We wanted to include this as a very different alternative lodge to stay in Mafia. This is not for everybody but for some it is wonderful. This is a lodge focused on eco and community project. It is very rustic with long drop loos but does what it says it will do.

Located on a small island, the intention of this lodge is to give back to the local community. Access from Dar es Salaam is by flight to Mafia, then an hour’s drive followed by a short boat ride to the island and the Chole Mjini bay where the lodge is located.
Whilst the aim is to use as many natural materials as possible, there is rather a lot of concrete used for floors and seating

There are seven tree houses and one ground house. Whilst the rooms are quite small, they have large comfortable beds. The long drop loos which don’t flush might be a challenge for some.

There is some fantastic snorkelling and diving in the area but like many lodges on the island, the beach isn’t great but the world-class diving makes up for this.

Key Details

  • Price per room (based on 2 people sharing): From US$200
  • Camp Type: Permanent
  • Location:
    Mafia Island