Reviews of Pole Pole
Wildlife sightings and reviews
99 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Pole Pole and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
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Beds are rather hard.
Plenty of daily activities, which are well organised. We did whale watching and snorkelling with BBQ lunch, both very good." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania
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Dive sites were fantastic. Dive boat a little rough but OK.
Nice rooms. Fabulous food. Loved the staff. Small resort so we got to know all of the guests.
Best place of the entire trip and some of the best diving I have done in my 22 years of my diving career. 20 stars." See all these reviews: 21n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
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The manager, Julie, has imbued the hotel and staff with her natural warmth, making this a great environment to stay in.
The Chole tour was excellent.
It did rain for long periods while we were there (December), which was disappointing, but enough sunshine to make it worth the visit." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"A place to Chill"
Room number 7 our accommodation was private, spacious and very colonial and we enjoyed our time here.
Julie arrange most evenings a different location for us to dine such as the library overlooking the beach or the beach itself, very ambient." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 6n in Zanzibar
"Pole Pole - A Perfect End to Safari"
Julie, the relatively new hostess/manager, already had local contacts in the community and a perfect working relationship with Mafia Island Diving who make it easy to schedule your water activities by coming each evening to the bar and meeting with all the guests individually, explaining tidal influences on timing as well as coordinating how to fit in the most experiences during your visit. Julie knew what was going on in every square foot of Pole Pole and her pleasant demeanor made everything run smoothly. She frequently gave us special "treats" simply because she is a generous, nice person.
Food was delicious and you chose your menu ahead of time. Spirits were fairly priced and the service was very good. The cottages were lovely with outside day beds and in our case we had a 2nd bedroom. The bed in the main room was strewn with flowers when we arrived and overlooked the jungle and ocean. Tea or coffee and biscuits arrived on the patio each morning at whatever time you requested. (So did a crow that wanted his share and managed to break numerous glasses and crockery making us look like the clumsiest couple in the world.)
We met people from around the world staying there and we truly did not want to go back to the states, but when we had to Pole Pole packed us lunches so we could eat them on the plane and arranged to get us to the airport with no stress or worry." See all these reviews: 18n in Tanzania; 2n in Kenya
"Blissful, living up to its name"
Snorkelling was fabulous, as was the trip to Chole island, extremely interesting to see how people live and hear about their daily routines.
Pole Pole was blissfully quiet as a surrounding, food very good with interesting choices and some local foods on offer. Wireless access only in reception area, which made it very relaxing." See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya; 5n in Tanzania; 2n in Zanzibar
It was so relaxing - we spent lots of time on our balcony just gazing at the sea and doing not a lot. We also went snorkeling and saw lots of amazing underwater life.
Strongly recommended." See all these reviews: 13n in Tanzania
"Wonderfully relaxing and laid back hotel"
Fabulous rooms and wonderful pool
Great location and food
Loved the excursions
Very peaceful and relaxing" See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania
"Great choice for last stop"
On my five nights there I was the only guest on two and one of 3-5 on others. The staff were great , Paula and Mleica in particular. The free excursions were good, sunset cruise in a dhow and a trip to Chole Island also by dhow
I also made 5 scuba dives with the adjacent dive centre Mafia Diving out on the reefs . All were excellent on pristine coral with much to see. Transport again by outboard and sail in a dhow
If I hadn’t done the diving I think I would have been disappointed by the Pole Pole beach and large tides which render the beach submerged for much of the day
My hut was great No5, clean, good fan and excellent bathroom and also near the pool and massage areas which I used. I would return but probably choose a busier time for as a solo traveller company and atmosphere in the evening is importent" See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
The rooms are built from wood and palm leaves and blend into the scenery, so it is almost hidden . A real hideaway. I loved the sundowner trip on the old wooden Dhow....very special to see the sunset from a boat. The staff were very helpful too. If I had to make a very small complaint.....my lodge seemed to have a family of resident squirrels which I could hear running around in the roof all night. Actually, it was quite sweet to see them, but they were very noisy at night.
A lovely place to stay right by the sea." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 2n in Zanzibar
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