Arusha, Northern Tanzania
A small, welcoming guest house near Arusha, where you can relax before or after a northern circuit safari. If you like tranquil settings, good service, and really really good food, we’d choose Onsea or its neighbouring-property, Machweo.
A 10-minute drive from the busy town of Arusha, Onsea House has a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, and is a great place to unwind at the beginning or end of a safari in the northern circuit. The main building dates back to the colonial era and is surrounded by well-maintained, long established gardens which provide welcome tranquillity.
The versatile accommodation includes twin, double and interconnecting rooms, some in a self-contained cottage, and a 3-bedroom family suite. The African décor and thoughtful inclusions such as fresh flowers, bathrobes and minibar add a homely feel.
Socialise with other guests in the lounge, cocktail bar and on the terrace, the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the Meru Valley. You won’t want to miss mealtimes; Onsea House has built a reputation for its fine cuisine and benefits from the skills of a Michelin-experienced chef.
This is most definitely a favourite of ours. It’s not over the top luxury, it’s homely, but in a simple stylish way.
You can easily spend a couple of days at Arumeru and during this time you can enjoy a trip into Arusha National Park which is only half an hour away or spend time exploring the grounds and the forest beyond. Horse riding is also possible by special arrangement and finally guided tours of the local coffee plantations nearby. Arumeru Lodge and the surrounding areas are particularly noted for birding the owner himself is a keen birder and will happily arrange birding walks. Arumeru has its own bird list.
Times to Go
You can easily spend a couple of days at Arumeru and during this time you can enjoy a trip into Arusha National Park which is only half an hour.
Onsea House highlights
- Colonial house near Arusha
- Homely and welcoming
- Lovely gardens
- Outdoor pool
- Family friendly
- Fine cuisine
- Sunset views over Mt Meru
Onsea House location
- 5 rooms
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Swimming pool
- Pretty gardens
- Massage area
- Souvenir shop
(All optional )
- Walking trails
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Canoeing on Lake Duluti
- Bird watching
- Cultural visits
- Coffee farm tour
Onsea House rooms
There are 2 rooms in the main building, 1 with a double bed and the other with a double bed plus a single bed. Each has a lounge with a minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi, bathroom with combined bath and shower, and a shared terrace. Both rooms can be used as triples. They have interconnecting doors.
There are 2 more rooms in the guest cottage, 1 a double and the other a twin. Both can be configured as triples and are en-suite with a combined bath and shower. These rooms share a lounge, kitchen and terrace which leads out to the swimming pool.
The 5th room is the family suite which consists of 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin, with a shared sitting room with free Wi-Fi and minibar, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk-in shower, and a private garden with an open air bathtub.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Onsea House’s owners are committed to the community. They have a policy of employing local people and provide them with support for healthcare, education and living expenses. They also support local schools, help train young people through placements and support the Watoto Foundation which provides educational and professional development for young boys in Arusha.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.