Chole Mjini

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.





Wildlife Excursions

Treehouse Accommodations

Nature & Water Activities





Property Details

  • 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)

Rates Include

  • Food on a full board basis including breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Drinking water

  • Laundry

  • WiFi in the Red Herring Bar 

Rates Exclude

  • 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)

  • Beverages

  • 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

Regenerative Impact

  • 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



Top Activities


Swimming with Whale Sharks

Boating & Fishing Trips

Chole Village

Diving & Snorkeling



Member Perks


  • 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