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Best restaurant in Arusha

Rough Guide and Lonely Planet mentioned it already in their recent editions, but now also Tour Operators and online reviews confirm the qualities of the Onsea House restaurant.

Boutique Hotel specialist I-escape raves about the Onsea House cuisine, the Dutch Tour Operator BMS-Travellers includes a stop at the Onsea House restaurant in a 5star+ safari including 2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the Asilia Lodges luxury camps,…

The Trip Advisor (and Facebook) application with Restaurant Reviews indicates Onsea House also as most popular and best restaurant.

Take a preview of the restaurant and the dishes at the Onsea House restaurant & food picture set. Book your table via Belgian Chef-Manager Axel on +255 787 112 498.

For general booking inquiries, contact

Moevenpick and Holiday Inn 5 star hotels in Arusha

Moevenpick Royal Palm hotel Dar es Salaam plans to construct a new hotel that commands a high international standard in Arusha region, according to Daily News.

This news published on June 16 got confirmed in an official press release from Moevenpick on June 27, 2008 – A new Mövenpick Resort is to be built near Arusha, Tanzania, by 2011. A management agreement has just been signed with the owning company, Taninvest Group of Companies. The Swiss international hotel chain has been present in Tanzania since 2005, with the award-winning Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel Dar es Salaam now one of the leading hotels in the country.

“With its hotel in Dar es Salaam, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has made an excellent name for itself, one which stands for high quality standards, uncompromising service and culinary expertise”, explains Paul Lyimo, the owner of Taninvest Group of Companies. “We are in no doubt that we shall also establish those core values in Arusha, and we look forward to a fruitful co-operation.”

The new Mövenpick Resort Arusha lies at the foot of Mount Meru on a 100 acre mature farmland in Usa River between Arusha city and Kilimanjaro International Airport. With the world renowned Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro all nearby, the hotel is also the ideal starting point for safaris and excursions.

The plans provide for a total of 200 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a conference centre for 400 guests, a spa complex and an 18-hole golf course.

Eearlier this year, during the Indaba, Africa’s top travel show, it was announced that Holiday Inn Arusha will also open its doors. The hotel will be marketed by African Sun Hotels, the fastest growing hospitality group in sub-Saharan Africa, who launched at Indaba ambitious plans to increase its capacity by 4000 hotel beds. The greatly anticipated Holiday Inn Arusha will open early next year on the place where Novotol Mount Meru used to be. It claims that it will offer everything – an extensive business centre, state of the art board rooms, a range of meeting and conference rooms, and array of different restaurants and a spa. 

Last year, the Kempinski group announced the purchase of Hotel 77 – Saba Saba and the opening of Kempinski Arusha on those grounds.

These 3 new 5 star hotel openings, will help Arusha to keep its image which it had for centuries, being the meeting point midway between Cairo and Capetown.

Onsea House in Arusha will differentiate from these big 5 star hotels with its boutique size, personal service and intimate top quality restaurant.

Recommended by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet just launched the 4th edition of the Lonely Planet Tanzania Travel Guide (ISBN:  9781741045550 / 392 pp / 24 pp colour / 73 maps / next scheduled release date: May 2011).
2 years after both the previous edition and the opening of Onsea House, we are now listed in the Guide to Accommodation in Tanzania of this popular Guide book and also online as “A new lovely place self-described with some accurracy as the ‘best luxury bed and breakfast in Arusha’. Each room has its own theme, there’s a bar and small restaurant, and gardens. Very tranquil and classy…” (p. 201).
Onsea House is among the few recommended places on the East side of Arusha and the closest of the hotels outside the city center.

Karibu Travel & Tourism Fair opens during Sullivan Summit in Arusha

The Karibu Fair opens his doors in Arusha on 5th June, while seven Heads of State from various African countries will join about 1,500 delegates in Arusha at the ongoing 8th Leon Sullivan Summit.

Because of the same timing as the Sullivan Summit, the Karibu Travel & Tourism trade fair - which is held annually in Arusha - expects this year an extra boost.

The accommodation at Onsea House in Arusha has been fully booked during these 2 events. The special culinary dinners on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th June were fully booked short after announcing.

Plans have therefore been changed slightly and instead of catering a reception at Karibu Fair, the Onsea House restaurant will host an extra culinary dinner on Saturday 7th of June.

Because of our very small operation, Onsea House will not participate to the Karibu Fair. Contact if you want to meet or visit Onsea House Arusha during the upcomming days or visit our preferred partners at the Karibu Fair to learn about us: Asilia Lodges & Camps (stand number NW4), CCAfrica or Nomad Tanzania.

Come and taste Onsea House during the Sullivan Summit and the Karibu Fair in Arusha

Arusha’s best Chef is back in town! Our restaurant is back open as of Saturday 24 May. As usual, after reservation only.

Just in time, since advance teams of delegates for the forthcoming 8th Sullivan Summit or the Life Time Summit, as President Kikwete coins it, have started arriving in Arusha ready for the historic event.

In the upcomming weeks, the Onsea House restaurant will organize, next to the daily regular dinners, also special culinary events in the weekends. Taste the finest dishes by upgrading your dinner with recommended specials of the day.

Just before the Sullivan Summit, ISM has its official Graduation Dinner and Graduation Ceremony in Moshi, followed by several celebration parties at Onsea House in Arusha, so space will be very limited.

Thursday June 5, the first day of the Karibu Fair, Tanzania’s prime tourism trade show, is the first of 3 consecutive nights of special culinary Onsea House events. The dinner on June 5 will feature a special pre-dinner performance of international dancer Danisa de Paul with an oriental belly dance act. Start at 7PM. Show + dinner incl. wine comes at 45US$. Danisa will also give private classes and group workshops through Yoga Tanzania.

Friday June 6 will be a special culinary evening at Onsea House with the possibility to order unique dishes. An ideal way for visitors to the Karibu Tourism Trade Fair in Arusha to taste Onsea House after visiting the trade fair.

Plans have changed for Saturday June 7: we will continue with 1 extra culinary evening at Onsea House at US$55 for residents and tour operators.

Call Axel Janssens for a dinner reservation on +255 787 112 498 or for an appointment to meet us at the Asilia tent on the Karibu Fair or visit Onsea House on +255 784 83 32 07.

Tanzania expecting to boost safari tourism by setting up Africa’s largest National Park

According to The Guardian, the Tanzanian government has announced plans to create what it envisages to become the largest national park in Africa by merging Ruaha National Park with Usangu Game Reserve in central Tanzania Currently, Ruaha National Park in central Tanzania measures 10,300 sq. kms. Once merged with Usangu, its size would add to over 15,000 sq. kms.Gerald Bigurube, Director General at the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) said at the on-going 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA) Annual Congress that the move would ultimately make Ruaha the largest national park in Africa.He said that one of the aims the government was determined to annex Usangu to Ruaha is to save biodiversity of that area as well as to increase tourism to the region and this can best be accomplished if the areas are administered and marketed by TANAPA as unified product.

According to him, Ruaha is also home to over 450 bird’s species and the Usangu Game Reserve includes the Ihefu wetland, the natural water reservoir for the Great Ruaha River.

He said adding that Tanzania is constantly working on upgrading its game reserve to national park status where there is no consumptive use of resources and this allows for the multiplicity of species, increasing the wildlife in the parks.

Elaborating Ruaha National Park he said that, Ruaha that boasts 10,000 elephants, the largest population of any East African national park, protect a vast tract of the rugged semi-arid bush country that characterizes central Tanzania and its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River which courses along the Eastern boundary of the park.

Also a fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries where during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life sustaining water.

Furthermore the risk is considerable with prides of 20 plus lions lording over the Savannah, the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverside thickets.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa well-known for wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism with approximately 28 percent of the land protected by the government.

In total, Tanzania boosts of 15 national parks and 33 game reserves and it is the home of the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Serengeti.
For this measure, country has greatest percentage of protected land and close to 30 percent of land is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife, flora and fauna.

As part of the Southern Tourism Circuit, the merger is expected would boost the industry which is now the leading foreign exchange earner to Tanzania.

Contact for more information if you like to include the Southern Circuit in your safari to Tanzania.

Lake Natron flamingos still in danger

The spectacular lesser flamingos of Tanzania’s Lake Natron remain in grave danger despite plans to relocate development away from their most important breeding site in the world.

Developers have scrapped plans to build a soda ash factory next to the lake, deep in the Great Rift Valley, but instead want to locate the plant, housing for workers and their families, and other associated buildings, just 22 miles away.

Their plan to extract 500,000 tonnes of soda ash a year from Lake Natron and install pipes and roads across the lake, has not changed, however. That means the hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos breeding on Lake Natron are still likely to leave if the development goes ahead.

Lota Melamari, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, said: “Lake Natron’s flamingos are one of the world’s greatest wildlife attractions. They are a resource that must not be destroyed.”

At a meeting in Dar es Salaam last week, hosted by the World Bank, developer Tata Chemicals Limited withdrew its discredited environmental assessment for the project. A new one will be produced, based on development further from the lake.

The proposal is backed by the Tanzanian government, which has formed a management company with Tata, but is fiercely opposed by more than 30 NGOs in Tanzania, the Tanzanian Tourist Board and conservationists across the world including Sir David Attenborough and the RSPB.

Wildlife experts say the development should be abandoned completely because the birds cannot be safeguarded from the disturbance and predation the scheme would cause.

Campaigners are hopeful that the Tanzanian government is now wavering in its support for development at Lake Natron.

Its new Environment Minister, Dr Batilda Burian recently warned investors that their plans would be thrown out if they failed to quell environmental and social fears.

The spectacle created by Lake Natron’s lesser flamingos lures thousands of tourists each year to Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. Lake Natron has been East Africa’s only nesting site for the birds for 40 years and the vast majority of the region’s 1.5 to 2.5 million lesser flamingos – three-quarters of the world’s population – are though to have hatched on the lake’s salt flats.

Dr Chris Magin, an International Officer at the RSPB, said: “There is no way a project of this magnitude can operate without permanently scarring the Rift Valley landscape, seriously damaging the livelihoods of many local people and harming wildlife, especially the highly sensitive lesser flamingo.”

Sereno Shao, of the Tanzania Tourist Board, said: “The soda ash proposal must be critically analysed given that Tanzania earns more than US$1 billion from tourism. Our dream of attracting one million tourists by 2010 may not be achieved if we damage key attractions like Lake Natron.”

Contact for recommendations if you like to include a visit to the Lake Naton and Ol Doinyo Lengai area in your safari, have a look at the spectacular pictures in the Lake Natron photoalbum or read more under hiking & climbing activities at

African Heads of State and US Delegates at 8th Sullivan Summit to explore economic and development opportunities in Africa

In less than 3 weeks, The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation will lead U.S. based delegates to Arusha, Tanzania for its 8th Summit scheduled June 2-6th. Ethiopian Airlines, the official carrier for the Summit, will use two 767 jets to transport the delegates to Tanzania. The first flight departs on May 28th and includes a two night stay in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. The second flight will depart on May 30th and will stop on Zanzibar Island for one night at Summit’s end. Keeping in alignment with Reverend Sullivan’s vision, both flights will arrive in Arusha on May 31st a few hours apart.

Early confirmations have already been received by African Heads of State, as well as notable people and organizations from the U.S. such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, NBA star Kelenna Azubuike (Golden State Warriors), actor Lou Gossett Jr., B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television), CBS Radio’s Frank Ski, CNN’s TJ Holmes and many others who plan to join the Summit movement in Arusha. Invitations have also been extended to various Civil Rights and African American organizations including UNCF, 100 Black Men, National Association of Black Accountants, Abyssinian Baptist Church (Harlem, New York) and Greater Allen AME Church (Brooklyn, New York).

The Summit themed, “The Summit of A Lifetime,” by Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete, is expected to be the most successful of all the Summits since her father, the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan began the biennial conference in 1991.

Dignitaries and delegates will participate in a week-long schedule of workshops and plenary sessions focusing on Africa’s environment, infrastructure, investment, and tourism. The Summit will also encourage attendees to participate in the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation’s philanthropic efforts in the country which includes the Leon Sullivan Malaria Free Zone Mosquito Net Project, the Books for Africa program and several other projects.

Delegates will also have the option to explore Tanzania landmarks which will include, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, the Olduvai Gorge along with various cultural ceremonies and welcome receptions.

Inspired by the life and principles of Leon H. Sullivan, The Sullivan Summits are organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation with the goal of highlighting key issues, stimulating discussion, defining best practices, identifying new opportunities, promoting private enterprise and fostering high-level strategic partnerships.

Notables who have participated in past Summits have included U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Dorothy Height and the late Coretta Scott King. Celebrities including Chris Tucker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cicely Tyson and Dick Gregory also have attended past Summits.

Onsea House has been selected as one of the official hotels of the Sullivan Summit.
Located only 7-10 minutes drive from the AICC, the venue of the Sullivan Summit.

Since we just have few space left on the dates of the conferences, we welcome Tour Operators at Onsea House for a guided tour around our country inn & guest cottage or stay with us before the conference on May 30 and 31. Contact

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