Snow on Kilimanjaro to disappear in 20 years, the islands Zanzibar and Mafia in 100 years?

The islands off the Tanzania mainland coast could be submerged by the ocean by 2100 following a catastrophic rise in sea-level caused by the melting of polar ice, said scientists meeting in Arusha during the Africa Regional Conference for launching the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)

The International Year of Planet Earth is a joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Twelve Founding Partners, 26 Associate Partners and a growing number of International Partner organisations from all continents and representing all major geoscientific communities in the world, have embarked on this initiative. The Year also enjoys the full political support of 191 UN countries.

The findings of the meeting mean that Tanzania could be among the countries that may be hardest hit by climate change, a phenomenon associated with global warming due to increased emissions of greenhouse gases.

Islands known to have been submerged include Maziwi, near Pangani in Tanga Region, and Fungu la Nyani, on the Rufiji River estuary.
Other threatened sites are Ras Nungwi, at the northern tip of Zanzibar island, which has lost almost 100 metres of its beach to sea water, and Bongoyo and Mbudya islands near Dar- es- Salaam.

Experts from the Zanzibar-based Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of Dar- es- Salaam said the rising sea level posed a grave danger to the economy of Zanzibar and coastal areas of the mainland.

The experts meeting in Arusha were of the opinion that only “bold measures” could save Zanzibar and Mafia islands, which are among the leading tourist sites in the country.

The evidence that the icecap on Mt Kilimanjaro is receding is enough indication that climate change is impacting on the country’s natural resource base.

Scientists say the icecap volume on Africa’s highest mountain has dropped by 80 per cent in the last 100 years; from 12.1 square kilometres in 1901 to only 2.2 square kilometres in 2000.

Some scientists have predicted that the mountain may lose all its ice in 20 years’ time given the rate at which it is depreciating.

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Kempinski leads the hospitality expedition across Africa

Just before Africa’s largest Travel Show Indaba South Africa, the Kempinski top management revealed ambitious plans for the group during the 2008 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) taking place at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre from May 6 to 9.

Kempinski Hotels has announced its intention to become a clear market leader in Africa, leading global tourism’s foray into the rapidly evolving continent with an unrivalled portfolio of diverse luxury properties – from spectacular city hotels and beach resorts to exotic eco forest retreats and game park lodges.

In a bid to get a firm foothold in Africa, the established luxury hoteliers have signed a number of management contracts since last year’s ATM, implementing a strategic expansion across the African heartland and consolidating its position as the leading provider of luxurious hospitality experiences.

Last year’s announcement of new properties in Namibia and Tanzania generated a lot of buzz in the tourism industry in the region, heralding a travel and tourism boom in the continent. This year, Kempinski have set their sights on Rwanda, where in collaboration with Dubai World Africa, they are currently developing four properties in the country, one city hotel and three new luxurious lodges, which we will begin to unveil from 2009 onwards.

Located in picturesque Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Kempinski Akagera Lodge promises a memorable escape into Rwanda’s stirring landscape decked by magnificent hills and impressive natural reserves.
Back in the hotel, guests can relax in the luxurious lodge’s 80 well-appointed rooms and suites, or unwind in the restaurant or at the bar by the poolside.
This amazing property also features a spa, a gym and a tennis court for complete recreation and rejuvenation. Phase one is up for completion in December 2008, while phase two is scheduled for unveiling in March 2009.

Heading north towards the Parc des Volcans Kempinski Lodge Gorilla Mountain sits amidst a magnificent mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla and the famed Virunga volcanoes.
From the hotel, guests can engage in an adventurous trek across the foothills, before entering the Parc National des Volcans where an exhilarating encounter with rare golden monkeys and mountain gorilla awaits hotel guests.
At the Kempinski Lodge Gorilla Mountain, guests are given a choice of 30-40 exquisitely designed and furnished rooms, as well as a chance to relax in the spa with five treatment rooms. Based on the park’s appeal and with the addition of its conference facilities, the lodge is a perfect site for incentive travel or conferences and exhibitions.

A trip down south leads to the Kempinski Nyungwe Rainforest Lodge located close to the famous Nyungwe National Park, the largest strip of mountain forests in Central Africa that boasts floral diversity as well as 200 different types of trees and thirteen species of primates, including mankind’s nearest of kin in the evolution change, the chimpanzee.
Kempinski Nyungwe Rainforest Lodge is currently in the development stage and once completed in June 2009, it will have 27 luxury forest rooms recreating the ambience of the surrounding rain forests. It also features a conference room and food & beverage outlets, in addition to a fully-equipped spa and conference facilities, ideal for unrivalled MICE opportunities from the Middle Eastern and European markets.

In the capital of Rwanda, Kempinski Hotel Kigali is planned to have a spa, extensive banquet facilities, approximately 150 rooms, 300 golf villa’s and 18 hole non-branded golf course. The colonial villa style hotel is set to become the social centre of the city and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2010. This will definitely challenge the Serena group who has now with Serena Kigali the only real 5star property in Rwanda.

In Tanzania, a stunning luxury lodge will open within the Serengetti National Park in late 2008, with another equally impressive lodge in the Ngoro Ngoro Crater following shortly after, while also land in Arusha has been purchased.

Building a collection of stunning beach properties is also part of the group’s African development safari, which was initiated with the magnificent Djibouti Palace Kempinski in 2006, followed closely by Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski. Both deluxe oceanfront hotels have a very distinctive style – one opulent and regal, the other tropical and luxuriously exotic.

Elsewhere in Africa, Kempinski’s expansion plans are under way, with projects in their final phases of negotiations. Once finalised, Kempinski Hotels will have further boosted its leadership status, with exotic and luxurious properties in such enticing destinations as Comores Islands, Egypt, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, Sudan, Nigeria, Mauritius, Mauritania, Burundi and many more.

The aim of Onsea House is to offer a comparable culinary and accommodation standard to guests travelling to or from Kempinski properties in East Africa, however at a more intimate scale. Ask if you want to include Kempinski properties in your East African Safari.


Represented at Indaba 2008, Africa’s largest travel trade show

INDABA is the largest tourism marketing event on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world. Africa’s top travel show takes place from 10-13 May in Durban, South-Africa.

A delegation headed by Bas Hochstenbach from Asilia Lodges and Kim Brake from Sokwe will be present at Indaba 2008 together with Alison Oliver and AnnaJoyce Mbise from the Asilia group in Arusha, Tanzania. As a match with their own offer, they provide also information on Onsea House, selected by experts as only boutique hotel and hip hideaway in Arusha.

Meet the representation at the TTB stand, Dec hall – stand number DECC017 and at the African Travel And Tourism Association (ATTA) stand, in the outdoor tented camp ODCD002.

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Reviewed and recommended as only hip hideaway and boutique hotel in Arusha

I-escape, the Travel Awards 2007 winning best online booking service by The Guardian and The Observer, reviewed and recommended Onsea House as only property in the area around Arusha and Kilimanjaro. The other recommended properties in Tanzania are an upmarket selection of the best intimate safari lodges and beach hideaways. is a UK-based website dedicated to helping discerning independent travellers find exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. The site features a growing collection of favourite small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, private rental properties and unforgettable travel experiences, all of them personally visited and honestly reviewed in detail, with photos to match. Each place is unique in some way, whether in its design, its natural setting, its owners or the activities on offer.

If can not convince you yet, have a look at the i-escape Onsea House review with a description of the rooms, the eating, activities, features, insider tips, other reviews and more.

Check in case of any further questions.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge owner enters into partnership with Thai group

Minor International Plc (MINT), a Thai hospitality and leasure group with over 800 restaurants and 16 hotels and resorts, announced that it has taken its first step into East Africa with a US$12 million deal with a luxury safari operator. The agreement with the owning company of Elewana Afrika opens up a new horizon in MINT’s mission to offer exceptional luxury experiences to the discerning traveler.

Based in Tanzania, Elewana owns and operates a collection of luxury lodges in harmony with the ecosystems of the African bush. Elewana’s properties include: Serengeti Migration Camp, Tarangire Tree Tops and Arusha Coffee Lodge. Onsea House in Arusha is often recommended as alternative to the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Under the agreement, MINT will acquire a 50% stake in the group during this strong expansion phase which will see the addition of six new properties to the Elewana portfolio by 2011. These resorts totaling 165 rooms will allow Elewana to offer guests a total immersion in Tanzanian culture that includes safari, beach and city components. Elewana’s principal promoter, Karim S. Wissanji, will retain a 50% stake and remain as Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Elewana’s near-term plan includes the development of The Manor at Ngorongoro, a new property near the Ngorongoro Crater and three high-end, smaller properties in unique destinations in Tanzania. Elewana’s expansion plans also include a new city hotel in a historic building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. In addition, guests wishing to experience both historic Arabic culture and pristine beaches will be able to do so at the planned luxury beach facility on the private island of Kiweni located in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

In the longer term, expansion into Kenya is planned as well as the expansion of the Elewana brand into other ‘experience’ destinations both within and outside of Africa.

Onsea House in Arusha will be able to further differentiate itself as intimate owner-run chic retreat with top gourmet cuisine, unique in Arusha. Its recent recommendation as only property in Arusha among I-escape’s most inspiring hip hideaways and boutique hotels is no surprise.


New hotel in Arusha ready for Sullivan Summit

A new international hotel has been officially opened last weekend in Arusha ready to host participants in the forthcoming Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII in June.

Called the Naura Springs Hotel, it has 121 rooms and has been built through a loan of Sh3 billion from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The hotel’s opening will be a great boost to solving accommodation problems for over 3000 participants of the summit. The summit, to bring together international figures, will be graced by President Jakaya Kikwete.

Apart from the 121 rooms, the hotel also has four conference rooms for 400 delegates. Already it has employed 70 people and hopes to employ up to 150 at its full capacity.

The Tanzanian owner of Naura Springs, Mr Mrema, is also the owner of the (old) Impala Hotel and the (recent) Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. Each has a capacity to host 200 occupants at a time.

Those who prefer more intimate luxury accommodation outside the busy towncentre can contact for more information on Onsea House, just 7 minutes drive from the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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High profile conferences in Arusha

Tanzania as a brand is acquiring wide and respected recognition in the past few years, so it comes as no surprise that America is now the leading source of visitors to Tanzania’s Game Parks. In October 2006, Serengeti National Park was named the Seventh New Wonder of the World by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America and USA Today.  Zanzibar was on the New York Times Travel Section’s “Places to Go” in 2007. Kilimanjaro made the same list for 2008 as well as the USA Today 2008 List of “must see” destinations.   Even the popular  American movie, The  Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman,  included a “Safari in  Tanzania” as one of the 10  “must do’s” before one “kicks the bucket.”

Now, the country is preparing to host two high profile American conferences in Arusha: the 33rd Annual Congress of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), from May 19-23, 2008 and the Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII from June 2-6, 2008.

The 33rd ATA Congress in Arusha is expecting 500 delegates including tour operators, dignitaries, Ministers and Executives from Africa, Europe and North America. His Excellency Jakaya-Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, will officially open the Congress, which will be held at the Arusha International Conference Centre.
The Congress will provide a forum for African tourism stakeholders to meet and deliberate on issues concerning tourism development, establish and strengthen existing contacts, plans and programmes that will boost tourism within member states and raise public awareness around the world on Africa’s rich and diverse tourism opportunities and products. (

The Sullivan Summits are organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation to highlight key issues and best practices, stimulate discussion and define opportunities, promote private enterprise and foster high-level strategic partnerships. Creative and innovative initiatives emerge out of discussions and negotiations at the Summits, and new relationships are brokered in order to make those initiatives a reality. The Sullivan Summits are bridge between America and Africa, serving as a forum for economic and cultural cooperation. The Summit is expecting to draw more than 2000 delegates from the US. (

Onsea House has been selected as one of the official hotels of the Sullivan Summit.
Located only 7-10 minutes drive from the AICC, the venue of the Sullivan Summit and the ATA Conference.

Since we just have few space left on the dates of the conferences, we welcome Tour Operators at Onsea House for a guided tour around our country inn & guest cottage. Contact for an appointment.

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An ultra luxurious safari: “out of this world”

It used to be that when the super-rich wanted to get away from it all, they jumped on the private jet or yacht and retreated to the secluded island they owned in the Caribbean or the South Pacific. Now another part of the world is becoming home away from home – the African bush. Singitata Grumeti Reserves is the realty of Wall Street billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, who built 3 spectacular properties on the extraordinary 346,000-acre private reserve in a remote western corridor of Tanzania’s Serengeti.

Singita’s award-winning Sasakwa Lodge has 7 luxurious suites set on a hilltop in the Serengeti and has been built to maximise the sweeping views of the plains below. It features all the elegance of a turn-of-the-century colonial ranch.

With 6 lavish tents, and all the luxuries you could seek, Sabora Tented Camp is ideal if you’re after that Out of Africa experience. Come here for elegant simplicity, romance … and expansive views of the plains and the vast numbers of wildlife that inhabit them.

A classic East African safari camp, Faru Faru Lodge is set against a backdrop of some striking rock formations. The 6 suites with raised decks allow you to watch game coming down to the waterhole, as you sip sundowners.

Sasakwa Lodge was named one of ‘The World’s Most Exciting New Hotels’ by Luxury Travel Magazine in 2007 and made it to the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List of 2007. Singita Grumeti Reserves won the Travel & Leisure Global Vision awards in 2006 and is member of Relais & Châteaux since 2007.

Prices range from US$ 950 per person per night sharing for Sabora and Faru Faru to US$ 1500 per person per night sharing for Sasakwa. Singita Grumeti Reserves guests frequently stay at the intimate Onsea House with 4 suites perched on a hill just outside Arusha before or after their stay in the bush (at a fraction of that price though). Contact for further information.

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