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Fodor’s Choice in Arusha

Fodor’s is the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. For 80 years, Fodor’s Travel has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice for every stage of a traveler’s trip. Fodor’s hire local writers who know their destinations better than anyone else.

Onsea House & Machweo was picked earlier as Fodor’s Choice in Arusha in Fodor’s - The Complete Guide to African Safaris, as one of only top 16 Fodor’s Choices  and only 4 in the entry price class in the whole of Tanzania.

The info is now also on the trusted Fodor’s Travel website and recommends Onsea House & Machweo for its spectacular location, beautiful outdoor deck and pool and excellent food.

The review further describes the conjoined properties “with some of the most spectacular views in the area, overlooking Arusha and Mt. Meru. Manicured lawns and sloping pathways lead to private spacious cottage suites, delicately decorated with a four-poster bed, en suite bathrooms, and white cotton sheets. Food is of a high standard; lunches have some of the best curries around. Machweo is closer to the main dining area, shared swimming pool and spa, with some cottages that have shared common areas and others that are stand-alone. Onsea is actually out the main gate and down a small set of steps, completely self-contained with its own swimming pool, dining area, and African colonial–style rooms.

2017 price draw: vote for your chance to win a safari

It’s that time of year again – voting for your favourite safari camp, lodge or safari operator in the prestigious Safari Awards, the “Oscars of the safari industry”.

Both Onsea House and Machweo have been nominated in not less than 9 categories in the 2017 Safari Awards, including Best Safari Cuisine and Best Safari Spa / Retreat. In the past years, both Onsea House and Machweo have been Finalist and Highly Commended.

If you have been on a memorable safari holiday and stayed with us at Onsea House or Machweo, you can vote for us now in the 2017 Safari Awards.

With the recent renovations and price repositioning, we feel that we deserve a fair chance to win with Onsea House in the categories Best Value, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Community Support, Best Family Experience, Best Safari House.
At Machweo we have been working hard to further improve the standards and hope to reach again the finals in the category Best Design, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Safari/Spa Retreat and Most Romantic Safari Property.

The link which will take you to the voting page is as follows: or go straight to the pages of Onsea House and Machweo Wellness Retreat to vote

Voting closes already at midnight on the 30th September, so do it now!

You’ll be included in an amazing prize draw, a Sky Safari for 2 people! All voters stand a chance of winning when they vote so good luck and thanks for your support!
The lucky winner will be selected at random on the 7th November at The World Travel Market in London.

Onsea House celebrating 10th anniversary

At the occassion of the 10th anniversary in 2016, Onsea House in collaboration with the African Travel And Tourism Association Atta invite their agents and members to the Atta East Africa Networking function to be held at Onsea House on Friday May 27th 2016 at 18:00 – 21:00, cash bar afterwards at Onsea House.

Entrance tickets must be obtained on line in advance as the numbers are limited at this exclusive venue, but payment can only be made, on this occasion, at the entrance.

Charges at the door on production of your printed ticket will be:
Atta Members: Tsh 20,000 (£6.00)
Non-members: Tsh 30,000 (£9.50)

The door money will be donated to the iThemba Baraa Primary School charity close to Onsea House.
Please click here to register online by entering password: arusha

Renovations at Onsea House are taking place in the low season and will continue after the busy months of July and August.
From July 2016 onwards, a new Onsea House family suite will be added and all the 4 original rooms will be used again.

To celebrate this revival, Onsea House has issued some great promotions for 2016 which will be repeated in 2017.

  1.  “3 for 2” and “7 for 4” specials: respectively 1 or 3 nights are offered complimentary on BB base when booking 3 or 7 nights in total
  2. US$ 50 discount per room per night on Onsea House rooms
  3. last minute discount of US$ 25 per person per night for new booking requests which come in within 1 month from arrival (discounted rates available throughout the year subject to availability on a last minute).

Contact for further information.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.