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Bianca Thielke

Born in India, raised in Germany my family’s global travels throughout my childhood inspired a career in International Photo Journalism.

Having lived in seven countries over the past twelve years, I have been fortunate to not only travel the world but gain valuable cultural insights and build long lasting friendships with people of all possible walks of life. From war-torn devastation to breathtaking wildlife I have seen up close and personal the best and worst of mankind, stunning beauty and absolute humanity. This type of lifestyle keeps one not only flexible but connected to the basics of human nature we all share and when our eyes are truly open, removing all prejudice. Travel is not just my passion, it is a way of life. I live much according to the Chinese Proverb “ Don’t listen to what they say, go see” and hope to inspire others to do the same.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Having spent many years in East Africa, I instantly felt a connection and fell in love with Northern Tanzania, particularly the Mt. Kilimanjaro region. It was no surprise to our friends when my family and I developed a unique specialty Bed and Breakfast lodge nestled on the slopes of this majestic mountain, the Rooftop of Africa. Here you can surround yourself with a sense of serenity, immerse yourself in local cultural experiences and appreciate one of the most serene places on the planet.
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How did you get involved in travel?

"My career in photojournalism provided a unique opportunity to look at the world through different lenses literally and figuratively. I have always had a deep-rooted connection to the African Continent.Being a part of a vast international community of ex-pats allows me to stay connected to not only my experiences abroad but current political and cultural insights occurring all over the world."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Years ago, on a four-day assignment in the Cameroonian Jungle with Pygmean, we experienced quite an unexpected adventure. After a successful day of filming our guide was transporting us back to base camp across rapid crocodile infested rivers. He was very friendly and enthusiastic about our presence and project. In a manner to show his overwhelming joy, he wanted to express himself with some type of Western cultural reference he was familiar with. As he stood and began to perform The Chicken Dance, far better than you’ve ever witnessed at any wedding or family gathering, the canoe suddenly tipped and began to sink. Fortunately, we were within swimming distance to the shore. However, those brief moments literally swimming for our lives among the lurking predators below us were some of the most terrifying and exhilarating of my life. Once we and all our limbs were accounted for on the banks of the river, we safely returned to the village for a late dinner, local brew and a great story for the rest of the crew and locals. "

Recent trip reviews for Bianca

Jonathan

Safari in tanzania, Tanzania - Jun 17 - Jun 28, 2018

Traveler: Jonathan G. - Local specialist: Bianca Thielke

Tanzania and the national parks truly were unforgettable. Our driver / guide Living was great and PK Tours did a good job arranging everything. Bianca also was very communicative and planned an unforgettable trip. Thanks!

Bianca Thielke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jonathan,
it was a pleasure to have you here with your parents.
Such knowledgeable, open minded and patient visitors,

asante sana!
Greetings to your parents,
Bianca