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We Are From Belgium: woensdag 6 januari 10

Onsea House is binnenkort te zien op de Belgische Televisie, op Eén, in We Are From Belgium. De nieuwe reeks, die op 25 november van start ging, zit volgens TV-visie met 704.387 kijkers meteen op een mooie 7de plaats.

Naast de algemene besprekingen in De Standaard en Knack, wordt er alvast een tipje van de sluier gelicht van de Tanzania aflevering op de Showbizzsite.

Omwille van het samenvallen van een voetbalmatch en het Groot dictee der Nederlandse taal op 16 dec, is er die dag geen We Are From Belgium. En dat is net de dag dat onze reportage oorspronkelijk gepland was. Het uitzendschema is wat dooreengehaald en de nieuwe datum voor onze aflevering is 6 januari (21:30-22:05). Een mooi begin van het nieuwe jaar!

We are from Belgium leeft trouwens niet alleen op televisie, maar ook op het internet. Op de website van Eén vertelt Annick Ruyts over haar ervaringen in een eigen videodagboek. In persoonlijke ‘annickdotes’ gunt ze de kijkers een blik achter de schermen van het televisieprogramma. Zo vertelt ze o.a. hoe ze bij haar vlucht naar Tanzania ei zo na gearresteerd werd…

Nederlandse Lingo presentatrice Lucille te gast

Tijdens haar trip naar Tanzania is Lucille Werner in een Afrikaans televisieprogramma beland, zo meldt Boulevard Nieuws vandaag.

De bekende Nederlandse TROS Lingo presentatrice is momenteel in het Afrikaanse continent om Lingo in het Swahili op te nemen. In de populaire ochtendshow Jambo Tanzania mocht Werner haar werkzaamheden toelichten.

Werner zet zich in voor een project om jongeren in Tanzania bekend te maken met het televisievak. De jongeren volgen een opleiding aan het Kilimanjaro Film Institute, vlakbij Onsea House. “Het is een hele ervaring om hier te zijn en te zien hoe jonge Afrikanen de ambitie hebben een goede televisiemaker te worden. Ze geloven helemaal in Lingo”, vertelt Werner.

Werner hoopt tevens de Afrikaanse aflevering van Lingo te kunnen slijten aan landen waar Swahili wordt gesproken, om zo de laaggeletterdheid aan te pakken. Om het plaatje zo echt mogelijk te maken namen Werner en haar productieteam de echte computer en ballen van Lingo mee.

Lucille Werner is eerstdaags bij Onsea House in Arusha te gast, samen met onze vriendelijk buur en trouwe klant Rik Felderhof, die Lucille al eerder op bezoek had in zijn Villa Felderhof.

Rwanda gets ready to welcome more safari guests from Tanzania

The Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, the endless views on tea plantations, the pretty hills and lakes, Intore dancing and traditional drummers, its people and its culture are among the additional features when extending a safari & beach holiday in Tanzania with a couple of days in Rwanda.

“The future of Rwanda’s tourism industry looks brighter” reported The New Times already in October. Statistics show that the country has now 4225 hotel rooms compared to 3438 last year, representing a record increase of 23 percent in the number of hotel rooms.

The expansion of Kigali Serena Hotel and Hotel Des Mille Collines have greatly boosted the number of rooms. The Onsea House owners familiarized with both hotels and witnessed today the finishing of the first phase of the extension and refurbhisment of Kigali Serena Hotel. The new swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath are fully functioning. The ultra modern 2 storey fitness centre and 44 new guestrooms will officially open next week.

The developments come at a time when Rwanda needs about 6,000 rooms by 2012 to accommodate the increasing number of tourists.

Also the new RwandAir national airline gets ready to fly in more people with attractive flights from Kilimanjaro at US$ 190, which is not more than a flight to the Serengeti or Zanzibar. While flying a longer distance, the flight time is limited to just 1 hour thanks to the modern Canadair Regional Jet.
RwandAir has a code share agreement with Brussels Airlines on the Kigali – Brussels Sector, Ethiopian on the Kigali – Addis Ababa Sector. For connections into Tanzania, RwandAir flies to Kilimanjaro offering connections to the rest of the country in code share with Precisonair Tanzania Limited.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further advise if you want to combine a stay at Onsea House in Arusha with a visit to Rwanda.

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.

We Are From Belgium: woensdag 16 december 09

De lang verwachte uitzenddata van de 2de reeks van We Are From Belgium zijn bekend gemaakt.

Annick Ruyts was op bezoek in Onsea House in Arusha van 10 tot 17 november 2008. Meer dan 1 jaar na de opnames zal de aflevering met Dirk & Inneke Janssens-Onsea in Tanzania uitgezonden worden, op woensdag 16 december 2009.

Op woensdag 25 november start de nieuwe reeks We Are From Belgium op Eén, met een wekelijkse uitzending gedurende 9 weken.

Tanzania is de enige Afrikaanse bestemming in deze 9 delige reeks:
afl 1      25/11  Nieuw Zeeland
afl 2      2/12    Indië
afl 3      9/12    Honduras
afl 4   16/12  Tanzania
afl 5      23/12  Canada
afl 6      30/12  Dominicaans Republiek
afl 7      6/1      Kreta
afl 8      13/1    Bali
afl 9      20/1    Brazilië

Noteer 16 december alvast in uw agenda en contacteer info@onseahouse.com voor al uw verdere vragen over een safari verblijf in Tanzania bij Onsea House in Arusha, een Kilimanjaro beklimming en/of strandvakantie op Zanzibar.

Drought in Northern Tanzania and Kenya

As reported widely in the local and international media, East Africa is currently experiencing a drought which has caused hardship to many people in the region as crops have failed and grazing for livestock has been depleted.

The Citizen reported already early September on the drought in Northern Tanzania. The situation in Kenya seems to be even worse.

Last weekend, the owners of Onsea House visited Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai and counted at least 10 recent carcasses during a short walk in the hills around Lake Natron.

A prolonged drought has killed hundreds of livestock and is threatening human life in Ngorongoro District.
Despite losing hundreds of animals, devastated pastoralist communities fear that the worst has yet to come, and that humans too would soon run out of food in the district.

The ravages of the drought are clear in areas around Lake Natron and Oldonyo Lengai which used to be lush pasture but which have now been reduced to desolate stretches of bare land.

Within Kenya, the worst affected areas are mainly in the north and east of the country and include Marsabit, Moyale, Samburu, Isiolo, Mwingi, Kitui, Tana River, Turkana, Laikipia, Mandera and Garissa.

In Kenya the Kenya Tourist Board announced this week that the government has already taken action and has announced the launch of a Kshs 24 billion emergency humanitarian assistance programme to provide food and water to drought-stricken families. The government has arranged for relief supplies to be delivered by the army, the National Youth Service and the Administration Police to the regions hit by drought. The Prime Minister announced that this emergency relief assistance would go to 11 million Kenyans affected by the poor harvests due to lack of normal rains earlier this year.

It is expected that the action taken by the Kenya government will help to alleviate the hardship over the coming weeks until the next rainy season, which the latest forecast from the Meteorological Department indicates is expected to have started by the first week of October.

Tourist facilities have not been adversely affected in any way by the very dry weather conditions although the herbivores in the parks and reserves are facing increasing pressure as good grazing becomes scarcer and they are now mainly concentrated around water-holes or staying near rivers and water-courses.

The drought is an extremely serious problem for pastoralists and farmers and their families and the traditional tensions between some groups have, unfortunately, been translated in to sporadic acts of violence in the North of the country. Although such tensions in limited areas of the country have not affected and should not affect tourism visitors the Kenya tourism industry has met with the Government of Kenya to ensure that an appropriate level of security is always provided. With the continuing effects of this drought on farmers and pastoralists tourism is now of even greater importance to the economy and the well-being of many Kenyans who depend upon tourism for their livelihoods and to support their families. To that end visitors will find that they are especially welcome at this time.