Pole Pole

Reviews of Pole Pole

Excellent(93%) From 73 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 73 of our travellers who have visited Pole Pole, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P from France
Arrived on: 7-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Quiet and formal lodge

A quiet atmosphere lodge for an older age group or peple seeking a more intimate holiday. Our visits to Chole Island were wonderfully memorable.

The beach was small but with a max 14 guests at the lodge it was never crowded. Impecably clean and well maintained. Good snorkelling but quite busy due to adjacent lodges.

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Mr & Mrs B from Bristol
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Pole Pole review

Life at Pole Pole was luxurious, tranquil and calm. The staff were graceful, seeming to really enjoy the job of looking after the guests
and just watching them serenely going about their work made me slow down and relax.

The food was a wonderful surprise, a wide variety (including a delicious Swahili meal) served outside overlooking the ocean. With linen and flowers at every meal (even at the 3 course breakfasts) the fish and local fruits were especially fresh (no worry about food miles here.)

The Dow trips out to the coral beds for snorkeling were a highlight especially the day we sailed onto a sandbar for barbecued fish served by the Captain and his crew. The colony of fruit bats which passed by our veranda each evening at sundown will be remembered for a long time to come and having a massage from Jenny whilst overlooking the beach is a treat we would recommend.

We (reluctantly) left feeling like we'd been there for weeks not 6 nights and determined to return one day.

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The E family from Sweden
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Pole Pole review

The food was really excellent. Every meal was always something special.

The only disappointment was the beach. It was not very pleasant and we didn't know about that.

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Mr & Mrs C from Norfolk
Arrived on: 25-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Pampering at Pole Pole

A totally different experience from the previous three lodges - this was a more upmarket, exclusively professional and a highly enjoyable tropical retreat, where the real world was kept at bay. The lodges were very comfortable in luscious settings overlooking the gardens leading down to the beach.

Every aspect was directed at providing a second to none experience and at the end of our trip we appreciated the pampering of wonderful food, electricity, flush toilets and a quiet electric roof fan to make sleeping possible. Three nights was just right for us. All local staff were extremely helpful and spoke and understood better English than on Chole.

The boat and snorkelling trips inspired confidence, were professional in all respects and planned individually for guests the previous night. All staff were upbeat, polite and professional in every respect.

A brilliant end to our two weeks in Tanzania.

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Ms M & Mr H from London
Arrived on: 8-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole review

You couldn't get much more relaxing than a few days at Pole Pole. On our first morning, totally exhausted from our safari, we surfaced at 11.30 and were amazed to find that breakfast was still being served. Maura was so welcoming and we loved discussing the food with Mattija whose passion for fresh, local food is really impressive (and his homemade chilli oil isn't bad either!).

Everything was set up so that you could do as much or as little as you wanted and the dive trip (departing from the dive centre at Mafia Island Lodge next door) was really enjoyable, as was the snorkelling trip on our first day.

Being served dinner (and champagne) alone in the beach hut as a surprise on our last night was a really special touch which we really appreciated.

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Dr & Ms C from Guernsey
Arrived on: 7-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Pole Pole review

Great staff, trained v well, and always pleased to help. Too much food! We had to try and order single portions for 2 after a few days. Meals almost at any time.

Impressed the way one of the staff remembered I had asked for fresh coconut juice, but none was available that day (6pm and no one available to climb a tree!), so they arrived with one the next day!

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Mrs & Mr A from Brighton
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole review

Very relaxing, just what we needed after the safari which is more tiring than one thinks!

unfortunately we both had coughs when we got there so my husband was only able to do one dive and we coughed well down our snorkels!

Everyone was very helpful and the fruit was especially lovely at breakfast. The boat trips are glorious especially when the sail was put up on the return journey.

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Mr & Mrs R from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Pole Pole - Classy Place (and great diving)

Hard to fault Pole Pole.

Food exceptional (particularly sushi), nearby diving first class and staff brilliant - Mateija had the place running perfectly.

Great to visit the nearby village too.

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Mr & Mrs H - Reading
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Ideal place to relax after busy safari

Pole Pole was exactly what we wanted after a busy week of travelling and early starts - the perfect antidote and very relaxing. The situation was perfect for what we wanted - idyllic setting, very quiet, with excellent snorkelling and diving in the bay, some of the best corals we have seen. We went out every day, sometimes twice, in the dhow, to different sites in Chole Bay, and all were first class.

The bungalows were very attractive and comfortable, perfect to just lounge around in, reading, snoozing etc when we weren't out on the daily excursions. Food was good, though naturally quite fishy, given the location. We are not particularly keen on too much fish, but having established that, the menus for the day were discussed with us, and alternatives offered if we wanted them..

Maura, the manager, was a natural host - a very warm person, who really enjoyed chatting to guests at length when we were in the bar or dining room, and was a mine of information, and also incredibly helpful - we really felt she genuinely enjoyed meeting and talking to her guests and doing all she could to enhance their holiday experience, and she demonstrated this in all sorts of thoughtful ways.

Mafia is very quiet and unspoiled - some people mind find it too quiet, but it was everything we had wanted and more - shame we didn't see the whale sharks, but that was the only regret. Perhaps another time - I would certainly go again as a follow on to a safari if we were to go back to that part of Africa for another holiday.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole review

Excellent small beach lodge. Food was exceptional (many thanks to the chef who served us brilliantly as we do not eat seafood which was one of the lodges specialities considering its location). The beach is small but as there are so few guests this is not a problem at all as you almost felt as if you had the beach to yourself. We had a lovely lazy 4 days which was just what we needed after 10 days safari.

The bats each night were amazing.

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