The safari

Lioness on a tree

Our journey started with a simple email enquiry which resulted in an immediate response from yourself. This resulted in a lengthy telephone conversation, which convinced me that you were the one to organise our family trip for us in Tanzania. I had spoken to other operators previously but it was a chance conversation with a mutual friend that led me to you.

The safari is now over, but what a wonderful experience. This trip was the culmination of several exchanges between you and us, fine tuning the trip until it was perfected. Our dealings with you could not have been any smoother nor any more transparent. I am grateful to you for overseeing every aspect of this journey, even before we left. I was very surprised to have you call us when we landed in Arusha, ensuring our safe arrival and pick up with your local operators. I was even more grateful for you to have kept in touch with us throughout our seven days on Safari. We have travelled far and wide and have never had anybody check to see how our trips have been progressing en route!

You were aware that I was a keen photographer and you more than fulfilled your promise that you would provide your preferred travelling companion for us. It is thanks to Moses, your chosen guide and tracker, ( and also a very safe and considerate driver ) that I managed to capture so many amazing photographs of the game in all the parks that we visited. He knew exactly where to go and his anticipation was incredible. We seemed to be more often in the right place at the right time than not, often on our own and then, of course, all the other operators’ jeeps would arrive. Highlights included a lioness preparing for and the executing a hunt on a herd of gazelles, albeit unsuccessfully, the crocodile devouring a baby zebra that had strayed into its water and the leopard feasting on its kill in the tree! You would have seen this from some of the photos and video I have sent you. Many more to follow.

Your choice of lodges was also spot on based on our requirements. The Serena Lodges take a lot of beating for overall service and value. And thank you for organising the surprise cake and celebrations at the Ngorogoro Serena Lodge for my wife’s 50th and my son’s 21st birthdays while we were on safari. This was completely unexpected!

I would like to thank you and Beena for organising this incredible trip. There was not any aspect that could have been organised any better. I will be in touch for our next trip to this amazing continent. In the meantime, keep well.

Naveed Osman and Family.

This truly was a trip of a life-time

Cheetah hunting

This truly was a trip of a life-time. It exceeded my expectations.
Moses is a gem. His extensive knowledge and keen eyesight made this adventure even more memorable. All the other guides paled in comparison.
Thank you for making this trip so special for me.


Amazing Game view in Ruaha

Ruaha river view from Ruaha River Lodge

We were met by Michael at the Airstrip of Iringa and driven to Ruaha. Michael was an excellent driver and guide. He knows a lot about the animals.

It was both fun and interesting to discuss with him the differences between Tanzania and the Western society and culture.

Besides he is very friendly and obliging!

After getting back to Iringa, we were taken by George to Mbeya. He is a very safe driver!

I can highly recommend UB On Safari! Be sure, they want you to live an experience of a lifetime and are happy to make flexible changes if you wish so.


Mind blowing, awesome

Lion with dark mane

Beena and Umang the tour directors are very enthusiastic and genuinely want you to have a fantastic experience. This helps immensely as it takes the stress off the tour and you can relax that you are in best hands.

Communication with how you are getting on and any other personal needs such as a sim card, advise on shopping locally is always at hand. Selection of the safari parks which can fit into your budget as well as their recommendation about balloon safari made our trip memorable.

The safari guide is very well experienced and makes sure you enjoy and get to see some memorable animal life including lions chasing buffalos and hyenas feasting on a zebra and lion preying on a gazelle.

Watching animals in their own home at such close quarters with wild life was unthinkable for me and my family but upon safari made it a reality safely, comfortably and enjoyably.

I would highly recommend you to book Ubon Safari for a very well priced high quality tour – Mind blowing, awesome and very personalised tailored to suit you and your family.


A wonderful holiday

Southern Tanzania Safari Selous

UB on Safari arranged a holiday perfectly suited to our tastes and which was thoroughly enjoyable.

We were looking for a different sort of holiday centered in southern Tanzania and found UB on Safari catering to that area. They seemed to know exactly what we were looking for and arranged a trip with several elements: a nostalgic visit to Mbeya, staying in the very comfortable Hill View Hotel; a game park experience where we really enjoyed the tented camp, Tandala , and finishing off with a few wonderful days on Lake Tanganyika at Lake Shore Lodge – all highly recommended accommodations.

The Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam was also a great choice of a place to pass through coming and going.

I would really like to thank UB on Safari for providing us with first class drivers and an amazingly well informed game park guide, all amounting to a wonderful holiday.


An experience to remember

Elephant with big tusks

If you love wild animals, are grateful for dedicated guides who will find them for you and you like wide open spaces to see animals in their habitat not in zoo cages, UB On Safari is a good choice.

At the Serengeti where you can see for miles and watch the gazelles jump, understand why elderly male elephants travel solo and see cats because your guide might be really good…he’ll find that cheetah that no one else could find!

At the Ngorongoro Crater while tighter in space you have the humrous experience of watching people watch animals…..part of the safari experience for sure.

A super plus of UB On Safari is that they let you travel alone, not with strangers…Lodging was wonderful, meals for me the vegetarian, were exquisite and my meat–eating husband actually enjoyed the vegetables so much he ate very little meat.

A great experience, if you are looking to see Africa in five or fifteen days.


Gombe & Serengeti

Male Chimpanzee

From a whole host of your companies I thankfully chose UBON safari to book my tours into gombe to see the chimpanzees and to the Serengeti and surrounds to see the wildlife.

I would not consider myself an easy person to please but these guys blew me away. It’s such piece of mind to know that you don’t have to worry about anything especially considering flight cancellations without warning.

These guys were 100% professional and were my eyes and ears to any travel changes from other tour and aircraft companies (which happens often).

I simply cannot recommend them highly enough, Umang and Beena are amazing.

South Africa

An exceptional and reasonably priced safari experience!

Female Cheetah with newborn cubs

My son and I had an exceptional safari, which was frankly much more fun and interesting than I expected. Over six days and five nights, Tarangire–Serengeti–Ngorongoro provided many memorable sights and exceptional wildlife.

We had our own guide, and were surprised that there were relatively few other guests at most of the lodges and camps (which were uniformly excellent). Internet connectivity was good at the resorts, but of course not available at the tented camp.

Although it was technically the start of the rainy season, we did not have any rain. Highlights included observing the birth of a hippo, sighting three cheetahs and also a mother leopard and her cubs, watching two lions attack a herd of cape buffalo, seeing six rhinos at Ngorongoro (including two who crossed just in front of our Land Rover), and driving through the middle of the Great Migration and thousands of wildebeest.

Umang was very reachable, and our guide Moses was excellent. We highly recommend Ubon Safari.


Amazing Affordable Luxury Safari!

Giraffe feeding from a tree

There is plenty to say about Ubon Safari. They absolutely shine on service and execution and most importantly price. Let me give you a run down.

A knowledgeable guide/driver will be waiting for you at the airport in our case it was Kilimanjaro. We did the Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorogoro crater 3 night /4 days all at the Serena Lodges (highly recommended) and we opted for the private jeep (highly recommended).

Our guides name was Phillip, he was great and knew the terrain well with over 10 years of experience. Its very important to discuss your desires with him right out of the gates so he can deliver the right safari. We wanted to see all the big animals or as they as they say the big 5.

Be prepared to be tossed around as the roads can be bumpy, it is a safari after all. You will encounter an array of animals and majestic landscapes that times out shine the animals. My advice is get up early of possible wear very comfortable clothing that fits loose and have your gourmet breakfast and head out into the wild. You will have box lunches(might want to let them know what you like to eat) on the road and be at your next luxury accommodations by 5-6 pm to relax and unwind.

The Serena Lodges (free wifi) are they way to go if possible (the views are amazing!) The service level is very high and the food is top notch.

Ubon will call or email you to make sure your trip is excellent and any issues are resolved. In our case it was seamless and perfect. I really feel you do not have to wait to experience a luxury safari.

We are very happy we went and we will be booking another one in the near future. Ubon will make it work for anyone.
Lastly animals are unpredictable be patient and it will happen. Hakuna Matata- Don’t worry, be happy!

Based on 32 Google reviews.
2. November, 2020.
Umang, the Safari Director, was hands on from the initial planning of our trip to Tanzania. We landed in Kilimanjaro airport and was picked up by Lucas, tour guide and driver for our 13 days adventure. We went to Arusha and stayed two nights in this city. We bought SIM cards for our phone, visited the Tanzanite Museum, exchanged some dollars to shillings, and spent about an hour at the Cultural Center which was quite amazing museum. Do go there, it’s fascinating. After the 2 days rest, we were escorted to fly on a small Cessna to North Serengeti about an hour and a half ride. Here, we stayed at Acacia Migration Camp. Our three days stay were the best as we were the luckiest to see two days straight of the migration of wildebeests and zebras returning from Kenya to Tanzania crossing the Mara River. We were ecstatic and so excited to witness this. Umang kept in touch with our guide, Lucas, everyday to ensure our trip was going smoothly. He didn’t disappoint us one bit. Everyday was thrilling and full of surprises with the animals we saw. Elephants, lions, hyenas, warthogs, leopard, wildebeests and zebras galore. The staff at this camp was the friendliest and very professional. Omega and Antoine endlessly catered to us and we missed them after saying our goodbyes. Definitely will be back in couple years. Central Serengeti was our next stop. Stayed another three nights at Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp. There are more animal sightings here. Robert, the overseer and helper, did everything possible to cater to our needs. He was bartender, server, and name it, everything. The food was amazing and the tent was very luxurious. We were upgraded to two tents instead of one and I thank Umang and Lucas for getting the upgrade at all the camps. Our next two night stop was at Ngorongoro National Park at Lion’s Paw Camp. The staff was pretty good but not as friendly as the other two places. We were upgraded to a two bedroom suite and had the best view of the Ngorongoro crater and sunset. There aren’t as many animals here compared to Serengeti but the lake in the crater is so beautiful and I know I’d be back again. Our last two nights safari stay was at Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp. On the way there we went to Lake Manyara National Park. We couldn’t get close to the lake because the roads were flooded from heavy rainfall but we had some amazing big cats sighting. The army of baboons also was very interesting to watch. Never in my life saw so many of them. They weren’t pests at all. At Tarangire, the staff composed of Allen the manager, Edward, Lucas the Masai, and chef were all very attentive and bent over backwards to satisfy our needs. It was an unforgettable three days there with bonfire every night and endless wine and vodka flowing. It was very difficult to say goodbye but I was definitely sure I would return here. There are no more words to describe our astonishing experiences in our safari trip. Definitely, you need a very good guide who knows the roads and where the animals were. The migration sightings were worth the few hours wait as we were the luckiest to have witnessed the crossings which are rare to see late October when most finished in September. We were very fortunate indeed. I’m so glad I chose Umang at Ubon Safari and Leopard Tours for our amazing Safari trip. It’s a true lifetime experience that we will never forget. Our life has already changed from this experience and can’t wait to go back. Thank you, Umang, for this amazing tour!
Alexandra Morrish
Alexandra Morrish
17. October, 2020.
Words cannot describe the wonderful experience we have had on our trip to Tanzania organised by Umang and Beena at Ubon safari. We wanted our honeymoon to be extra special but to know where to start when planning a combined safari and beach trip was overwhelming, until we found Ubon safari. From the start of planning Beena quickly found great options to suit our ideas and budget and the whole experience from then on was absolutely outstanding. From the moment arriving in Tanzania we were SPOILT! All of our accommodation was 5* plus, we were always greeted and treated like VIPs and always had a little extra treat waiting for us on arrival. We can honestly hands down say we have never experienced service like we received during this trip. Our Safari was absolutely fantastic, our driver guide Ali was super knowledgeable and interesting and made sure we got to see everything we wanted and more. And then after, our beach trip to Zanzibar was just pure bliss, a private villa on the most beautiful beach; once again treated like VIPs. I actually shed a tear when leaving! Umang and Beena made sure everything was organised to perfection and was always checking in to make sure everything was going great and if we needed anything. This personal approach made us feel relaxed the whole time as we knew they had everything covered. All this during a Pandemic!!! Not that you would know about that when your there, we never felt so safe and it was the perfect place to social distance. Our 1st time to Africa and definitely won’t be our last, it now holds a very special place in our hearts and we have left feeling like we have made new friends in Beena and Umang. One thing is for sure we could not recommend Ubon safari enough, they have exceeded our expectations and more. Thank you so much ❤️
Alina Andronache
Alina Andronache
15. October, 2020.
Rinku Patel
Rinku Patel
16. January, 2020.
UBON SAFARI - one word Amazing! They put together an amazing trip for us to celebrate my dads big birthday in Tanzania where he was born. It was a very special trip for us all. The guides were fantastic they went above and beyond to ensure our trip was special - treated us like royalty. Ally was amazing - he ensured we saw the big 5 and more! Ahmed and Mtoo in Zanzibar also just amazing had a great tour of stone town and the spice tour. The staff at all the hotel were like family they knew who we were without even introduction - they ensured we had the best stay and food!! Umang was available throughout the whole trip - you would never get this with a normal travel agent. Beena and Umang are just the perfect team and their passion for Africa can be seen in the amazing itinerary’s they put together for their clients. All the surprises you had for my parents were just so lovely - they absolutely loved being spoilt! I reccomend UBON safari for all trips to Africa - they have all the knowledge and passion for Africa I look forward to booking all future tours with them (I would not book with anyone else!) Thank you again Umang and Beena! ❤️
Karim Devraj
Karim Devraj
11. January, 2020.
If you are planning an adventure to Africa, I would highly recommend Ubon Safari as your tour operator. These guys know what they are doing and do it well. Umang & Beena were great in helping our fairly large group plan a wonderful trip to Tanzania without any stress, were very accommodating when changes needed to be made and ensured that there were no glitches along the way. My trip to Tanzania will always be memorable because of Ubon Safari.
Magdalena Murman
Magdalena Murman
10. January, 2020.
A friend of us recommended UBON to plan our honeymoon - what a great advice! Beena has been the best travel agent we’ve worked with. Professional, hard worker and extremely knowledgeable. In the planning she made sure that we were choosing the right destinations, hotels and activities that would fit our expectations. She was very accommodating to our budget and dates. Once off to the adventure, not only she was available 24/7 (and very responsive), but she would check on us after flights/transfers/checking-ins to make sure everything was OK. THANK YOU Beena for helping us with our dream trip! It has been a real pleasure! We hope to be traveling back soon with UBON and we will 100% recommend it to everyone!
Lauren Inman
Lauren Inman
29. December, 2019.
We had the most AMAZING time on safari in Tanzania - huge thanks to our guides at Ubon Safari. This was hands down the easiest, most organized trip we have ever planned/taken. During the planning process, Beena was always available for questions and suggestions. While on Safari, we were treated like royalty - providing guides/transports every step of the way, personally checking in to make sure we were doing well, and guiding us on the most magical vacation. The accommodations were 5 star, the knowledge of our guide, Ali was remarkable and the experience of seeing the beautiful country of Tanzania was something we will treasure forever. I have already recommended Ubon to all of our friends and family and would HIGHLY recommend review readers to use these guys. Thank you for the best vacation ever!
Peter Ferrari
Peter Ferrari
18. October, 2019.
Amazing experience and Ubon made the trip seamless and stress-free. Great value as it was not prohibitively expensive but also had great hotels, guides, and food/drink. Highly recommend!
Julie Baris
Julie Baris
24. June, 2019.
We came upon UBON safari by chance, and we're glad we found them. Prior to booking UBON Safari, we found it difficult planning our long trip to Africa (and we have traveled all over the world). Umang and Beena made it seamless and easy. Our first trip to East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) was beyond amazing thanks to their services. We had special requests for our trip that they were able to accommodate which made our trip extra special and personal. Our trip was well-thought-out and well-planned. They were prompt in answering our emails or messages, always checked in while we were at the different accommodations during our trip, and had lovely welcome letters prepared for us. We enjoyed it and it will always be an experience we will never forget.
nalini gosai
nalini gosai
27. March, 2019.
We just got back from our Amazing 20 days trip to Dar-es-salaam,Serengeti,Ngorongoro and Zanzibar.Wow what a life time experience. Firstly I would like to Thank Umang and Beena from UBON safari for creating such a nice itenary for us.we enjoyed every hotel they recommended the drivers the guides everything was so perfect.Amazing thing was Beena was in constant touch with our drivers as well as us checking if everything was ok. I would say that’s the service we appreciated. Definitely highly recommend company UBON safari.Cant wait for my safari with UBON Safari to South Africa. Nalini Gosai.