Archive | 2008

British Airways to launch flight to Tanzania

East African Business week reports that one of the world’s leading airlines – British Airways (BA) has concrete plans of promoting Tanzania’s tourism sector by launching a new route to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

The BA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Willie Walsh, said due to the increasing number of tourists in Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions, plans are in the pipeline for the UK airline to start a direct flight to the region, blessed to have the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro.

“Introducing a direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) will give us an opportunity to promote Tanzania’s tourism in the world, and I believe there is high demand in Kilimanjaro,” he explained.

Currently, the Dutch airline, KLM flies daily to KIA en route to Dar es Salaam. Another airline, which flies into KIA is Ethiopian Airlines.

The new route will also help to lift flowers from Kilimanjaro and Arusha to the European Union (EU). Todate, stakeholders in the flower sub-sector export flowers to the EU markets via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Félicitations pour notre passage sur les antennes de la Première

Juste quelques minutes après l’édition Les Belges du bout du monde le dimanche 10 août, nous avons reçu les premiers félicitations pour notre passage sur les antennes de la Première. Pendant l’édition, presque 1 GB d’information a été consulté sur notre site

La Première vous permet grâce au Podcasting d’écouter ou de ré-écouter l’émission sur la Tanzanie quand et où vous voulez jusqu’à début Septembre 2008.

N’hésitez pas a nous contacter sur pour toute réponse à vos questions, une demande de réservation ou une offre sur un safari.

Safari offers and promo flights from Brussels to Africa

Last minute low price flights to Africa and special safari offers are launched at the time of the radio interview with Onsea House in Arusha, Tanzania on Les Belges du bout du Monde on the first Belgian radio channel of the french community (RTBF), on the 10th of August 2008.

Virgin Atlantic offers from 18th of August up to 17th of December 2008 flights from Brussels to Nairobi for just 612 Euro! Brussels Airlines does even better as of 1st of September up to 1st of November 2008 with flights as low as of 583 Euro. Both flight tickets are available through Joker and Connections.
Nairobi in Kenya is only 1 hotel night and a cheap shuttle bus drive away from the safari capital Arusha in Tanzania!

In collobaraton with a local operator in Arusha, Onsea House proposes interesting safari programs including visits to Arusha NP, Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Manyara NP, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and even remote areas in the Northern Circuit like Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron, with possible extension to spice island Zanzibar. Contact for more info.

Invité de l’émission de radio “Les Belges du bout du monde”

Le Dimanche 10 août, de 09h00 à10h00 : Onsea House à Arusha en Tanzanie est l’invité de l’émission de radio Les Belges du bout du monde sur La Première de la RTBF. Depuis 10 ans, le présentateur Adrien Joveneau, parle chaque dimanche matin des Belges partis s’installer temporairement ou définitivement dans un pays étranger.  Venez découvrir pourquoi nos visiteurs aiment notre maison et table d’hôtes et cet endroit d’Afrique de L’Est jouissant d’un bon climat et une nature magnifique : la capitale du safari avec les Parc Nationaux d’Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro et Serengeti, Le Mont Kilimandjaro, Le Mont Meru et l’ île de Zanzibar.

Partant de Bruxelles, il existe des promotions attractives – et aussi une campagne d’été ‘early book’ au mois d’août pour voyager jusqu’à juin 2009. Connections offre des billets pour des promos vols avec Brussels Airlines et Virgin Atlantic vers l’Afrique par Nairobi au Kenya. Cela représente juste un nuit d’hôtel et quelques heures par Shuttle Bus de la capitale du safari Arusha en Tanzanie. Vous pouvez aussi voyager à des bas prix avec Joker. Brussels Airlines offre les tickets en passant par le Kenya, et Ethiopian Airlines par Zanzibar.

N’hésitez pas a nous contacter sur pour toute réponse à vos questions, une demande de réservation ou une offre sur un safari.

Welcoming an increasing number of tourists

While Onsea House in Arusha, as a boutique hotel & restaurant, welcomes an increasing number of happy clients including many honeymooners, small families and individual travelers, the same trend can be noticed on a Tanzanian level.

Reuters Africa reports that Tanzania expects to earn $1.35 billion from tourism in 2009, up from a projected $1.2 billion in 2008, helped by increased marketing in North America and Europe, the Tanzania Tourist Board said on Tuesday.

Tanzania is renowned for its national parks and reserves such as the Serengeti in the north, the Selous in the southeast and for its beaches along its eastern coastline and on the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar.

“For 2009, we should try every effort to reach 950,000 visitors. For revenue it will be in the range of $1.35 billion,” Peter Mwenguo, managing director of Tanzania Tourist Board, told Reuters in an interview.

“(This year) our target is to receive 750,000 tourists, but it might go up to 800,000. In terms of revenue, we are projecting about $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion.”

Last year Tanzania received 719,030 tourists, fetching just over $1 billion, making the sector the leading foreign exchange earner.

Known for its relative stability in the region, the east African nation of about 40 million people aims to attract 1 million tourists annually by 2010, and earning it $1.5 billion.

Mwenguo said that post-election violence in neighbouring Kenya at the start of the year had briefly slowed down the sector, as many tourists fly to Tanzania through Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, but it had now recovered.

“There were a few cancellations, because some of our tourists come to Tanzania via Nairobi, so some people were scared to come to Tanzania,” he said.

Tanzania’s main markets are the United States (59,000), Britain (55,000), Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries. Tanzania also receives a sizeable number of tourists from South Africa and Kenya.

Tourism employs around 200,000 Tanzanians directly and accounts for around a quarter of Tanzania’s total foreign exchange inflows.

Mwenguo said that to address a shortage of accommodation around the parks, a new lodge with 100 rooms was about to be completed in the Serengeti National Park, and the Tanzania National Parks Authority had earmarked 10 sites in the north and south of the country for more hotels and lodges.

Among other attractions, visitors come to Tanzania to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, watch animal migrations to and from Kenya or go diving in Zanzibar. (For full Reuters Africa coverage on this visit:

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.