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New flight options to Kilimanjaro

Turkish Airlines launched on 5 December 2012 its maiden flight to Kilimanjaro from Istanbul via Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa. The new route will make Turkish Airlines fly five times a week between the two destinations.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) is within Tanzania’s tourist destinations and only 40 minutes drive from Onsea House and Machweo in Arusha. By launching this direct flight to Istanbul, we expect an increase in overnight hotel bookings for clients after their arrival in Tanzania and dayrooms before their flight departure after midnight.
KIA serves more than 650, 000 passengers every year and the number has been going up with 15% on yearly basis.
Tourists from Europe and America will have another option to reach Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit as the Istanbul hub provides many opportunities to capitals and big cities around the world.

For travellers who live close to Schiphol (AMS), KLM offers convenience at its best. Effective December 27, 2012 until March 30, 2013 KLM will operate non- stop Amsterdam – Kilimanjaro – Amsterdam twice weekly. The flight will depart Kilimanjaro on Fridays and Sundays at 01:25 to arrive Amsterdam same day at 08:40.
Departure from Amsterdam will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 13:10 arriving Kilimanjaro same day at 23:35. In addition, the already existing daily flight from Kilimanjaro via Dar es salaam to Amsterdam will continue to operate every day. That means nine total weekly flights into / out of Kilimanjaro!
Make your travel easier, smoother and more time efficient. Check out the list of attractive destinations we have selected for you and book now until December 15, 2012 for travel until May 15, 2013.

Other international flights arriving in KIA include Qatar Airways via Doha, Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Abeba and charters from Condor from Frankfurt and Edelweiss Air from Zürich.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for comfortable overnight bookings and/or dayroom and dinner after arrival and/or before departure.

Baraa Primary School Project wordt gelanceerd

Onsea House ondersteunt het gloednieuw Baraa Primary School Project, op wandelafstand van Onsea House in Arusha (Moshono Village).

Na analyse van het project en een voorafgaand bezoek ter plaatse, startte iThemba vzw dit jaar, dankzij de steun van Het Landgoed Development & Vastgoed Walther Van Hoof met de bouw en renovatie van de BARAA PRIMARY SCHOOL in Arusha Tanzania.

Zo werden er 10.300 schoolboeken en 270 schoolbanken aangekocht, startte de bouw van 68 toiletten, 4 nieuwe klaslokalen, een bibliotheek en een lerarenlokaal. Ook werd gestart met de aanleg van leidingen voor water en elektriciteit, de renovatie van 6 oude klaslokalen en de bouw van een lerarenwoning.

iThemba vzw werd opgericht door enkele enthousiaste ondernemers die graag willen bijdragen aan een ontwikkelingsproject in Afrika, maar geen heil zagen in grote organisaties met hoge werkingskosten.

iThemba vzw is uniek, gezien de werkingskosten door de bestuursleden zelf gedragen worden. Dus geen secretariaatskosten, reiskosten, …, die met uw geld worden betaald. Hierdoor gaat elke euro die U geeft, integraal naar de hulpbehoevende!

Vandaag 5 december wordt het project gelanceerd in België op de eerste Open Kasteelpoortdag ten voordele van iThemba! Start vandaag uw peterschap of biedt op één van de exclusieve kunstwerkjes van onze Afrikaanse buurtkinderen.

Bezoek en steun het Baraa Primary School Project tijdens uw verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha. Binnenkort leest u op de Onsea House site over hoe uw vakantie kan combineren met de steun aan dit goede doel.

Recommended in the 3 newest Bradt Travel Guides

Philip Briggs’ second edition of Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, published in July 2009, is fully updated throughout, including revised information on the best accommodation in every price bracket, from luxury lodges to simple hotels and hostels, and the best of the safaris. There’s specific coverage of the wildlife and natural history of the region, making it the indispensable companion to a safari in northern Tanzania’s renowned national parks. Plus there’s an introduction to the Swahili language. It is the first of 3 new Bradt Travel Guides featuring Onsea House in Arusha as best accommodation in its class: “… this attractive intimate boutique hotel has drawn praise from all quarters since it opened in Jul 2006. The large green gardens contain a swimming pool & the restaurant, managed by a Michelin trained Belgian chef, serves superb Afro-European fusion cuisine…”

In September, the 6th and fully updated edition of Philip Briggs’ comprehensive bestseller Tanzania with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia will provide the latest practical information for both independent travel and all-inclusive safaris, recommends the best of the ground tour operators, gives advice on interaction with the local people,… and also recommends Onsea House. Earlier editions of this guide received rave reviews from both travel press and travellers.

Gordon Rattray is the author of the first edition of Access Africa: Safaris for People with Limited Mobility, a safari guide that is the first in its kind. It describes access in hotels, lodges and tented camps, allowing readers to decide if it suits their particular needs, recommending Onsea House “… Less able travellers might prefer to use it as a chance to eat out in style while in Arusha (accepting help up & down the steps)…” 

Contact www.bradtguides.com or your preferred book shop to buy your copy or contact info@onseahouse.com to make an inquiry at Onsea House in Arusha.

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.

Luxury lodge is helping to preserve the Serengeti

“Keeping prices high and tourist numbers low could be the way to preserve the Serengeti and make it profitable. The new, luxurious Bilila Lodge Kempinski is part of the plan” reports The Independent on Sunday in an interesting (and funny) article about the opening of the newest and most luxurious hotel in the Serengeti last week. During the formal opening of the US$ 50 million Bilila Lodge Kempinski by President Kikwete, he sounded a curious note by calling on the country’s tourism authorities to go slow on building more hotels in the Unesco World Heritage Site.

The East African Business Week reported that the UAE owner Ali Saeed Albwardy of ASB Tanzania Limited, promised that there is more to come: “We promise to build more hotels in Tanzania. We are ready to invest in more hotels because the investment atmosphere is right. We have been in Tanzania for five years and already we have invested in Kilimanjaro Hotel, Kempinski in Dar es Salaam and Zamani Hotel in Zanzibar”.

We had the privilege to meet Ali Albwardy who came for lunch at Onsea House and revelealed his plans of the luxury 178 rooms Kempinski Hotel Saba Saba in Arusha with 3 restaurants and 2 bars, conference facilities for up to 800 guests and spa with 8 treatment rooms in late 2010. Now it is also official that Kempinski Hotel Stonetown is in the pipeline with 57 rooms and suites, 2 restaurants and a bar, conference rooms and spa with 4 treatment rooms in late 2010. Last but not least the Kempinski Ngorongoro Crater is foreseen for opening in 2012. With this expansian plan, Tanzania will take the lead with 6 properties in all Middle Eastern and African locations and even come globally in the top ranking after China, Germany and India.

Onsea House was invited for a familiarization with the Bilila Lodge Kempinski which was a throughly fantastic experience. While staff got trained to soon welcome up to 160 guests in 74 rooms, suites and villas, we had the luxury to discover the property with just 12 guests. The lodge facilities include a beautifully decorated restaurant, lobby lounge, bar, boma, wine cellar, art gallery and gift shop. The infinity pool and Anantara Spa provide for the ultimate relaxation after an exciting day of a game drive. Bilila combines the height of through 5 star luxury with romance in spectacular African wilderness surrounds.

Read about the special promotional introduction action or contact info@onseahouse.com for any further information and/or a stay at Onsea House as part of an attractive last-minute Kempinski package.

Talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair

The Wine & Food tasting organized by Onsea House in collaboration with UZT was the talk of the town at the 10th Karibu Fair, East-Africa’s most important Travel Show, which took place from June 5-7 2009 in Arusha.

A limited group of 100 personally invited visitors and standholders, received an invitation to taste some interesting Wine & Food pairings presented by Onsea House chef Axel Janssens. 17 wines ranging from light white to full bodied red were tasted with 6 matching bites in 6 different sessions spread over 2 days.

At the times the tastings took place, the UZT tent was without any doubt thé most popular stand on the Show. Among the participating tasters were the “crème de la crème” of safari & beach property operators in Tanzania including Asilia, Fundu Lagoon, Kempinski, Kirurumu, Lemala Luxury Camps, Nomad, Saadani, Singita Grumeti Reserves, the ATTA African Travel and Tourism Association director and most of the Onsea House preferred operators.

On Sunday evening, the managing directors & owners of several top luxury Tanzania & Zanzibar beach properties picked Onsea House as dinner venue. 

Jan Haasiosalo, the Finnish managing director of the new Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, Bobby McKenna, the managing director of the brandnew stunning Kilindi, a 15 pavillion hotel in Northern Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon designer & director Ellis Flyte, their general manager Matt Semark, Saadani Safari Lodge managing director Costa Coucoulis and their marketing manager Mark Evans came all for dinner at Onsea House.

The brandnew Kempinski Tanzania managing director and his sales director did not have space but have been served some bites and talked about their Discovering Tanzania project which helps to promote Tanzania in general and their properties specifically.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information on a stay at Onsea House and recommendations for accommodation during your safari and/or beach holidays in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Simply the Best of Tanzania

Renown German Safari Operator Bush Legends has included Onsea House in several exciting safari programs including The Flying Wildebeest Feast, a private safari in small & exclusive tented camps and in Tanzania Highlights, a safari visiting Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.

Their most upmarket program, Simply the Best of Tanzania, is available through Geneva based Delta Voyages. The safari includes a stay in both Onsea House in Arusha, the Singita Sabora Plains Tented Camp as The Palms on Zanzibar.

Nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award as Best Safari House

Good Safari GuideOnsea House Tanzania Ltd has been nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award (2009) in the category of Best Safari House.

Nominations are accepted only from experienced African travel specialists (operators, agents, travel journalists). Several travel specialists who think highly of our boutique property have nominated Onsea House online.

Nominations will continue to be accepted until 10th March 2009. Winners will be chosen based purely on numbers of nominations from the industry and from the panel of judges. The 2009 Awards will be held on Friday 8th May during Indaba in Durban, South Africa.

In the past years years, Onsea House has received numerous excellent reviews in guide books including Rough Guide and Lonely Planet, on online reviews including TripAdvisor and Zoover, on boutique hotel websites including Chic Retreats and i-escape and from clients travelling through respected Tour Operators including Expert Africa. The nomination as Best Safari House reconfirms that Onsea House is even considered as best place in its category among operators, agents and travel journalists.