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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.

Reviews of luxury retreat in Arusha

Many honeymooners, romantic couples or small families still do not find Onsea House in Arusha yet when they want to book an intimate luxury honeymoon safari, spa, villa or lodge retreat in Arusha or Tanzania in general.

Onsea House has however received excellent reviews in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and on several websites. With 20 million reviews and opinions of properties around the world, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, is the source travellers trust most. Due to the extreme small size of our operations, we however get only few reviews compared to bigger hotels and are also listed in the B&B category instead of the more obvious hotel category. Taking all this into account, Onsea House is in fact the best reviewed place in Arusha.

Karibuni sana – you are most welcome to visit the www.onseahouse.com website or check our TripAdvisor reviews. Please contact info@onseahouse.com for any further information.

&BEYOND new name for luxury lodges CC Africa

Luxury lodge and adventure travel company CC Africa (Conservation Corporation Africa) currently owns and operates numerous lodges in Africa and in India, and is soon to welcome guests to another corner of the globe – Latin America. As such the company has changed its name to &BEYOND to more appropriately reflect where and how it operates.

The new name was launched on the 1st of November and our new agent Dorien Onsea was witness of the launch, while staying at &BEYOND Grumeti Serengeti Safari Camp. A new website www.andbeyond.com to encompass both the lodge and travel components of the business has been one of the major projects of the renaming.

Exporting their successful luxury responsible tourism model out of Africa has provided the company with the perfect opportunity to reassess their brand needs and to change their current name to one that evokes the notion of luxury adventure travel to many more beautiful wilderness places on the planet.

&BEYOND’s commitment to responsible sustainable travel, a practice that has enabled them to make small but meaningful differences to their world and to that of their guests, will remain at the core of &BEYOND’s rollout to exciting new regions and countries.

In other developments the company opened two new lodges in Botswana in August: &BEYOND Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge and &BEYOND Xaranna Okavango Tented Camp. Two additional lodges, Banjaar Tola and Pashan Garh, both in the central Madhya Pradesh province in India, are to open later this year.

Over and above opportunities in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica, the group has further exciting developments in the pipeline for Africa, too, including Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for recommendations if you want to include a stay at &BEYOND properties into your safari to Tanzania, before or after a stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

Chem Chem Safari Lodges is set to open two luxurious lodges in Tanzania.

Chem Chem Tarangire will open on 20 December with eight suite-style tents, a holistic spa, swimming pool, fusion restaurant and viewing terrace.
The 100sqm tents feature a bedroom, reading salon, private terrace, campfire facilities and bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower.
Activities include walking safaris, canoe trips on Lake Manyara, private lessons in photography, track-reading and ranger training, cultural trips to local Maasai villages, 4×4 game drives to Tarangire National Park and/or Lake Manyara National Park, bird watching, Swahili cooking lessons, private picnics and sleeping out in the bush.

The launch will be followed in June 2009 by Chem Chem Serengeti.
Located on the Northern Circuit, the semi-permanent camp follows the migration.
It features six tented suites, each with a bedroom, reading salon, dressing salon, full bathroom with inside shower, terrace with view and outdoor campfire facilities.
Other amenities include a gourmet ‘bush’ restaurant, lounge bar and terrace.
Activities here include game drives (both in and outside of the Serengeti National Park), walking safaris, private sessions in track-reading and flora appreciation, cultural tours to Maasai villages, bird-watching, private picnics and sleep-outs.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you want to combine a stay at Chem Chem Safari Lodges before or after Onsea House Arusha.

Safari approved by Carmen Roberts, BBC World News’ Fast Track reporter

What a co-incidence: just after posting the news on female Wildlife presenters, starring Charlotte Uhlenbroek, we got a request from Carmen Roberts, also from the BBC, to organize a safari in Tanzania, after her trip in Kenya.

We put together a last-minute 3 day safari to Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire, in co-operation with one of our partner tour operators, taking into account the budget indications.

After returning from an “excellent safari”, enjoying a sundowner at the the terrace of Onsea House in Arusha, Carmen told us she is a journalist for Fast:Track, a travel programme on BBC World News for the business and leisure traveller. She was in Kenya to shoot a snake safari. 

To watch Carmen Robert’s snake safari, treat yourself soon on Fast:Track.
Do not hesitate to contact info@onseahouse.com for any safari enquiry and/or plans to stay at Onsea House.

Rik Felderhof met “schrijvers op de veranda” in Onsea House

Een geheel nieuw programma met Rik Felderhof op de NCRV, in navolging van Villa Felderhof: Schrijvers op de veranda. Nederlandse schrijvers luchten hun hart op de veranda van Rik Felderhof aan de voet van de Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Er wordt indringend gesproken over liefde, zelfkennis, verbeeldingskracht en uiteraard Afrika.

Te gast zijn: Nelleke Noordervliet, Arthur Japin, Yasmine Allas, Desanne van Brederode, Abdelkader Benali, Susan Smit, Jan Siebelink en Charlotte Mutsaers. De opnames vonden de afgelopen weken plaats met telkens een afsluitend diner op de veranda bij Onsea House in Arusha.

Vanaf 18 oktober, 20:17 uur, Ned. 2

Félicitations pour notre passage sur les antennes de la Première

Juste quelques minutes après l’édition Les Belges du bout du monde le dimanche 10 août, nous avons reçu les premiers félicitations pour notre passage sur les antennes de la Première. Pendant l’édition, presque 1 GB d’information a été consulté sur notre site www.onseahouse.com.

La Première vous permet grâce au Podcasting d’écouter ou de ré-écouter l’émission sur la Tanzanie quand et où vous voulez jusqu’à début Septembre 2008.

N’hésitez pas a nous contacter sur info@onseahouse.com pour toute réponse à vos questions, une demande de réservation ou une offre sur un safari.

Safari offers and promo flights from Brussels to Africa

Last minute low price flights to Africa and special safari offers are launched at the time of the radio interview with Onsea House in Arusha, Tanzania on Les Belges du bout du Monde on the first Belgian radio channel of the french community (RTBF), on the 10th of August 2008.

Virgin Atlantic offers from 18th of August up to 17th of December 2008 flights from Brussels to Nairobi for just 612 Euro! Brussels Airlines does even better as of 1st of September up to 1st of November 2008 with flights as low as of 583 Euro. Both flight tickets are available through Joker and Connections.
Nairobi in Kenya is only 1 hotel night and a cheap shuttle bus drive away from the safari capital Arusha in Tanzania!

In collobaraton with a local operator in Arusha, Onsea House proposes interesting safari programs including visits to Arusha NP, Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Manyara NP, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and even remote areas in the Northern Circuit like Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron, with possible extension to spice island Zanzibar. Contact info@onseahouse.com for more info.