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Turkish Airlines at low rates to Kilimanjaro Airport

Turkish Airlines, awarded best airline in Europe 2012, is set to begin scheduled services to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) from December 4, 2012. Promotional airline tickets starting from 299 EURO for an all inclusive round ticket from Istanbul (and great rates for return tickets from major airports) mark this special launch.

Turkish Airlines will operate five times a week with a B737-900 series aircraft on the Istanbul Ataturk – Kilimanjaro – Mombasa route. Flight TK673 to Kilimanjaro is scheduled to land on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 01:55 and departs at 02:55.

The landing of the airline will help connect Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to markets in the US, Canada and Europe through the Turkish Airlines network Star Alliance, one of the largest in the world.

Turkish Airlines joins other global airlines that include Qatar Airways, KLM, Edelweiss Air, Condor and Ethiopian Airlines to fly to the northern airport that literally drops tourists in the middle of Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti safari parks.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (airportcode JRO) lies on 50 km from the centre of Arusha and only 30-40 minutes from Onsea House and Machweo, which makes it an ideal base for arrival or for a dayroom and great night under the stars with splendid dinner before departure.

Official Tanzania Tourist Board app “Destination Tanzania”

We are extremely excited to be able to announce the forthcoming Official Tanzania Tourist Board app “Destination Tanzania” for the Smart Phone and compatible Tablets (iPhone, Android, iPad), due to launch at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London first week of November 2012. There is a promotional opportunity to be a part of this exciting new project that will place Destination Tanzania, East Africa’s largest country, land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti, ahead in the digital market.

By Invitation only, Stakeholders registered in Tanzania are invited to a reception tomorrow evening Saturday September 15 from 6PM to 8PM at Onsea House & Machweo in the hope they can come to learn more about an app and how “Destination Tanzania” will be a great advantage for their company.

During the reception and dinner, Mwendo will also play Jazz at Machweo. Members performing at Machweo this Saturday night will be: Randy Stubbs on piano, David Seng’enge on guitar and Megan Stubbs on bass.

Onsea House and Machweo are proud to be selected as venue for this exciting event.

Singita Serengeti House opens

Singita Game Reserves adds a 4th property to their portfolio of award-winning lodges in Tanzania. Singita Grumeti Reserves, home of Sasakwa Lodge,  Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge and recently awarded world’s best hotel at the Hotel+Leisure Word’s Best Awards 2012, opens Singita Serengeti House.

Situated on the western corridor of the world famous Serengeti National Park, Singita Serengeti House offers guests exclusive use accommodation and access to 350,000 acres of private land, providing an unparalleled safari experience.

The house accommodates 8 guests in 2 spacious suites located in the main house and 2 additional garden suites all featuring private outdoor showers and terraces. In addition, the main house comprises large dining and lounge areas, ample decked areas with day beds, a 25m swimming pool and a private tennis court.

Since our expansion with Machweo, the Onsea House facilities are also more frequently booked as exclusive use accommodation. We have welcomed Singita management, designers and agents and frequently welcome their clients who find it the perfect spot to unwind afer their safari adventure. If you would like to enjoy our exceptional cuisine in exclusive and private surroundings, don’t hesitate to ask about our exclusivity packages when booking.

Arusha conference and congress hotel accommodation upgrade

Tanzania will host the first Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism Management in National Parks and Protected Areas which will bring delegates from 50 different countries to Arusha, at the AICC. The conference will run from October 15th to October 19th, 2012 and is organized by the United Nations World Travel Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
The conference aims to encourage professional approach to better position “park tourism” as one of the core components of overall national park management in Africa and to acquire an overview of the current challenges in terms of demand and supply chain. Furthermore new partnerships and business models shall impulse re-engineering of park management structures in order to maximize the economics and social benefits to the local communities.

Secondly, Tanzania will be the venue for the 7th World Rangers Congress from November 4th to 9th, 2012 at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. The Congress is organised by the federation of rangers’ organisations from different parts of the world and will provide valuable opportunities for tour operators to network with other players in the tourism industry.
The congress will be of great value to conservation in the East Africa region and will assist in raising the profile of rangers and especially the emerging community ranger sector of Tanzania.

Participants should make their own accommodation arrangements with the hotels. Those who want to be away from the crowds and relax in a peacefull luxury retreat just outside Arusha should consider an upgrade and stay at Onsea House or Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining. Contact info@onseahouse.com for our best offer.

Bilila Lodge becomes Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

PR Newswire announced on 10 July 2012 that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has signed a long term management agreement with the owners of Bilila Lodge, a resort in the Serengeti National Park, and is now operating the property, which will be upgraded and renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania in fall 2012.

Four Seasons veteran James Kostecky has been appointed General Manager as the property transitions to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Most recently General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand, he has previous experience in Kenya with a hotel group based in Nairobi.

“This is the first step in a bold development project that will see three diverse Four Seasons experiences in what are considered to be three of the most important and attractive destinations in Tanzania,” says Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development at Four Seasons. “The responsibility of taking over such as irreplaceable asset within the Serengeti National Park is one that we take very seriously. This is an extremely rare opportunity for Four Seasons in that no other property of this size or scale exists, or is likely to ever be developed again in the Park. With the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar, Four Seasons will offer some of the finest holiday experiences in Tanzania.”

The news was announced to us long time before it became official by owner Ali Albwardy from Albwardy Investment and co-owner Ong Beng Seng from Hotel Properties Limited during their visits at Onsea House and Machweo. We look forward to welcoming clients in Arusha before or after their stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

Mwendo plays Jazz at Machweo

Come for a moving experience at sunset and dinner.

MWENDO is a comprised of teachers and students from Tumaini University Makumira close to Arusha. For the past 6 years members have performed at all of the well-known local venues in Arusha with many local ex-patriot artists.

They have opened for Sandra Nkake (Cameroon/France) and performed as the local band for Maya Azucena (UN ambassador for music from U.S.). Members of MWENDO have performed with various ensembles in East Africa, the States, and Europe. They will be playing a variety of American jazz styles (swing, cool, be-bop, funk, fusion) for a “moving” experience (MWENDO).

Members performing from “sunset” (MACHWEO) onwards this Saturday night will be: Randy Stubbs on piano, David Seng’enge on guitar and Megan Stubbs on bass.

Machweo is the sister property of Onsea House, featuring the wellness retreat and fine dining restaurant. Book now your table on +255 787 112 498. There will be 2 sessions on Saturday, from 6:30-7:45 and as of 8:15-9:30 so be in time.

Next Jazz gigs at Machweo will be scheduled on Friday August 10, Saturday September 15 and Saturday October 20, 2012.

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovers Onsea House

We have the pleasure to have Donald Johanson among our guests, as expert in the National Geographic Expedition “Human Origins”. The whole expedition team has chosen to stay at Onsea House before they walk in the footsteps of early humans, from the highlands of the Great Rift Valley to the Eden of South Africa’s Western Cape, in the company of one of National Geographic’s top experts on human origins.

Donald Johanson has produced some of the field’s most groundbreaking discoveries, including the most widely known and thoroughly studied fossil of the 20th century, the 3.2-million-year-old “Lucy” skeleton.
Although the 20th century has been peppered with important early-human fossil finds, it was Johanson’s 1974 discovery in Ethiopia that added a crucial link, prompting major revisions in our understanding of human evolution. “Lucy” possesses an intriguing mixture of ape-like features such as a projecting face and small brain, but also characteristics we consider human, such as upright walking, marking an important step on the path to Homo sapiens.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. In 1987, the IHO was given permission to conduct an expedition to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and found a partial skeleton, OH 62, which is generally attributed to Homo habilis. The discovery and description of this species is credited to both Mary and Louis Leakey, who also uncovered the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. Mary Leakey also discovered the Laetoli footprints. Members of their family staid also earlier at Onsea House to celebrate the anniversary of their discoveries.

Since 2010, National Geographic Expeditions selected Onsea House as top accommodation in Arusha. Check out the National Geographic Expeditons to Africa and ask for an upgrade to stay Onsea House or Machweo.

Karibu Fair Hosted Buyer Dinner & Fine Wine Tastings

The night before the opening of the Karibu 2012 Travel and Tourism Fair, the new Machweo Fine Dining restaurant welcomed the Karibu Fair hosted Buyer Dinner which included 17 International Safari agents looking for new property discoveries in Tanzania.

During the entire Fair, many agents and colleagues staid at Onsea House and Machweo and the evenings at the  restaurant were the talk of town. Both Friday, Saturday and Sunday were fully booked with too few space to accommodate all booking requests.

The highlight was the stay of the entire crew of one of our main wine suppliers including the Regional Business Manager (East Africa) of winemaker KWV and another wine expert  flown in from South Africa, who all joined the Fine Wine Tastings at Machweo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

KWV wines were among the biggest winners in the Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards. Leading the charge were the Paarl-producer’s premium Mentors wine range. Over the past few months alone, KWV The Mentors have featured in virtually every major wine competition. At the Veritas Awards, it was the range to garner the most recognition for KWV. Our favourite was KWV The Mentors Sémillon 2009, a refreshing experience in flavour. In the 1820s, the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa‘s vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning “wine grape”.  It was once considered to be the most planted grape in the world. Today, it accounts for just 1% of South African Cape vines.

Other connoisseur wines tasted and selected for our new winelist include the Hartenberg the Eleanor Chardonnay with its creamy citrus, nutty, mineral and elderflower flavours with a refreshing acidity (which proved to be great with langouste in tarragon lemon butter) and the The Meye Cabernet 2008 (which was fantastic with Axel’s Kenyan beef filet with béarnaise sauce).

After the meals, we tasted the KWV 10 year old brandy, recently awarded the Best Brandy in the World, which will as of now also feature our drinks list.

The “Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair” jointly organized by Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Tanzania Tourist Board together with the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, is a three day International Travel and Tourism Fair which is held in Arusha. The Fair has grown into East Africa’s biggest tourism and is thé occassion for great food and wine at Onsea House.