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 info@onseahouse.com.

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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Serengeti half Marathon in the footsteps of the Kilimanjaro Marathon

The 6th Kilimanjaro Marathon will take place on Sunday 2 March 2008. 1 month before that date, on February 3rd 2008, the first international Serengeti half Marathon will take place.

Already for a long time the North of the Serengeti and Loliondo has been facing problems in the provision of healthcare. Diseases related to HIV-Aids, malnutrition, tuberculosis and malaria are increasingly becoming a burden to the healthcare that the local hospitals can provide, and there is an urgent need to do something about it.
Organising The international Serengeti half Marathon is one of the steps that will be taken, in order to do something about the present situation.
Next to empowering the healthfacilities, the half marathon also stimulates our people and children in creating better health for everyone.

With the marathon, the aim is to raise money for Digodigo dispensary in order to upgrade it to become a health center.
Digodigo dispensary is situated in the Sonjo valley, about 56 km away from Loliondo and 350 km from Arusha. Its inhabitants (about 20.000 in total) are mainly pastoralists and agriculturalists, called the Watemi, the neighbours of the Maasai, in the Northern part of the Ngorongoro district. The catholic priest and physician, the late Dr. Herbert Watschinger founded the dispensary in 1974. For a long time it received funds from the Austrian government, in cooperation with the Catholic Arch Diocese of Arusha.

The enthousiastic organization team, consisting of Dutch MD’s Lennard Hiltermann and Christian Van Rij together with a group of Tanzanians from the area of Wasso and Loliondo, expect international and national runners and the aim is to host 350 runners.Participants staying at Onsea House before and/or after the Serengeti Marathon will contribute extra to the fundraising.

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When to climb Kilimanjaro?

Which is the best trekking season for Kilimanjaro? Which route should I take to climb? These and many more answers to your questions, can be found in Henry Stedman’s “trekking guide to Africa’s highest mountain” which includes now also an excellent section on Mount Meru and guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. The guide to Arusha must be one of the most detailled and updated sections on the “safari capital” which has been written so far. At the time of publishing, Onsea House was just about to open so unfortunately the author was not able yet to include us. The most authorative and detailed writer of the climbing Kilimanjaro however visited Onsea House recently and thanked us for a “splended evening touring around the hotel, eating in the restaurant and playing on the pool table”. Check for helpfull advise and the latest news and reviews his site www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com or contact Onsea House on info@onseahouse.com for advise, taking into account timing, budget and your skills.

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Where to go on safari at this time of the year?

It seems to be one of the classical questions. Where should we go on safari? At this time of the year, the migration is in the Northern part of the Serengeti. The wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. We went some weeks ago to witness it ourselves what our Onsea House guests discover when travelling with reputable safari companies like Green Footprint Adventures, Nomad Tanzania, Sokwe and TrueAfrica who frequently use Onsea House as a homebase before and after the safari.

Green Footprint Adventures has an increasing success with its safari programs starting and ending in Arusha in combination with multiple nights at Onsea House. Many alternatives include also a 15 day safari visiting Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar. One of the highlights is certainly the stay at the Asilia Sayari Camp in the Serengeti, close to the Mara River and ideally located at this time of the year. Recommendable!

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Guests arrive safely from Ol Doinyo Lengai just before volcano eruption

Yesterday evening, a Dutch family living in Turnhout, Belgium arrived safely for their stay at Onsea House in Arusha after climbing the Ol Doinyo Lengai and a safari in the Lake Natron area.

The family witnessed several earthquakes in the past days before and during climbing the peak and were luckily back before the volcano erupted yesterday and the area around the volcano was closed for tourists according to the news today.

Thousands of villagers living around Mount Oldonyo Lengai in Ngorongoro District have fled their homes following the volcano eruption triggered by the earth tremors that have recently hit most parts of the northern zone.

Sources say more than 1,500 people, mostly Maasai herdsmen from Ngaresero, Orbalal and Nayobi villages, have abandoned their homes following the tremors, whose impact has also been felt in parts of neighbouring Kenya.

Two earthquakes rated as moderate hit the Oldonyo Lengai (Maasai for “mountain of God”) volcanic mountain at 11:42pm on Sunday and at 12:10am the next day. The first, which measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre 13km east of the volcano.

The second measured 4.7 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre 20km west of the volcano, with volcano experts saying both tremors had a shallow focus at the depth of 10km.

Yet another tremor, this time measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit about 100km (60 miles) away from this municipality on Tuesday evening. It provoked the world’s only active volcano that spews natrocarbonatite lava.

Arusha Regional Police Commander Basilio Matei has cautioned tour operators against taking tourists around Mount Oldonyo Lengai, citing security reasons.

“Tour agencies should not take their visitors anywhere near or around the mountain because one can never tell when the volcano will erupt again” he stated, explaining that many tourists might be interested in witnessing the rare natural phenomenon “but Tanzania is their host and must take all measures possible to guarantee their safety”.

This is the second volcanic eruption to occur in the northern zone since the one in March 2006, which also saw a number of villagers flee their homes for their safety.

An estimated 3,000 people fled to safe ground within hours of the eruption, most trekking to villages in neighbouring districts.

Mount Oldonyo Lengai, standing at 3,450 meters above sea level, is the world’s only active sodium carbonite volcano and doubles as the world’s only volcano that emits natrocarbonatite lava.

Natrocarbonatite lava usually contains almost no silicon and is much cooler in temperature than other lavas.

The highly fluid lava measures 510 degrees Celsius, while basaltic lava that can be as hot as 1,100 degrees Celsius.

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