Travellers’ Tales – Meet Denise from Sababu Safaris

I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels on my blog. Today I would like to introduce you to Denise, co-founder of Sababu Safaris. She is based in New York.

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

Read about Denise’s travels here,

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Denise. I was born and raised in Germany, studied in Australia for a while and ended up in New York where I have been living since 2011.  I fell in love with Tanzania and have decided to dedicate my life to sharing my love for the country with other people.

2. What is your earliest travel memory?

The fondest travel memory I have was from when I was 10 years old and my aunt took me to the US for the first time. It was my first big trip and I remember how excited I was. I will never forget that. Back in those days, we were still allowed to say hi to the captain in the cockpit…

3. Where was the last place you travelled to?

Tanzania

4. What was the best thing you did there?

It is my favorite place in the world. I go at least twice a year - it has become my second home. Every time I am there, I visit the people who have become friends and family, and I explore the national parks and wildlife with my friend Robert.

Denise from Sababu Safaris

5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?

The first time I went to visit Tanzania by myself. It changed my life. I remember feeling this constant high, endorphins constantly streaming through my body. Nowhere else on earth have I ever felt more energized, connected, content, at peace with myself and my surroundings, and this sense of freedom as I have in Tanzania. I solely lived in the present, I felt complete. And I still feel that way every time I visit.

6. What is your favourite travel destination?

Tanzania 😊

7. What must one do there?

Go on a safari and immerse yourself in the breathtakingly beautiful nature. The wildlife there is out of this world, you can see elephants, lions, hippos, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, chimpanzees etc etc.  Also, meet the local communities! Tanzania has 120 different tribes and such a rich culture. And Zanzibar, an island off the coast, also has a lot of history! Tanzania truly has something to offer for everybody.

8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?

When I visit Tanzania, my favorite travel companion is my friend and business partner Robert – he loves Tanzania just as much as I do. For all other destinations I love traveling with my husband…in fact, we met while we were both traveling in New Zealand! 😊

9. Name one item you must have when travelling.

My phone, so I can take pictures, share photos with others and stay connected (although I try to avoid the internet as much as I can whenever I travel to stay in the moment).

Denise from Sababu Safaris

10. Your best travel advice?

Be open-minded, connect with the locals in an authentic way and try to give back as much as you can. That is why I decided to offer experiences that give visitors the opportunity to travel with purpose. One of my favorite things to do when in Tanzania is to distribute solar lights with our guests to local communities. Not only does it eliminate the toxic fumes and fire hazards in their huts, it also provides a clean and cheap energy source and enables kids to study after dark. At the same time, we support local women entrepreneurs via Solar Sister. It is a win-win for everyone involved and an unforgettable experience for visitors.

11. The one place you want to visit before you die?

Hmm…I want to visit Botswana and Zimbabwe (and many more African countries!)

12. How can people connect with you?

Website: Sababu Safaris
Instagram: Sababu Safaris
Facebook: Sababu Safaris

Thank you, Denise , for sharing your adventures with us!

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

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