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 and ask for more details. More… 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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Vlamingen en Nederlanders vinden directe weg naar Onsea House

Volgens onze web statistieken vinden meer en meer Vlamingen en Nederlanders de directe internetsnelweg naar Onsea House in Arusha. Dit komt niet enkel door Vlaamse en Nederlandse gasten die zich positief uitlaten bij familie en vrienden over hun safari in Tanzania maar ook een toenemend aantal positieve reviews op Nederlandstalige internetsites.

Niet minder dan 104 bezoekers brachten een virtueel bezoek aan Onsea House op 5 november. 

Zo is er de populaire en website vol met vakantiebeoordelingen waar Onsea House intussen als beste scoort in Arusha.

Relatief nieuw is ook de webstek van Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal met adressen van Vlamingen met een B&B in het buitenland, waaronder ook Onsea House in Arusha besproken wordt.

Daarnaast is er ook, een online versie van de boeken “Logeren bij Belgen” / “Loger chez des Belges” van Peter Jacobs en Erwin De Decker met tekst en link naar Onsea House in Tanzania op de Afrika pagina.

Verrassend genoeg is de grootste hit een artikel over de Best Chambres d’Hôtes site dat verscheen op en dat Onsea House als voorbeeld geeft van verblijf bij geëmigreerde landgenoten. En voor zij die eraan twijfelen: Axel Janssens is inderdaad Vlaming!

De meeste van onze gasten komen via gereputeerde safarifirma’s van over heel de wereld. Voor rechtstreekse boekingen, contacteer

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East Africa Art Biennale 2007: the biggest Art Exhbition in Central and Eastern Africa, until November 22, 2007

Onsea House was invited to attend the official opening of the East Africa Art Biennale which takes place in Dar Es Salaam. After the opening of the exhibition in the National Museum on Friday November 2, paintings and other artwork will be also exhibited until November 22 in Alliance Française, the Russian – Tanzanian Cultural Centre, Mövenpick Hotel, Kempinski Hotel and La Petite Galerie (Oysterbay).

We took this fantastic opportunity not only to extend the Onsea House African Art collection but also to make a city trip to Dar Es Salaam and test and approve the Kempinski Kilimanjaro Hotel and its Oriental Restaurant and the renewed Mövenpick Royal Palm Executive Rooms and L’Oliveto, the new Italian restaurant. Recommendable!

Yves Goscinny is the Executive Director and Curator of the third East Africa Art Biennale EASTAFAB 2007. As self-taught artist from Belgium who has been living in Tanzania since 1997, Goscinny has organised and written the catalogues of a number of exhibtions (Art in Tanzania, Tingatinga,…) to promote art from East Africa in general and Tanzania specifically.

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Wildlife photographer Per-Gunnar Ostby uses Onsea House Arusha as base for his safari in Tanzania

As a second and third grader, Per-Gunnar Ostby was colouring in maps of the world at the school library. He was fascinated with the exotic names, the romantic locations and the seemingly empty spaces on the maps. Now, 30 years later, Per-Gunnar Ostby had the great fortune to spent time exploring quiet some of those places with his camera. Not without success. His swimming lion is now featuring the summer 2007 edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine. The photographer’s website pgo images shows a sample of absolutely stunning wildlife images.

Per-Gunnar visited Tanzania in september 2007. On his travel blog, you can read about his experiences “staying at a fantastic little boutique hotel in Arusha called Onsea house” but also discover Asilia Lodges properties: Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire, Olakira Camp in Central Serengeti, Suyan Camp in Loliondo, Sayari Camp in Northern Serengeti and Matemwe Bungalows on Zanzibar, while on safari with Green Footprint Adventures.

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Onsea House represented by Exclusive Tanzania and others at WTM London from 12-15 Nov 2007

The World Travel Market, staged every year in London under one roof, is one of the most important travel fairs in the world.

Exclusive Tanzania, operated by the German Miriam Bracht, represents Onsea House in Arusha as exhibiting partner on the stand AF1600 of Tanzania Tourist Board.
Exclusive Tanzania brings to you a group of small, breathtaking and exquisite hotels and lodges throughout Tanzania that lie off the beaten track and can be considered as ‘jewels’ or ‘secrets’. The Exclusive Tanzania website will be online by the time of the event.

Karibu Africa Safaris, operated by the Dutch Oscar Sydasna, will also be promoting our services for upmarket safaris.

Another operator at WTM which frequently books Onsea House is Leopard Tours. Leopard operates 140 4×4 safaricruisers. They cover lodge and camping safari, incentive and group tours, FITs, beach holidays and Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, all with personalised services.

Onsea House has as Boutique Hotel in Arusha good relations with colleagues & standholders Asilia Lodges, The Tides Lodge, Singita Grumeti Reserves and Nomad Tanzania, who can be cross-checked.

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Ethiopian Airlines to launch services to Zanzibar and special rates to Tanzania

Ethiopian Airlines in line with its commitment of expanding its route network within Africa, will commence daily flight to Zanzibar effective October 28, 2007. The new flight connects Zanzibar with the extensive network of Ethiopian in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and US.

Ethiopian will operate Boeing 737-700 aircraft to Zanzibar, offering a total capacity of 118 seats – 16 in Cloud Nine and 102 in Economy with B737-700 service and daily flights arriving at 14:10 in Zanzibar.

To celebrate this new flight, Ethiopian will be introducing special fares from Europe to Tanzania. With daily service to three destinations in Tanzania, passengers will have the flexibility to fly into Zanzibar and out of Kilimanjaro, for example, and thus experience both the best beaches and highest mountain of Africa.

Prices start as of 355 Euro from London, 499 Euro from Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris or Rome and 650 Euro from Stockholm.

Can you trust Ethiopian Airlines?
Ethiopian Airlines recently won the 2007 Africa Business Award of The African Times – USA for its significant contributions towards the development of air transport in Africa. In September 2006 it was awarded “African Airline of the Year” for the year 2006 by African Aviation Journal for its financial performance and overall profitability, passenger growth, route network expansion, fleet modernization, in-flight services and over all customer care.

Airline tickets can be purchased online via Ethiopian Airlines or through Onsea House in Arusha, Tanzania by email

Onsea House is a great base for your safari in Tanzania, Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro cimb and/or Zanzibar beach holiday extension.

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US Ambassador to Tanzania holds reception at Onsea House

Arusha Times covers this week the reception held by US Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green at Onsea House on October 2. He addressed Alumni of State Department Educational Programmes. The reception was also attended by local institutions leaders.

At the same time her Highness, The Royal Princess Astrid of Belgium was in Arusha. The princess visited the factory of the A to Z textile mills in her mission to eradicate malaria in Africa. Belgian Ambassador Peter Maddens confirmed that her highness was here on invitation of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (hosted by the WHO), for which she is Special Representative, as also announced in the RBM Press Release.

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