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Roman Abramovich wil een nieuwe poging wagen op de Kilimanjaro

Het nieuws dat “Roman Abramovich mislukt in beklimming Kilimanjaro” werd uitgebreid gecoverd in de Nederlandstalige pers in o.a. De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws, De Standaard en ook het Algemeen Dagblad:

“De Russische miljardair Roman Abramovitsj probeert niet alleen met Chelsea de top te bereiken. Hij beklimt ook bergen, maar net als met de Engelse voetbalclub verlopen zijn pogingen niet altijd succesvol. De Kilimanjaro, met 5892 meter de hoogste berg van Afrika, bleek onlangs een te grote uitdaging.
Een functionaris van de Nationale Parken Autoriteit in Tanzania maakte vrijdag bekend dat de 42-jarige Abramovitsj de klim op een hoogte van 4600 meter moest afbreken. ,,We hebben berichten van zijn team ontvangen dat hij kampte met ademhalingsproblemen”, aldus de ambtenaar.
Volgens hem was het team van Abramovitsj tevreden over de geleverde prestatie. Ze kondigden aan in de toekomst een nieuwe poging te wagen om de beklimming te voltooien.
Jaarlijks trekt de met eeuwige sneeuw bedekte Kilimanjaro ongeveer 25.000 klimmers. Minder dan de helft haalt de top.”

Bij een nieuwe poging zal Abramovich wellicht opnieuw beroep doen op Onsea House voor de catering, waarvan hij uiterst tevreden bleek te zijn. Als hij dan tijdig boekt en ook bij Onsea House zou overnachten, is de kans statistisch erg hoog dat hij de top haalt, gezien tot dusver nagenoeg alle Onsea House gasten de top haalden!

Roman Abramovich chooses for Onsea House catering on the Kilimanjaro

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is better known in Tanzania as the owner of the popular English Premier league Club Chelsea, is in the country for a visit. No wonder that his arrival on Wednesday has stirred the north of the country, which is home to some of the best tourist attractions in the world. During his 10-day tour, Mr. Abramovich will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

Roman Abramovich is one of the wealthiest people in the world. During his stay, the international spotlight will certainly be on Tanzania, and that’s good news for tourism, reports The Citizen.

The owner of Chelsea FC arrived with six friends and staff on his private Boeing 767 before embarking on the gruelling ascent. Although Onsea House was fully booked for accommodation at the time of booking, the entourage of Roman Abramovich chose Onsea House to cater the dinner on the night before the ascent and during the climb.

Vroegboekactie eenmalig verlengd tot maandag 14 september 2009

Nog niet beslist waarheen je volgende vakantie gaat? Joker geeft je nog enkele dagen extra bedenktijd. Boek tot en met maandag 14 september 2009 en vlieg tot juni 2010 tegen spotprijzen naar meer dan 400 bestemmingen.
Dat lees je inderdaad goed: een hele reeks tarieven geldt tot juni 2010 (sommige zelfs tot juli 2010). Echt iets voor vroegboekers! Maar ook lastminute-beslissers die zo snel mogelijk hun biezen willen pakken, hebben keuze te over.

Bij de top 10 van de 2 eerste vroegboekweken zit de vlucht op Nairobi met KLM vanaf 429 Euro! Inclusief visum voor Kenya en transfer per shuttle bus naar Arusha geraakt u dus voor minder dan 500 Euro in de “safari hoofdstad” Arusha!

Surf snel naar www.joker.be/vluchten voor meer informatie. Hoe vlugger je boekt, hoe meer keuze je hebt. Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor verdere info voor een verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha, een Kilimanjaro beklimming, safari en/of strandvakantie op Zanzibar!

Vroegboekactie naar Oost-Afrika

Vandaag maandag 17 augustus is het zover: de befaamde en alom gewaardeerde Joker VROEGBOEKACTIE is gestart. En ook ditmaal zitten er ongelooflijke koopjes tussen.
Een hele reeks tarieven geldt tot juni 2010, echt iets voor vroegboekers dus. Maar ook lastminute-beslissers die er zo snel mogelijk tussenuit willen knijpen, vinden vast hun gading.

Volgende optes zijn interessant voor gasten die voor of na hun Kilimanjaro beklimming, safari of Zanzibar strandvakantie bij Onsea House in Arusha willen verblijven:

DAR ES SALAAM vanaf € 610 ETHIOPIAN
DAR ES SALAAM vanaf € 636 SWISS
NAIROBI vanaf € 445 EGYPTAIR
NAIROBI vanaf € 464 SWISS
ZANZIBAR vanaf € 610 ETHIOPIAN

Meer info via de Joker vroegboekactie

Recommended in the 3 newest Bradt Travel Guides

Philip Briggs’ second edition of Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, published in July 2009, is fully updated throughout, including revised information on the best accommodation in every price bracket, from luxury lodges to simple hotels and hostels, and the best of the safaris. There’s specific coverage of the wildlife and natural history of the region, making it the indispensable companion to a safari in northern Tanzania’s renowned national parks. Plus there’s an introduction to the Swahili language. It is the first of 3 new Bradt Travel Guides featuring Onsea House in Arusha as best accommodation in its class: “… this attractive intimate boutique hotel has drawn praise from all quarters since it opened in Jul 2006. The large green gardens contain a swimming pool & the restaurant, managed by a Michelin trained Belgian chef, serves superb Afro-European fusion cuisine…”

In September, the 6th and fully updated edition of Philip Briggs’ comprehensive bestseller Tanzania with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia will provide the latest practical information for both independent travel and all-inclusive safaris, recommends the best of the ground tour operators, gives advice on interaction with the local people,… and also recommends Onsea House. Earlier editions of this guide received rave reviews from both travel press and travellers.

Gordon Rattray is the author of the first edition of Access Africa: Safaris for People with Limited Mobility, a safari guide that is the first in its kind. It describes access in hotels, lodges and tented camps, allowing readers to decide if it suits their particular needs, recommending Onsea House “… Less able travellers might prefer to use it as a chance to eat out in style while in Arusha (accepting help up & down the steps)…” 

Contact www.bradtguides.com or your preferred book shop to buy your copy or contact info@onseahouse.com to make an inquiry at Onsea House in Arusha.

New Sayari Camp opened: most stunning Asilia property to date

Asilia has just opened their brand new luxurious permanent Sayari Camp- located right at the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti. The former seasonal Sayari Camp has been redesigned to now be Asilia’s most luxurious and breathtaking property. Retaining the essence of an Asilia camp, this stylish property is the epitomy of camp with delivering a high level of personalised service, in amazing comfort but retaining the central focus on sensational game viewing and wildlife experiences. The camp layout and staff numbers allow for guests’ experience to be unique and tailor made- every stay at Sayari shall result in a once in a life time experience.

The camp, although luxurious in many ways holds a great balance with offering guests a true safari experience embracing the unique elements of the ‘real African bush’. Sayari Camp’s 15 luxury tents are split into 2 wings- one with 9 and one with 6 tents all of which are raised on wooden platforms to offer a spacious and extremely comfortable stay. Both wings have their own entertainment and hosting tent making it possible to book each wing exclusively for groups. All of these unique tents in Sayari Camp offer panoramic views over the Serengeti through glass sliding doors and windows and allow guests to enjoy the tranquillity of the bush while relaxing on their private wooden deck where a large sofa/day bed and table and chairs are just waiting for them.

To promote this property Asilia is offering a stay 4 nights pay for 3 nights special for the remainder of this year (2009). This special also applies to the other Asilia properties: Olakira and Dunia Camp in the southern/central Serengeti, Suyan in the Loliondo Private Concession, Oliver’s Camp in the Tarangire National Park and the 2 stunning beach properties Matemwe and Matemwe Retreat on the North East coast of Zanzibar. For more information visit www.asilialodges.com or contact us on info@onseahouse.com.

Member of African Travel and Tourism Association

Since July, exactly 3 years after the opening in July 2006, Onsea House in Arusha has been proposed and accepted to be member and shareholder in ATTA, Europe’s largest trade association linking tourism in Africa with the travel trade, the UK Foreign Office and the media.

ATTA creates the platform for buyers across Europe to meet suppliers of African tourism product at networking events, trade shows and through its links with the media. ATTA distributes news on tourism matters throughout Africa to its wide membership and acts as an information hub between the news media and the tourist industry in times of crisis.

Onsea House has its own member page in the ATTA online member directory. Contact info@onseahouse.com and/or visit www.onseahouse.com for any further information.

Tourism in Kenya and Tanzania at risk

The Daily Nation, one of Kenya’s quality newspapers, reports today about the shrinkage of the world famous annual wildebeest migration:

Reduction of water in River Mara, whose origin is in the Mau Forest, and which traverses the expansive Maasai Mara game reserve right into Serengeti in Tanzania, is causing the shrinkage of the world famous annual wildebeest migration, which may stop altogether.

According to the American Museum of Natural History, the great migration, a major boost to the tourism sector, is one of the world’s large-scale-terrestrial migrations that have been severely reduced and could eventually stop.

A study, Endangered Species Research, published last month, says the lives of the more than one million animals are threatened.

But even more frightening is that the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania could vanish in less than 40 years.

Experts now warn that the catastrophic Maasai Emutai (meaning to wipe out), which occurred between 1897 and 1898, in which there were massive deaths of wildlife, livestock and people in the area could be in the making.

Many years later, the African Journal of Ecology wrote of the experience quoting an Australian explorer who had travelled in the area.

“There were women wasted to skeletons from whose eyes the madness of starvation glared … warriors scarcely able to crawl on all fours, and apathetic, languishing elders. Swarms of vultures followed them from high, awaiting their certain victims,” wrote Dr Oscar Baumann.

“The way we handle, for example the issue of the Mau Complex will greatly influence whether people, animals and plants far away off will be able to access food and water,” Dr Julius Kipng’etich, the Kenya Wildlife Service director, told a recent meeting in Nairobi organised by the African Conservation Centre.

Climate change

The meeting was receiving preliminary research finding on how plants, animals and pastoralists on the Kenya/Tanzania border are reacting to climate change and effects of environmental degradation.

The studies, carried out by the universities of California at San Diego and York, Missouri Botanical Gardens and the African Conservation Centre identified lack of water as the biggest threat to human and animal existence in the area.

The study area covers about 60,000 square kilometres, hosting 14 wildlife parks and a major tourism circuit. River Mara is the main lifeline for the Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai who live in these plains.