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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

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

Showing 111-120 of 127
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Four
Wokingham

"Burgess/Wood safari"

I visited Zambia and 1 other country between 15 Sep 2008 and 26 Sep 2008
"All travel arrangements worked perfectly and were on time.A really great holiday." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 6 on a Zambia safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs McC
UK

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I visited Tanzania between 6 Sep 2008 and 19 Sep 2008
"We wanted the holiday of a lifetime to celebrate our silver wedding and all of our hopes were exceeded. this was our first holiday in Africa but probably won't be our last.

Safari was outstanding at Sand Rivers - you really felt that you were the only people there at times.

Mafia is almost undeveloped and gives a very authenic view of the area and its people." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Ms L & Mr A
London

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I visited Tanzania between 4 Sep 2008 and 19 Sep 2008
"Yet another fabulous trip organised by Expert Africa." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 13 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
White Rhinos
NL

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I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 2 Aug 2008 and 17 Aug 2008
"We've had a memorable trip, next stop Nambia!!( when we save up!) Such a wonderful country, with it's greatest asset being the people, who were with out exception lovely.

In a way I think it's the small things you remeber most - Baby vervets raiding your room, breakfast at dawn at Mafia airport, the children we met during our visit to Chole, and the time spent wandering through the backstreets of Zanzibar." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Good
Clown Fish Family
UK

"Hoping for the holiday of a lifetime"

I visited Tanzania between 17 Jul 2008 and 1 Aug 2008
"Having waited for our son to be 12 so that we could take him on safari, when it actually came to it I was worried it would not live up to my expectations and that I might resent the huge amount of money we spent. Happily it did and I don't.

We had a fantastic two weeks, the two lodges (Manze and Impala in Tanzania) contrasted in style, terrain and game viewing. I was really pleased that the Selous Reserve offered the choice of game drives, boat trips and walking safaris and feel we would have been a bit jaded had there not been that variety.

Tanzania is a good to choice if you want a bit of beach time and I was especially please that we elected to go to Mafia rather than Zanzibar. A lot of other travellers went on to Zanzibar, but on Mafia the ex pats from Dar es Salaam rated our choice the better one.

I was really impressed with how everything went without any hitches. I'm sure this is no small part down to the background work and research done at EA. When time is limited you don't want to put up with the things that are usually part and parcel of travel in developing countries and that was what I was hoping to avoid by booking through a specialist agent. The time spend finding out our requirements and expectations meant that it was no accident taht everything went so well.

Your expert advice was worth every penny." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Meerkat Family
Hove

"12 days in Southern Tanzania"

I visited Tanzania between 12 Jul 2008 and 25 Jul 2008
"Staying at three seperate and different sites was the perfect way to get a wide spectrum of experiences. An excellent balance of comfortable facilities and excellent food with a feeling of excitement and really being out in the African bush.

Exceeded all expectations - the staff at all the camps were fantastic, the variety ofgame and birds we saw amazing.And I left knowing this was the best holiday I could have had. Especially pleased as travelling with two children (9 and 11) and they were constantly thrilled and excited by each new experience and never once complained about sitting in cars, funny food or not seeing something -

Thoroughly recommended and thanks for the expert advice that enabled us to enjoy it so much.

Suggestions for improveent:
Not really - had to phone for clarification about what currency to take but otherwise was totally satisfied." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
The Golden Monkeys
UK

"Yet Another Expert Africa Triumph"

I visited Tanzania and 2 other countries between 4 Jul 2008 and 20 Jul 2008
"Absolutely fabulous.

High expectations given Steve's major milestone, met in every single way. A perfect excuse to come back for the Migration.

We would recommend the combination of Rwanda and Tanzania to anyone. It is eminently do-able.

Suggestions for improvement:

None - excellent as usual. Intending to remain one of your many satisfied regular clients. Thank you so much." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs Serval
UK

"A well planned trip"

I visited Tanzania between 18 Feb 2008 and 2 Mar 2008
"Our level of satisfaction is nothing to do with Expert Africa. If my husband had not been ill whilst we were away it would have been a 'very satisfactory'." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Good
Mr D
Bournemouth

"Zanzibar and Mafia"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 3 Feb 2008 and 14 Feb 2008
"The islands of Zanzibar and Mafia are beautiful and intriguing, however they do not even compare to the wonders that you will find when you actually get into the sea. The Snorkeling here is some of the best I have ever seen and I got to swim with Dolphins too.

The local people are very pleasant, respectful and elegant.

I very much enjoyed their hospitality I felt very safe, well looked after and had a few magical days that I will always treasure." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Good
Mr & Mrs LC
SW London

"Jambo"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 22 Dec 2007 and 8 Jan 2008
"Magical. We would go back to three of the four resorts - not bad.

We did know that the third resort had not been visited by your staff at the time of booking." Read full review: 17 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
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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% (99 reviews)
Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini Lodge

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.


94% (28 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)
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.


94% (10 reviews)
Thanda Island

Thanda Island

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


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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.


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