The big cats of the Serengeti – Photographic Safari

The Big Cat Chronicles – join this exciting photographic tour to the Serengeti National Park in search of its famous big cats. Your professional photographer and Photo Tour Leader, Paul Joynson-Hicks, has lived in East Africa for the last 25 years and this is his favourite time of the year to explore northern Tanzania. Not only is it best for photography but it is also the quietest time of year in the north for tourists.

Paul Joynson-Hicks’ breath-taking images have won him international awards and he has also published 4 books on Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Saadani, including the renown “Tanzania Portrait of a Nation”, published in 1998 after travelling throughout Tanzania for a year. The book shows Tanzania’s massive geographical diversity and illustrates the many spectacular aspects of Tanzania. The very popular book is now in its third edition.

The 8 Day – 7 night photographic safari takes you to several of the camps of  Nomad Tanzania, one of East Africa’s original safari companies.  For the past 20 years Nomad Tanzania has owned and operated their outstanding small safari camps in three of the remotest corners of Tanzania.   Over the years they have built a reputation for quality that we are proud to be partnered with.

The Photo Safari starts with 1 night at Onsea House with rooms in the new Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining where you’ll have a chance to meet the rest of the group and Paul will take you through the plan for the week ahead.

Set departures in November 2012, January and March 2013.

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3rd consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

For the 3 consecutive year, Onsea House has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall excellent rating, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Onsea House is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Chef-Manager Axel Janssens. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. With almost 100 reviews since our opening, Onsea House remains also one of the most and best reviewed places in Arusha.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

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Nominated for the 2012 Safari Awards

With over three thousand safari lodges, camps and mobile safari operators in Africa there is a need to differentiate between those that provide an average or bad safari experience and the few who exceed expectations. It is not a question of luxury, but of the ‘safari experience’ from your arrival on a remote airstrip to the revelation of the wilderness and how it works by your professional safari guide.

Accommodation and cuisine are a vital element to the enjoyment of any safari. The purpose of The Safari Awards is to recognise excellence amongst the very best safari lodges and operators in Africa.

For the 3rd consecutive year, Onsea House is nominated for the Safari Awards. We were voted in 2010 as one of “Traveller’s Choice Best Safari Properties in Africa”, followed as Finalist for the “Best Safari Cuisine” in 2011.

Both Machweo Wellness Retreat & Onsea House have been nominated for 2012 as “Best Safari Spa” and “Best Safari Cuisine”. Again we are the only properties in Arusha and one of the very few in Tanzania who have been nominated for these prestigious awards!

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Spectaculair Last Minute Low Season Aanbod

Klik en vertrek met KLM. Vertrek vanuit Antwerpen met de trein naar Schiphol en vlieg van daaruit naar Nairobi en verder door naar Kilimanjaro. Het kan nog voor 480 EURO retour inclusief taxen onder voorbehoud van beschikbaarheid met vertrek op donderdag 26 april en minimum 1 week verblijf aan Last Minute Low Season prijzen bij Onsea House of Machweo: U boekt de KLM vlucht retour met de Laagste Prijzen Kalender naar Nairobi en wij zorgen voor een gratis retourtransfer van Nairobi naar Onsea House.

Ideaal voor snelle beslissers die op safari willen, de Kilimanjaro willen zien of gewoon er even een weekje tussenuit willen. Ook op andere dagen tot en met eind mei gelden er super voorwaarden voor een verblijf.

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor een concrete offerte, rekening houdend met uw vluchtdata.

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Cultural Fundraiser – 10 April 2012

You are cordially invited to an evening of fine wine, good food and classical music. The Nanapai Trust is proud to present Mitra Alice Tham, a pianist, composer and arranger whose training began at three and whose international career began at the age of eight, in Japan. The recipient of full scholarships for the Purcell School of Music, Hertfordshire, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Mannes School of Music, New York, Mitra has toured widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, United States and Great Britain.

Mitra Alice’s performances exhibit her special talent of composing live on stage. She has been featured extensively on television throughout Asia, and her concerts have been broadcast on national radio in the UK. She has performed in front of such luminary dignitaries as the late President of Singapore and HRH The Prince of Wales, who in an interview on national radio described her performance as both ‘brilliant and excellent’.

Mitra will be performing at Onsea House on the 10th of April after a dinner prepared by their Michelin-trained Chef and Sommelier Axel Janssens. Proceeds will go to the Nanapai Trust, which provides Medical, Technical, IT and Micro-Business Consultancy Services to the residents of Ngorongoro, Kisongo and Lakes Natron and Eyasi regions.  This is the first of several planned Cultural-Conscience Concerts, which aim to offer value-added peripheral activities to the clientele of hotels in Arusha and tour operators. Future fund-raising concerts are planned in London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Melbourne.

We look forward to welcoming you to Onsea House, at the new Machweo Fine Dining at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm; carriages at 10:30pm.

Tickets are priced at US$75 per person. Few spaces are left. Contact info@onseahouse.com or call Axel directly on +255 787 112 498 to book space.

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause

Our newest addition to the team of Onsea House and Machweo is Operations Manager, Ms.Eline Janssens, who will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5.895 metres is the tallest mountain of the African continent.

It will be a 7-day expedition, following the Rongai route and starting off on the 24th of February.
Eline dedicates her climb to a dear friend suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.In association with her climb, she is organizing a small fundraising, to support the non-profit foundation AGDEM (Asociación Gaditana de Esclerosis Múltiple), located in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Multiple Sclerosis, also known as “MS” is a chronic disease of the main nervous system that causes uncontrollable contractions of the muscles and therefore causing terrible pain. It is the most common neurological disease for young adults and the main cause of disability after traffic accidents.

The foundation AGDEM helps and assists people afflicted with MS, not only with rehabilitation but also with pshycological support, research and training activities.The rehabilitation treatment they offer is of great value in improving the quality of life to those affected by MS and is necessary during their whole lives.
You can support this non-profit organization in order for them to continue their precious work with any contribution you are willing to make

Contributions can be made to:
Asociación Gaditana de Esclerosis Múltiple
11403 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)
Bank address: Avda. Méjico, esq. Comte. Paz Valera
11405 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)
IBAN: ES52 2024 0418 6033 0000 1411
SWIFT:CECA ESMM 024

We wish Eline a safe climb and hope that this small fundraising can somehow make a difference in the lives of all those who are climbing their “own mountain” every single day

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further advise on climbing Kilimanjaro and/or specific info on a charity climb for a good cause.

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Baseball celebrities successfully climb Kilimanjaro after rest at Onsea House.

The NY Mets starting pitcher R. A. Dickey, together with Kevin Slowey and Dave Racaniello, have just been climbing and reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.

USA TodayNew York Times, NY Daily News, NBC Sports and many others covered the story before and after the charity climb. On January 5, R.A. Dickey reported with the article In the Presence of the Mountain in the New York Times about their stay in “Onsea House, a charming boutique hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, where we would rest and recover before our excursion.” and tweeted a picture of Mount Meru taken from his room

The 3 American baseball stars enjoyed their 2 nights before and 1 night after the climb at Onsea House so much that they booked last minute an extra night at Onsea House and its Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining after their safari, before flying back to the USA.

Bring hope: support R.A. Dickey’s Climb for Freedom and join the cause on Bombay Teen Challenge.
Contact info@onseahouse.com for further info on climbing Kilimanjaro including rest and recover days before and after the excursion at Onsea House.

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Recommended for a pampered stay post-climb by American Express Centurion Magazine

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www.centurion-magazine.com covered in the article “Centurion Challenge: Kilimanjaro” tips to climb the Kilimanjaro and Onsea House is exclusively recommended for a pampered stay post-climb. The article is also the first media coverage of the Onsea House addition with Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining, which can be soon discovered on www.machweo.com.

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