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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

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

Showing 121-130 of 132
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Meerkat Family

"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
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The Golden Monkeys

"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
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Mr & Mrs Serval

"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
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Mr D

"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
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Mr & Mrs LC
SW London


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
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G family

"A very memorable holiday"

I visited Tanzania between 21 Dec 2007 and 1 Jan 2008
"We had a fantastic trip.

Everything went very smoothly and not once did we feel let down or dissatisfied. All the accommodation lived up to expectations or way beyond. It's a beautiful country and we would love to return.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, we think you are an excellent company. This is the second time we have used you and we will be back - I hope!" Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
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Mr & Mrs Reedbuck

"Tanzanian honeymoon"

I visited Tanzania between 3 Nov 2007 and 18 Nov 2007
"We enjoyed the whole experience immensely and would be pleased to return to Tanzania again in the future. As well as travel with Expert Africa.

Ellie was very knowledgable and I appreciate the hour she spent on the phone with me to go through what I wanted and explain her experiences. That was definitely a swaying factor in booking the holiday with Expert Africa." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
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Ms Wood-hoopoe


I visited Tanzania between 27 Oct 2007 and 11 Nov 2007
"Expert Africa, and Claire Scott, made a brilliant job putting this trip together. I felt I briefly said what i was looking for, and I instantly got a very helping and knowledgable hand working for me.

Excellent advice on which game parks to visit (to avoid crowds and to see a lot of animals) both have been greatly met! We saw 10 times more than I had dreamt of! And there were rarely any other vehicles around, maybe one or two during the whole drive).

We moved between four different places, but everything went smoothly.

The only real downer is the food issue, but I am confident that Expert Africa, and Claire, did request this accordingly. I think it was big BA that lost the order, not you (having sorted every little step out in nowhere working perfectly well, I simply can't see you being the cause of the BA lapsus)." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
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Mrs F

"Holiday of a lifetime!"

I visited Tanzania between 8 Oct 2007 and 19 Oct 2007
"Holiday of a lifetime!

Our stay in Beho Beho made our trip, I can give no higher compliment." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
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Mr P

"Enjoyable trip with good mix of activities"

I visited Tanzania between 4 Oct 2007 and 21 Oct 2007
"Itinerary was really good & scenery in both Crater & Serengeti are stunning. Generally good levels of game. Mafia really is a great destination to relax at the end of the trip. As expected the guiding / service aren't up to the standard of the best Southern Africa camps.

Overall it was an enjoyable trip that felt like a long break as we kept doing different things.

Suggestions to help you improve: Nothing really - excellent as ever - Many Thanks to all the team" Read full review: 17 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
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132 reviews of Mafia Island by travellers since August 2007
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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% (101 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)
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)
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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