Archive | June, 2007

Serengeti Balloon Safari: beautiful balloon flight and ultimate safari experience.

An increasing number of Onsea House guests choose to include a Serengeti Balloon flight into their safari. Probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate Safari Experience.

5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Landrover to our launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.

At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. At other times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.

The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, and eventually you must land. You celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine) before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style with bone china, linen table cloths, King’s silver etc.

After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and we drive you back to Seronera Lodge game viewing enroute.

9:30 am Arrive at Seronera ready to continue your day’s activities.

Cost: US$ 479 pp

Space is limited. To secure your place we suggest you pre book by contacting info@onseahouse.com at Onsea House or your preferred Tour Operator.

Onsea House launches Gourmet Catering: Delicatessen Take Away in Arusha

At the occasion of the Karibu Travel & Tourism Fair, Onsea House will launch today, June 8, their Gourmet Catering Menu. Instead of starting a Delicatessen store – coffee shop at the corner of Joel Maeda and India Streets, as originally planned, Onsea House Arusha offers as of now a Gourmet Catering service: either take away at Onsea House (Moivaro, Moshono Village) or have it delivered anywhere in Arusha. The menu ranges from apero snacks, quiches, soups, starters & main dishes to genuine Belgian chocolate desserts and icecream. Fine delicatessen with local and imported produce. Great for private parties at home, office lunches, receptions, weddings etc. Orders: call Axel Janssens on +255 787 112 498 or email axel@onseahouse.com. Since we work with market fresh products, please allow for preparation 24 hours after confirmation of the order. See attached menu with pricelist.

Onsea House offers complementary boutique accommodation in Arusha to the Kempinski Hotels & Resorts in Tanzania.

“The tourism industry is one of Tanzania’s fastest growing sectors with incoming tourism increasing 12% annually in the last few years.” So it should come as no surprise that Kempinski has selected Tanzania as the location for its first two hotel ventures in East Africa.

The luxurious 180-room Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski Dar es Salaam, located on the waterfront, is playing a major role in the revitalization of the port of Dar es Salaam. Kempinski’s magnificent renovation of the ‘Kili,’ has restored the legendary hotel’s lost glory since August 2005.

Zamani Zanzibar, Kempinski’s exclusive resort on the ‘Spice Island’, which opened in January 2006, continues to enjoy popularity with high-end clientele. Aside from 110 terraced rooms and suites, the resort features seven luxurious private beachside villas, each with infinity edge pools and unspoiled views of the Indian Ocean coastline.

Kempinski just announced major plans at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to continue its sweep across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), revealing details of more than eleven new uniquely positioned and distinctive luxury properties planned for the region and touching on negotiations for at least eight others. Namibia and Tanzania will be the focus of Kempinski’s foray into high-end luxury lodges signifying its diversification into the boutique accommodation sector, which has until now, remained uncharted territory for the group. In Tanzania, two luxury lodges owned by a private investor and managed by Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, will be developed within the famous Serengeti National Park as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. The group is also holding discussions for a tented camp along the Mara River on the Kenyan side of Masai Mara.

The latest plans include the opening of a Kempinski in Arusha. The historical Hotel 77 (Saba Saba) in Arusha has been sold to Kempinski Hotels. Kempinski would upgrade the hotel to a five-star status and will have over 300 rooms. The village-style hotel was built specifically for the Group of Seventy Seven Nations meeting held in Arusha in 1979, which – at its peak in late 1970s and early 1980s – was one of the most popular hotels in Tanzania.

Onsea House in Arusha aims to be a very complementary property to the current and future Kempinski portfolio in Tanzania, designed for guests who prefer to stay in small and intimate accommodation in Arusha, while still appreciating luxury, comfort and excellent food.