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  • AFAR Magazine Onsea House is a highlight as best hotel in Arusha in the Wanderlist “Green Season” Serengeti
  • Centurion Magazine – Challenge: Kilimanjaro Onsea House exclusively recommended for a pampered stay post-climb
  • Columbus Magazine Dutch review published in May 2012. Describes Onsea House as authentic boutique hotel in a protected area just ouside Arusha with clean and spacious rooms and exceptionally good restaurant.
  • Daily Mail Online reports about a Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit challenge organized by Tanzania Odyssey and stay at Onsea House
  • De Morgen – Lezers tippen lezers Father and son write about their Kilimanjaro experience andd stay in Onsea House in one of the leading Flemish newspapers (article in Dutch).
  • Knack The leading Belgian politics and lifestyle magazine Knack-journalist Dirk Draulans writes about his experience in Tarangire and stay at Onsea House (article in Dutch).
  • Les Belges du bout du monde – radio interview Podcasting of the radio interview on La Première, the first channel of the Belgian French Radio (RTBF) on 10/08/08 (interview in French).
  • RVi & Radio 2 – de Madammen Vlaamse b&b’s in de wereld – selected in the list of b&b run by Flemish people around the world
  • Sunday Times Onsea House is recommended in October 2014 as the best place in Arusha before and/or after a climb or safari
  • We Are From Belgium – VRT Eén Dirk, Inneke, Ella, Axel and Onsea House were the subject of the popular documentary “We Are From Belgium” which was broadcasted for the first time in Januari 2010. More than 1 million Belgians and Dutch saw in the meantime the 30 minutes episode on their life in Arusha.

Charity / Philanthropy / Responsible tourism

  • Havilah Village Children’s Home On the way to Arusha NP, guests can visit this orphanage, after appointment.
  • Honeyguide Foundation Grass roots organization dedicated to support communities and the conservation of wildlife and natural resources through long-term community partnerships.
  • iThemba – Baraa Primary School Project This Primary School at walking distance from Onsea House and Machweo has been fully renovated and extended in collaboration with the Belgian iThemba Foundation. 1400 children benefit from free education for a better future for the village of Baraa. Many of our guests have been visiting the project which has in the meantime also been covered several times on television.
  • Mkombozi Mkombozi is the leading child-focused agency in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions, helping vulnerable children and youth to grow in mind, body and spirit.
  • Pack for a Purpose See what you can pack to support the Baraa Primary School, located walking distance from Onsea House and Machweo. Increasingly popular with our clients who have donated all together already hundrets of kilo’s for the school project which we support.
  • Peace Matunda Orphanage and Children’s Centre The Peace Matunda school started in September 2005. After a lot of work and many generous donations, now has 3 classrooms, 2 teachers and 45 children divided into 3 sections.
  • Stichting Sibusiso Foundation Onsea House guests can visit and donate to this Dutch Foundation, helping the mentally disabled children of Tanzania.
  • The School of St Jude A very well funded sponsorship primary school at walking distance from Onsea House and our Baraa Primary School project in Moshono Village and secundary school on the way to Arusha National Park.
  • Watoto Foundation Truus en Noud Van Hout put their efforts in the develoment and well-being of the children in Africa, supported by Onsea House.

Preferred Partners – Belgium

  • Africadona After many years of experience as Africa specialist at several tour operators, Dutch and French speaking Dona De Leenheer started her own company in Belgium, specialized in tailormade – a la carte – luxury travel in Africa.
  • Atlas Reizen Eline Janssens is family of Onsea House owners Dirk & Axel Janssens and is the perfect contact top plan your Kilimanjaro Climb or luxury safari to Tanzania including a stay at Onsea House, Machweo or Siringit.
  • Flandria Reizen – Tanzania Reizen Safaris, strandvakanties en beklimmingen in Tanzania met verblijf bij Onsea House en steun aan het iThemba Baraa Primary School project.
  • Jalan – rondreizen Paula Govers ontwerpt met Jalan reizen op maat. Onsea House is de aanbevolen upgrade accommodatie in Arusha.
  • Proflight – Reizen naar Afrika Guy Bogaerts heeft bijna 20 jaar ervaring met reizen naar Zuidelijk Afrika. Onsea House werd sinds kort ontdekt en meteen aanbevolen.
  • Terre d’Afrique Dé Afrika specialist in België beveelt Onsea House aan voor een groot deel van de standaard (als upgrade) en maatwerk safaris, o.a. in het tot de verbeelding sprekende programma Perfect Tanzania .
  • Thika Travel Guy Dallem is the new sales manager of Africa and Indian Ocean at Thika Travel and expert in Tanzania. He can put together a nice itinerary including Onsea House.

Preferred Partners – Germany

  • Africa Safari Experts Annette and Adili Sirikwa (born in Tanzania) are the Africa Safari Experts, based close to Nürnberg.
  • African Jacana Tours Gabriele Rimböck runs this München based Africa Tour Operator who personally visited Onsea House.
  • AST Reisen – African Special Tours Christl Nennstiel runs with passion this German Tour Operator, specialized in African safaris
  • Bush Legends – your safari company Ellen Spielberger runs this excellent safari company in Wiesbaden, Germany selecting small exclusive properties including Onsea House.
  • C&M – Travel Design Stephanie Elinghausen is running this Communication & Marketing Reise operator in Frankfurt, Germany, with individual designed safaris to Tanzania.
  • Cobra Verde Afrikareisen Matthias Gildemeister is our contact at this small tour operator specialist for Africa and is offering in Tanzania individual safaris with very exclusive and special properties
  • Enchanting Travels – tailor made travels to Africa Enchanting Travels is a European based boutique travel company with headoffice in Germany and local office in Nairobi.
  • Outback Africa – Erlebnis Reisen Marco Penzel from Outback Africa experienced and described his stay at Onsea House in October 2009.

Preferred Partners – Holland

  • All Over Tours – luxe reizen In de exclusieve reizen op maat naar Afrika & de Indische Oceaan wordt Onsea House aanbevolen in een 15daagse exclusieve safari in Noord-Tanzania en Zanzibar.
  • BMS-Travellers Dutch tour operator specialized in East and South Africa, recommending Onsea House as stay in Arusha
  • Club@frica – the Africa experience company Dutch owner Frank Steijn shares the same passion for Africa and wine as the Onsea House owners. Our accommodation has been handpicked by Club@africa after carefull tasting and comparing.
  • Duin Deluxe Travel Petra van Duin heeft met haar ruim tien jaar reis- en werkervaring in Afrika de reisorganisatie Duin Deluxe Travel opgericht. Ze raden Onsea House aan als kleinschalige luxe boutique guesthouse
  • Explore Tanzania The Pronk sisters run this tour operator company in Apeldoorn (Holland) since 2002, after growing up in Arusha.
  • Happy Africa Prima Nederlandstalige operator voor privé en groepssafari naar Tanzania, Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of Zanzibar strandvakantie. Maarten Duivesteijn is uw persoonlijk contact.
  • Matoke Tours specialized in Tanzania and Uganda. Recommendable Dutch agent for Uganda or combination of Uganda and Tanzania
  • Miles Travel reizen op maat naar Safari Afrika – experiences and memories for a lifetime.
  • Milorho Travel Milorho “vele dromen” Travel biedt Onsea House aan in een romantische safari naar Tanzania en Zanizbar
  • Oryx Travel is een maatwerkspecialist voor unieke privéreizen naar Afrika. Oryx Private Tours staat borg voor kwaliteit en exclusiviteit en is ontstaan door een onbegrensde passie voor Afrika
  • Reisbureau Vice Versa Alhoewel Vice Versa geen echte safari specialist is, heeft Maja Kateman-van Opbergen sinds 1977 ervaring in de reiswereld en heeft ze Onsea House zelf uitgekozen en ervaren als uitvalsbasis in Arusha.
  • Sundowner Wildlife Holidays Wildlife, natuur, comfort en rust, zijn voor oprichter Ronald Loriaux de waarden die het “Sundowner moment” bepalen. Onsea House is de aanbevolen luxe accommodatie in Arusha.
  • Talisman travel design Onsea House is een van de upmarktet opties in de maatwerkreizen en de verkozen lodge in Arusha in de Lions of the Serengeti en Tanzania Under Canvas safaris.
  • The Safari Experience Nieuwe Nederlandse operator gespecialiseerd in luxe privé safaris in Tanzania en de Masai Mara in Kenia. Onsea House wordt warm aanbevolen.
  • Untamed Wildlife Safaris – be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime Belgian Jozef Verbruggen runs probably one of the most professional tailor made safari companies on the Benelux market.

Preferred Partners – UK

    • Aardvark Safaris UK based operator, specialized in tailor made safari holidays, honeymoon safaris and small private groups and family safaris.
    • Africa Odyssey / Tanzania Odyssey The worlds leading experts for safaris to Tanzania. Their site shows video of all parks & best lodges.
    • ATR – Africa Travel Resource Web-based safari operator with offices in the UK. ATR has selected Onsea House as best intimate accommodation in the Arusha area, but it is not included in their standardized offers, directing you to bigger properties.
    • Audley – tailor made journeys for the discerning traveller Russell, Katie and Mark are the Tanzania Specialists of this British award winning operator who personally visited and selected Onsea House.
    • Cazenove and Loyd – destination experts The Africa + Indian Ocean division of this London based award winning Tour Operator designs tailor made safaris in Tanzania.
    • Chic Retreats Onsea House is the first property which was selected in mainland Tanzania on the “most trustworthy source for small boutique hotels”.
    • Expert Africa This experienced Africa Travel company helps you to make the right decisions about your visit to Africa. Onsea House has been permanently reviewed by the company and their clients since 2008.
    • Extraordinary Africa After many years of experience with one of the Tanzania specialists in the UK, Alexandra Matts is now running her own bespoke operation specialized in Africa.
    • Finch Hatton Africa Rupert Finch Hatton runs this British company specialized in providing luxury holidays in Kenya and Tanzania.
    • Gane And Marshall Jeremy Gane from Gane And Marshall recommends Onsea House as the best place in Arusha before and/or after a climb or safari
    • i-escape – hip hideaways and boutique hotels A collection of personally reviewed and photographed favourite hotels, wilderness retreats & private villas, which includes Onsea House.
    • Journeys by Design Boutique African safari specialist Journeys by Design has a great brand identity and look and feel of their website with a must see trailor but most important they are an ideal partner to tailor-make your luxury Africa safari based on your requirements, accommodation and destination choices, with offices in the UK and New York.
    • Private Expeditions – Private Kilimanjaro Tailor made climbs up Mt Kilimanjaro through ABTA protected UK operator recommending Onsea House as upgrade accommodation before/after the climb
    • Safari & Beach – Experts in tailor-made travel to Africa Nick Jenkins and his team discribed Onsea House as n°1 experience in Arusha
    • The Tanzania Specialists Nick French is the managing director of The Tanzania Specialists who has researched Tanzania for the past 10 years and picked Onsea House as the best in Arusha and high in the ranking of the Top 20 places in Tanzania
    • Travel Butlers

African Safari Holidays Specialists

  • Tribes Travel – fair trade travel company Tribes, the Fair Trade Travel™ company, is an award-winning, UK based, independent travel company, and globally-recognised pioneers of responsible travel. Great accommodation portfolio including Onsea House.
  • Ultimate Hideaways The “heavenly hideaways from around the world” have one thing in common: they are all places the Ultimate Hideways writers love staying at.
  • Ultimate Honeymoons Taryn Ellis from Ultimate Honeymoons tested and approved Onsea House in September 2009
  • Wilderness In Depth Yvonne Cohen and team are specialized in unforgettable tailor made wilderness and wildlife experiences in Guyana and Tanzania.
  • Yellow Zebra Safaris The knowledge and experience, honest advise and high levels of service in combination with fair pricing are the strong points of Julian Carter-Manning and his team of experts, with Onsea House as n°1 recommended accommodation in Arusha.

Preferred Partners – Switzerland

Preferred Partners – South Africa

  • &BEYOND Africa – Luxury safaris CC Africa, now rebranded as &BEYOND, is one of the continent’s largest eco-tourism companies. Although not listed under the Arusha accommodations, we frequently welcome &BEYOND Safari customers.
  • African Travel Gateway Complete source of information on Africa and African holidays. Broker of incoming tours and African safaris, specializing in tailor-made African Travel, adventure safaris and tours throughout South and East Africa including Onsea House.
  • Go 2 Africa – African safari travel Belgian Diederik Van den Hoeke is one of the charming and talented travel experts working for Go2Africa, offering visitors a wealth of information on Africa travel. Their site include destination information and accommodation listings.
  • Icon Expeditions Bespoke tour operator based in Cape Town who offers attractive 9 day Tanzania Tour including accommodation at Onsea House, Singita Sabora Plains, Crater Lodge and Fundu Lagoon.
  • Passage To Africa Richard Coke is one of the private guide & bespoke travel consultants, specialized in tailor made safaris including accommodation at Nomad and Singita properties and Onsea House in Arusha.
  • Planet Africa Safaris After building up Green Footprint Adventures safaris in Tanzania, Mary Rijnberg moved to Cape Town. Together with Willow and Sophie, they are thé specialists to combine great safari properties during your safari in Tanzania.
  • Pulse Africa – Tour Operators African safari and beach holiday specialists based in South-Africa, supporting the Global Leopard project
  • Rhino Africa Safaris Book Onsea House “as ideal stopover on Safari” through Rhino Africa Safaris
  • Safari 365 – East African safari company Carel Verhoef is the East Africa specialist and Marcus Brain the founder of Safari 365, recommending Onsea House as Arusha accommodation
  • Safari now South African based internet safari accommodation booking site
  • Singita Safari Renowned globally for delivering the best bush experience in Africa, Singita’s group marketing & sales manager handpicked Onsea House and recommends it to all their clients comming across Arusha.
  • Unusual Destinations A stay at Onsea House is included in an 11 night Asilia safari to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Preferred Partners – Tanzania & East Africa

  • Aardvark Expeditions (T) Ltd Philemon Joel is the Tanzanian owner of this adventure outfitter, specialized in Kilimanjaro treks. Onsea House is the 1st recommended accommodation in Arusha.
  • Acces2Tanzania Karen Stupic and Michael Musa are the 2 American/Tanzanian co-owners of this new operation, specialized in customized Tanzanian safaris “for curious & thoughtful travelers”.
  • Afric’Aventure Anne Saels runs this Dar Es Salaam based French Belgian operator, specialized in the South of Tanzania: safaris in Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Saadani with extension in Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar.
  • Africa Divine Safaris Dar based operator with interesting 6 days in the north package including 4 nights at Onsea House
  • Africa Tried & Tested South-African Cliff Hunter tried and tested Onsea House in 2012 and included it as one of the few recommended luxury lodges in Tanzania
  • African Walking Company – Kilimanjaro trekking Richard Marsden is the managing partner of this outfitter in Arusha who operates all climbs for Africa Travel Resource (ATR). If you book a climb with ATR, you have to push to stay at Onsea House, otherwise you are directed to larger & cheap hotels.
  • Ajabu Adventures – More than just an adventure Judith and Gert-Jan Stegeman are the Dutch owners of this Arusha based tour operator. They design tailor made safaris to unique locations without driving in a traffic jam in the National Parks. Their guests stay in intimate places such as Onsea House.
  • Albatros Africa Julian Camm is the East Africa Manager of Albatros Travel Kenya/Tanzania. Albatros has had own offices in Africa for more than 10 years and recommends Onsea House as “Romantic Gateway” in Tanzania’s honeymoon escape.
  • Asilia Africa Asilia Safaris are handling many of our preferred safaris in combination with a stay at Asilia Camps & Lodges and Onsea House.
  • Awaken to Africa – small group wildlife safaris to East Africa A Tanzanian/American tour company owned by David Mshana, an experienced naturalist/guide, and Grace Evans. Awaken to Africa offers customized trips with first-class guides and cars for superb wildlife viewing along with cultural interaction.
  • Brendafrica – travels in Tanzania and Zanzibar Brendafrica was founded by Brenda Moot, a Dutch guide with well over twelve years of experience in travelling through as well as organizing journeys throughout Africa. Brenda settled in Zanzibar and she now works together with her Zanzibar husband.
  • Bush 2 beach safaris – adventurous wildlife safari, climbing & zanzibar holidays Chris is the Australian and Ingrid the Dutch partner of this Arusha based safari outfit with excellent reputation, vehicles and driver-guides; ideal for adventurous safaris. Onsea House is included in their upmarket safari proposals.
  • Cordial Tours & Travel Services Onsea House is one of the few recommended places in Arusha by this Dar based operated with branch in Arusha.
  • Corto Safaris – voyages a la carte pour les amoureux de l’AfriqueFrench operator with offices in Dar and Arusha. A good option for French speaking guests.
  • Fortes – car hire For those who prefer a self-drive safari. The company holds also a unique position with more than 25 years experience outfitting safaris.
  • Good Earth Tours & Safaris – the Africa safari experts Established in Arusha in 1995, Good Earth offers a wide range of outdoor and wildlife adventures in the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Kilimanjaro Parks as well as several other less traveled parks throughout East Africa. They book Onsea House on request.
  • Hoopoe Safaris Hoopoe Safaris is an Arusha based operator, who won the 2004 Conde Naste Eco Tourism Award for best tour operator of 2004. Hoopoe is operating the safaris of several of our preferred partners in Europe who use Onsea House as accommodation in Arusha.
  • Imani Tours – safaris of a lifetime Safari operator based in Arusha, Tanzania and Goteborg, Sweden
  • InTanzania – birds and wildlife holidays with Birdman James Wolstencroft has become known as the birdman of Arusha. His first east african safari was in 1976 although he didn’t settle in Tanzania until 2005; bringing Elsie, his wife, and their two sons. James is a lifelong naturalist and very keen birder.
  • Jorafrica Joris Smit and Rachel Ambrose are the founders of this Arusha based safari company recommendable for safaris throughout East Africa.
  • JMT African Heart Expeditions Tonino is the remaining Belgian partner/founder of this Arusha based company with excellent know how and quality both for safaris as for Kili-treks. For upmarket safaris and honeymoons, Tonino recommends Onsea House as accommodation in Arusha.
  • Karibu Africa Safaris Oscar is the Dutch founder of Karibu Africa Safaris, a big company with good reputation and Land Rovers. Their lodges in the Eyasi and Ngorongoro area are sold and now operated by the Moivaro group.
  • Kiliwarrior Expeditions Eben and Carol Schoeman run this exclusive safari outfitter in Tanzania with a booking office in the USA, recommending Onsea House as accommodation in Arusha.
  • Kivu Travel Eric de Lamotte and Michel Verwilghen are the Belgian directors of  Kivu Travel. A recommended operator for those who want to extend their East Africa trip to include the Kivu Region in East Congo.
  • Leopard Tours Leopard Tours is in volume a leading tour operator in Tanzania, receiving thousands of visitors a year. They operate safaris from mid-market to high-end safari operators in Europe and the USA and for those who request it, they try to book Onsea House.
  • Makao Farm – Horseback riding safaris, Kilimanjaro Located between Moshi and Arusha. Offers game viewing as well as non-game viewing rides of varying lengths for different experience levels. The owners Elisabeth and Laszlo take great care of their guests and their horses.
  • Matembezi Safaris – luxury safaris in East Africa Ilan is leading the operations of this multi-language safari company with guides who speak English, French, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew. Recommendable for those who prefer to choose for no frills wilderness camping.
  • Matoke Tours The Uganda Experience. Paul, Coen and Wim are the Dutch directors of this recommended operator for Uganda with extension to Tanzania including stay at Onsea House.
  • Proud African Safaris Private, custom, luxury photo safaris in Tanzania’s National Parks. Exclusive tours guided by seasoned experts and true Naturalists. Offices is Arusha & USA.
  • Ranger Safaris As biggest operator in Tanzania, Ranger Safaris offers a large selection of scheduled small group “seat in vehicle” itineraries, a so called “value option” for singles and couples, which are offered through big catalogue operators in Europe.
  • Renaissance Safaris Björn is the co-founder of this exclusive photographic safari company based in Karatu with excellent cars and German/English speaking guides.
  • Safari Makers Safari Makers Ltd. is a Tanzanian registered Company and licensed tour operator with offices in Arusha, Tanzania. It is jointly owned and operated by Victor Shao, a Tanzanian and Barbara Cole, an American resident of Tanzania.
  • Safaris-R-Us Founded by Richard and Gemma Sisia. For every guest booking, Safaris-R-Us makes a donation of US$50 (for 2-day and above trips) to the work of the School of St Jude’s, founded by Richard and Gemma, his Australian born wife. Onsea House comes highly recommended.
  • Safari Tours Tanzania The British expedition leaders of Team Kilimanjaro have now developed an adventurous safari programme, recommending Onsea House as n°1 accommodation.
  • Serengeti Big Cats Safaris Created in 2004 and fast growing Tanzanian travel agency and safari company based in Arusha. Organizing safaris in all major national parks of Tanzania, as well as beach vacations on the island of Zanzibar. Onsea House is their recommended luxury accommodation in Arusha, also in their top program “Luxe en &Beyond”.
  • Sokwe – Tanzania safari outfitting Founded by Damien and Justin Bell, both known for their high end mobile camping and photographic & film safaris. Now part of the Asilia group of lodges and camps. Many of our preferred partners combine Asilia properties with a stay at Onsea House.
  • Tanganyika Expeditions – Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club With own offices in Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar, this is the operator of the safaris of some of our preferred partners in Belgium, France and the UK. Although Onsea House is not yet shortlisted as Arusha accommodation, they book us on request.
  • Team Kilimanjaro – climb Kilimanjaro John and Rebecca Rees-Evans are delightfully obsessed about the Kilimanjaro. Both hold records in climbing the mountain. Their company is highly recommended for both the Kili, Mount Meru as for adventure safaris including paragliding and freefall parachut
  • True Africa Tom Corcoran, Nadine Jansen and Troy Smith run this  Arusha based safari operator that goes beyond the trodden paths of mainstream tourism, a guarantee for a truely African experience. Recommendable!
  • Ultimate Safaris Ltd Osman runs this small, successful and closeby tour company. Good value for money, not jeopardizing quality and comfort with a modern fleet custom made Land Cruisers and experienced driver/guides.
  • Unique Safaris – tracking and tours Founders Ally and Husseini are citizens of Tanzania. Juliet (sales and marketing) and all other staff are residents of Arusha. Meg at the Unique Safari office in Minnesota is doing the representation in the US. Onsea House is an option for custom trips.
  • Warrior Trails Warrior Trails is a Tanzanian registered, owner-operated company who is committed to providing professional and personalized wildlife safaris, mountain treks, cultural experiences and beach holidays.
  • Wayo Africa – African Safaris, Activities, and Guiding Courses Wayo Africa is led by veteran guide and AnimalPlanet celebrity Jean du Plessis. Recommended for Green Footprint Adventures daytrips, night game drives in Manyara NP, canoeing trips and active safaris. Onsea House is their recommended stay in Arusha.
  • Whirlwind Safaris experience the most exciting and adrenaline filled adventure from the Sky to the most remote places, with a Bell 407 and a Bell 430 helicopter, based in Arusha.
  • Wild Things Safaris Managed by Richard Woody, based in Dar Es Salaam, specialized in the Southern Circuit including the Selous Game Reserve but offers also safaris in the northern circuit.
  • Wildlife Explorer – luxury safaris in the wilderness Since 1984, Wildlife Explorer owner Gary Strand has outfitted luxury tented safaris in the wilderness of Tanzania and welcomed National Geographic, the BBC Natural History Unit, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir David Attenborough, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster.
  • Zamunda The Belgians Griet and Tony moved to the Morogoro area in the south of Tanzania in January 2009, an ideal base to visit Mikumi, Udzungwa and Ruaha in the Southern Circuit. Visit their website and blog to see the progress of their project.

Preferred Partners – USA & Canada

  • Africa Adventure Consultants – Safari Adventures After realizing their dream of living and working in Africa, Kent Redding and Kelly McElroy returned to the United States to open Africa Adventure Consultants. Onsea House is chosen in safaris featuring Luxury Lodges & Fine Cuisine.
  • Awaken to Africa – custom wildlife safaris to East Africa Awaken to Africa is jointly owned by an expert Tanzanian naturalist guide, David Mshana, and Grace Evans, a veteran traveler and accomplished photographer from the United States.
  • Deeper Africa – wilderness safaris in East Africa Karen Zulauf and her husband, the American lawyer Wil Smith, run this high quality safari operator, voted in 2008 among the best safari outfitters by National Geographic Adventure.
  • Duffle & Compass – authentic adventures for the globally curiousDuffle & Compass works with clients who are interested in authentic safari adventures in East Africa and Southern Africa. Their portfolio includes a select group of properties who meet their standards for gracious hospitality.
  • Global Sojourns – the travel adventure of a lifetime Pricilla P. Macy is the enthousiastic managing director of Global Sojourns, specialized in customized travel adventures to off-the-beaten-path locations in Africa and around the globe. A stay at Onsea House is included in the upcomming Tanzania trip.
  • Journeys by Design Boutique African safari specialist Journeys by Design has a great brand identity and look and feel of their website with a must see trailor but most important they are an ideal partner to tailor-make your luxury Africa safari based on your requirements, accommodation and destination choices, with offices in the UK and New York.
  • Journey To Africa Journey To Africa specializes in Safaris to Tanzania and Kenya
  • Lark Tours Private luxury vacations and safaris in Africa: Onsea House in combination with the award winning Singita Lodges
  • National Geographic Expeditions The travel program of the National Geographic society organizes a 13 day private safari to Tanzania including overnight at Onsea House
  • Vintage Destinations A classic collection of safaris and lodges including Onsea House as luxury accommodation, picked by Timothy Jackson
  • Wildland Adventures Lyndsay Harshman and Julia Nesbitt handle Africa. Voted in 2008 as one of the best adventure travel companies on earth by National Geographic Adventure.

Preferred Partners – Asia & Australia

  • Beachcomber Luxury Holidays Tanzania Romantic Escape safari including a stay at Onsea House at the beginning and the end of the trip.
  • Encompass Africa Onsea House is recommended as family run boutique hotel for the intimate atmosphere and exceptional service

Safari Lodges – Medium end

  • Babu’s Camp – Tented camp, Mkomazi National Park George Mavroudis, one of Africa’s top guides, built this new tented camp in Mkomazi, Tanzania’s newest National Park, featuring a Black Rhino sanctuary. Great stop on a safari to the Usambara Mountains and/or Pangani.
  • E Unoto Retreat – Maasaai Village E Unoto Retreat is a nice place to relax next to the pool or to go for a guided walk in the jungle, not too far away from Manyara National Park.
  • Foxes Safari Camps A portfolio of camps and lodges in Southern Tanzania including Foxes Safari Camp, Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Mufindi Highland Lodge, Ruaha River Lodge and Katavi Wildlife Camp.
  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Manyara Marvellous view over Lake Manyara and the rift. For an authentic experience under canvas. Used by many of our preferred partners as accommodation close to Manyara National Park.
  • Kisima Ngeda – Tented camp, Lake Eyasi An intimate tented lodge set on the shores of Lake Eyasi, with sweeping views towards the rift. Just 7 tents. Most of our preferred partners also recommend it as overnight when visiting Lake Eyase, the Hadazbe busmen or the Datoga cultural boma.
  • Maweni Farm – mountain lodge, Soni, Usambara Mountains Mountain retreat in the Usambara mountains for travelers, nature lovers. Recommended for yoga and birdwatching. Great stop on the way from Arusha to the coast.
  • Mbalageti, Western corridor of Serengeti Good place to stay when the annual migration is around. Accommodation in standard rooms or luxurious tented chalets
  • Plantation Lodge, Karatu The German Renate is running the colonial Plantation Lodge in a working coffee farm in Karatu, well located on the way from Manyara to Ngorongoro. Many of our preferred partners combine a safari starting at Onsea House with an overnight here.
  • Tanganyika Wilderness Camps Tanganyika Wilderness Camps, a joint ownership between Julio Teigell (Spain) and Willy Chambulo (Tanzania). Interesting properties include Maramboi Tented Camp (an alternative for Tarangire Safari Lodge) and Kambi Ya Tembo (in Sinya). We recommend their newest Kitela Lodge in Karatu in case Plantation Lodge is full.
  • Tarangire Safari Lodge Superbly located in Tarangire National Park, this is our recommended place when you look for affordable accommodation in the Park. Wildlife from here has to be some of the best in Africa
  • Uto Farm – Equastrian Safaris, Mount Meru Farm located 30km from Arusha at 2000m and base for horse riding safaris.

Safari Lodges – High end

  • &BEYOND – Lodges and Luxury Safaris Conservation Corporation Africa, the continents leading ecotourism company recently rebranded. &BEYOND is recommending Onsea House as stay over in Arusha and many of our guests include as stay at &BEYOND in their safari.
  • &BEYOND Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp &BEYOND Grumeti is set in the remote reaches of the Park, on a bywater of the Grumeti River, known for its wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles.
  • &BEYOND Kleins Camp, Northern Serengeti is world-renowned for its classic safari accommodation in an exclusive private wildlife concession in Northern Serengeti.
  • &BEYOND Lake Manyara Tree Lodge This remote lodge blends intimacy and romance in cool, leafy surrounds. New: experience the beauty of Lake Manyara on a tranquil shore walk.
  • &BEYOND Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa and the flagship lodge from &BEYOND in Africa.
  • Asilia Africa – Lodges & Camps Jeroen Harderwijk and Bas Hochstenbach are the co-founders of Asilia Africa. They operate Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire, the Sayari, Dunia, Olakira and Ubuntu Camp in the Serengeti and Matemwe, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House on Zanzibar. Rekoro Camp and Naboisho Camp are the recent addtions in their portfolio in Kenya.
  • Chem Chem Safari Lodges Enjoy a “Slow Safari” at the brand new Chem Chem Tarangire exclusive safari lodge.
  • Elewana Afrika – Luxury lodges Elewana operates Tarangire Treetops, a charming tented camp just outside Tarangire. Another great location for wildlife and friendly atmosphere is their Serengeti Migration Camp. The Ngorongoro Manor is the latest addition.
  • Four Seasons Bilila Serengeti Safari Lodge 74 rooms, suites and villas with spectacular views, all featuring luxurious en-suit bathrooms. Infinity pool, Spa, wine cellar,… For those who look for luxury in combination with romance.
  • Ndarakwai Ranch – West Kilimanjaro No park fees, no park gates, no set itineraries, no crowds. Just great drives (day and night), walking safaris, amazing game viewing, fresh food and a fabulous place to stay. Under 2 hours drive from Onsea House.
  • Nomad Tanzania – Safari Camps Nomad Tanzania operates some of the most unique, stylish and exciting safari camps in Tanzania: Sand Rivers Selous, Kiba Point, Rhino House, Greystoke Mahale, Chada Katavi, Nduara Loliondo, Serengeti Safari Camp and Nomad Tarangire.
  • Sanctuary – Lodges & Camps Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) operates the Sanctuary Lodges & Camps from Sanctuary Retreats in Tanzania: Kusini Camp in Serengeti south and Swala Camp in the remote north of Tarangire. The Asilia Lodges remain however our favourite.
  • Shangazi House Inspired by the Onsea House concept, the Mavroudis family opened their house close to Arusha National Park to guests.
  • Tanzania Wildlife Company – Lake Natron Camps Exclusive first class luxury tented camps in the Lake Natron South area, away from the crowds.
  • The Retreat, Selous Game Reserve 12 exotic 80 sqm tents on teak platforms nestled into the river banks.The main house, restaurant and bar built as a clay fort on the hill. Honeymooners and those seeking absolute privacy could consider this as an escape in the south.

Safari Lodges – Top end

  • Singita Grumeti Reserves, Western Serengeti Top of the bill and thé new reference of top end luxury are the Grumeti Reserves properties in the western corridor of the Serengeti: Sasakwa Lodge, Faru Faru River Lodge and Sabora Plains Tented Camp.

Other Activities

  • Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate The course at Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, known as KiliGolf, will be the first championship layout in Tanzania. 9 holes are open and 18 holes will be playable in 2015.
  • Tanzania Polo Polo lessons are now available in Usa River. For those who look for a different activity around Arusha while staying at Onsea House.
  • Tanzania Saddle Safaris Estate Rides: Horse riding available on Dolly Estate, Usa River with possible sightings of game and spectacular bird life. Possible as daytrip from Onsea House. Riding experience is necessary.
  • Tee-Off with Theo – Arusha Gymkhana Golf Course Dutch Theo Van de Ven can arrange a leisure Golf day of at Arusha Gymkhana Golf Course in Arusha

Hotels – Stone Town

  • 236 Hurumzi In the heart of Stone Town, 236 Hurumzi rises above standard accommodation by providing elegant, traditionally furnished, 16 airy rooms and a Tower Top Restaurant with a view of the world.
  • Al Johari We discovered the Jewel of Stone Town short after its opening in 2008. This 15 room boutique hotel is one of the better options in Stonetown
  • Beyt Al Chai – the Stone town inn Boutique hotel with good french style restaurant. 6 romantic rooms and authentic Stone Town experience. Don’t expect luxury though.
  • Clove Hotel Very well located in the heart of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, this small budget B&B hotel was refurbished in late 2003 by Lisette Aernaudts, the Dutch manager. Clove Hotel offers basic accommodation and a nice roof terrace. Expect mosquitos though.
  • Kisiwa House Constructed in 1840 by a rich Omani merchant and recently renovated into an 11 room luxury boutique hotel.
  • Maru Maru Just behind the Old Fort and the House of Wonders, this 44-room city chic boutique hotel and lounge wants to set a new standard in architectural design with a 5 star guest experience as their motto.
  • Mashariki Palace Hotel This new 18 room boutique design hotel is a privileged residence for travellers choosing refined hospitality in a historical setting.
  • The Swahili House Located in the heart of Stonetown, the building was originally an Indian Merchant House. For 125 years, the building was home to a Sultan family, since 2008 completely renovated and operated by the Moivaro group.
  • Zanzibar Palace Hotel This is probably our first choice hotel in Stone Town if you travel without kids. This old Zanzibar house has been beautifully restored and decorated by a Belgian couple and is currently owned and managed by a Dutch couple.
  • Zanzibar Serena Inn The most comfortable place to stay in Stone Town, part of the SLH. Our preferred place to stay with kids.

Beach Hotels – Zanzibar & Pemba

  • &BEYOND Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar Situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by an atoll of coral reefs, it boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites.
  • Chumbe Island – Coral Park, Zanzibar Accomodation on Chumbe Island is special, it’s what Robinson Crusoe could only have dreamt about. With only 7 bungalows, the island never gets crowded, even when fully booked. No surprise that this is a popular choice with our honeymooner guests.
  • Essque Zalu, Zanzibar The combination of a small scale luxury boutique hotel, the child friendly environment with Petit VIP kids club and fantastic food and drinks in 3 distinctive restaurants make this hotel unique on Zanzibar. Less authentic than Matemwe Bungalows & Retreat but probably the best high end option when you travel with young kids.
  • Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar Charming Dutch co-owner Edwin is running this semi-luxurious and peaceful hideaway just 30 minutes southwest of the airport.
  • Fundu Lagoon, Pemba Fashion Designer Ellis Flyte and property developer twins Marcus and Alex Flyte created the best luxury resort on Pemba, our favourite and recommended hideaway with great diving facilities.
  • Kilindi, Kendwa – Zanzibar Exclusive top end 15 pavilion ‘Logically-Eco’ hotel in Zanzibaroque style with fine dining to match.
  • Matemwe – Bungalows & Retreat, Zanzibar is our favourite lodge in Zanzibar with a great balance of authenticity, comfort and style for travellers without young children.
  • Matemwe Beach Guesthouse, Zanzibar Recommendable for those who are looking for a mid-price accommodation or excellent dive base on Zanzibar.
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel, Zanzibar Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat, set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar. We like the calm area, the modest size of the hotel, with only sixteen rooms.
  • The Palms, Zanzibar Probably one of the best sanctuaries in Zanzibar with its 6 private villas, to stimulate your senses. For those who want intimate luxury without compromises.
  • Unguja Resort, Kizimkazi, Zanzibar Known as Unguja Lodge, this upmarket 10 bungalow hotel on the southern tip of Zanzibar is an alternative for Pongwe or lower price option for Matemwe Bungalows.
  • Zanzibar Retreat Hotel – Matemwe Lovely 7 room boutique hotel located on the famous Matemwe beach. Excellent price-quality in Matemwe.

Beach Hotels – Pangani & Saadani

  • Emayani Beach Lodge, Pangani Next to our favourite The Tides. It is a small lodge built in a coconut grove. The palm-thatched bungalows provide more adventurous accommodation. Kasa Divers Watersports centre run by friendly Belgian Wim van den Bergh.
  • Saadani Safari Lodge Exclusively set in the heart of Saadani National Park, created and owned by Costa Coucoulis, a Greek who grew up in Africa.
  • The Beach Crab Resort, Pangani A great low budget place and good alternative to long established Peponi. Located at the same Ushongo Beach as our favourite The Tides. The resorts specializes in water sports and adventure activities.
  • The Tides Lodge, Pangani Our favourite luxury beach hotel in Pangani, owned by a nice English couple James and Alex Balfour and managed by a US couple with fishing experience. Charming cottages, excellent food. “Sunday Times Travel Magazine Top 6 secret beaches of the world”.

Hotels – Dar Es Salaam

  • Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam – The Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski – soon Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam – is our absolute favourite in Dar, close to the fishmarket and facing the harbour. Splendid Asian restaurant. Excellent breakfast and dinner buffets.
  • Moevenpick Royal Palm, Dar Es Salaam One of our few favourites in Dar. Excellent Italian restaurant. Nice rooms, swimmingpool, breakfast and lunchbuffet

Hotels & Private Houses – Nairobi area

  • Fairview Hotel Described as the Country Hotel in Town, this hotel promises more than it offers. Prices have increased in the past years without improving the service, making it for some a very disappointing experience. It however remains a peacefull and pleasant place.
  • House of Waine, Karen This well hidden secret in Karen used to be a private house in the 1970’s and it was acquired by its present owners, a local family, who refurbished it during 2 years resulting in the unique 11 bedroom boutique property. Still conveniently located.
  • Laragai House The private home of George and Lucilla Stephenson, available for rent when they are not in residence. Laragai is a house of spectacular beauty and can sleep twelve guests in extreme comfort.
  • Macushla House, Langata Comfortable, private place to stay when arriving/departing through Nairoibi. Only 6 rooms, excellent restaurant and bar, swimmingpool.
  • Ngong House, Karen Ngong House is a private, serene and luxurious home stay situated in Karen / Langata area of Nairobi. The lodge is only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen’s coffee farm. it is close to Nairobi National Park, 40 minutes from Nairoibi.
  • Palacina – The Residence & The Suites, Nairobi Possibly the first genuine boutique hotel in Kenya. Stylish suites. The Moonflower is a 50 seat a la carte restaurant featuring a live Jazz band. Our favourite place in Nairobi
  • Upperhill Country Lodge Next door and owned by Fairview, this hotel offers affordable comfort for business travellers. Not at all a tourist place but a good option for clean accommodation with modern comfort including wireless internet.

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