Pole Pole Lodge

Mafia Island Tanzania

  • Nearby Chole Bay on Mafia Island perfect for snorkelling and diving
  • Enjoy the views from your private veranda
  • A quiet, unspoilt location of natural beauty
  • Enjoy in-house spa treatments
  • Stroll along the beach or in the lodge's beautiful gardens

Open: Pole Pole Lodge is open from the beginning of June to the end of March.

Location: The lodge is on Chole Bay on the southeast coast of Mafia Island, near Utende village. It is about a 30-minute taxi ride from the airstrip at Kilindoni. The flight to Mafia from Dar es Salaam takes about 30 minutes.

Rooms: There are 7 en-suite bungalows, all overlooking the bay. They provide spacious accommodation and are furnished with hand-carved and antique items and have polished wooden floors. They can take an extra bed if needed. 2 of the bungalows offer family accommodation with 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom. All rooms have large verandas with Zanzibari daybeds, chairs and a table. There are ceiling fans in the bedroom and on the veranda. Hot and cold water are available 24 hours a day.

Activities: You can go snorkelling and diving, observing the colourful fish and coral reefs. Sailing and boat trips to secluded sandbanks and beaches are popular past-times. The lodge offers 4x4 excursions across the island and to local villages. The location is good for walking, light trekking and bird watching. Staff are on hand to advise on available activities and help you plan your time.

Facilities: There is a swimming pool with a coconut wood deck and a poolside bar. The hotel is set in gardens, where you will find the Alasiri Spa, offering manicures, pedicures and massages. The restaurant serves varied cuisines including Italian. You can have a 3-course lunch and a 4-course dinner. There is a Swahili dinner once a week. You will find a selection of books, magazines and reference material in the library. Board games and playing cards are available. There is a gift shop. The lodge provides a laundry service and a safe is available at reception.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children: Children aged 10 and over are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is good mobile phone coverage. The manager has internet for emergency use and there is Wi-Fi internet access by the office.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

This is a charming place to spend a few days relaxing after a safari. The cottages have an almost 1930's colonial feel to them, and the location by the ocean is stunning. I had a wonderful massage from Esther, and the food is really good.