Onsea House & Machweo Retreat

near Arusha, Tanzania

Onsea House is 10 minutes outside Arusha, the so-called 'safari capital' of Tanzania, on Namasi Hill. Arusha is the base from which most travellers visit the country's most renowned game reserves and the busiest tourist centre anywhere on the Tanzanian mainland. At 1400m it's also a good place to acclimatise pre-trek.

By Air
Kilimanjaro Airport (50km) is the closest international airport. If you're coming from within Tanzania or Kenya, you can catch a local flight to Arusha Airport (15km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
The hotel offers transfers from Arusha and Kilimanjaro airports - see Rates. Alternatively you can take a taxi (approximately 50USD from either).

By Bus
Several bus companies ply the Arusha-Dar route. This could be combined with a stopover in the Usambara mountains or on the beach close to Tanga.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Tanzania and getting around


  • Arusha 15.0km ARK
  • Kilimanjaro 50.0km JRO


  • beach: 350.0 km
  • shop: 2.0 km
  • restaurant: 2.0 km
Save to favouritesPrintMailOnsea House & Machweo RetreatEast of Arusha, a line of hills covered in lush, subtropical vegetation run up towards the towering cone of Mount Meru. Onsea House, and its sister property Machweo Retreat, perch on the first of these green ridges, with soaring views out to the town and to the distant flank of the Rift Valley: sunsets seen from here are simply phenomenal. Dirk and Axel Janssens, 2 polyglot cousins from Belgium, founded Onsea House in 2006 and added Machweo Retreat 6 years later. Their brief was to create a boutique hotel providing top-notch accommodation and first-class food. They've succeeded brilliantly on both counts. Onsea House bills itself as a 'home from home', and from the moment that you're greeted by Axel's easy smile it feels good to be here. The relaxed mood flows throughout: deeply cushioned sofas, bright Tinga Tinga artwork, angular lamps and light slanting in from high, valley-facing windows impart a feel that's bright and uplifting. [r:TA015:Bedrooms] have the same cared-for feel and spread across the original house and Machweo (meaning sunset), where the restaurant's gourmet cuisine further gilds this remarkable African lily.

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