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Stijgend aantal KLM zetels naar Oost-Afrika

Luchtvaartgroep Air France-KLM reduceert de totale capaciteit komende winter met twee procent. Aangezien de economische crisis ook Afrika niet onberoerd laat, zal de capaciteit waar nodig worden aangepast. Het aantal zetels op Oost-Afrika stijgt echter.

De lijndienst tussen Kilimanjaro en Dar es Salaam wordt omgezet in vijf wekelijkse vluchten, met een verhoging naar een dagelijkse vlucht rond de kerstperiode, uitgevoerd met een Boeing 777-200. Entebbe gaat van vijf naar vier wekelijkse vluchten met een Boeing 777-200 en voor de dagelijkse lijndienst op Lagos wordt aan het begin en het eind van het seizoen in plaats van een Boeing 777-200 een
Airbus A330-200 ingezet. Nu in Kenia de rust is weergekeerd, zal KLM, samen met partner Kenya Airways, twee dagelijkse vluchten aanbieden; een aanzienlijke toename van het aantal stoelen in vergelijking met vorige winter.

Goedkoop vliegen met KLM kan via vroegboekacties van onder meer Joker en Connections vanuit België via Amsterdam op Nairobi of vertrek vanuit Dusseldorf via Amsterdam naar Kilimanjaro.

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor meer info over een verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha en advies voor uw safari in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of Zanzibar strandvakantie in samenwerking met een betrouwbare Belgische, Nederlandse of Tanzaniaanse operator.

Internationale luchthaven bedreigt trek door de Serengeti

“Er liggen plannen op tafel om een vliegveld aan te leggen in de Serengeti vanwaar toeristen naar hun lodges, safari kampen en resorts kunnen worden gevlogen. De landingsbanen zouden de trek van wilde dieren verstoren.”

Het nieuws is te lezen in de Telegraaf, waar men gewag maakt van een ‘landingsbaan’. Die zijn er uiteraard al langer in de Serengeti: zo is er de airpstrip in Seronera in het midden van de Serengeti, Kleins Camp in het Noord-Oosten aan de grens met Loliondo, Kogatende in het Noorden aan de grens met Kenya en de Mara rivier, Grumeti in het Westen en Kusini in het Zuiden.
Het plan is echter om een Internationale Luchthaven te bouwen, voornamelijk voor privé jets en grote charters, en heeft daardoor logischer wijze reeds tot grote discussie geleid in Tanzania.

“De aanleg van landingsbanen (sic) middenin het beschermde natuurgebied zou de migratie van dieren van de Serengeti naar Masai Mara in gevaar kunnen brengen.
De grote trek van de wildebeesten, of wel de gnoes is een jaarlijks terugkerend natuurspektakel, waarbij de dieren met miljoenen tegelijk vanuit de Serengeti naar het Masai Mara reservaat in Kenia trekken. Dit is de ultieme safaribeleving die jaarlijks duizenden toeristen naar het gebied trekt.
Volgens natuurbeheerders is het logischer om de reeds bestaande vliegvelden uit te breiden. Met name Mwanza airport zou geschikt zijn om als springklank naar het natuurgebied te gebruiken.
Ook bieden de internationale vliegvelden in Tanzania tussen Arusha en Moshi (Kilimanjaro International) en in Mwanza bij Lake Victoria genoeg ruimte voor meer internationale vluchten naar het land.”

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor meer info voor een verblijf bij Onsea House en gratis advies voor uw safari, Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of Zanzibar strandvakantie.

Vroegboekactie eenmalig verlengd tot maandag 14 september 2009

Nog niet beslist waarheen je volgende vakantie gaat? Joker geeft je nog enkele dagen extra bedenktijd. Boek tot en met maandag 14 september 2009 en vlieg tot juni 2010 tegen spotprijzen naar meer dan 400 bestemmingen.
Dat lees je inderdaad goed: een hele reeks tarieven geldt tot juni 2010 (sommige zelfs tot juli 2010). Echt iets voor vroegboekers! Maar ook lastminute-beslissers die zo snel mogelijk hun biezen willen pakken, hebben keuze te over.

Bij de top 10 van de 2 eerste vroegboekweken zit de vlucht op Nairobi met KLM vanaf 429 Euro! Inclusief visum voor Kenya en transfer per shuttle bus naar Arusha geraakt u dus voor minder dan 500 Euro in de “safari hoofdstad” Arusha!

Surf snel naar www.joker.be/vluchten voor meer informatie. Hoe vlugger je boekt, hoe meer keuze je hebt. Contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor verdere info voor een verblijf bij Onsea House in Arusha, een Kilimanjaro beklimming, safari en/of strandvakantie op Zanzibar!

Tourism in Kenya and Tanzania at risk

The Daily Nation, one of Kenya’s quality newspapers, reports today about the shrinkage of the world famous annual wildebeest migration:

Reduction of water in River Mara, whose origin is in the Mau Forest, and which traverses the expansive Maasai Mara game reserve right into Serengeti in Tanzania, is causing the shrinkage of the world famous annual wildebeest migration, which may stop altogether.

According to the American Museum of Natural History, the great migration, a major boost to the tourism sector, is one of the world’s large-scale-terrestrial migrations that have been severely reduced and could eventually stop.

A study, Endangered Species Research, published last month, says the lives of the more than one million animals are threatened.

But even more frightening is that the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania could vanish in less than 40 years.

Experts now warn that the catastrophic Maasai Emutai (meaning to wipe out), which occurred between 1897 and 1898, in which there were massive deaths of wildlife, livestock and people in the area could be in the making.

Many years later, the African Journal of Ecology wrote of the experience quoting an Australian explorer who had travelled in the area.

“There were women wasted to skeletons from whose eyes the madness of starvation glared … warriors scarcely able to crawl on all fours, and apathetic, languishing elders. Swarms of vultures followed them from high, awaiting their certain victims,” wrote Dr Oscar Baumann.

“The way we handle, for example the issue of the Mau Complex will greatly influence whether people, animals and plants far away off will be able to access food and water,” Dr Julius Kipng’etich, the Kenya Wildlife Service director, told a recent meeting in Nairobi organised by the African Conservation Centre.

Climate change

The meeting was receiving preliminary research finding on how plants, animals and pastoralists on the Kenya/Tanzania border are reacting to climate change and effects of environmental degradation.

The studies, carried out by the universities of California at San Diego and York, Missouri Botanical Gardens and the African Conservation Centre identified lack of water as the biggest threat to human and animal existence in the area.

The study area covers about 60,000 square kilometres, hosting 14 wildlife parks and a major tourism circuit. River Mara is the main lifeline for the Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai who live in these plains.

Tanzanian beers win Belgian Awards

Two Tanzania Breweries (TBL) brands have scooped top international awards for best beer, with Safari Lager continuing its winning streak, first registered five years ago.

Kilimanjaro and Safari lagers won gold medals at the ‘Monde Selection 2009,’ an annual event in Brussels, Belgium for tasting alcohol, food, tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics. The Monde Selection is held annually since 1961.

“These Tanzanian products, which have become part of the rich national fabric emerged triumphant by winning the gold medals in the prestigious international Monde Selection awards” according to the TDL marketing director. Safari Lager won gold medals in 2004, 2005, and 2007.

The Belgian owners of Onsea House in Arusha, Tanzania, have a wide range of Tanzanian beers and some imported beers from Belgium and the USA on their drinks list.

Onsea House has also an extensive Wine List with a large choice from top wineries in South Africa to rare bottles from the old wine world, probably the best selection in Tanzania.

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.

Tanzania celebrates 50th anniversary of Leakey’s discovery of humanoid skull in Oldupai Gorge.

Fifty years ago this July 17, evolutionary history was rewritten in Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa.

British archeologists Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey, working on bone and fossil analysis in Oldupai Gorge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (now a UNESCO Heritage Site) discovered a skull that would change all prior scientific hypotheses.

Their exciting discovery was a humanoid skull with huge teeth that they named Zinjanthropus or “Zinj.” The excellent condition of the skull allowed scientists to date the beginnings of mankind to about two million years ago, and to verify that human evolution began not in Asia, as previously thought, but in Africa. In keeping with the significance of this information, Oldupai Gorge is now known as “The Cradle of Mankind.”

“Zinj”, whose name was later changed to Australopithecus Boise, after Charles Boise who funded the Leakeys’ research, is not a direct human ancestor, but is the first specimen of this species ever found, and at the time of his discovery, the oldest hominid. Two decades later, footprints found at Laetoli, south of Oldupai, were interpreted as those of hominids even older: 3.5 to 4 million years old.

To celebrate this historical discovery, the Leakey’s organized a family reunion in Tanzania on July 17, 2009. To round of the special day, Philip Leakey, son of Louis and Mary and a former member of Parliament and cabinet minister in Kenya, and his wife Katy, marketing Kenyan jewels and ”anthropological travel”, came afterwards for dinner and overnight at Onsea House in Arusha.

This year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism through the Department of Antiquities and the National Museum of Tanzania will mark this historic find with the International Conference on Zinjanthropus in Arusha, Tanzania from August 16-22, 2009. The conference will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the discovery as well as explore new information on human origins, conservation and other allied studies. A special workshop on Louis and Mary Leakey has been organized by the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology.

Enjoy promotional introduction rates in the Serengeti at Bilila Kempinski

Destined to bring a new level of luxury to the Serengeti, the Bilila Lodge Kempinski officially opened on June 1, 2009.

The earlier announced promotion ‘Stay 3 – Pay 2′ valid until the end of September 2009, has just got even better with reduced rates valid until December 23, 2009:
Deluxe room:    EUR 500 (instead of EUR 600 in high season)
Club room:        EUR 700 (instead of EUR 850 in high season)

All the above mentioned rates are Full Board (including full breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner), per room, per night.

Scheduled and private game drives into the Serengeti National Park can be booked together with the accommodation. Half day (4hrs) game drives are a fantastic experience for guest who fly in and get transferred to/from Seronera Airstrip.

Visit the travel diary for an insight into Tanzania and Kempinski.
Contact info@onseahouse.com for further recommendations if you want to combine this last-minute action with a stay at Onsea House in Arusha after your arrival &/or before departure.