Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is a small lodge located near to the village of Chole on the northern tip of Mafia Island in the National Marine Park. The island is easily reached by a 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, followed by short road and boat transfer to the lodge.

The property itself is set within a grove of Baobab trees facing a mangrove forest and takes the form of 6 tree houses and 1 ground house. All rooms are en suite, with a waterless composting toilet, kerosene heated hot showers and solar lighting.

The tree houses offer complete privacy; the fact there are no walls allows the cooling breeze to pass through the rooms without the need for traditional air conditioning. They have been built by local craftsmen using traditional techniques, giving fantastic views of the nearby ocean. Each room is reached through the grounds via a sandy pathway.

The ground house is large enough to accommodate families with small children.

Dining is an experience at Chole Mjini. Meals are taken by candlelight under the stars or next to the ocean. The food has a strong Swahili influence; the fish and seafood is freshly caught and the vegetables grown on the island. There is also a roof top bar where you can enjoy a drink and watch the sunset.

There is plenty to occupy you at the lodge. Dhow trips, swimming and snorkelling trips as well as forest walks are all included whilst world class scuba diving is available in the nearby marine park. Full day excursions such as sandbank picnics, game fishing and sunset cruises are also available locally.

There are many seasonal activities such as turtle nesting (February to March) and turtle hatching (April through to September) to enjoy.

The lodge aims to minimise its impact on the enviroment by being socially and enviromentally responsible to the local community. Rain water is collected for use in the gardens and laundry and waste is composted for use in the gardens.

Chole Mjini is the perfect location for those seeking the ultimate coastal experience.


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