Mafia Island, Tanzania
Set sail for its mangrove-lined shores, and as the first treehouses hove into view, the last vestiges of the 21st century recede: no roads, no cars, no electricity… Just a star-spangled sky, flickering candles, superb food, great company, and the timeless luxuries of space, immersion in nature, privacy, and utter peace.
Chole Mjini was never meant to be a hotel, and it isn’t. It is a castaway fantasy, a jungle island retreat appealing to a specific kind of person; one who appreciates a return to simple luxuries that reawaken the senses, rather than the predictable comforts of room service and air conditioning. With tide-dependent excursions planned every day, Chole Mjini offers more than just diving to enchant guests of all ages and inclinations.
Nature & Water Activities
With only seven treehouses, carefully placed and designed, privacy is assured. Open to the elements, with the king-size bed the throne-like centerpiece, each thatched platform is reached via sandy paths that lead through the natural vegetation.
All treehouses have views of the sea; some are close enough to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the tide trickling back through the mangrove roots. Most treehouses have a second level to accommodate children.
Rates begin at $200 per night (per person)
Food on a full board basis including breakfast, lunch and dinner
WiFi in the Red Herring Bar
Marine Park fees ($20 per adult per night/ $10 per child per night PLUS 18% VAT), Tourism Development Levy (TDL) at US$ 1.50 per person/night
Road transfers between airport and Chole Mjini Lodge ($40 per car each way - max 4 adults sharing)
Rental of equipment
Lodge staff and guide gratuities
All activities such as snorkel trips, sunset cruises, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, whale shark excursions, fishing, turtle hatchings, excursions to other islands or sandbank picnic experiences
Brings benefits to local community, supports wildlife conservation and minimizes negative impacts on the environment
Hires locally and develops staff skills
Treehouses constructed with local materials and labor
Collaborates with community to set development goals
Supports local education and fundraising for the community
Educates guests about local culture and encourages participation
Preserves knowledge of traditional skills like rope making, weaving, cooking and boat and house building
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Boating & Fishing Trips
Diving & Snorkeling
Treehouse of your choice and upgrade upon arrival depending on availability
Complimentary sunset sail on a traditional sailing dhow with complimentary drinks OR complimentary sandbank picnic
Complimentary guided Village Tour to learn about Chole Village and projects that are supported by Chole Mjini Trust Fund