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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

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

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Dr & Ms C
Guernsey

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I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 4 Dec 2008 and 14 Dec 2008
"Good relaxing diving holiday. Sailing home on a Dhow after diving was magical.

Suggestions for improvements:

Good organisation and recommendations have turned out to be accurate. Thanks" Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 7 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Ms M & Mr H
London

"A perfect honeymoon"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 2 Dec 2008 and 14 Dec 2008
"A perfect combination of activity and relaxation - we couldn't have asked for more.

Expert Africa were really helpful when our BA flight was delayed - much appreciated." Read full review: 12 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Ms J & Mr B
London

"EA does what it says in on the website"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 15 Nov 2008 and 28 Nov 2008
"Excellent. We enjoyed all aspects of our trip and were impressed with the accuracy of EA's descriptions of the various parts of our holiday and what we might expect. The lists of what to pack etc were also extremely helpful, as was the Brandt guidebook.

I should also mention Claire Scott, who dealt very efficiently with our holiday arrangements whilst Eleanor was away." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs & Mr A
Brighton

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I visited Tanzania between 8 Nov 2008 and 19 Nov 2008
"The trip was good and well organised. Unfortunately we were both `under the weather ` slightly due to a cough bug so probably didnt enjoy it as much as we should but that is life!!

It was certainly lovely seeing all the animals in the wild and appreciating how everything is inter related in the survival there.

Suggestions for improvement:

Perhaps a smaller hotel which is more personal in Dar would be nice especially after the good service we received at the camps etc." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs R
Edinburgh

"Better than we dared to hope"

I visited Tanzania between 30 Oct 2008 and 12 Nov 2008
"A thoroughly magical experience - the best holiday we have ever had. We fell in love with Africa and the African people that we met.

Suggestions for improvement:

None. Anyone we met who had dealt with Expert Africa (in particular Claire) was delighted with the whole experience." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs H
Reading

""

I visited Tanzania between 18 Oct 2008 and 2 Nov 2008
"I had researched quite carefully what I wanted from this holiday, but even so this trip did exceed and surpass expectations.

We were very happy with everything, and on reflection wouldn't have changed anything. We spent some time discussing the options with Ellie before we made a final decision on our itinerary, and felt that the eventual overall balance of the different lodges, camps and locations chosen worked very well for us, providing an excellent overview for a first African safari and visit to Tanzania.

I am very glad that we made the decision to opt for a private safari, especially when we saw how crowded some safari vehicles were, as we really appreciated having our own space and being able to stop as and when we wanted. Albert was a very knowledgeable guide, and an excellent and careful driver - put to the test on the day it rained so heavily and we had to ford a suddenly much swollen stream in flood which had risen rapidly, to get back to camp.

We very much enjoyed going our own way by day, but meeting up with other guests for sociable evenings back in the camps and lodges. I would certainly go for this style of holiday if we decide to take another African trip in the future.

Suggestions for improvement:

No, very pleased with it." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs F
Valmer

"A great holiday"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 13 Oct 2008 and 29 Oct 2008
"We look back on our holiday as a wonderful memory. It was certainly all we had hoped it would be, and felt that our wishes had been well understood and catered for.

Suggestions for improvement:

The only thing that springs to mind is to stress to clients the importance of having proper reef shoes for this kind of holiday. One doesn't appreciate how sticky the sea bottom is at low tide, and many people only have flip flops, which are disastrous.

Thank you for organising such a stress-free and enjoyable holiday!" Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs R
Wimbledon

"A fabulous safari"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 22 Sep 2008 and 7 Oct 2008
"The safari part of our trip was excellent. Pole Pole was a little disappointing - quality and too long at the resort. Expert Africa should not use Beyt al Chai until it is refurbished.

We are very impressed with Exprt Africa itself. All staff very helpful and concerned that we have an enjoyable holiday (which we did).

Information provided pre deprture very comprehensive and helpful. Terrific web-site which was one of the factors that convinced us to use EA. We really felt they knew what they were talking about." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
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

""

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
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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% (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.


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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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