is simply because of the responsiveness from Hulda, who made our booking process very smooth. We only paid a small initial deposit to confirm our booking, the remaining balance we paid on arrival. This built trust and we never regret the decision to select them.The most exciting part of our safari was Joseph, whom we were lucky enough to be our driver and guide. He is the best guide we could have ever asked. We nicknamed him "King of the jungle" simply because of his expertise and professionalism. There was no question he was not able to answer, we saw countless animals including all the Big 5 and for the first time we heard there are also the small five. Joseph took extreme care of us during our safari, the jeep was always neat, we had tasteful lunch throughout and he made sure my long safari dream came true. We now have a friend from TanzaniaThe only thing we can recommend is, during the booking process, we wish Hulda specified the tipping amount for our driver guide as we only came to know that we were supposed to Tip Joseph $ 20 per couple per day on arrival in Tanzania. If we knew this before, we would have a separate budget for Joseph.All in all, we had an experience of a lifetime. We will surely recommend Sassabi Expeditions.read more


            We are a responsible Tanzanian safari company and are deeply committed to our mission of conservation in the areas where we operate. Each journey you embark on with us leaves a meaningful impact, allowing you to contribute to the preservation of Tanzania’s diverse cultures and wildlife. Our company proudly directs a percentage of our proceeds towards three key areas that make a tangible difference in promoting sustainable tourism and supporting the communities and ecosystems that make Tanzania a truly exceptional destination.

            Wildlife Conservation

            Our commitment to the conservation and preservation of Tanzania’s wildlife is unwavering, and we are proud to contribute to the protection of threatened and endangered species.By supporting these vital efforts, we strive to safeguard the diverse array of wildlife that calls Tanzania home, ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

            Local Communities

            Our mission includes the preservation of Tanzania’s diverse cultures, which we celebrate through responsible and sustainable tourism practices. By fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, we aim to contribute to the preservation of Tanzania’s cultural legacy for generations to come.

            Land & Environmental Conservation

            As part of our commitment to sustainability and combating climate change, every safari we lead includes the planting of a tree trees on the slopes of Kilimanjaro with our colleagues at Trees 4 Kilimanjaro. By doing so, we are helping to restore the endangered glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro while also promoting conservation and preservation efforts in the region. Through this meaningful initiative, we strive to make a positive impact on the environment and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come

            How to book

            STEP 1: ENQUIRE

            Submit your online safari enquiry form

            View our selection of inspirational sample itineraries and submit an enquiry. Our travel expert will get back to you within 24 hours (48 hours if it’s a weekend). This is your chance to speak to an expert who wants to fully understand your safari dreams.

            STEP 2: TAILOR IT

            Converse with our safari expert

            Our safari expert will ask you to indicate the best time for a telephone conversation. On this call, we’ll talk about your safari aspirations and whether it’s your first time in Africa. Everyone on our dedicated team of experts was born and raised in Africa. This gives us great insights into the many safari options available to you. We have incredible inside knowledge on everything from wildlife movements and the state of the roads, through to which lodges will suit you best.

            STEP 3: MAKE PLANS

            Receive your dream safari plan

            We are a tailor-made safari company and we arrange private safaris. Our team is all on the ground in Tanzania as we are specialists for Tanzania. You will receive two or three itinerary options, each containing a quote, route details, accommodation options, transfers and ground arrangements. Choose the itinerary that suits you best – or ask your safari expert to combine elements of two or more itineraries.

            STEP 4: BOOK IT

            Perfecting your itinerary

            Based on your feedback, we will refine all the details. Because we do not own any accommodation in Tanzania, our team is completely independent and will give unbiased safari advice. Our only motivation is to fulfill your travel wishes and thus ensure you have a memorable time in Africa. Once we are confident that you are 100% satisfied with your tailor-made itinerary and are happy to confirm the trip, we will confirm your tour by requesting a 30% deposit. Booking early helps us to reserve the best available accommodation in advance (especially in the high season).

            STEP 5: SAFARI TIME

            Receive a pre-departure confirmation

            You are now booked for a safari with Sassabi Expeditions and ready to go. While you wait to leave, our expert will keep you abreast of all matters regarding your private safari. If there are any problems confirming your accommodation, we will work out a suitable or similar alternative with you. Information regarding visas, passports, yellow fever requirements and vaccinations is available on our website. If you have absolutely any questions – before or after you travel – please ask our expert. We are a 24/7 safari company and you can call us at any time during your safari.


            Sassabi Expeditions has earned its excellent reputation in the industry. We are proud to have partnered with some of the most esteemed names in the business, namely ASTA, TATO and TALA. In addition, we are trusted by third-party websites including Tripadvisor, SafariBookings and other major travel platforms.

            ASTA – Our membership includes The American Society of Travel Advisors (#900314522). It is the world’s largest association of travel professionals.

            TATO – In Tanzania, we operate under the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators

            TANAPA / KINAPA – Sassabi is under the authority of the Tanzania National Parks as well as Kilimanjaro National Park, and we adhere to their regulations.

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