Serena Hotels acquires two luxury boutique properties in Tanzania

Traval Wires reported that Serena Hotels has taken over the operations and management of two new luxury boutique properties in Tanzania, a move that will effectively strengthen its safari circuits and brand presence within premier leisure destinations in the East Africa region. Both properties, the Mivumo River Lodge and the Selous Wildlife Lodge are located within Africa’s largest game reserve and a proclaimed world heritage site, the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania.

Set to open on July 15th 2009, the Mivumo River Lodge comprises 12 superior rooms and 3 premium luxury suites decorated in an elegant African style of a bygone era incorporating local materials from the region. Each superior room consists of a luxurious bedroom and lounge with a private balcony offering an indoor bathroom, outdoor shower and an intimate plunge pool. To ensure privacy and exclusivity, the rooms are spread out and strategically located along the mighty Rufiji River, all with magnificent views of the breathtaking Stiegler’s gorge.

The lodge also offers full aromatherapy Spa treatments and a variety of activities including game viewing river cruises, exclusive guided walks, bush picnics, private game drives and sundowner river cruises.

To complement the Mivumo River Lodge is the Selous Wildlife Lodge, a luxury tented camp unit located on the Eastern bank of the Simbazi River, a tributary of the Rufiji, is set to open on 1st August 2009.

The camp comprises 12 tents each of which enjoys outstanding views of untouched wilderness, with scatterings of enormous trees and lush, dense vegetation. It has a dining area and guest lounge overlooking the natural watering hole which is also lit in the evenings for night game viewings. This is all complemented by an outside viewing deck and swimming pool.

This development brings to 23 the total number of hotels, resorts and lodges under the Serena Brand in East Africa.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for advise and recommendations if you want to include a stay at Serena properties during your safari before or after your stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

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Talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair

The Wine & Food tasting organized by Onsea House in collaboration with UZT was the talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair, East-Africa’s most important Travel Show, which took place from June 5-7 2009 in Arusha.

A limited group of 100 personally invited visitors and standholders, received an invitation to taste some interesting Wine & Food pairings presented by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens. 17 wines ranging from light white to full bodied red were tasted with 6 matching bites in 6 different sessions spread over 2 days.

At the times the tastings took place, the UZT tent was without any doubt thé most popular stand on the Show. Among the participating tasters were the “crème de la crème” of safari & beach property operators in Tanzania including Asilia, Fundu Lagoon, Kempinski, Kirurumu, Lemala Luxury Camps, Nomad, Saadani, Singita Grumeti Reserves, the ATTA African Travel and Tourism Association director and most of the Onsea House preferred operators.

On Sunday evening, the managing directors & owners of several top luxury Tanzania & Zanzibar beach properties picked Onsea House as dinner venue. 

Jan Haasiosalo, the Finnish managing director of the new Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, Bobby McKenna, the managing director of the brandnew stunning Kilindi, a 15 pavillion hotel in Northern Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon designer & director Ellis Flyte, their general manager Matt Semark, Saadani Safari Lodge managing director Costa Coucoulis and their marketing manager Mark Evans came all for dinner at Onsea House.

The brandnew Kempinski Tanzania managing director and his sales director did not have space but have been served some bites and talked about their Discovering Tanzania project which helps to promote Tanzania in general and their properties specifically.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information on a stay at Onsea House and recommendations for accommodation during your safari and/or beach holidays in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Taste us at East Africa’s largest tourism Fair on June 5-7, 2009

Tanzania’s Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair, the largest and most ambitious travel industry event in East Africa, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary, June 5-7, 2009. The Karibu Fair, held just outside of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital, attracts travel industry partners from around the world. The annual event is organized by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT).

Part of the uniqueness and excitement of The Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair is that it is an outdoor event that offers a real safari experience. Over 250 exhibitors and thousands of regional and international visitors are expected to attend the 2009 Fair.

The fair is ranked as the second most important African travel and tourism event after the Indaba in South Africa and it is expected to attract exhibitors from across the Great Lakes Region. According to the organisers of the KTTF, exhibitors from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, the DRC, South Africa, China and Belgium have already confirmed participation.

Wine distributor Upper Zonal Trading teams up with Onsea House at the 2009 Karibu Fair and organize together a Wine & Food tasting at their stand N1. New wines in the Hill & Dale, Table Mountain, Backsberg and Zonin assortment will be paired with food prepared by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens, while you can learn more about the renewed Onsea House hotel accommodation & restaurant activities.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you want to receive an invitation for the Wine & Food tasting sessions on June 5 or June 6, taking place 3 times a day at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

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Get 50% more with the &Beyond Africa Lodge offer in Tanzania

AndBeyond Africa (former CCAfrica lodges) has some great luxury accommodation and safari offers, valid until June 30 2009. Also at Onsea House in Arusha, there is some last minute availability to match!

Stay for 6 nights and only pay for 4. You get 50% more. Alternatively stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 and you get 33% more.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, Klein’s Camp, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Mnemba Island lodge are the participating &Beyond properties in Tanzania.

Make the most of your adventure. Contact &Beyond or your travel agent and request for a stay at Onsea House in Arusha for an ultimate culinary and hospitality experience before and/or after this amazing safari offer!

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Discovering Tanzania, a project by Kempinski

After ealier openings of Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam and Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski, the owner, UAE national Mr. Ali Albwardy, will open in the heart of Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park the Bilila Lodge Kempinski at the 1st of June, 2009. Ali Albwardy reveiled his plans to us at Onsea House in Arusha. 

In order to open their new Bilila Lodge, the luxury hotel chain Kempinski wanted to introduce the beauty of this country to as many people as possible. And because they don’t do things by half, Kempinski decided to send out a traveller to explore the country and share the exclusive insights on a Travel Blog with stories, photos and videos about the most amazing places Tanzania has to offer. You can discover the beautiful wildlife of the Serengeti, enjoy Africa’s nature and share exclusive insights into the soon to be opened luxury Bilila Lodge Kempinski. After Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and much more, the trip continues to the vast beaches of Zanzibar.

You can bookmark and share the Discovering Tanzania Travel Blog. There is also an RSS-Feed and a newsletter for registered users.

Bookmark Onsea House for news on our boutique property and/or on safari & tourism in Tanzania.

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Opvallende vluchtpromoties op Oost-Afrika

In al het promotiegeweld van de laatste maanden, springt op dit moment Afrika eruit. Vooral dankzij maatschappijen als Ethiopian Airlines. Het lijkt wel een slagveld waar airlines op zoek gaan naar passagiers.
Oost-Afrika en Tanzania in het bijzonder komen opvallend voor in de Afrikaanse top 10 met vluchtpromoties van Joker (prijzen incl. vooraf betaalbare taksen):

  • KILIMANJARO vanaf € 612 met Ethiopian Airlines
  • NAIROBI vanaf € 497 met British Airways
  • ZANZIBAR vanaf € 590 met Ethiopian Airlines

Meer info? Klik op www.joker.be/vluchten.

Graag een bed dat klaar staat bij aankomst? Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor uw verblijf bij aankomst in Arusha maar ook de mogelijkheden voor uw safari, beklimming en/of strandverblijf in Tanzania en Zanzibar.

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Met Sonja en Rik op culinaire safari

Sonja wilde voor haar magazine op bezoek bij Rik Felderhof. Maar in plaats van in Nederland of Frankrijk werd ze uitgenodigd in Tanzania…

Op woensdag 27 mei lanceren Sonja Bakker en Rik Felderhof op feestelijke wijze Verleg je grenzen met Sonja en Rik, dat vanaf dan ook in de winkel ligt. In deze culinaire safari vind je heerlijke Afrikaanse recepten, 9 basic recepten en prachtige reisverhalen. De mooie foto’s en citaten tijdens hun safari in Tanzania en op het eiland Zanzibar maken dit boek helemaal af. “Tanzania is adembenemend” , zo besluiten ze. 

Bestel nu het boek online en je ontvangt een gesigneerd exemplaar en de nieuwste SONJA erbij cadeau. De actie loopt tot en met 15 mei.

Trouwe gast Rik Felderhof voelt zich helemaal thuis in het restaurant van Onsea House in Arusha en noemde het onlangs nog “een Villa Felderhof in Tanzania”. Ook Sonja Bakker geniet steeds van elke maaltijd met teugen en noemde het “een heerlijke pure keuken”.

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor alle vragen over een verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha en gratis advies voor je safari, Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of strandverblijf op Zanzibar. Bel Axel op +255 787 112 498 voor een reservatie in het restaurant.

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Best Safari House Award reveils hidden secrets

Onsea House in Arusha was nominated as only property in Tanzania for the Best Safari House Award in 2009. The final results of the Good Safari Guide Awards were announced on Friday 8th May 2009, on the first night of INDABA, Africa’s largest travel show.

The Best Safari House Award result reveiled some well hidden secrets of similar exclusive and intimate boutique properties in other Eastern and Southern African countries. It is no surprise that South Africa houses the majority of those safari houses. Shortlisted properties include the And Beyond Kwandwe Uplands Homestead, Morukuru LodgeAnd Beyond Phinda Getty HouseSingita Castleton Camp and The Manor at Samara.

The real hidden secrets and big winner in the category come however from Zambia with shortlisted properties Shiwa Ng’andu and winner of the Best Safari House Award Luangwa Safari House, a property of Zambian’s leading safari company Robin Pope Safaris, also award winning in the category Best Mobile Safari. 

Overall winner of the awards was Jack’s Camp, a property of Uncharted Africa Safari Co in Botswana who won (among others) the award of Best Safari Camp in Africa.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for any further information on Onsea House in Arusha or for any recommendation for a safari in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro hike or beach holiday on Zanzibar.

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