Location

ONSEA HOUSE is located just outside Arusha, the so-called ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania. Arusha is the base from which most travellers visit the country’s most renowned game reserves and the busiest tourist centre anywhere on the Tanzanian mainland. All interesting Landmarks can be reached easily within maximum half a day. Discover our idyllic setting for spectacular sundowners and a truly rural feel only 7 minutes drive from Arusha town centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. With the Driving directions you can easily reach us.

The altitude at ONSEA HOUSE on Namasi Hill, average 1400 meter above sea level, is perfect to acclimatize for Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro – just a stone throw away! At this elevation the malaria parasite is extremely rare. However, depending on where you decide to safari, you may pass through malarial areas and should therefore follow the advise from your doctor or the Institute for Tropical Medicine regarding prophylactics.

To and from Arusha

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) lies on 50 km from the centre of Arusha and only 30 minutes from ONSEA HOUSE. Facilities include direct flights with KLM from Amsterdam on a daily base. From other European airports, including Brussels, Frankfurt, London – Heathrow, Paris – De Gaulle, Rome – Fiumicino and Stockholm – Arlanda, there are flights with Ethiopian Airlines to Kilimanjaro with one stop in Addis Abeba, almost on daily base. Condor has direct low cost flights to Kilimanjaro. Turkish Airlines joins other global airlines that include Qatar Airways and Edelweiss Air that recently introduced flights to Kilimanjaro.
Alternatively, you can fly to Nairobi and catch a shuttle bus to Arusha. Many airlines fly to the nearby capital of Kenya, including direct flights from Belgium. Flight promotions can be checked through e.g. Connections and Joker Reizen. Don’t forget to take into account an extra 50US$ for the Kenyan Visa. At your arrival in Nairobi, pick the Impala Shuttle or Riverside Shuttle to Arusha which we can pre-book for you from Arusha.
A daily scheduled domestic flight can be booked easily to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and all the remote safari destinations from the nearby Arusha airport, on the west side of town. The flights can be booked through local airlines with offices in Arusha: the Belgian-run Air Excel or any of the 6 other airlines.

If you prefer cheaper transport by road, you can catch a bus run by one of the safer companies.

Landmarks

 

Arusha Airport 20 minutes
Kilimanjaro International Airport 30 minutes
Arusha NP 30 minutes
Mt Meru 45 minutes
Zanzibar 60-90 minutes flight
Moshi 50-80 minutes
Mt Kilimanjaro 70-90 minutes
Tarangire NP 2 hours
Lake Manyara NP 2 hours
Ngorongoro Crater 3 hours
Nairobi 3-6 hours
Serengeti NP 5-6 hours
Pangani 5-6 hours
Dar 8-10 hours or 90 minutes flight

 

Driving directions

From Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – 30 to 40 minutes
Drive towards the Arusha-Moshi highway and choose the direction towards Arusha. After crossing the villages of Usa river and around 2km after crossing the village of Tengeru, you will pass a bridge and signboard towards Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge on the left side of the road. Just 200 meter further down the road, you will find a big signboard on the left side of the road towards ONSEA HOUSE Country Inn & Guest Cottage. Take the local semi-tarmac road for a little more than 700 meter. The entrance and parking space of ONSEA HOUSE are at the left side of the road.

From Arusha Centre – 7 to 10 minutes
Drive from the Arusha Clock tower (Arusha Hotel) roundabout via the Old Moshi Road (Kibo Palace Hotel) towards the Kijenge roundabout (Impala Hotel); turn at the roundabout left towards the Arusha-Moshi highway. Follow the direction towards Moshi on the Arusha-Moshi road. 4,9 kilometers down the road (exactly 2 km behind the new Snowcrest Hotel and around 400 meter behind the first bridge where the road has protection rails at both sides), you will find a big signboard on the right side of the road towards ONSEA HOUSE Country Inn & Guest Cottage. Take the local semi-tarmac road for a little more than 700 meter. The entrance and parking space of ONSEA HOUSE are at the left side of the road.

 

Our GPS coordinates are S 03° 22.907′ ; E 036° 44.681′ with an Altitude of 1401 meter.
Alternatively, you can find us by downloading our location on the Google Earth Map.

Our driver can also pick you up from any of the airports or any place around Arusha.