Archive | 2010

Onsea House promotional video made by Tanzanian students

By producing documentary films for nonprofit organizations, GoodMakers Films helps charities visually communicate their message around the world.

GoodMakers taught a digital Film Lab in Tanzania which was hosted by Onsea House in Arusha. The Film Lab students, many of whom came from as far away as Dar Es Salaam, participated in shooting a travel promo for Onsea House which helped the students to learn the process of making a commercial.  The students helped to plan the concept, learned how to operate new digital cameras and even took an editing bootcamp to round out their one week course.  GoodMakers Films fabulous editor Craig Fields, edited it together into a concise :60 promo.  Together with GoodMakers Films, we are incredibly proud of the film students and the results.

Have a look at the promo here on YouTube: Onsea House Promo Video.

GoodMakers Films is also finalizing the editing of a Short Doc for the iThemba Baraa Primary School, which will highlight progress of this NGO project in the neighberhood, supported by iThemba Foundation in collaboration with Onsea House.

Frommer’s top pick in Arusha

Frommer’s Travel Guides are one of the bestselling guidebooks in the USA. The series began in 1957 with the publication of Arthur Frommer’s first book. The latest entry in this popular series of travel guides contains full-color fold-out maps, suggested itineraries, and frank reviews of recommended sites to visit.

Frommer’s Kenya & Tanzania claims to be the only major guidebook to cover both of these countries in detail. A lot of international tourists arriving in Tanzania come from Kenya, so the convenience of having one book for both countries is a significant selling point.

Written by a trio of writers, two of whom currently live in Africa and a third who lived in Tanzania for years, Frommer’s has opinionated write-ups. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. The expert writers are passionate about their destinations–tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way. We are therefore very pleased that Onsea House is Frommer’s top pick in the Arusha hotels section. Also the intimate candle-lit terrace at Onsea House is described as Arusha’s finest dining experience in the Arusha restaurant section.

Contact for all further info or call Axel on +255 787 112 498 for a dinner booking.

Selected as top accommodation in Arusha by National Geographic

National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, was founded in 1999 on the same belief in the importance of exploration that has been the hallmark of the Society’s 121-year history.

Their program now includes a 13 day Private Safari in Tanzania, accompanied by expert guides, a visit of Serengeti National Park and Selous Game Reserve. For the overnights during the safari, National Geographic Expeditions “selected top accommodations that combine luxury and location with the unique character of a place”. Onsea House is the selected Arusha accommodation.

National Geographic Expeditions now operates more than 300 trips each year, spanning all seven continents and more than 40 countries. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 300 million people each month through National Geographic magazine and four other magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, radio programs, films, books, videos, maps, and interactive media. The Society has funded nearly 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

Listed as n°1 recommended boutique lodge and restaurant is an award winning multinational company, offering a comprehensive travel guide for tourists all across the globe. is partner of this successful and rapidly growing business network, which covers over 70 destinations worldwide and is trusted by more than 6,000,000 travellers a year.

We take pleasure in announcing that the freshly designed  portal is being launched Friday 6 August 2010, offering unrivalled levels of local information, everything a traveller would want to know about, all in one place.

The Onsea House accommodation has been listed as n°1 recommended boutique lodge in Tanzania, n°1 recommended lodge in Arusha and also n°1 recommended for honeymoons and weddings.

The Onsea House restaurant has been listed the n°1 recommended fine dining place in Tanzania and the n°1 recommended restaurant in Arusha.

Luxurious Mobile Safari Experience in East Africa

Singita Grumeti Reserves has launched a one-of-a-kind luxury tented safari, ideal for small groups or families, in its expansive Tan­zania reserve. Beginning November 2010, guests can overnight under the stars in mobile accommodations styled after the charm and romanticism of Africa’s bygone days.

Nestled between the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara, the mobile sa­fari offers access to remote and unspoiled African bush, where one can truly ex­perience the majesty of nature. Big five game viewing is unmatched. Similar as in Onsea House, dining is a highlight, in this case simply crafted, fresh cuisine in the bush along with a choice of fine, hand-picked wines. When it comes time to turn in for the night, guests can relax and unwind in luxuri­ous, comfortable tents.

The mobile safari is designed for exclusive use by groups of between six and twelve people for two or more nights. The all-inclusive price is $8,100 per night for a party of six and $1,350 per night for each additional guest. For the ultimate sa­fari experience, any visit can easily be combined with a stay at one of Singita Gru­meti Reserves’ three other luxurious properties: flagship Singita Sasakwa Lodge, contemporary Singita Faru Faru Lodge on the Grumeti River, and the 1920s styled Singita Sabora Tented Camp.

For inquiries and reservations in combination with a stay at Onsea House, contact your preferred travel partner or

Jane Goodall’s 50 years in the jungle

Tonight Jane Goodall joins close friends and donors at The Royal Institution Library in London to celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking research at Gombe. Supporters will be asked to join the Jane Goodall Foundation in ensuring the next 50 years of Jane’s vision is secured through their financial contributions.

Onsea House Tanzania is contributing in the 50 years celebrations by offering a stay at Onsea House in Arusha for the auction.

Half a century has elapsed since Goodall leapt to prominence with her remarkable study of chimpanzees.
Harvested from patient observation of a chimpanzee colony in Gombe, Tanzania, her insights smashed stereotypes of chimps as circus animals or cuddly toys.
The primates were revealed as smart and socially complex, able to organise their community and use tools: in other words, they were a lot like us. The divide between Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes became blurred forever.

Read more about Jane Goodall’s work on one of the many JCI local websites.
Contact if you would like to discover the work of Jane Goodall at Gombe National Park and visit the chimps combined with a stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

Recommended as Safari Chic Retreat

Selected few years ago as the first Chic Retreat in Tanzania, Onsea House is now selected as Safari Chic Retreat on the new Chic Retreat website.

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel or luxury safari retreat in Tanzania, the Chic Retreat selection is sure to inspire you. If you are looking for a boutique safari lodge then you can browse the Chic Retreats in the Arusha area or perhaps you want a family-friendly hotel in Zanzibar?

All the boutique hotels in Tanzania have been carefully selected for their individuality, service and style, so you are guaranteed to find the best luxury hideaway for an unforgettable holiday in Tanzania.

Onsea House is proud being among the selected hotels and has just finalized their yearly renovation works to be fully ready for the new seaon! Contact for any further info.

Kilimanjaro herfstpromotie bij KLM

Al plannen voor deze herfst? Nu het zomerseizoen bijna volgeboekt is bij Onsea House, pakt KLM uit met uitzonderlijk scherpe prijzen voor de herfst. Boek nu één van de aantrekkelijke “vroeg boek” special flight offers.

Traditioneel staat Afrika in de kijker met flinke kortingen. Terwijl de normale prijzen in het hoogseizoen gemakkelijk dubbel zo hoog zijn, staat een retour op Kilimanjaro in de aanbieding vanaf 833 Euro*

Boek uw ticket via KLM en contacteer voor advies voor de verdere planning van uw reis.

* retour Brussel-Kilimanjaro. Verkoopperiode tot 07/07/2010. Reisperiode tussen 01/09/2010 – 31/10/2010 Voorwaarden: Verblijf Minimum: 7 dagen – Maximum: 1 maanden. De vermelde tarieven zijn “vanaf” prijzen, inclusief taksen, toeslagen en service fee. Tickets zijn niet wijzig- en niet terugbetaalbaar. Beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar. Tarieven zijn onderhevig aan wijzigingen zonder voorafgaande kennisgeving. Prijzen berekend 16/06/10.