About Us

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.

OUR COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION

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.

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.

our home

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

        Finance
        Director

          Jessica Ree

          Guest
          Experiences

            Filip Travaeli Nasari

            Conservation
            Director

            The Sassabi Difference

            OUR GUIDES

            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.

            TRAVEL IN COMFORT

            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.

            WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY

            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!

            TOTAL FLEXIBILITY

            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.

            Financial Protection

            We at Sassabi Expeditions make every effort to protect your finances. We ensure our suppliers of accommodation have default insurance in the unlikely event they fail to deliver the accommodation in your itinerary and the service that you paid for. We encourage our guests to come with some cash on hand (large notes receive a higher exchange rate) for tips, buying souvenirs, and any personal items. ATMs are also readily available when in town. Advanced payments can be made for the bull booking. Credit card usage is limited.

            Our secure payment methods

            We offer two secure methods 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 [ADD LINK HERE] Please allow 72 hours before payments are completed. You will be notified immediately upon successful completion of payment.

            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.

            Traveler reviews

            See what our travelers are saying! We strive for excellence by offering curated and customized authentic safari experiences that you will remember for a lifetime. For more information, we will be happy to provide any client with a list of references upon request to contact directly before your booking.

            Here are a couple of favorite quotes from past clients:

            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
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            Professional Affiliations

            Our accommodations include highly-esteemed hotels and lodge brands including some listed below:

            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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