Archive | June, 2009

Enjoy promotional introduction rates in the Serengeti at Bilila Kempinski

Destined to bring a new level of luxury to the Serengeti, the Bilila Lodge Kempinski officially opened on June 1, 2009.

The earlier announced promotion ‘Stay 3 – Pay 2′ valid until the end of September 2009, has just got even better with reduced rates valid until December 23, 2009:
Deluxe room:    EUR 500 (instead of EUR 600 in high season)
Club room:        EUR 700 (instead of EUR 850 in high season)

All the above mentioned rates are Full Board (including full breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner), per room, per night.

Scheduled and private game drives into the Serengeti National Park can be booked together with the accommodation. Half day (4hrs) game drives are a fantastic experience for guest who fly in and get transferred to/from Seronera Airstrip.

Visit the travel diary for an insight into Tanzania and Kempinski.
Contact info@onseahouse.com for further recommendations if you want to combine this last-minute action with a stay at Onsea House in Arusha after your arrival &/or before departure.

Asilia Lodges and Camps Special 4-for-3 Offer

Next to the ongoing introduction action of the new Kempinksi Bilila Lodge in the Serengeti and the AndBeyond Africa special safari offers, Asilia Lodges and Camps launches a special action for all bookings taking place from June-December 2009: stay for 4 and pay for 3 (or stay during 8 days and pay for 6,…). 

This special offer is an ideal way to discover the stunning Sayari Camp and Olakira Camp in the Serengeti,  Suyan Camp in the Loliondo area and Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park during a safari in Tanzania and/or relax at Matemwe in Zanzibar.

If you would like to receive recommendations on with whom to book your holiday to Tanzania and/or information for a stay at Onsea House before and/or after your safari in Arusha, please send an email to info@onseahouse.com.

Serena Hotels acquires two luxury boutique properties in Tanzania

Traval Wires reported that Serena Hotels has taken over the operations and management of two new luxury boutique properties in Tanzania, a move that will effectively strengthen its safari circuits and brand presence within premier leisure destinations in the East Africa region. Both properties, the Mivumo River Lodge and the Selous Wildlife Lodge are located within Africa’s largest game reserve and a proclaimed world heritage site, the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania.

Set to open on July 15th 2009, the Mivumo River Lodge comprises 12 superior rooms and 3 premium luxury suites decorated in an elegant African style of a bygone era incorporating local materials from the region. Each superior room consists of a luxurious bedroom and lounge with a private balcony offering an indoor bathroom, outdoor shower and an intimate plunge pool. To ensure privacy and exclusivity, the rooms are spread out and strategically located along the mighty Rufiji River, all with magnificent views of the breathtaking Stiegler’s gorge.

The lodge also offers full aromatherapy Spa treatments and a variety of activities including game viewing river cruises, exclusive guided walks, bush picnics, private game drives and sundowner river cruises.

To complement the Mivumo River Lodge is the Selous Wildlife Lodge, a luxury tented camp unit located on the Eastern bank of the Simbazi River, a tributary of the Rufiji, is set to open on 1st August 2009.

The camp comprises 12 tents each of which enjoys outstanding views of untouched wilderness, with scatterings of enormous trees and lush, dense vegetation. It has a dining area and guest lounge overlooking the natural watering hole which is also lit in the evenings for night game viewings. This is all complemented by an outside viewing deck and swimming pool.

This development brings to 23 the total number of hotels, resorts and lodges under the Serena Brand in East Africa.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for advise and recommendations if you want to include a stay at Serena properties during your safari before or after your stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

Talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair

The Wine & Food tasting organized by Onsea House in collaboration with UZT was the talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair, East-Africa’s most important Travel Show, which took place from June 5-7 2009 in Arusha.

A limited group of 100 personally invited visitors and standholders, received an invitation to taste some interesting Wine & Food pairings presented by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens. 17 wines ranging from light white to full bodied red were tasted with 6 matching bites in 6 different sessions spread over 2 days.

At the times the tastings took place, the UZT tent was without any doubt thé most popular stand on the Show. Among the participating tasters were the “crème de la crème” of safari & beach property operators in Tanzania including Asilia, Fundu Lagoon, Kempinski, Kirurumu, Lemala Luxury Camps, Nomad, Saadani, Singita Grumeti Reserves, the ATTA African Travel and Tourism Association director and most of the Onsea House preferred operators.

On Sunday evening, the managing directors & owners of several top luxury Tanzania & Zanzibar beach properties picked Onsea House as dinner venue. 

Jan Haasiosalo, the Finnish managing director of the new Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, Bobby McKenna, the managing director of the brandnew stunning Kilindi, a 15 pavillion hotel in Northern Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon designer & director Ellis Flyte, their general manager Matt Semark, Saadani Safari Lodge managing director Costa Coucoulis and their marketing manager Mark Evans came all for dinner at Onsea House.

The brandnew Kempinski Tanzania managing director and his sales director did not have space but have been served some bites and talked about their Discovering Tanzania project which helps to promote Tanzania in general and their properties specifically.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information on a stay at Onsea House and recommendations for accommodation during your safari and/or beach holidays in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Taste us at East Africa’s largest tourism Fair on June 5-7, 2009

Tanzania’s Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair, the largest and most ambitious travel industry event in East Africa, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary, June 5-7, 2009. The Karibu Fair, held just outside of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital, attracts travel industry partners from around the world. The annual event is organized by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT).

Part of the uniqueness and excitement of The Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair is that it is an outdoor event that offers a real safari experience. Over 250 exhibitors and thousands of regional and international visitors are expected to attend the 2009 Fair.

The fair is ranked as the second most important African travel and tourism event after the Indaba in South Africa and it is expected to attract exhibitors from across the Great Lakes Region. According to the organisers of the KTTF, exhibitors from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, the DRC, South Africa, China and Belgium have already confirmed participation.

Wine distributor Upper Zonal Trading teams up with Onsea House at the 2009 Karibu Fair and organize together a Wine & Food tasting at their stand N1. New wines in the Hill & Dale, Table Mountain, Backsberg and Zonin assortment will be paired with food prepared by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens, while you can learn more about the renewed Onsea House hotel accommodation & restaurant activities.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you want to receive an invitation for the Wine & Food tasting sessions on June 5 or June 6, taking place 3 times a day at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.