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“The top fine dining experience in Tanzania” according to Bradt

We were delighted to host Philip Briggs during his trip in Tanzania. As the renown author of a series of pioneering Bradt Travel Guides including the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda, we are honored that he handpicked our accommodation for his stay in Arusha at the end of his Tanzanian safari.

Together with Chris McIntyre, author and co-author of many Bradt guides and Managing Director of the reputable safari company Expert Africa, they are the authors of 2 of the just published Bradt Travel Guides: “Northern Tanzania: Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar (3rd edition)” and “Tanzania Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the coast” (7th edition)

We are thrilled with the glowing reviews about Onsea House and Machweo in these newest Bradt Travel Guides.

Both Onsea House and Machweo stand out as only recommended Exclusive hotels in the area mentioned in the Bradt Tanzania Safari Guide and the Bradt Northern Tanzania guide.

Most striking is the description of being “widely regarded as offering the top fine dining experience in Tanzania” and being mentioned as only recommendable place to eat around Arusha in both travel guide books.

“Bookings are mandatory for those not staying at the hotel” is also mentioned correctly. Call on 0787/112.498 to book a table.

Karibu Fair Hosted Buyer Dinner & Fine Wine Tastings

The night before the opening of the Karibu 2012 Travel and Tourism Fair, the new Machweo Fine Dining restaurant welcomed the Karibu Fair hosted Buyer Dinner which included 17 International Safari agents looking for new property discoveries in Tanzania.

During the entire Fair, many agents and colleagues staid at Onsea House and Machweo and the evenings at the  restaurant were the talk of town. Both Friday, Saturday and Sunday were fully booked with too few space to accommodate all booking requests.

The highlight was the stay of the entire crew of one of our main wine suppliers including the Regional Business Manager (East Africa) of winemaker KWV and another wine expert  flown in from South Africa, who all joined the Fine Wine Tastings at Machweo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

KWV wines were among the biggest winners in the Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards. Leading the charge were the Paarl-producer’s premium Mentors wine range. Over the past few months alone, KWV The Mentors have featured in virtually every major wine competition. At the Veritas Awards, it was the range to garner the most recognition for KWV. Our favourite was KWV The Mentors Sémillon 2009, a refreshing experience in flavour. In the 1820s, the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa‘s vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning “wine grape”.  It was once considered to be the most planted grape in the world. Today, it accounts for just 1% of South African Cape vines.

Other connoisseur wines tasted and selected for our new winelist include the Hartenberg the Eleanor Chardonnay with its creamy citrus, nutty, mineral and elderflower flavours with a refreshing acidity (which proved to be great with langouste in tarragon lemon butter) and the The Meye Cabernet 2008 (which was fantastic with Axel’s Kenyan beef filet with béarnaise sauce).

After the meals, we tasted the KWV 10 year old brandy, recently awarded the Best Brandy in the World, which will as of now also feature our drinks list.

The “Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair” jointly organized by Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Tanzania Tourist Board together with the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, is a three day International Travel and Tourism Fair which is held in Arusha. The Fair has grown into East Africa’s biggest tourism and is thé occassion for great food and wine at Onsea House.

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.

Gourmet Travel in Tanzania

The Food & Home Entertaining July 2009 issue writes about The Tastes of Africa in an issue dedicated to food and good restaurants in Africa. The highlight of the issue is an article about Gourmet Travel in Tanzania. The fertile country grows some of the continent’s finest vegetables, as can be seen at the markets, where the juicy rich-red tomatoes in particular have that rare, sweet, real-tomato taste.

Among the discribed “places to be” are the restaurant at Saadani Lodge, the Ethiopian restaurant “Addis in Dar”, the Oriental restaurant at the Kempinski Kilimanjaro in Dar Es Salaam and the new Kempinski Bilila Lodge in the Serengeti.

Arusha has (just) “two particularly excellent restaurants”. Mary Chatzifotiadi owns and runs the Bay Leaf Fine Dining Restaurant, which is called an “unexpected culinary discovery”. The article ends with a description of the Onsea House restaurant on the outskirts of Arusha with Michelin experienced Belgian chef: “a brasserie serving inventing dishes that combine African and European tastes and techniques”.

Call chef-manager Axel Janssens on 0787 112 498 to book a table.

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.

Met Sonja en Rik op culinaire safari

Sonja wilde voor haar magazine op bezoek bij Rik Felderhof. Maar in plaats van in Nederland of Frankrijk werd ze uitgenodigd in Tanzania…

Op woensdag 27 mei lanceren Sonja Bakker en Rik Felderhof op feestelijke wijze Verleg je grenzen met Sonja en Rik, dat vanaf dan ook in de winkel ligt. In deze culinaire safari vind je heerlijke Afrikaanse recepten, 9 basic recepten en prachtige reisverhalen. De mooie foto’s en citaten tijdens hun safari in Tanzania en op het eiland Zanzibar maken dit boek helemaal af. “Tanzania is adembenemend” , zo besluiten ze. 

Bestel nu het boek online en je ontvangt een gesigneerd exemplaar en de nieuwste SONJA erbij cadeau. De actie loopt tot en met 15 mei.

Trouwe gast Rik Felderhof voelt zich helemaal thuis in het restaurant van Onsea House in Arusha en noemde het onlangs nog “een Villa Felderhof in Tanzania”. Ook Sonja Bakker geniet steeds van elke maaltijd met teugen en noemde het “een heerlijke pure keuken”.

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor alle vragen over een verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha en gratis advies voor je safari, Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of strandverblijf op Zanzibar. Bel Axel op +255 787 112 498 voor een reservatie in het restaurant.

Best South African wines on Premium Wine List

The arrival of the Villiera Monro Brut 2003, probably South Africa’s best Methode Cap Clasique and among the best bubbles in the world, marks the festive launch of the new Onsea House Premium Wine List.

Next to the premium wines from Boekenhoutskloof, their second label Porcupine Ridge and The Wolftrap, which we featured for the first time in Tanzania on a winelist, we expect a whole range of 90 and + rated wines by Wine Spectator and 4,5 to 5 stars in the John Platter South African Wine Guide 2009.

Top red blends include the 5 star Kaapzicht Steytler Vision Cape Blend 2005, Wine Spectator rated Meerlust Rubicon 2004 and very affordable Kanonkop Kadette.
Unique single varieties include Kanonkop Pinotage 2006, without any doubt one of the best wines in its class, and the best Pinot Noirs from South Africa: Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2005 and Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2006, which will perfectly match the fine dining at Onsea House.
Super premium white wines include Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2007.

Contact info@onseahouse.com or Axel on +255 787 112 498 to book a table.

Reizen naar Tanzania in Belgische media

De afgelopen jaren werden safaris naar Tanzania, de beklimming van de Kilimanjaro en/of een strandverblijf op Zanzibar slechts héél sporadisch vermeld in de Belgische media. Daar komt gelukkig verandering in.

Tanzania voert campagne om de Ngorongoro Crater, de Serengeti en andere Nationale Parken en natuurlijke attracties bekender te maken. Ook België draagt (onbewust?) zijn steentje bij. Onsea House in Arusha, dat reeds ontdekt werd door reisbureaus en reizigers van Engeland tot Amerika, wordt sinds kort ook in België niet vergeten.

Na de aandacht voor Tanzania in Stanley’s Route I (VT4, 2005), was het de afgelopen jaren stil in de Belgische media. Reis-specials over Afrika vermeldden Tanzania amper als bestemming. Zo hoorden we regelmatig Belgen die dachten dat de Kilimanjaro in Kenya lag. Is het de negatieve manier waarop Kenya recent in het nieuws is gekomen, die de plotse interesse in Tanzania verklaart?

Midden dit jaar kregen de Vlamingen van Onsea House Arusha 1 uur zendtijd tijdens het (franstalige) Les Belges Du Bout Du Monde (RTBF – La Première), waarvan nu ook het boek met de 101 mooiste ontmoetingen (waaronder Onsea House) te verkrijgen is.
Ook het in België bekeken programma Schrijvers op de veranda (NCRV) waarin Nederlandse auteurs hun hart luchten op de veranda van Rik Felderhof in Arusha (en daarna in het Onsea House Arusha Restaurant dineerden), heeft de nodige impact.

Vanaf donderdag 27 november loopt Wildcard: Tanzania (VRT – Canvas). In deze vijfdelige reeks krijgt schrijver en acteur Ramsey Nasr een Wildcard om samen met een groep studenten biologie van de Universiteit Antwerpen op expeditie te trekken naar Tanzania.

Dé doorbraak voor Onsea House Arusha in de Belgische media volgt wellicht in 2009.
Van 10 tot en met 17 november 2008 filmden Annick Ruyts en haar ploeg in totaal meer dan 800 minuten het leven van Inneke, Dirk, dochter Ella en neef Axel in Tanzania. Een 30 minuten durende reportage zal in de loop van 2009 uitgezonden worden als aflevering in de tweede reeks van We Are From Belgium (VRT – één)

Het tijdschrift Genieten met “elke maand het beste uit de wereld” is bekend om zijn artikels over de mooiste droombestemmingen, authentieke hotels, gezellige weekendtrips en sfeervolle restaurants. Ook zij wijden graag een artikel aan Onsea House Arusha in Genieten van Februari 2009, met een B&B Special over “Logeren bij Belgen in het buitenland”.

Van harte welkom!
Voor verdere informatie, contacteer info@onseahouse.com.