Arusha Hotel Reviews

Although interesting to read reviews in travel guides to Tanzania - Rough Guide and Lonely Planet to name a few - and online reviews on travel advisory websites like TripAdvisor and Zoover, the nicest experience remains to read about Onsea House in Arusha in weblogs, where guests are proud to share holiday experiences with their friends.

Read the story of a global traveler who staid with us after his photo safari to Arusha National Park and selected some pictures taken from our guesthouse and views from his accommodation with text to match to feature his picture gallery.

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Be at home bij Onsea House op de B&B Expo in Brussel en win 3 gratis overnachtingen

Op de Internationale Bed & Breakfast beurs in Brussel vandaag 15 en morgen 16 maart 2008 wordt Onsea House Arusha vertegenwoordigd door www.BeAtHome.be, de online reisgids voor Nederlandstaligen die zonder taalbarrière waar ook ter wereld op reis willen.

Bezoekers aan de stand kunnen bij Monique Maes het codewoord vragen voor de wedstrijd en dan rest je enkel nog te emailen naar info@onseahouse.com met het codewoord en antwoord op de volgende vraag: van waar komt de naam “Onsea” House? Het antwoord vind je vanzelfsprekend op www.onseahouse.com.

Het 10de correcte antwoord dat ons bereikt wint 3 gratis overnachtingen voor 2 personen op B&B basis bij Onsea House in Arusha (Tanzania) én een gratis en geheel vrijblijvende safari offerte.

Onsea House vind je ook terug op de site van Beschambresdhôtes en Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal - RVI, die beiden een overzicht geven van Vlamingen met een hotel, guesthouse of B&B in het buitenland. Beiden hebben ook een stand op het B&B vakantiesalon op Brussels Expo (Heizel) salon 2.

Meer over de deelname van Onsea House aan de B&B Expo in 2009 vind u in het artikel Genieten in een exotische B&B bij Belgen in Tanzania van 8 maart 2009.

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Waar is de Mol? Vanavond dineerde hij bij Onsea House in Arusha!

Nederlandse acteur en presentator Johnny de Mol, zoon van Endemol mede-stichter John de Mol, is op stap met een keur aan bekende Nederlanders in Afrika.

Hanna Verboom, Doutzen Kroes en Lange Frans zijn enkele van de bekende Nederlanders die met Johnny de Mol naar Afrika vertrekken voor het nieuwe Veronica-programma Waar is de Mol?. De gasten van Johnny hebben allen iets met Afrika of de regio die zij samen zullen bezoeken. Ze zijn er bijvoorbeeld opgegroeid.

In de zesde aflevering gaat Johnny met wielrenner Michael Boogerd naar Tanzania. Michael is ambassadeur van de humanitaire organisatie Right To Play die zich inzet voor sport en spel voor de meest achtergestelde kinderen van de wereld. Samen met Johnny bezoekt hij voor het eerst de projecten die zij ondersteunen.

Vanavond dineerden Johnny de Mol en zijn gevolg bij ons in het Onsea House restaurant in Arusha. Of Onsea House Arusha in beeld zal komen op TV weten we nog niet, dat de Mol zou terugkomen naar Onsea House wist hij alvast wel!

Waar is de Mol? Sinds 25 februari op maandag om 22.30 uur te zien bij Veronica.

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Arusha hotels represented on international tourism & travel trade fairs

Onsea House Arusha is currently represented at the New York Times Travel Show in New York from today February 29 to March 2. Professional Tour Operators can get information on our boutique hotel accommodation through several ground operators in Arusha including Albatros Travel, Leopard Tours, Ranger Safaris and Sokwe-Asilia during the worlds’ leading travel trade show ITB in Berlin from 5-9 March 2008. Tanzania Journeys is the only company who is not able to book us. Check out Hall 20 and 21A.

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Recent Onsea House Arusha online hotel reviews

When you Google “Onsea House“, you end up with about 2000 results and come across the most interesting reviews from TripAdvisor to Lonely Planet and Roughguides.

Today’s discovery was a review posted on one of our guests’ blog http://pierce-in-africa.blogspot.com/.

One of the Unique Selling Propositions which we did not highlight yet is that our restaurant caters also an excellent vegetarian cuisine: “We met gourmet Flemmish chef, Axel, who prepared one of the two best meals I’ve had in Africa (the second one was also made by him, one week later) – a 5 course meal of vegetarian fair paired perfectly with choice African wine”.

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Trip advise: visit the historical city of Bagamoyo before it falls apart

IPP Media’s Sunday Observer reported yesterday on the the historical city of Bagamoyo falling apart:

Conservator of Antiquities, Archaelogist Reinfrida Justine Kapela has sounded a warning to international community and Tanzania in particular on the vandalism going on in Bagamoyo’s historical sites.

She warns that if it continues unchecked, the historical town’s rich history would to a greater extent be tempered with. Staff Writer Lucas Lukumbo who visited the historical town reports…

Bagamoyo stands to lose its tourism credentials very soon if rampant vandalism on the historical sites is left to continue, a tourist who had cancelled his visit in Kenya following the unrest and opted Tanzania as his tourism destination told this reporter.

James Lucas Rothing, was one of a group of tourists who had come to admire the Bagamoyo historical town lying 70 kilometres, North of Dar es Salaam along the splendid sandy beach of the Indian Ocean.

Bagamoyo boasts one of East Africa’s largest assembly of 18th century architecture. It played a pivotal role in the East African slave trade. It is a place of memory for human suffering and humiliation caused by slavery and the slave trade and the imposition of colonialism.

JOBLESS YOUTHS VANDALIZING BAGAMOYO

According to the conservator at the Caravan Serai in Bagamoyo, a historical loading station, storage and accommodation for slave caravans to and from the interior, Archaelogist Reinfrida Justine Kapela, historical buildings are being shorn of their doors and windows.
She says the vandalism is being done by jobless youths, mostly from outside Bagamoyo who sell the items to tourists and even some of the hotel owners in the area.

“Hotel owners are the main buyers of these stolen historical items from the dilapidated historical sites. They usually put them in their hotels as an attraction to tourists. Even some of the doors find their way into Bagamoyo hotels” she says.
She says some of the historical doors are sold to the tune of Sh 3 million and the hotel owners are ready to buy such items.

To discourage the practice, the archeologist says her department has been educating the youths on the importance of the historical sites and ways of protecting the sites from more vandalism.
“We have educated more than 50 youths the importance of the historical sites to the nation” she says adding that even the taxi-drivers have been educated. “It is these taxi-drivers who send the tourists to the historical sites. Teaching them on the protection of such sites would to a great extend reduce theft” she says.

GERMAN BOMA

She says the most vandalized building is the German Boma. The two-storey impressive building topped by crenellations, constructed in a U shape was constructed in 1897. It was built by the Germans as the colonial administration headquarters of the first capital of the German East Africa and the Governors’ residence.

The building which exhibits strong tangible evidence of colonialism in Tanzania is a great monument typical of German architecture.

According to local authorities the district commissioner’s office was located in the Boma, but had to relocate in 1997, when heavy rain fell, causing the balcony joists to collapse under the heavy load of water. This was after a long period of poor maintenance.

Near it is a plaque marking the first expedition undertaken by the British explorers Richard Burton and John Speke, who set off from here to the interior on June 27, 1857.

“I am not very sure of the extent of the damage in terms of its worth, but it must be in millions of shillings” she said.

KAOLE RUINS TARGETTED

Other historical sites which she said were being threatened for vandalism are the Kaole Ruins and Roman Catholic Mission.

Kaole ruins, located about five kilometers south of Bagamoyo, date back to the thirteenth century. The ruins comprise remnants of two mosques and several tombs, showing the importance of Islam in early Bagamoyo. All of the structures were built with coral stones. There is a small museum at Kaole Ruins.

The Roman Catholic Mission is a picturesque mission, and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in East and Central Africa. The first Catholic church was built in 1868.

In 1874, Dr. Livingstone’s body stayed at the Catholic mission before being sent to England for burial. In the 1800s, Christian missionaries established a “Freedom Village” at the mission to protect freed slaves.

There is also the first stone building- the old fort. The building is located in the north-west of the town. In 1870 it was expanded to become the residence of Sultan`s representatives together with his office and the Arab colonial prison.

The building commands a strong history in terms of architecture. In fact Islamic architecture can be best seen from this building. The old fort has associations with slave trade.

Initially its function was to hold slaves before being shipped to Zanzibar. It has underground passages through which slaves were herded to dhows on the shore.

It was later taken over by Sewa Haji, an influential Indian businessman, who presented it to the Germans in 1894.

EIGHTH WOLRD HERITAGE SITE

These structures must be preserved. Bagamoyo, one of the oldest towns in Tanzania has been designated the country`s eighth World Heritage Site.

The Department of Antiquities under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism trying its best is working to revitalize the town and maintain the dozens of ruins in and around Bagamoyo.

American Ambassador to Tanzania, Mark Green, recently handed over 10,900 US dollars (about 12.8m/- as the first installment of a total of 20,900 US dollars towards the restoration of Kaole Ruins near Bagamoyo.

The Government through the Ministries of Education and Culture and Natural Resources and Tourism, has launched an ambitious drive to promote historical sites as part of a strategy to have more World Heritage Sites in the country.

Before Bagamoyo was designated a World Heritage Site recently, Tanzania was home to seven World Heritage Sites namely, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks, the Selous Game Reserve, the historical sites of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara, Zanzibar Stone Town and Kondoa Rock Art Sites.

The Antiquities Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is in the process of finalizing the National Antiquities Policy in an effort to protect historical and cultural monuments in Tanzania.

Bagamoyo can be visited either on the way from Tanga or Pangani to Dar or as a detour on the road from Arusha to Dar; an ideal trip advise for guests who go from Onsea House Arusha by road to either the mainland Indian Ocean or to Zanzibar.

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Safari Tourism in Tanzania promoted in New York

Two American organisations will stage a three day tourism promotion campaign targeting destination Tanzania.
The New York Times is collaborating with Freeman Co to run the New York Times Travel Show whose specific aim is to improve Tanzania`s tourist image to the American travelers.

Earlier campaigns last year included advertisement on CNN- America and the Travel Agents Training Programme.

Amant Macha, Director of Marketing at the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) told The Guardian this week that the three day event would be held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York from February 29th to March 2 2008.

“Right now, thirteen companies including tour operators, hotels, and public institutions from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions have confirmed would attend the fair”, he said.

It is estimated that a total of 90,000 visitors will be in attendance, and these would include travel professionals from USA, Canada, and Mexico.

The Embassies of Tanzania in Washington DC and New York have been requested to provide logistical support.

The delegation would also use the occasion to publicise the 33rd New York based Africa Travel Association (ATA) Annual Travel Congress and Tourism show that will take place in Arusha later this year.

ATA’s main objective is to encourage American tourists to visit Africa by promoting the continent image.

Latest report Tourism Market Research Study for Tanzania shows that the US accounts for nine per cent of all tourists coming to Tanzania while the UK contributes about eleven per cent.

Kenya tops countries which bring tourists to Tanzania, who mainly come for leisure.

Onsea House in Arusha has several partner tour operators including Awaken to Africa (booth 119) and Deeper Africa (booth 124) participating to this event. Do not hesitate to pay them a visit to get more information on our boutique hotel accommodation in Arusha. Deeper Africa Show Special deal:  $200 off any of our group departures.  Visit Deeper Africa booth for New York Times Travel Show coupon.

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US President George Bush visits Arusha: a welcome that will help to market Tanzania as single safari destination

During their 6 day visit to Africa, starting today Saturday 16 February, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will spend 2 days in Tanzania, of which 1 full day will be spend in Arusha, on Monday 18 February 2008. 

Bush will arrive tonight in Dar es Salaam and spend Sunday meeting Tanzanian President Kikwete, a joint news conference, a visit to Amana District Hospital and a social dinner with the Tanzanian president.

On Monday, they will spend a full day in Arusha, Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’.

Next to the visit to the Meru District Hospital, they will visit Emusoi Centre, a project of the Maryknoll Sisters in Arusha, Tanzania. Emusoi (or place of discovery and awareness in Maa, the Maasai language) is an ongoing educational project that prepares school-age girls from nomadic tribes for entrance into secondary and tertiary schools.

Another stop is the A to Z textile mills in Arusha.
The CEO of A to Z, Mr. Anuj Shah will probably demonstrate the Olyset nets which are guaranteed for five years and are the only ones recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They were first manufactured in September 2003 and production since then has risen dramatically. In 2005 the area occupied by the new factory was just a bare field. Now, of the company’s 5,000 employees, 3,200 produce the nets.

US Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green said President Bush’s visit to Tanzania would promote investments among Americans. Under Tanzania’s new economic diplomacy, tourism is on top priority investment sector.

Although Bush’s visit to Tanzania and other four African states doesn’t include a tourism agenda, Ambassador Green said the visit would add a value to Americans who will take their president’s visit to explore more on African investment opportunities. Tourism is on top in African business opportunities, reaping from the continent’s rich natural tourist attractions.

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has been organizing various tourism promotional tours in the US to market Tanzania among Americans, and now Tanzania is advertising its attractions through CNN America in the campaign to attract more Americans.

With the ongoing volatile political situation in Kenya, Tanzania tourism stakeholders are taking Bush’s visit a welcome that will help to market Tanzania as a single destination rather than a package destination comprising Kenya.

They take the Bush visit as a kick-start to have Tanzanian tourism getting known in US through thousands of media outlets following the President’s itinerary. Other countries in his six-day African tour are Rwanda, Ghana, Benin and Liberia.

Tanzania is the host of two crucial conferences with tourism agenda in May and June this year with most participants coming from United States. The Eighth Leon Sullivan Summit will be held in Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha early in June with expectations to attract about 4,000 participants from the US and Africa.

The 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress is scheduled to take place from May 19th to 23rd with its key participants drawn from the African Diaspora in the US among other Americans.

Tanzania is mostly known by its rich and spectacular attractions made up of wildlife famous African parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Selous and Tarangire with additional attractive Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak.

Contact Onsea House in Arusha if you are looking for intimate hotel accommodation in the area and/or would like include the projects which will be visited by President Bush in your safari in Tanzania.

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