Archive | 2007

Special sales offer! USD500,- discount on safari bookings!

TrueAfrica offers you USD500,- discount on all safaribookings that will be confirmed between November 20 and December 20 2007! An unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the majestic wildlife of, for example Tarangire- and Serengeti National Park, the pristine beaches of the islands Zanzibar and Pemba and the high altitudes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru at an even better price than normally! Tanzania has so much to offer and we want to share this fascinating African country and all its unspoilt places with you. Send an email to and ask for more details. More… and don’t worry: if we still do have availabiliy, you will be probably staying also at Onsea House in Arusha!

Doctors seek low-cost IVF for Africa’s infertile, supported by Onsea House

Onsea House is supporting a special African development project which took off in Arusha.

During an Expert Meeting last weekend in Arusha with logistics, accommodation and dinners organized by Onsea House, Doctors discussed the plans to develop a low-cost version of “test-tube” baby technology, which helps tens of thousands of infertile couples each year in rich countries but is far too costly for the developing world, as reported on December 14 by Reuters (London):

More than 80 million couples suffer from infertility worldwide and the vast majority live in poor countries, where the issue is a crisis for millions.

The problem is particularly acute in Africa, where infections are a common cause of tubal blockages in women, leading to high rates of infertility and social isolation.

“The stigma of infertility in Africa is great — much more so than in the Western world,” Ian Cooke, emeritus professor at the University of Sheffield, told Reuters.

“It is often extreme because a woman may be divorced and then rejected by the community with no livelihood, and there are well-documented cases of suicide as a consequence.”

Africa as a region has the world’s highest fertility rate, which is often viewed as a problem, yet it also has the highest infertility rate, Cooke said.

Fertility experts have met in Arusha, Tanzania, this weekend under the auspices of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology to discuss the challenges at the first conference on infertility in developing countries.

Together with Cooke, Onsea House hopes the meeting will kick-start a pilot project in Africa. The goal is to bring the cost of a cycle of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) down to just $100, by using far fewer drugs and cutting back on costly hospital equipment.

It is a huge drop from costs of around 3,000 pounds ($6,130) in Britain and $10,000 or more in the United States, but the example of HIV/AIDS treatment — where drug prices in Africa have plummeted in recent years — suggests it may be feasible.

“We need to find low-cost solutions for the low-resource economies of the world,” Cooke said.

He and others in the low-cost IVF task group hope pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment suppliers will be persuaded to offer big discounts for developing countries.

Even so, getting costs down to realistic levels will require a radical rethinking of treatment strategies, with the emphasis on much milder ovarian stimulation using fewer costly hormone injections.

Any future treatment programme will also need to go hand in hand with better prevention, experts believe.

Most cases of infertility in Africa are due to infectious disease like chlamydia, gonorrhoea or tuberculosis.

Also Willem Ombelet, Belgian professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology and organizer of the Expert Meeting, said this earlier in Nature, the renowned international weekly journal for science.

Next to the private support of the Onsea House owners, future Onsea House guests will be contributing to this interesting development project in the form of a donation to The Walking Egg, a new NGO which will be founded by Willem Ombelet and artist Koen Van Mechelen for this purpose.

N°1 Bed and Breakfast, Hotel and Lodge in Arusha according to TripAdvisor

While most small hotels in Arusha call themself rather a Hotel or Specialty Lodging, Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage does not. As a result, we do not get listed under “Hotel” or “Lodge” reviews on the internet. Nevertheless, guests find us on the renewed TripAdvisor page as best B&B/Inn. Taking even into account all hotels and lodges, Onsea House remains the best rated hotel with 4,5 of 5 stars better than any hotel in any category.

We invite Onsea House guests to write about their experience on the Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage page of TripAdvisor, a leading travel site used by almost 20 million people from 190 countries every week to plan a trip.�

Fodor's online Travel Guides Africa forum

Guests find their way to Onsea House through Fodor’s online Travel Guides Africa forum. In the past 9 days we received 34 visits to our website through the famous Fodor’s Travel Guides forum with question on Best option for Arusha. We are curious how many people will indeed pick our place instead of going to Arusha Hotel, Arusha Coffee Lodge or Serena Mountain Village, which used to be the reference hotels and lodges in Arusha…

Guests arrive safely from Ol Doinyo Lengai just before volcano eruption

Yesterday evening, a Dutch family living in Turnhout, Belgium arrived safely for their stay at Onsea House in Arusha after climbing the Ol Doinyo Lengai and a safari in the Lake Natron area.

The family witnessed several earthquakes in the past days before and during climbing the peak and were luckily back before the volcano erupted yesterday and the area around the volcano was closed for tourists according to the news today.

Thousands of villagers living around Mount Oldonyo Lengai in Ngorongoro District have fled their homes following the volcano eruption triggered by the earth tremors that have recently hit most parts of the northern zone.

Sources say more than 1,500 people, mostly Maasai herdsmen from Ngaresero, Orbalal and Nayobi villages, have abandoned their homes following the tremors, whose impact has also been felt in parts of neighbouring Kenya.

Two earthquakes rated as moderate hit the Oldonyo Lengai (Maasai for “mountain of God”) volcanic mountain at 11:42pm on Sunday and at 12:10am the next day. The first, which measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre 13km east of the volcano.

The second measured 4.7 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre 20km west of the volcano, with volcano experts saying both tremors had a shallow focus at the depth of 10km.

Yet another tremor, this time measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit about 100km (60 miles) away from this municipality on Tuesday evening. It provoked the world’s only active volcano that spews natrocarbonatite lava.

Arusha Regional Police Commander Basilio Matei has cautioned tour operators against taking tourists around Mount Oldonyo Lengai, citing security reasons.

“Tour agencies should not take their visitors anywhere near or around the mountain because one can never tell when the volcano will erupt again” he stated, explaining that many tourists might be interested in witnessing the rare natural phenomenon “but Tanzania is their host and must take all measures possible to guarantee their safety”.

This is the second volcanic eruption to occur in the northern zone since the one in March 2006, which also saw a number of villagers flee their homes for their safety.

An estimated 3,000 people fled to safe ground within hours of the eruption, most trekking to villages in neighbouring districts.

Mount Oldonyo Lengai, standing at 3,450 meters above sea level, is the world’s only active sodium carbonite volcano and doubles as the world’s only volcano that emits natrocarbonatite lava.

Natrocarbonatite lava usually contains almost no silicon and is much cooler in temperature than other lavas.

The highly fluid lava measures 510 degrees Celsius, while basaltic lava that can be as hot as 1,100 degrees Celsius.

Onsea House represented by Exclusive Tanzania and others at WTM London from 12-15 Nov 2007

The World Travel Market, staged every year in London under one roof, is one of the most important travel fairs in the world.

Exclusive Tanzania, operated by the German Miriam Bracht, represents Onsea House in Arusha as exhibiting partner on the stand AF1600 of Tanzania Tourist Board.
Exclusive Tanzania brings to you a group of small, breathtaking and exquisite hotels and lodges throughout Tanzania that lie off the beaten track and can be considered as ‘jewels’ or ‘secrets’. The Exclusive Tanzania website will be online by the time of the event.

Karibu Africa Safaris, operated by the Dutch Oscar Sydasna, will also be promoting our services for upmarket safaris.

Another operator at WTM which frequently books Onsea House is Leopard Tours. Leopard operates 140 4×4 safaricruisers. They cover lodge and camping safari, incentive and group tours, FITs, beach holidays and Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, all with personalised services.

Onsea House has as Boutique Hotel in Arusha good relations with colleagues & standholders Asilia Lodges, The Tides Lodge, Singita Grumeti Reserves and Nomad Tanzania, who can be cross-checked.

Ethiopian Airlines to launch services to Zanzibar and special rates to Tanzania

Ethiopian Airlines in line with its commitment of expanding its route network within Africa, will commence daily flight to Zanzibar effective October 28, 2007. The new flight connects Zanzibar with the extensive network of Ethiopian in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and US.

Ethiopian will operate Boeing 737-700 aircraft to Zanzibar, offering a total capacity of 118 seats – 16 in Cloud Nine and 102 in Economy with B737-700 service and daily flights arriving at 14:10 in Zanzibar.

To celebrate this new flight, Ethiopian will be introducing special fares from Europe to Tanzania. With daily service to three destinations in Tanzania, passengers will have the flexibility to fly into Zanzibar and out of Kilimanjaro, for example, and thus experience both the best beaches and highest mountain of Africa.

Prices start as of 355 Euro from London, 499 Euro from Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris or Rome and 650 Euro from Stockholm.

Can you trust Ethiopian Airlines?
Ethiopian Airlines recently won the 2007 Africa Business Award of The African Times – USA for its significant contributions towards the development of air transport in Africa. In September 2006 it was awarded “African Airline of the Year” for the year 2006 by African Aviation Journal for its financial performance and overall profitability, passenger growth, route network expansion, fleet modernization, in-flight services and over all customer care.

Airline tickets can be purchased online via Ethiopian Airlines or through Onsea House in Arusha, Tanzania by email

Onsea House is a great base for your safari in Tanzania, Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro cimb and/or Zanzibar beach holiday extension.

Top safari companies recommend our luxury accomodation in Arusha

JMT African Heart Expeditions includes overnight stays in our hotel in 5 different Luxury safaris.
Bush2Beach Safaris proposes Onsea House also in many of their attractive Wildlife Safaris packages.

Enchanting Africa offers the option to stay with us during their 23 day Nature & Wildlife Safari with accomodation in Luxury safari lodges and camps, upmarket safari lodges, bush camps, heritage hotels and boutique hotels.
Wildland Adventures selected us for their Tanzania Luxury Walking Safari with luxury accomodations in hotels and lodges.
Journey to Africa sends their clients for a 11 days Wilderness Safarito our place.

With the upcomming Indaba 2007 Travel Show in Durban, South Africa, we expect more tour operators and luxury travellers to discover us soon.