Our Team

Meet the team behind Ombeni African Safaris

Ombeni Emanuel Pallangyo

President and CEO of Ombeni African Safaris

Founder and Chairman of The Ombeni Foundation

Trained by the leading tour companies in East Africa, “He’s an Africa leading expert” leading with impeccable expertise in tourism, wildlife and ecological conservation, hotel management, and culinary arts. Emerging as the leading tour operator in East Africa and beyond. I continue to lead the best and memorable guided trips to Tanzania and beyond. These trips range from forever life changing experience. Under my leadership, We have guided larger family groups, Government officials, corporate executives, researchers, Alumni and other Professional development excursions.

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The true soul of Africa. The things that hold you forever… The place where the word “Hakuna Matata” applies to everyone. As the “first youngest Tanzanian” who Joined this billion dollar industry at the age of 19. I’m proud to be leading amongst the best and most reputable operations that is locally owned and operated, offering a true and authentic experience of the road less traveled. I was born there, have studied, researched, lived, and eaten what Tanzania has to provide, exploring beyond the borders. Through this I have developed a belief in the freedom to explore and gain satisfaction and happiness. Founder and President, Ombeni Emanuel Pallangyo, is a native of Tanzania with a mission to give back to his communities and beyond by provide fair and equal opportunities by means of his organization and support derived from those interested in the same endeavour. Ombeni is from Mount Meru village, Tanzania, of which his family coffee farms and home is located. As a native, he has a rich understanding of the landscape, people and culture through his life of trekking through the lush region and involvement with his fellow people. Much of his experience is garnered from his work his company, Foundation, Including experience in hotel Managements He gained of good sense of understanding the natural settings of his home though time with his wildlife stuidies and family farm located near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Ombeni Foundation is a philanthropic and humanitarian movement to promote the empowerment of Africans of Tanzania, while in tandem giving an opportunity for both womans and mens trough paid tInternship for those interested in the culture and true nature of Africa; a means to engross guests in a genuine experience of Africa at it’s heart. Tours through Ombeni African Safaris and Ombeni Foundation,provide guests with impeccable expertise in tourism, wildlife, ecological conservation, culinary arts, and lifetime experince.

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Linda Pallangyo

Ombeni Collection African Boutiques Designer

Linda is one Arusha’s most recognized with creative talents, Tailoring African Style.

You will never find such a thoughtful treatments anywhere else…
Upon arrival in Tanzania, Linda will collect your measurement at our Arusha headquarters office, and she will tailor a “garb” for you as a special gift. No other company does this, and you may qualify to obtain this piece of history and memory from Linda’s expert’s at the cost of Ombeni African Safaris.

Amani Moses Pallangyo

Senior Safari Expert

Amani is an experienced guide and educator, and will always brighten your day with his incredible sense of humor.

Our Team Members

To maintain the finest experience during these journeys, our Ombeni African Safaris team will deliver a level of service and response to any unplanned and unexpected requests. Smiles, laughter, and happiness of guests are a highly valued part of these and all programs alike, as there is a strong social responsibility to the communities and the relationships created through such cultural exchanges.

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Agness Nyambele

Secretrary and Leading Assistant

Tanzanian born, lived, studied, guided, trekked, researched and eaten, Agness is a member of the Ombeni African Safaris team who has experienced it all. Armed with unique experiences (like climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s roof) and specialized knowledge, and deeply committed to planning custom trips that connect with Africa forever. Agness has the knowledge and talents to transform your vacation to Africa into an experience of a lifetime. 

Food

Chef John Jackson

Ombeni Safaris Accommodation Coordinator

Mr. Jackson is an experienced chef who has been trained by some of the best safari lodges in Africa. He brings this  very same experience on the road for all of our Ombeni safari experiences.

Ndeta Pallangyo

Ndeta is our Office Manager in Tanzania and manages all reservations in the region. Her high level of professionalism and customer service ability ensures our guests move along without delay onto their prime destinations.

African Safaris Team Member Mercy Micheal

Mercy Micheal

Mercy is our Communication Secretary; Leading Expert in is leading the Woman Safari Guiding Movement: She is the one who communicate and report to the Guest directly. Her polite nature and friendly behavior pays a great courtesy to our guest.

Lazaro Pallangyo

Lazaro is a professional National Park Ranger serving both the tourism industry and nature in Arusha National Park. Like many others on our team, he graduated from Arusha College of Tourism. Lazaro boasts unmatched knowledge of Arusha National Park and works as our pathfinder and guide for walking excursions in Arusha. His high-level training in firearms and park safety sets our travelers minds at ease as they encounter nature up close.

Kaitie Ries our Team Member

Kaitie Ries

Kaitie is our technical auditor, content writer and social media manager. She is also responsible for developing guest itineraries with great event management skills. 

Nashi Ullah

Nashi Ullah

Nashi is a professional  web designer and developer for Ombeni African Safaris working on our team to provide our guests with an in-depth web experience.

Arlene Newman

Arlene Newman

Working with the premium partner of the Ombeni Safaris. Milwaukee Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Lenashe Meidimusirkon

Lenashe is a Tour Guide from Nairobi where he studied Tourism at the Nairobi Institute of Business. He’s an integral part of our operation in Kenya and has over 8 years’ experience in the safari industry. He is our front line of service in Kenya and has been responsible for rave guest reviews and is requested by name from repeat travelers.

Haimidiwe (Aimi) Ismaeli

Aimi is a Senior Guide and has been with us for 9 years. He studied Tourism & Park Management at Arusha College of Tourism and he’s a guest favorite. His expert knowledge and customer service aspect make him a fantastic leader on excursions. He’s a true believer in the future of Tanzania’s travel industry and contributes greatly to our team. It’s not uncommon for our guests to reach out and thank us for sending them with a guide who is knowledgeable and fun to spend time with.

Lucas Mayoba

Lucas is a Tour Guide serving the Tanzania region. He brings a unique skill-set studying safety at the First Aid Africa Affiliates Society. He’s a certified CPR instructor and an authority on safety and disaster prevention at Ombeni African Safaris, passing important safety information to the rest of the team. He’s also an expert on camping and driving excursions and a great communicator with our guests.

Moris Murithi

Moris is our Kenya Safari Director and oversees all ground operations in Kenya. He studied Leisure and Recreational Management at Kenyatta University of Nairobi, Kenya. He continues to reside in Nairobi where he contributes his 10 years experience in the safari industry and expert sense of leadership for our Kenya ground team. Moris is a highly dedicated employee and nobody knows better how to facilitate both large and small groups in Kenya at a high standard of guest service you can expect from Ombeni African Safaris.

Eliud Veneth

Eliud is a Senior Guide residing in Arusha. He graduated from the local college studying Tourism Management and contributes to our special event operations. He’s a great communicator and experienced group leader. He passes down knowledge to our younger staff and is a perfect role model safari guide. His extensive years on excursion set him apart as one of our most experienced team members with in-depth knowledge of the region and its attractions. He’s been everywhere in Tanzania and plays an important role in identifying the absolute best destinations.

Dr. Ndege

Dr. Ndege is a highly educated and experienced wildlife expert who is highly focused on our areas of travel. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam and is actively involved in many projects pertaining to Tanzania’s wildlife reserves. At Ombeni African Safaris, he serves as a Special Events Director on our team, addressing groups with the highest possible level of knowledge. His exceptional communication skills, combined with his in-depth knowledge of birds, land mammals, geological sites and history provide our special events groups with unmatched comprehension of some of the Earth’s most unique attractions.

Pokea Pallangyo

Pokea is our Tanzania Safari Director and manages all ground operations in Tanzania. He keeps everything going smoothly and works closely with our USA office team to accommodate guests’ special requests. He studied hotel management at Arusha College of Tourism and grew up in Mount Meru. His education and experience in the local safari industry make him extremely knowledgeable, and on top of that, his uplifting positive attitude is exactly in-line with our company’s vision. He leads by example and is a great boss.

Lesse Laizer

Lesse is a unique individual who grew up in the rural town of Mount Meru and moved to the bustling metropolis of Dar Es Salaam where he studied tourism at the local university. He belongs to the Maasai tribe and is our Maasai Cultural Expert. Guests who engage in cultural exploration will enjoy the day with Lesse, teaching them traditions such as spear throwing competitions. Our guests often ask if they’ll be warmly welcomed by locals, and what we do to ensure this. For us, the solution is simple: send Lesse. The locals respect him and look forward to his tours.

Our Mission

We strive to be the highest rated tour company in Africa

“My tours are very personal because we have family, often my own family, running operations. And we really get to know our customers so closely they become like family, too,” says 31-year-old Ben, who started his company at only 19 years old after graduating from Nairobi Institute with a conservation, tourism and hotel management degree. Although fate led him to permanent residency in Wisconsin after meeting his future wife in a Tanzanian café (Jessie, an American-born wildlife ecology student studying abroad), you never fully appreciate home until you leave it—and Ben’s love for Africa only grew after leaving in 2007. So has his business, along with a desire to share his successes with the villagers he left behind.

“By Madison Magzine”