Pole Pole is our absolute number one place to stay on Mafia island. The brainchild of our late wonderful friend Massimo Lancellotti, his vision was to bring a haven of complete relaxation of the mind and body in this tranquil location, keeping things real and in keeping with the natural surroundings whilst not compromising on comfort and wonderful Italian cuisine and hospitality blended perfectly with the Swahili culture. Pole Pole means “slowly slowly” in Swahili and this is how the mood feels here. A wonderful place to relax and soak up the atmosphere and maybe do some diving, maybe with whale sharks if that stirs your tea. These and other excursions can be arranged from the lodge.

The accommodation is in spacious airy bungalows with traditional thatched roof with views of the ocean. The restaurant area and bar is raised on a wooden platform and serves delicious food and drinks with impeccable service.

Key Details

  • Price per room (based on 2 people sharing): From US$250
  • Camp Type: Permanent
  • Location:
    Mafia Island