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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 41-50 of 127
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Mr S
Accra

"My Jul 2014 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 2 Jul 2014 and 13 Jul 2014
"Thanks to Ellie for making us a really nice trip that we would not forget." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs H
Newark

"Southern Tanzania safari"

I visited Tanzania between 22 Feb 2014 and 14 Mar 2014
"We had a fabulous trip. Everything went to plan. The wildlife in the Selous was fabulous and we'd love to go back. Ruaha was beautiful and we would return but would either stay at a different camp in February or go back to Mdonya but at a different time of year.

The guides were probably not as well trained as we expected for camps of this quality - they were enthusiastic and friendly, but were not so good at communicating what the plans were for each day, or to establish what we knew, what we wanted to see, what we had seen before etc. Emanuel/Zahor (Manze) and Gerhard (Impala) were the best at communication.

The trip certainly whetted our appetitie for seeing more of Tanzania!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Not really. You are very good at what you do so keep doing it! The camp managers were all very complimentary about Expert Africa - Barbara (Impala) said that you are the best tour operator she deals with - so keep doing what you are doing!

On feedback, it might make it easier to complete if you had a narrative box against each question to comment on, for example, food, activities etc, rather than one large box at the end. It has certainly taken us rather longer than we had intended to get this completed!

With regard to Mafia it would be helpful to highlight on your website that snorkeling is very much tide dependent, so that anyone who is keen to snorkel might want to check tides and dates to make the most of their time there.

And finally - we would like to thank Angela for organising a very special trip. Some of our feedback might sound a bit negative but we would like to strees that we had a really fabulous time. It's easy with feedback to focus on the things that were not perfect and our comments are intended to highlight those areas where things could be even better. Please don't think that we are 'having a moan' in any way." Read full review: 20 nights in Africa; 18 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr B
Rayleigh

"My Feb 2014 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 17 Feb 2014 and 28 Feb 2014
"I don't think that I can really commit all my expectations, experiences and wonderment otherwise I will go on and on .....

Expert Africa did a terrific job, they organised everything for a fantastic holiday, we got everything and more that we could have expected or hoped for. You are so far out of your comfort zone, after a comfortable life in UK that so see what we did, the country, how it's people live and work, the animals, just everything will stick and be remembered.

All I can say is tell Expert Africa what you really would like and not like and I am sure they will come up trumps, we did and will never reget it. I have just had the holiday of my lifetime and would highly recommend it if you only do it once, the rewards will outweigh any cost involved." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr P
Ringwood

"My Feb 2014 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 17 Feb 2014 and 28 Feb 2014
"A holiday of a lifetime - and it lived up to it.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

You are extremely professional and it shows. expert sums it up." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr I
Northumberland

"Selous, Ruaha and Butiama Beach trip 2014"

I visited Tanzania between 15 Feb 2014 and 1 Mar 2014
"Very satisfactory doesn't really convey how happy we were with our trip. Everything was excellent. Right from the start when we first contacted Ellie it was obvious that we were dealing with someone who was really doing everything possible to ensure that we had a great holiday and we really did, apart from the fact that she couldn't conjure up sightings of Wild Dog and Whale Shark ( and I'm sure she would have if it were possible!) it really was a memorable holiday which all four of us would happily do again. Particular thanks are due for the recommendation to stay at Butiama Beach on Mafia which really was just the place we were looking for to unwind before returning home. We certainly would have no hesitation in recommending both Ellie and Expert Africa to friends and family and will definitely be contacting them again when next we return to Africa." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 13 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr SS
Holborn

"Overall..."

I visited Tanzania between 20 Jan 2014 and 31 Jan 2014
"Overall it is hard to see how the trip could have been better. The trip was just right for us in that it was fairly active but in non-intrusive luxury.

Impala being on the River Rufiji gave a great amount of variety to the safaris. It wasn't a pampering experience - we were not looking for that - but fairly luxurious by most standards as long as you don't want AC, chandeliers and carpets. mAfia Island again suited us perfectly. It isn't really a beach holiday and again that is not what we were after. The island has a gently undeveloped feel - again it depends what you are after. The possibilities for marine activities are good for beginners and experience scuba divers with as rich a diving experience as one can get in the best of locations.

The team at EA obviously know their onions. Elizabeth did a great job taking over from where my own research had got to, with helpful recommendations and all at short notice.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:" Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs V & Mr H
Greece

"Life changing. Planning our next trip already"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 9 Jan 2014 and 23 Jan 2014
"This was our first time to Africa. We were overwhelmed by the vastness of the country, its rich culture wildlife and complexities of its people and history. More of an experience than a holiday, we would probably concentrate on 2 destinations next time as we felt rather tired with all the flights.

One thing is for sure, once you have been Africa stays with you, and you will quite possible never look at the world the same way again!" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 7 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
The T-R family
London

"My Dec 2013 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 26 Dec 2013 and 8 Jan 2014
"We found all the arrangements for our trip excellent and we had no problems with any of our travelling arrangements.

We saw lots of game and our guides were superb, very safety conscious but determined to give us an excellent safari experience which they succeeded in doing. Their knowledge of the game was brilliant and they were very informative.

In retrospect travelling with a 23 and 25 year old we might have been better going to Zanzibar instead of Mafia, we found Mafia very undeveloped and therefore relaxing , they found it a bit quiet with some of the other activities expensive.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No you did a brilliant job." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
riguss
Belgium

"My Dec 2013 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 22 Dec 2013 and 3 Jan 2014
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs S
Bristol

"Xmas and New year 2013/14"

I visited Tanzania between 21 Dec 2013 and 4 Jan 2014
"We organized our own safari in Kenya staying at 'Topi House' in the Massi Mara as we have done on 2 previous occasions.

Claire organized all other parts of our trip around this, and she could not have done better. The flights and transfers left us the with the maximum possible time at Pole Pole so we had 6 nights 7 lunches! Where else do we want to be spending our time?! Thank you very much." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 5 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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