This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Skip to main content

Talk to an expert 1-800-242-2434 Lines now closed

User menu
Mafia Island
Mafia Island
Mafia Island
Mafia Island

Mafia is a relatively unknown Island in the Indian Ocean.

It offers golden sandy beaches and emerald seas.

The Island is the perfect place to relax...

...and great for snorkelling or learning to dive.

Mafia Island

Reviews of holidays to Mafia Island

135 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Mafia Island.

Showing 1-10 of 135
Duration
Arrival date
The VD family
London

"My Nov 2023 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 14 Nov 2023 and 26 Nov 2023
"Once again extremely happy with Expert Africa. Everything went smoothly and was well taken care off. The knowledge and recommendations from the Expert Africa team, this time especially Lyndsey, were extremely valuable. Thank you for this Lyndsey and also for all your patience.

What we like with Expert Africa besides their vast knowledge is that they listen to their customers, spent the time to discuss our trip as long as we want and subsequently are suggesting what best suits us. Also appreciate very much that Expert Africa has been looking to find the best deal for us with the best value for money within our budget.

Asilia Africa was again top notch and such a great outfit making everything memorable. Jabali was incredible and unforgettable so was Roho ya Selous, different styles working so well together in a holiday.
Highlight for us were the wild dogs that we failed to see so many times on our previous holidays and the whale sharks & flying foxes in Mafia.

We loved Ruaha and Nyerere as less crowded, feeling even private, both parks a nice contrast though realize probably not for everyone as animals are not on display like in the Mara or Serengeti." Read full review: 12 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr P & Ms W
Herts

"My Oct 2023 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 19 Oct 2023 and 31 Oct 2023
"Fantastic overall first time safari experience for the children.

Seeing Wild Dog in two separate parks was amazing.

The camps were all high quality and wildlife viewing overall was excellent.

Great to cap it off swimming with Whale Sharks." Read full review: 12 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs H
UK

"My Jun 2023 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 21 Jun 2023 and 10 Jul 2023
"Our first time to Tanzania was a fantastic experience which, if we can fit it in at some point, would be great to repeat.


Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service

Nothing springs to mind" Read full review: 19 nights in Africa; 17 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs C.
Bristol

"My Feb 2023 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 7 Feb 2023 and 21 Feb 2023
"We had an amazing trip due to the fact that Jessica took time to understand our wishes for the trip and tailored the itinerary accordingly.

The organisation was excellent and the lodges lived up to our expectations.

We were looked after superbly all by lodge staff and the safari guides were extremely knowledgeable and we were thrilled to see so many animals close up.

Thank you Expert Africa" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 13 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mike & Janette
UK

"My Aug 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 20 Aug 2022 and 5 Sep 2022
"Fantastic.

The trip was put together over a series of calls and discussions, met all our criteria and was a great success.

We had one slight hitch with charges for a walking and night safari which Lyndsey sorted immediately, the wonders of e mail.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Maybe make it clear that you will be guided through the many flight changes by Coastal, it was a bit daunting but they made it easy" Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 15 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr E.
London

"My Aug 2022 trip"

I visited Botswana and 1 other country between 16 Aug 2022 and 1 Sep 2022
"We loved this family trip and it created long lasting memories." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 8 on a Botswana safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr J.
Staunton

"My Jul 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 15 Jul 2022 and 30 Jul 2022
"Inspite of all the horror stories of flying and Heathrow this year, the travelling was probably one of the most straight forward journeys to Africa ever. Health travel questionnaires for Tanzania and Kenya are no longer required or requested as long as you have covid vaccine certificate.
The second week which was organised through Expert Africa was a huge success and a two centre holiday in Mafia was a good choice." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Ms C.
Seattle

"My Feb 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 1 Feb 2022 and 1 Mar 2022
"Our trip was quite the odyssey. A long itinerary with lots of moving parts.

I was surprised and impressed by Expert Africa who took care of the hiccups and responded quite promptly to take care of the unforeseen circumstances that pop up on a trip like this.

I wish I could book EA for all of my trips, easily the best agency I have ever worked with.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, you are top notch." Read full review: 28 nights in Africa; 21 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
M&A
Austria

"A Great Green Season Safari"

I visited Tanzania between 1 Feb 2020 and 15 Feb 2020
"Despite some tricky conditions everything worked very well, and we had a diverse and very enjoyable trip. We´vee been very happy with the services of Expert Africa and will gladly book with them again.

Tanzania had an unusually wet season. We did have quite some rain and some very dull lighting conditions but the sun came out often enough to keep us happy. Some areas in Selous and Ruaha were inaccessible but that was no issue for us, we covered a lot of ground, doing mostly full day outings.

We loved the lush green environments, it was nice to see happy animals enjoying the abundance of food. Predators were a bit scarce, and the high grass a problem for visibility sometimes but we had expected that. Birding was really good, we recorded almost 300 species and photographed about 250. Udzungwa was a really cool place to be, loved the hiking there. Snorkeling in Mafia was a revelation - like swimming in an aquarium, really beautiful. We cannot quite join in the chorus of devoted Chole followers though.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No suggestions - really impressed with the quality of service. Thanks again!" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Good
M & C
London

"My Dec 2019 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 18 Dec 2019 and 1 Jan 2020
"Excellent trip, and we loved Tanzania - people, location and activities.

Slightly disappointed by the weather (more long periods of rain than we had expected) and the wildlife were also elusive, but overall it was an excellent trip and we would happily return. Lodges were all excellently run, with high standards, as expected." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Showing 1-10 of 135
98%
135 reviews of Mafia Island by travellers since August 2007
Overall rating by our travellers
122
13
2
0
0
Filter by month
Inspire me

Need inspiration?

Let our trip chooser narrow down the options for you

Inspire me

Where to stay in Mafia Island

Our suggestions for beach lodges in Mafia Island


Pole Pole

Pole Pole

Pole Pole is a small, quiet beach lodge on Mafia. It's comfortable, almost luxurious, and has a great range of activities.


94% (103 reviews)
Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is one of Tanzania's most environmentally aware lodges. With tree-houses, superb diving and a fantastic location on the rural island of Chole, this is ideal if you want to get back to nature.


95% (30 reviews)
Butiama Beach

Butiama Beach

Situated just west of Kilondoni, the main town on Mafia, Butiama Beach is a simple beach lodge with friendly managers and a laid back vibe.


95% (11 reviews)
Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi is a small, personal beach lodge on Mafia Island that has the features of a larger hotel, including a large pool and spa.


82% (11 reviews)
Shamba Kilole

Shamba Kilole

Shamba Kilole is a charming Italian-owned eco-lodge on the coast of Mafia Island, with simple rooms and friendly owner-managers.


No reviews yet
Thanda Island

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is a high-end private island destination that caters to just one group of travellers at a time.


No reviews yet

Login to Expert Africa

Sign in with password

Sign in with email link


New to Expert Africa? Create an account

Forgotten your details?

It's free & quick to set up

  • Save your wish-list
  • Send us an enquiry
  • Pay online for your trip
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Give us feedback on your trip
  • Full site benefits of the site

Need some help? Talk to our team

Africa