Kindvriendelijke safari en kennismaking met het échte Afrika

Ik zou nooit een georganiseerde vakantie willen doen met alleen maar beesten en Nationale parken” hoor je wel eens. Maar wat doe je dan met de kinderen? Lees het beknopte reisverslag van een gezin met 2 kinderen van 6 en 8 die voor het eerst naar Afrika kwamen en, met Onsea House in Arusha als thuisbasis, kennis maakten met het échte Afrika. Je hoeft niet meteen de Kilimanjaro op of met Thomas Cook een week op het strand te spenderen in Zanzibar om er een onvergetelijke reis van te maken!

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Doctors seek low-cost IVF for Africa’s infertile, supported by Onsea House

Onsea House is supporting a special African development project which took off in Arusha.

During an Expert Meeting last weekend in Arusha with logistics, accommodation and dinners organized by Onsea House, Doctors discussed the plans to develop a low-cost version of “test-tube” baby technology, which helps tens of thousands of infertile couples each year in rich countries but is far too costly for the developing world, as reported on December 14 by Reuters (London):

More than 80 million couples suffer from infertility worldwide and the vast majority live in poor countries, where the issue is a crisis for millions.

The problem is particularly acute in Africa, where infections are a common cause of tubal blockages in women, leading to high rates of infertility and social isolation.

“The stigma of infertility in Africa is great — much more so than in the Western world,” Ian Cooke, emeritus professor at the University of Sheffield, told Reuters.

“It is often extreme because a woman may be divorced and then rejected by the community with no livelihood, and there are well-documented cases of suicide as a consequence.”

Africa as a region has the world’s highest fertility rate, which is often viewed as a problem, yet it also has the highest infertility rate, Cooke said.

Fertility experts have met in Arusha, Tanzania, this weekend under the auspices of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology to discuss the challenges at the first conference on infertility in developing countries.

Together with Cooke, Onsea House hopes the meeting will kick-start a pilot project in Africa. The goal is to bring the cost of a cycle of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) down to just $100, by using far fewer drugs and cutting back on costly hospital equipment.

It is a huge drop from costs of around 3,000 pounds ($6,130) in Britain and $10,000 or more in the United States, but the example of HIV/AIDS treatment — where drug prices in Africa have plummeted in recent years — suggests it may be feasible.

“We need to find low-cost solutions for the low-resource economies of the world,” Cooke said.

He and others in the low-cost IVF task group hope pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment suppliers will be persuaded to offer big discounts for developing countries.

Even so, getting costs down to realistic levels will require a radical rethinking of treatment strategies, with the emphasis on much milder ovarian stimulation using fewer costly hormone injections.

Any future treatment programme will also need to go hand in hand with better prevention, experts believe.

Most cases of infertility in Africa are due to infectious disease like chlamydia, gonorrhoea or tuberculosis.

Also Willem Ombelet, Belgian professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology and organizer of the Expert Meeting, said this earlier in Nature, the renowned international weekly journal for science.

Next to the private support of the Onsea House owners, future Onsea House guests will be contributing to this interesting development project in the form of a donation to The Walking Egg, a new NGO which will be founded by Willem Ombelet and artist Koen Van Mechelen for this purpose.

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N°1 Bed and Breakfast, Hotel and Lodge in Arusha according to TripAdvisor

While most small hotels in Arusha call themself rather a Hotel or Specialty Lodging, Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage does not. As a result, we do not get listed under “Hotel” or “Lodge” reviews on the internet. Nevertheless, guests find us on the renewed TripAdvisor page as best B&B/Inn. Taking even into account all hotels and lodges, Onsea House remains the best rated hotel with 4,5 of 5 stars better than any hotel in any category.

We invite Onsea House guests to write about their experience on the Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage page of TripAdvisor, a leading travel site used by almost 20 million people from 190 countries every week to plan a trip.�

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The ideal venue for honeymoon, wedding or special celebration in Arusha

With a party for more than 60 people, in James Bond style, with Dry Martini, bubbles, bites, canapes and a full dinner buffet and DJ, Onsea House launched its special event and incentive service in Tanzania. The setting in Arusha is ideal for a romantic honeymoon, a spectacular wedding or original birthday celebration. Exclusive Tanzania will market and promote the services including other special events (such as photo shoots, product launches, etc.) in Europe.

The special events will only be organized on exclusive base, at times when there are no guests in the hotel and restaurant, or alternatively on a remote location. Contact info@onseahouse.com for general info or axel@onseahouse.com for bookings.

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Onsea House makes Visa, Mastercard and Amex credit card payments easy

We are happy to constantly improve our services. From now on you can pay your hotel accommodation and/or safari from Onsea House in Arusha with your Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card from all over the world. We use the services from PayPal. This is a very reliable organization and they make it very simple to transfer money from behind your computer without having to leave your credit details behind on the internet. Please ask info@onseahouse.com for rates and your Pay Pal invoice.

Alternatively you can transfer money. Extras can be settled in cash in US$ or Tanzanian Shillings. Local currency can be retrieved from ATM machines in Arusha, limited to 400,000 TZShs per card per day. Find on the Visa database or the Mastercard locator where to find a Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or Cirrus cash machine in Arusha. For those who want to bring cash: US$ is the best currency to take and be changed into Tanzanian Shillings at better rates at most local Bureau de Change in Arusha than at Barclays or Standard Chartered Bank or at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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Succesvolle safari bepaald door juiste keuzes

De recente extra editie van Weekend Knack neemt de lezer mee naar verrassende bestemmingen in Afrika. Van Noord-Afrika met Tunesië en Marokko, naar Djibouti in de Hoorn van Afrika. Origineel en ver van de platgetreden paden in Zuid-Afrika is de paardentocht door Mali. Net als het bezoek aan het Toearegfestival in de Libische woestijnstad Ghat. Daarnaast worden de mooiste safari’s getoond met verhalen uit Kenia, Botswana, Zambia en Namibia. Opvallend afwezig is Tanzania, dat echter wel uitgebreid aan bod komt in het samenvattend overzicht dat we hieronder voor u even toelichten en vervolledigen en dat u kan helpen bij het kiezen van een safari, want hoe u het ook draait of keert, Tanzania is en blijft de beste optie:

Wil je een safari maken, dan moet je een aantal zaken tegenover elkaar afwegen, van de dieren die je wil bekijken tot en met je verplaatsingsgedrag en het tijdstip waarop je wilt reizen. De verscheidenheid aan safari’s is groot en de juitste keuze maken, is niet evident.

De term ‘big five’ hoor je vaak als het gaat over safari’s. Daarmee worden de vijf dieren bedoeld die de toerist – oorspronkelijk de jager – het liefst in zijn gezichtsveld heeft. Het gaat dan om de olifant, de leeuw, de buffel, de luipaard en de neushoorn. Vreemd genoeg wordt het gevaarlijkste Afrikaanse dier, het nijlpaard, daar niet bijgerekend en staan ook de giraf of de cheetah niet op de lijst. Bepaal eerst welke dieren je wil zien, want daarmee leg je ook de bestemming vast.

Om de big five te zien, maak je de grootste kans met een combinatie van Ngorongoro en Serengeti National Park. Gorilla’s zitten in buurlanden Rwanda en Oeganda en kan je bekijken met een verlenging van je safari in die richting. In het Tanzaniaanse Gombe Stream en Mahale National Park vind je tal van chimpansees. De grootste olifantenconcentratie ter wereld zit in Tarangire National Park. Giraffen vind je massaal terug in Arusha. Leeuwen kom je ongetwijfeld tegen in het Serengeti en Ngorongoro reservaat. Luipaarden komen voor in bijna elk Nationaal Park in Tanzania. Nijlpaarden en krokodillen zijn ruimschoots aanwezig in meren en rivieren in Tanzania, in Selous Game Reserve maar ook langs de Mara rivier in het Noorden van de Serengeti. Ook de grootste variatie aan vogels zie je in Oost Afrika met grote families flamingos in Arusha National Park en Lake Natron, pelikanen in Manyara National Park en honderden verschillende vogelsoorten in de directe omgeving van Arusha en de Usambara.

Eens je geliefde dieren en bestemmingen zijn bepaald, kies je je verplaatsingsgedrag. Ook hier zijn er in Tanzania tal van mogelijkheden: van exotische kamelensafari en trektocht te paard tot avontuurlijke wandel- mountainbike- en kano-safari. Accommodatie kan in basic of exclusieve mobile camps, vaste tented camps, lodgen of hotels. Vervoer is dan over de weg in 4×4 Land Rover, Land Cruiser of minibus. Maar het is ook mogelijk per heteluchtballon, over de Serengeti woestijn, per sportvliegtuigje of met een lijnvlucht.

Geef je wensen door aan info@onseahouse.com en we maken graag een offerte op maat, inclusief verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha voor en/of na de safari. Verlengingen met een Mount Meru beklimming en/of verblijf op Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Pangani of een andere exotische bestemming aan de Indische Oceaan zijn uiteraard mogelijk!

Het Speciaal Nummer Weekend (Extra Editie) Reizen Herfst 2007 is verkrijgbaar bij de dagblad- en boekhandel voor 5,90 Euro.

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New Boutique Hotels in Zanzibar

The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa in South Africa is again voted the Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel in 2007 and with 6 consecutive titles as best Boutique Hotel in the world at the World Travel Awards, it is still setting the standards.

Boutique Hotels are also getting opened in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The Palms is voted in the category as best diving resort but deserves in fact also the title of Best Boutique Hotel of Zanzibar. Another small upmarket lodge which is in particular recommended, because of the friendly Belgian dive instructors Jan and Leen, is Mnemba Island, while Fundu Lagoon is setting the standard on Pemba island.

In a lower price category, we recently tested some new small hotels in Stonetown. Our Belgian colleagues Marion and Sebastiaan opened Zanzibar Palace Hotel. The small scale, intimate atmosphere and luxury interior make it nowedays our preferred accommodation in Stonetown; cleaner, with more comfort and a much better breakfast than the Beyt Al Chai Stonetown Inn or 236 Hurumzi (the rebranded Emerson & Green, the old Stonetown reference).

Great as a beach holiday extension after a safari and/or Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro climb with Onsea House boutique accommodation as a base in Arusha!

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Special sales offer! USD500,- discount on safari bookings!

TrueAfrica offers you USD500,- discount on all safaribookings that will be confirmed between November 20 and December 20 2007! An unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the majestic wildlife of, for example Tarangire- and Serengeti National Park, the pristine beaches of the islands Zanzibar and Pemba and the high altitudes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru at an even better price than normally! Tanzania has so much to offer and we want to share this fascinating African country and all its unspoilt places with you. Send an email to info@trueafrica.com and ask for more details. More… http://www.trueafrica.com and don’t worry: if we still do have availabiliy, you will be probably staying also at Onsea House in Arusha!

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