Vote and win in the Safari Awards prize draw

The Safari Awards recognise the very best safari lodges, camps, houses and spas in Africa and worldwide.

Onsea House Tanzania Ltd has been nominated for the 2016 Safari Awards with all properties in 9 important categories:
Best Community Focused, Best Design, Best Ecologically Responsible, Best Family Safari Experience, Best Location, Best New Safari Property, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Safari House, Best Value.

Did you also stay at one of the properties we operate? You are invited to add your vote also before voting closes on 30 September 2015. All voters will automatically be included in the safari prize draw.

To vote for one of the properties in our portfolio, simply visit the link to the respective voting page on the Safari Award site: Onsea House, Machweo Wellness Retreat and Siringit Kilimanjaro Golf & Safari Retreat.

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2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame”

Travellers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.

Onsea House Tanzania Ltd has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner in May 2015. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, from 2011 to 2015.

Of total winners this year, only 9% have qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame by winning the award five years running.
Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Onsea House Tanzania Ltd and we’d like to thank all of our past guests at our properties who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

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Siringit in the media and on own website

On the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, where majestic Mount Kilimanjaro overlooks more than 1,000 acres of African bush, the team behind Onsea House and Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining were inspired to aim for new heights in refinement.

Siringit, the latest gem – quite possibly the crown jewel – in the Onsea House collection was featured on 9 February 2015 in the travel section of The Telegraaf . This is the first in a series of important media appearances after the soft opening and press launch in July 2014.

The article was contracted in collaboration with KLM and Dutch tour operator Oryx Private Tours Africa and reached an estimated 1.8 million readers.

At this occassion, we have now the pleasure to announce that the preliminary Siringit website has been put online.

Siringit is the Masai word for ‘endless plains’ or ‘the place where the land runs forever’. The vast grassland plains, acacia-studded savannas, wooded hills and mountains that fill everyone with awe and make for everlasting impressions. It is exactly that feeling we aim to give in our new retreat, an overwhelming experience and an almost surreal serenity. Siringit Kilimanjaro Golf and Safari Retreat is a luxury 6 bedroom villa for exclusive use.

The spacious and elegant property, overlooking the green, is meant to give friends or families that unique experience that can only be rivaled by the most secluded and high end tented camps.

Download the full press release SIRINGIT – Press Release 2014 and Factsheet SIRINGIT – Factsheet 2015 and visit to see site growing.
Availability for all the properties in our portfolio can be checked on
For more information, rates, launch offers or for any other question please contact

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Tanzania attracting international and regional airlines

Targeting the fast-growing tourism and rising business opportunities in Tanzania, international airlines are looking at best options to fly to Dar es Salaam  (Julius Nyerere – DAR), Tanzania’s commercial capital, and Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport – JRO), East Africa’s tourist capital.

The coming of Air Seychelles, the official air carrier of the Indian Ocean tourist island of the Seychelles, to Tanzania today, is a testimony of the global airlines program targeting Tanzania’s airspace.

Tourism is a leading business which has been a magnet to pull global and reputed airlines to fly to Tanzania, aviation analysts say.

Air Seychelles, which is launching its twice a week flights to Tanzania today, has targeted tourists and leisure travelers in Tanzania and East Africa, looking at the Spice Island of Zanzibar as a key source of international-class tourists and leisure travelers between East Africa and the Seychelles.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has expanded its African route network, and will launch its daily service to Dar es Salaam from Abu Dhabi next year. Vice President of the Airline, Moris Pholeli, said Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, and his airline has decided to enter into the market by starting operating with an Airbus A320 aircraft, with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy class seats on its Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam route.

Emirates Airlines has launched five times weekly flights between Dar es Salaam and Dubai to complement the airline’s daily operations. Launched in October this year, the five flights available brought the total to 12 flights a week on the Dar es Salaam and Dubai routes, an indication of the growing business between Tanzania and other countries, mostly the Middle East and Far East.

Qatar Airways operates daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Doha in Qatar, making it stand among leading global airlines with great lust to Tanzanian airspace. Qatar Airways links Tanzania and other parts of the world.

South African Airways has increased its flights between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam twice, making it to operate two daily flights between the two cities. This brings to 14 flights per week under South African Airways (SAA) in its Tanzania’s airspace.

From Dar Es Salaam there are frequent connections through several reliable local operators to Kilimanjaro (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK).

Global airlines operating in Tanzania with direct flights to Kilimanjaro include KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways and Rwandair.

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Women leadership development

Our female Heads of Departments and Management Staff were recently trained in leadership skills. The reason we did this is because we believe that leadership roles should be filled by those most capable of getting the job done but also realize the cultural challenges women face every day in a male dominated environment.

The training focused on (1) facing problems and solving them, (2) The power of transparent communication and clear instructions, (3) dealing with difficult people, (4) the importance of giving feedback, (5) courage, and (6) training others.

The ladies enjoyed the training in collaboration with Jobortunity and are very motivated to put their newly acquired skills into practice.

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Empowering our staff through education

At Onsea House, we recognize that education is the basic element of self- improvement and that skills and knowledge are an essential contribution for a successful organization. This is highlighted in our company policy with training as one of its key-elements. We encourage our employees to gain a higher education level and contribute for courses that are directly related to an employee’s job or will help the employee prepare for promotion within the company. In addition we offer continuous in-house training in collaboration with local NGOs to ensure each and everyone has a chance to grow, be happy and perform to the best of his/her abilities.

Over the past months we organized trainings in 1st aidHi5 (focusing on effective work attitude), Leadership Skill Training (focusing on confidence, ownership and team work), Body Language, Accountability and Time Management. All these trainings are aimed at inspiring, motivating and empowering our staff.

We have also started in-house English courses where staff are divided into groups according to their current level of comfort with the English language and receive weekly classes in the comfort of their working environment. We trust this will not only improve their communication skills with our guests but also boost their confidence.

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Karibu Fair special Food & Wine tasting dinner at Machweo

Since the opening of Machweo in 2011, we started the tradition to host a special Food & Wine tasting dinner at Machweo at the occassion of the yearly Karibu Travel Market Tanzania in Arusha.

Tonight Saturday 7 June will be the night we welcome again a fantastic audience of both expert wine makers, wine connoisseurs, tour operators and residents who like gourmet food, fine wine and nice company.

This year’s session will be in collaboration with Red ‘n White , a well established Tanzanian company, incorporated in 1993, by mostly Belgian shareholders. The company is one of our key suppliers and supplier of – among others – KWV, Spier and Swartland wines and San Pellegrino water.

Johan Jordaan, Spier senior winemaker (and Diner’s Cluw Winemaker of the year 2011) will introduce the Spier Signature Sauvignon Blanc which will match the starters.

Stephen Rautenbach and Marco Ventrella from KWV Wines in South Africa will be talking about their fantastic KWV Mentor Semillon which will match the second dishes to be served.

Pieter Terblanch, head of global sales & marketing at Swartland Winery will present the fantastic Swartland Bush Vine Pinotage to match the main dish.

Call chef Axel to secure a table 0787/112.498

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5th consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


The Onsea House team is proud to receive their 5th consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The Certificate of Excellence award is given to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travelers. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

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