Vlaanderen Vakantieland op bezoek in Tanzania

Sinds zaterdag 24 november neemt Vlaanderen Vakantieland op Eén je mee naar Kenya en Tanzania.

Twee reporters en vijf avonturiers hebben een doel: drie weken lang rondtrekken dwars door de Afrikaanse bush. Overgeleverd aan de ongerepte natuur en haar ontembare schoonheid. Het wordt een trip door het mysterieuze zwart Afrika, op zoek naar het kloppend hart van de Afrikaanse cultuur. Ze maken er kennis met de bewoners van de jungle en vangen een glimp op van de big five.

Het reisdagboek brengt herinneringen naar boven van de opnames in januari 2012 wanneer Saartje Vandendriessche, Thomas Vanderveken en de ploeg op het einde van de reis in Arusha (in het Noorden van Tanzania) kennis maken met Onsea House en Machweo en een bezoek wordt gebracht aan het iThemba Baraa Primary School project dat we steunen.

Ook zin gekregen in een safari naar Tanzania met verblijf bij Onsea House of Machweo? Neem contact op met ons op info@onseahouse.com

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Asilia Africa opens new Rubondo Island Camp in Tanzania

Opening on December 15th 2012, Rubondo Island Camp will be the only camp on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. With an area of 456 km2 it is the largest Island National Park in Africa and has laid unexplored for decades.

With forest eco-systems increasingly scarce in equatorial Africa and across the world, Asilia is very proud to be able to work with Tanzania National Parks and other partners to develop Rubondo Island into a thriving and lasting conservation area – protecting wildlife and habitat, and contributing to the economic development of the region.

A short flight from the Serengeti NP, the island is the epitome of peace and tranquility. The island has no human inhabitants and 80% is covered with a pristine sub-tropical forest. Elephant and giraffe are dwarfed by ancient trees, and wild chimpanzees inhabit the untouched forests. In the shadow lurk bushbuck and genet, and the elusive sitatunga hides in the papyrus swamps. Crocodile lie in wait along the shores and hippo crash through the shallows. Nile Perch in excess of 100 kilograms call these waters home, and over 200 bird species thrive in this rich natural habitat. This is virgin paradise, uninhabited for decades.

The small and exclusive camp is being constructed using local materials to blend in with the island’s natural vegetation. The 8 luxury cottages will sit in the shade of the forest canopy just 60 metres from the lake shore. 3 spacious cottages will be ready for our ‘soft opening’ in December 2012 to stand alongside the 5 luxury tents under thatch. During the camp closure in April/May the tents will be replaced by larger cottages and the camp will be completely ready by June 2013.

Visit the blog www.rubondoislandcampproject.com for regular updates and photographs of the new camp.

Founded in 2004, Asilia has a strong presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya and aspires to grow its footprint and its positive impact and to be a leader in improving and expanding natural habitats. Currently, Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes: In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Oliver’s Camp and Ubuntu Camp. On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House. In Kenya: Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp.
Since the opening of Onsea House in 2006, we have been a great match with the Asilia properties. With the addition of Machweo in 2011, we are now welcoming even more clients before and/or after their safari in Asilia properties.

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Mwendo plays again Jazz at Machweo

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Turkish Airlines at low rates to Kilimanjaro Airport

Turkish Airlines, awarded best airline in Europe 2012, is set to begin scheduled services to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) from December 4, 2012. Promotional airline tickets starting from 299 EURO for an all inclusive round ticket from Istanbul (and great rates for return tickets from major airports) mark this special launch.

Turkish Airlines will operate five times a week with a B737-900 series aircraft on the Istanbul Ataturk – Kilimanjaro – Mombasa route. Flight TK673 to Kilimanjaro is scheduled to land on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 01:55 and departs at 02:55.

The landing of the airline will help connect Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to markets in the US, Canada and Europe through the Turkish Airlines network Star Alliance, one of the largest in the world.

Turkish Airlines joins other global airlines that include Qatar Airways, KLM, Edelweiss Air, Condor and Ethiopian Airlines to fly to the northern airport that literally drops tourists in the middle of Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti safari parks.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (airportcode JRO) lies on 50 km from the centre of Arusha and only 30-40 minutes from Onsea House and Machweo, which makes it an ideal base for arrival or for a dayroom and great night under the stars with splendid dinner before departure.

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Official Tanzania Tourist Board app “Destination Tanzania”

We are extremely excited to be able to announce the forthcoming Official Tanzania Tourist Board app “Destination Tanzania” for the Smart Phone and compatible Tablets (iPhone, Android, iPad), due to launch at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London first week of November 2012. There is a promotional opportunity to be a part of this exciting new project that will place Destination Tanzania, East Africa’s largest country, land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti, ahead in the digital market.

By Invitation only, Stakeholders registered in Tanzania are invited to a reception tomorrow evening Saturday September 15 from 6PM to 8PM at Onsea House & Machweo in the hope they can come to learn more about an app and how “Destination Tanzania” will be a great advantage for their company.

During the reception and dinner, Mwendo will also play Jazz at Machweo. Members performing at Machweo this Saturday night will be: Randy Stubbs on piano, David Seng’enge on guitar and Megan Stubbs on bass.

Onsea House and Machweo are proud to be selected as venue for this exciting event.

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Singita Serengeti House opens

Singita Game Reserves adds a 4th property to their portfolio of award-winning lodges in Tanzania. Singita Grumeti Reserves, home of Sasakwa Lodge,  Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge and recently awarded world’s best hotel at the Hotel+Leisure Word’s Best Awards 2012, opens Singita Serengeti House.

Situated on the western corridor of the world famous Serengeti National Park, Singita Serengeti House offers guests exclusive use accommodation and access to 350,000 acres of private land, providing an unparalleled safari experience.

The house accommodates 8 guests in 2 spacious suites located in the main house and 2 additional garden suites all featuring private outdoor showers and terraces. In addition, the main house comprises large dining and lounge areas, ample decked areas with day beds, a 25m swimming pool and a private tennis court.

Since our expansion with Machweo, the Onsea House facilities are also more frequently booked as exclusive use accommodation. We have welcomed Singita management, designers and agents and frequently welcome their clients who find it the perfect spot to unwind afer their safari adventure. If you would like to enjoy our exceptional cuisine in exclusive and private surroundings, don’t hesitate to ask about our exclusivity packages when booking.

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Arusha conference and congress hotel accommodation upgrade

Tanzania will host the first Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism Management in National Parks and Protected Areas which will bring delegates from 50 different countries to Arusha, at the AICC. The conference will run from October 15th to October 19th, 2012 and is organized by the United Nations World Travel Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
The conference aims to encourage professional approach to better position “park tourism” as one of the core components of overall national park management in Africa and to acquire an overview of the current challenges in terms of demand and supply chain. Furthermore new partnerships and business models shall impulse re-engineering of park management structures in order to maximize the economics and social benefits to the local communities.

Secondly, Tanzania will be the venue for the 7th World Rangers Congress from November 4th to 9th, 2012 at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. The Congress is organised by the federation of rangers’ organisations from different parts of the world and will provide valuable opportunities for tour operators to network with other players in the tourism industry.
The congress will be of great value to conservation in the East Africa region and will assist in raising the profile of rangers and especially the emerging community ranger sector of Tanzania.

Participants should make their own accommodation arrangements with the hotels. Those who want to be away from the crowds and relax in a peacefull luxury retreat just outside Arusha should consider an upgrade and stay at Onsea House or Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining. Contact info@onseahouse.com for our best offer.

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Bilila Lodge becomes Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

PR Newswire announced on 10 July 2012 that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has signed a long term management agreement with the owners of Bilila Lodge, a resort in the Serengeti National Park, and is now operating the property, which will be upgraded and renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania in fall 2012.

Four Seasons veteran James Kostecky has been appointed General Manager as the property transitions to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Most recently General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand, he has previous experience in Kenya with a hotel group based in Nairobi.

“This is the first step in a bold development project that will see three diverse Four Seasons experiences in what are considered to be three of the most important and attractive destinations in Tanzania,” says Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development at Four Seasons. “The responsibility of taking over such as irreplaceable asset within the Serengeti National Park is one that we take very seriously. This is an extremely rare opportunity for Four Seasons in that no other property of this size or scale exists, or is likely to ever be developed again in the Park. With the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar, Four Seasons will offer some of the finest holiday experiences in Tanzania.”

The news was announced to us long time before it became official by owner Ali Albwardy from Albwardy Investment and co-owner Ong Beng Seng from Hotel Properties Limited during their visits at Onsea House and Machweo. We look forward to welcoming clients in Arusha before or after their stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

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