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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

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

Showing 11-20 of 131
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Mr & Mrs D
Worcs

"My Aug 2019 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 2 Aug 2019 and 17 Aug 2019
"It was excellent. Our thanks go to Claire Scott who really listened to what we wanted and selected excellent locations for us." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 13 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs C
Highgate

"Fantastic trip"

I visited Tanzania between 21 Jul 2019 and 4 Aug 2019
"We had a wonderful time with spectacular scenery, fantastic wildlife sightings and great places to stay.

Our guide Baraza, was brilliant, extremely knowledgeable, professional and hard-working throughout our 10 days on safari." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs E.
Bristol

"Zanzibar Mafia July 2019"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 16 Jul 2019 and 29 Jul 2019
"this holiday had the perfect combination of a variety of very different contrasting destinations, time to chill out in exquisite lodges, the bustle of a culturally and historically fascinating city, the thrill of travelling to a tiny island group at Mafia - the fun of snorkelling and diving - monkeys, butterflies, coral reef and fish - perfect

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no I think you were absolutely excellent and you made our holiday very enjoyable and relaxing" Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr Geoff
Sunbury

"Tanzania travels"

I visited Tanzania between 10 Jun 2019 and 24 Jun 2019
"I went to three bases in 13 days and it felt like I’d been away a month
It was brilliant from start to finish
Expert Africa organised everything and it worked like clockwork

It was early season just after the rains and lodges were quiet
The wildlife sightings were great as was the scuba diving in the Indian Ocean" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs P.
Cumbria

"My Nov 2018 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 16 Nov 2018 and 1 Dec 2018
"I have had the most wonderful holiday.

Everything was seamless with the arrangements and accommodation. The staff at the hotels and lodges were friendly and made me feel welcome and as if nothing was too much trouble.

The trip itinerary was informative and everything worked to plan.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No....I have been impressed with the way the holiday was planned and with the seamless way it all fitted together while away. The connections were all on time. I always felt that everything was taken care of...and each step of the holiday fitted into place without any stress......just what a holiday should be.

Thank you Expert Africa." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs F
Maidstone

"Tanzania"

I visited Tanzania between 10 Oct 2018 and 25 Oct 2018
"The trip was just as fantastic as we had hoped. Clearly one cannot control animal sightings or the weather and that is the charm, but at times the curse, of such holidays - seeing dolphins or a whale would have been the icing on an already sumptuous cake but other sightings and events more than compensated - not least of which was the magic of Fanjove." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 14 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs J
Herts

"My Sep 2018 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 26 Sep 2018 and 17 Oct 2018
"Well-organised in amazing locations." Read full review: 21 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr S.
Albuquerque

"My Sep 2018 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 4 Sep 2018 and 23 Sep 2018
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr N
Canterbury

"Excellent holiday"

I visited Tanzania between 16 Aug 2018 and 31 Aug 2018
"Really excellent holiday.....only small problem was nobody met us at Dar domestic terminal to take us to the International terminal so we had to get a taxi after waiting to see if anyone came for us.

The arrangements from when we started discussions with Freddie to our return home were excellent and we can’t wait for another safari holiday in two years time.

This was our sixth safari holiday and just about the best." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 13 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs W
Grantham

"Fantastic trip"

I visited Tanzania between 7 Feb 2018 and 27 Feb 2018
"We had a wonderful time overall and met some very interesting people.

We would have no hesitation in doing the same trip again, but I don't think we would take in Mafia Island. I think it's just us - we've outgrown just going to the beach. If we were planning this again I think we would stay an extra night and chill out at Beho Beho (in fact, Beho Beho offers far more luxury than Pole Pole and was much more comfortable) and then maybe a day at Oyster Bay in Dar before coming home." Read full review: 20 nights in Africa; 18 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
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131 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.


94% (29 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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