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Chole Mjini

Mafia Island, Tanzania

Silver price level

Mango Opinion

This is a wonderful and funky off the beaten path island getaway. It is rough around the edges but that is part of the charm. If you are looking for a place to unplug and truly unwind, Mafia might be just perfect.

Chole is a tiny tropical island located in the Mafia Archipelago a few clicks off the Tanzanian coast. 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, privacy, and utter peace.

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 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.

Mafia Island Marina Park is famous as a world class scuba diving destination. Beyond diving and snorkeling on one of the best reefs in the world, some highlights include relaxing on the renowned beaches, hiking around the island, fishing, sunset sailing , visit to Chole Village or exploring the town of Kilondoni, capital of Mafia Island.

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