True Africa on national television in Holland

The Arusha based Tour Operator TrueAfrica has had the privilege to assist in making the highly entertaining and worldly program “waar is De Mol?”. In this program the Dutch presenter Johnny de Mol takes well known Dutch people to the most beautiful and interesting countries in Africa. In this episode Johnny hosts Humberto Tan in Tanzania. Humberto Tan is a sports show presenter in Holland and has spent time in the village of Machame, at the base of the famous Kilimanjaro Mountain, when he was a child. Johnny takes him back to this village and offers a variety of activities, from gamedriving in Lake Manyara National Park to hunting with the elusive Hadzabe tribesmen…do not miss out and see the beauty of Tanzania on television!

Johny and the Mol and his team came for dinner at Onsea House and were excited about their stay. In the meantime also other Dutch media people came for dinner. Details are confidential but we might soon appear on Dutch television.

Tonight, Monday 31st of March at 22.30 hours at Veronica, featuring True Africa!
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De Madammen van Radio 2 contacteren Onsea House Arusha, in Tanzania

Nathalie uit Boom wil deze zomer naar Tanzania. Ze zat nog met een aantal vragen en contacteerde De Madammen van Radio 2 (VRT). Een massa enthousiaste luisteraars tipten de Madammen tijdens hun ochtendshow. 

Als Vlamingen in Tanzania, werd Onsea House in Arusha door Anja Daems gebeld en een opinie gevraagd.  

Een greep uit de telefonische reacties en het interview over het land van de Kilimanjaro, safaris naar Manyara, Ngorongoro en Serengeti en strandvakanities in Zanzibar kan je herbeluisteren via de De Madammen van Radio 2.

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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, 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 met het codewoord en antwoord op de volgende vraag: van waar komt de naam “Onsea” House? Het antwoord vind je vanzelfsprekend op

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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