Archive | 2009

Simply the Best of Tanzania

Renown German Safari Operator Bush Legends has included Onsea House in several exciting safari programs including The Flying Wildebeest Feast, a private safari in small & exclusive tented camps and in Tanzania Highlights, a safari visiting Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.

Their most upmarket program, Simply the Best of Tanzania, is available through Geneva based Delta Voyages. The safari includes a stay in both Onsea House in Arusha, the Singita Sabora Plains Tented Camp as The Palms on Zanzibar.

Genieten in een exotische B&B bij Belgen in Tanzania

Wie op zoek is naar echte verwenvakanties, heeft op 14 en 15 maart a.s. afspraak op B&B EXPO in Brussel. Een paar honderd exposanten uit de hele wereld stellen er hun unieke vakantieformules voor in charmante bed & breakfasts en kleine hotels.

Onsea House in Arusha is de enige deelnemer aan de B&B EXPO uit Oost Afrika. De Belgen in Tanzania verwelkomen al enkele jaren gasten van over de hele wereld en willen nu ook hun zaak kenbaar maken in België. Eerder verschenen al wel artikels in De Morgen, De Standaard, in het boek Les Belges du Bout du Monde en in de Genieten – Special Logeren bij Belgen in het Buitenland  en binnenkort ook op We Are From Belgium op één.

Op 14 en 15 maart kan u voor de 1ste maal rechtstreeks kennismaken met Onsea House op de B&B Expo, Brussels Expo, paleis 2, stand 155. Contacteer of Dorien Onsea op +32 497 915 803 voor verdere informatie.

Bilila Lodge Kempinski opens its doors in the Serengeti

After ealier openings of Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam and Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski, the owner, UAE national Mr. Ali Albwardy, will open in the heart of Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park the Bilila Lodge Kempinski at the 1st of June, 2009. A dream hideaway in the Central Serengeti, destined to be the most unique lodge in the world. 

All of its 74 rooms, suites and villas feature luxurious en-suit bathrooms and decorated with handpicked African artwork. The lodge facilities include a restaurant, lobby lounge, bar, boma, wine cellar, art gallery and gift shop. The infinity pool and Anantara Spa provide for the ultimate relaxation after an exciting day of a game drive. Bilila combines the height of luxury with romance in spectacular African wilderness surrounds.

Today Mr. Ali Albwardy was for lunch at Onsea House and reveiled us his plans of the construction of a Kempinski in Arusha on the grounds of the former Saba Saba Hotel.
The Kempinksi developments will help to further uplift Tanzania as a destination and Kempinski Arusha will for sure help to furhter build the market of good food and luxury accommodation in the safari capital. 

Contact if you would like to combine a stay at the fantastic Kempinski properties during your safari or beach holidays in Tanzania and Zanzibar before or after your stay at Onsea House.

Bird Watching Paradise

Birders agree that Onsea House is a real Bird Watching Paradise. We invite guests to use our bird list to record those birds which you find around Onsea House. In fine weather you may see many of these from the balcony or around the gardens. The taxonomy and nomenclature follows that used in The Birds of East Africa by John Fanshawe and Terry Stevenson. This is available for reference in our guide book library on the balcony.

If you are interested in a day of bird watching, in the Arusha area or in Tarangire or Arusha National Park, then you can make an appointment with James the Birdman through

UN Secretary-General visits Arusha

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has touched down in South Africa on his first official visit to the country, beginning a trip that will also take him to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Egypt.

On arrival Wednesday evening, Mr. Ban met with South Africa’s Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma and on Thursday will hold talks with President Kgalema Motlanthe and with United Nations staff.

The Secretary-General will then travel to Tanzania, one of the pilot countries for the reform programme known as “Delivering as One” that aims to coordinate all UN efforts on the ground.

He will hold discussions with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, as well as address the diplomatic and academic community in Dar es Salaam.

Mr. Ban is also due to fly over the receding ice cap of Mount Kilimanjaro on Friday on his way to the city of Arusha to visit the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on Friday afternoon 27 February 2009.

From Tanzania, the Secretary-General will head to the DRC where he will meet with President Joseph Kabila and others, moving on to Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, to visit Panzi Hospital, where victims of sexual violence are cared for.

Then, in the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma, he will meet with members of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and with local authorities.

In Rwanda, Mr. Ban will meet with President Paul Kagame.

Finally, he will travel to the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he will participate in the 2 March meeting entitled, “International Conference in support of the Palestinian Economy, for the reconstruction of Gaza,” co-chaired by Egypt and Norway.

Nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award as Best Safari House

Good Safari GuideOnsea House Tanzania Ltd has been nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award (2009) in the category of Best Safari House.

Nominations are accepted only from experienced African travel specialists (operators, agents, travel journalists). Several travel specialists who think highly of our boutique property have nominated Onsea House online.

Nominations will continue to be accepted until 10th March 2009. Winners will be chosen based purely on numbers of nominations from the industry and from the panel of judges. The 2009 Awards will be held on Friday 8th May during Indaba in Durban, South Africa.

In the past years years, Onsea House has received numerous excellent reviews in guide books including Rough Guide and Lonely Planet, on online reviews including TripAdvisor and Zoover, on boutique hotel websites including Chic Retreats and i-escape and from clients travelling through respected Tour Operators including Expert Africa. The nomination as Best Safari House reconfirms that Onsea House is even considered as best place in its category among operators, agents and travel journalists.

Verlengde vroegboekactie en laagseizoen prijzen maken low budget safari in Tanzania mogelijk

BRITISH AIRWAYS heeft de vroegboektarieven verlengd tot en met maandag 16 februari 2009. En dat is goed nieuws voor diegenen die nog niet konden beslissen om hun vlucht te boeken, want British Airways heeft werkelijk onklopbare tarieven naar Nairobi en Dar Es Salaam. Prijzen starten in het laagszeizoen vanaf 494 Euro en in het hoogseizoen vanaf 554 Euro.

KLM voert momenteel nog stevig actie tot en met woensdag 18 februari. Naar Nairobi kan vanaf 541 Euro en Dar Es Salaam vanaf 601 Euro.

BRUSSELS AIRLINES zet natuurlijk Afrika in de etalage, naar 12 bestemmingen. Nairobi start vanaf 669 Euro.

Vanuit Nairobi of Dar Es Salaam zijn dagelijkse transfers mogelijk via shuttle bus of vliegtuig naar Kilimanjaro, op 30 minuten van Onsea House. Promotietarieven op vluchten boek je via Joker. Contacteer voor verdere info voor een verblijf bij Onsea House in combinatie met safari, strandverblijf en/of Kilimanjaro beklimming.

Selected as only boutique hotel in Tanzania

Chic RetreatsOnsea House is a privately owned luxury bed & breakfast in Arusha and the only property in Tanzania which is selected for the Luxury Boutique Hotel portfolio from Chic Retreats. “Small is beautiful” is what the selected hip hotels and small luxury hotels have in common.
The 5th Anniversary Edition of the Chic Retreats book, features over 200 hotels and villas worldwide and will include 1 full page on Onsea House. Available for members from 1st July from Chic Retreats or for clients at Onsea House

I-escape, the winner of the Best Travel Website and many other awards, is renown for its honest reviews of more than 700 handpicked places. They have selected Onsea House as only hotel/lodge in Northern Tanzania and just updated their Onsea House review.

Mr & Mrs Smith, who have not yet selected a hotel in Tanzania, have shown interest to include Onsea House in their collection of boutique & luxury hotels.

Contact for further information on a stay at Onsea House in Arusha in combination with a safari, Kilimanjaro climb and/or Zanzibar beach holiday.