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Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovers Onsea House

We have the pleasure to have Donald Johanson among our guests, as expert in the National Geographic Expedition “Human Origins”. The whole expedition team has chosen to stay at Onsea House before they walk in the footsteps of early humans, from the highlands of the Great Rift Valley to the Eden of South Africa’s Western Cape, in the company of one of National Geographic’s top experts on human origins.

Donald Johanson has produced some of the field’s most groundbreaking discoveries, including the most widely known and thoroughly studied fossil of the 20th century, the 3.2-million-year-old “Lucy” skeleton.
Although the 20th century has been peppered with important early-human fossil finds, it was Johanson’s 1974 discovery in Ethiopia that added a crucial link, prompting major revisions in our understanding of human evolution. “Lucy” possesses an intriguing mixture of ape-like features such as a projecting face and small brain, but also characteristics we consider human, such as upright walking, marking an important step on the path to Homo sapiens.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. In 1987, the IHO was given permission to conduct an expedition to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and found a partial skeleton, OH 62, which is generally attributed to Homo habilis. The discovery and description of this species is credited to both Mary and Louis Leakey, who also uncovered the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. Mary Leakey also discovered the Laetoli footprints. Members of their family staid also earlier at Onsea House to celebrate the anniversary of their discoveries.

Since 2010, National Geographic Expeditions selected Onsea House as top accommodation in Arusha. Check out the National Geographic Expeditons to Africa and ask for an upgrade to stay Onsea House or Machweo.

Finalist in the 2010 Good Safari Guide Awards

INDABA, Africa’s top Travel trade show is approaching: INDABA 2010, the biggest trade show ever, opens from 8-11 May.

The Good Safari Guide Awards Gala Ceremony takes place the evening before INDABA starts. We are delighted that Onsea House got not only nominated for the Good Safari Guide Awards 2010 in the category Best Safari House but is even among the 5 finalst for the Travellers Choice Award

Onsea House has no stand at INDABA but can be found and booked through our partners &Beyond (Bronwyn White – ODW010), Albatros Travel (Julian Camm – ODG002), Asilia (Bas Hochstenbach and Miriam Bracht – ODG002), Hoopoe Safaris (Rupert Finch Hatton - stand ODG002), Kearsley Travel & Tours (Vinay Sapra – SADCB031), Leopard Tours Ltd (Nassir Swedi - SADCB031), Multichoice Safaris Ltd (Hillary Mwanga – SADCB031), Nature Discover (SADCB031), Nomad Tanzania (SADCB001), Ranger Safaris (Taqi Moledina – SADCB031) and Wayo Africa (Jean du Plessis – ODG002). 

Contact us on info@onseahouse.com for further info, rates and conditions for 2011.

Looking for another reason to climb Kilimanjaro soon?

Climbing Kilimanjaro will most likely get another boost soon, thanks to the massive media attention today.

The snows capping Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, are shrinking rapidly and could vanish altogether in less than 20 years, most likely due to global warming, a US study published Monday said.

The news was published online by AFP and Reuters news agencies and the well respected magazine Nature on Tuesday morning and rapidly taken over by mass media including CNN, National Geographic, New York TimesTimeThe Times and many others in the past 24 hours.

More than 85 per cent of the ice that covered the three peaks of Africa’s highest mountain has disappeared in the last 100 years and the rest is melting at such a rate it will be gone by 2030, maybe even by 2022.

The disappearance of the ice-cap will alter one of the world’s most arresting images – elephants and giraffes trekking across the shimmering Tanzanian plains with the ice-capped peaks of the mountain in the distance.

Onsea House welcomes an increasing number of Kilimanjaro climbers before and/or after the ascent. Next to the disappearing ice, another reason for the increasing success might be that all the Onsea House guests who asked for advise before their climb, have reached the top of the highest mountain in Africa! Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information.

Red Hot Safaris: last minute deals to explore Tanzania with andBeyond

Suddenly feeling the urge to get away from it all? &Beyond Africa offers a collection of unbeatable, last-minute special offers to some of Tanzania’s most breathtaking wilderness highspots. There is something to suit every taste and budget!

The calmer safari period from November until 20 December is getting filled at Onsea House in Arusha with last minute requests from travellers who take the opportunity of the Special Stay 4 and Pay 3 Tanzania Safari Offer.

Besides this attractive 4 day offer, &Beyond has also some very interesting last minute deals, called Red Hot Safaris: Amongst The Maasai, where you can save more than US$ 1000 per person when staying 2 nights at Kleins Camp and 2 nights at the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge and Tanzania’s Natural Wonders, where you stay 2 nights in Serengeti under Canvas and 2 nights in the Crater Lodge or The Best of Tanzania which combines a 2+2 night stay in Grumeti River Camp and Crater Lodge. 

Onsea House seems to be a perfect match with these interesting offers. Enquire now at andBeyond Africa or contact info@onseahouse.com for a direct booking inquiry at Onsea House.

Journeys into the bush on Nat Geo Wild

Tonight was the Première of “Journeys into the bush”, the episode on safari adventurer Jean du Plessis’ favourite spots in Tanzania on Nat Geo Wild – Ultimate Africa: Game Rangers

His trip is put into jeopardy by the eruption of the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. We truely enjoyed to re-discover this area, which we flew over at the time of the eruption and wich we visited again few weeks ago. The episode further highlights the famous African wild dogs around Suyan Camp and the Gol Mountains in the Loliondo area, followed by the spectacular Wildebeest Migration in the Northern Serengeti around (the now completely renewed) Sayari Camp, which we will visit again this weekend! Another feature is the hunting trip joining the Hadzabe bushmen around Lake Eyasi and our favourite Kisima Ngeda Tented camp, located close to kopjes overlooking the lake. The episode ends with a scenic canoe trip on Lake Manyara, one of the many activities offered by Jean’s company.

Jean du Plessis and his company Wayo Africa, trading as Green Footprint Adventures Ltd, recommend Onsea House as probably the best and most personal guesthouse in Arusha. Contact info@onseahouse.com for any further info on Onsea House and/or safari with Wayo Africa.

“Journeys to Africa” next showing on Monday 12 October at 11am at Nat Geo Wild UK. The 10 episodes will be broadcasted again from 19 to 29 October. Don’t miss it.

Member of African Travel and Tourism Association

Since July, exactly 3 years after the opening in July 2006, Onsea House in Arusha has been proposed and accepted to be member and shareholder in ATTA, Europe’s largest trade association linking tourism in Africa with the travel trade, the UK Foreign Office and the media.

ATTA creates the platform for buyers across Europe to meet suppliers of African tourism product at networking events, trade shows and through its links with the media. ATTA distributes news on tourism matters throughout Africa to its wide membership and acts as an information hub between the news media and the tourist industry in times of crisis.

Onsea House has its own member page in the ATTA online member directory. Contact info@onseahouse.com and/or visit www.onseahouse.com for any further information.

Serena Hotels acquires two luxury boutique properties in Tanzania

Traval Wires reported that Serena Hotels has taken over the operations and management of two new luxury boutique properties in Tanzania, a move that will effectively strengthen its safari circuits and brand presence within premier leisure destinations in the East Africa region. Both properties, the Mivumo River Lodge and the Selous Wildlife Lodge are located within Africa’s largest game reserve and a proclaimed world heritage site, the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania.

Set to open on July 15th 2009, the Mivumo River Lodge comprises 12 superior rooms and 3 premium luxury suites decorated in an elegant African style of a bygone era incorporating local materials from the region. Each superior room consists of a luxurious bedroom and lounge with a private balcony offering an indoor bathroom, outdoor shower and an intimate plunge pool. To ensure privacy and exclusivity, the rooms are spread out and strategically located along the mighty Rufiji River, all with magnificent views of the breathtaking Stiegler’s gorge.

The lodge also offers full aromatherapy Spa treatments and a variety of activities including game viewing river cruises, exclusive guided walks, bush picnics, private game drives and sundowner river cruises.

To complement the Mivumo River Lodge is the Selous Wildlife Lodge, a luxury tented camp unit located on the Eastern bank of the Simbazi River, a tributary of the Rufiji, is set to open on 1st August 2009.

The camp comprises 12 tents each of which enjoys outstanding views of untouched wilderness, with scatterings of enormous trees and lush, dense vegetation. It has a dining area and guest lounge overlooking the natural watering hole which is also lit in the evenings for night game viewings. This is all complemented by an outside viewing deck and swimming pool.

This development brings to 23 the total number of hotels, resorts and lodges under the Serena Brand in East Africa.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for advise and recommendations if you want to include a stay at Serena properties during your safari before or after your stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

Taste us at East Africa’s largest tourism Fair on June 5-7, 2009

Tanzania’s Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair, the largest and most ambitious travel industry event in East Africa, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary, June 5-7, 2009. The Karibu Fair, held just outside of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital, attracts travel industry partners from around the world. The annual event is organized by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT).

Part of the uniqueness and excitement of The Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair is that it is an outdoor event that offers a real safari experience. Over 250 exhibitors and thousands of regional and international visitors are expected to attend the 2009 Fair.

The fair is ranked as the second most important African travel and tourism event after the Indaba in South Africa and it is expected to attract exhibitors from across the Great Lakes Region. According to the organisers of the KTTF, exhibitors from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, the DRC, South Africa, China and Belgium have already confirmed participation.

Wine distributor Upper Zonal Trading teams up with Onsea House at the 2009 Karibu Fair and organize together a Wine & Food tasting at their stand N1. New wines in the Hill & Dale, Table Mountain, Backsberg and Zonin assortment will be paired with food prepared by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens, while you can learn more about the renewed Onsea House hotel accommodation & restaurant activities.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you want to receive an invitation for the Wine & Food tasting sessions on June 5 or June 6, taking place 3 times a day at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.