OUR TEAM

Ombeni Emanuel Pallangyo

President and CEO-

Founder and Chairman~

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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David Mngodo

Tanzanian Artist

Advisory Board & Chairman

The Ombeni Foundation Tanzania Education Arts & Visual Communications
David is the master of art and one of the great advisor and anintegral member of The Ombeni Foundation Education Art and Visual Communication Tanzania. According to him the art minister both soul and spirits when you take it as a passion. According to him art bring in joy, comfort, peace and good memories to cherish life. Painting is his life and it brings him solace.

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He believes as an artist you always have to have a message and a purpose for your story on a piece of canvas, then only what you present to the people will have a weighted meaning and value. He started to paint at an early age motivated greatly by one of his elder brothers. His elder brother used to paint with watercolors. At times when his elder use to paint on canvas, David tries to see him while painting as he was really fascinated by his stroke of brushes. He was chased away by his brother because they didn’t want disturbance. These incident has always motivated him a lot, and he never gave up since then, as his artist statement says,
"Giving up on anything should not be an option, instead holding on to our faith should be a vital key to our success if only we can stay focused and be able to make a positive difference in our societies, because as we build our selves to become strong in our faith so we build strong families which in turn will bring strong communities"
. Before taking up any piece of work he prays for guidance and this has been his greatest inspiration on taking time to think to create an exceptional piece of art each time he rolls his sleeves and move his brush. This is exactly the same he did to Join The Ombeni Foundation Inspiring team. Self -taught artist who is dedicated to his art and concerned with the progression of his style and development of advanced painting techniques. His works are primarily done in acrylics. However, he expresses himself using other mediums fluently, such as oil, and pastels. His view of the world comes through his paintings especially the use of colors and negative space - creating an emotional feeling in each painting. His abstract hard line paintings draw the observer into each painting revealing David’s creative intent to develop a particular feeling or story. This provided an opportunity to develop a style that always tells a story. His painting reflects his origin and is filled with the colors and lights that fills his memory. Recipient of “people’s choice award” at the Minnesota Inventor’s Congress Art Festival July 2007. The Ombeni Foundation and Ombeni African Safaris, Recognizes the importance of full potentials and fundamental of human

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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... But upon arrival in Tanzania, Linda will collect your measurement at our Arusha headquarters office, and she will tailor a "Garb" for you. 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 will always and everyday shine your day, Incredible sense of humor.
An experienced guide and Educator.

Our Team Members

To maintain the finest experience during these journeys, Ombeni Safaris 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.

Agness Nyambele

Sectrary and Leading Assistant

Africa Tanzania. Born, lived, studied, guided, trekked, researched, eaten, experienced it all. I’m a proud team member of Ombeni African Safaris. Armed with unique experiences and specialized knowledge, deeply committed to planning custom trips that connect with Africa forever Our inspirational team who have the knowledge and talents to transform your vacation to Africa into an experience of a lifetime. I look forward welcoming and leading from on safari or Mount Kilimanjaro
Yes, I have Climbed the roof of Africa.

John Jachson

Chief John Jackson

Ombeni Safaris Accommodation Coordinator

Mr. Jakson is an experienced chief with culinary Art
Trained by some of the best safari lodges in Africa and bring this very same experience on the road with Ombeni's Guest

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.

Reuben Pallangyo

Local Guide and village excursion Coordinator

Winnie Mbise

Winnie is our Office Secretary in Tanzania. She is educated from Arusha Tropical College studying Hotel Management. She does a great job providing a warm welcome to our influx of guests and assists Ndeta in keeping office operations running smoothly.

Lazaro Pallangyo

Lazaro is a professional National Park Ranger serving both the tourism industry and nature in Arusha National Park. Like many others in our staff 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.

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. We admire both his knowledge and positive attitude alike. He is our front line of service in Kenya and has been responsible for raving guest reviews and 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. 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 onboard 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 Safaris, passing important safety information to the rest of the staff. He’s a strategic hire and contributor in our goal to continuously improve. 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 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 group 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 staff 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 Safaris he serves as a Special Events Director 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 to accommodate guest 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 belong so 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