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Situated amongst ancient ruins and lush forest, Chole Mjini Treehouse Lodge is one of Tanzania’s most original lodges. The lodge comprises of six quirky tree houses set on high platforms in baobab trees, plus a ground floor suite.
With no electricity, running water, WiFi or TV, this hideaway is perfect for adventurous travelers who want to immerse themselves into the tropical environment and enjoy a barefoot luxury experience.
To reach this remote retreat, located within Mafia Island Marine Park, you’ll take a 20 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam to Mafia Island, followed by a scenic drive and a short dhow transfer to the mangrove-lined shores of Chole Island.
There are numerous tide-dependent activities and excursions to enjoy during your stay at Chole Mjini, including diving, snorkeling, swimming and sailing trips. The lodge has a refurbished traditional sailing dhow and offer a complementary dhow trip each day – this could be a breakfast picnic on a sandbank or a sunset sailing cruise.
Snorkeling trips can also be arranged, and divers can explore the spectacular reefs and dive sites with a PADI dive center in nearby Chole Bay. At certain times of year there are opportunities for humpback whale watching excursions, as well as swimming with whale sharks and trips to see turtle hatchings.
The lodge also offers guided stand up paddling or paddle boarding tours around the island, where you can discover creeks and mangroves. You can also explore the Kua Ruins, the old mosque, the boat yard, the Chole village where you learn about daily life in a traditional Swahili village and visit the Fruit Bat sanctuary, or some of The Chole Mjini Trust Fund projects, such as the Learning Centre and Kindergarten.
Please note: Entry to Mafia Island Marine Park costs US$23.60 per person per day and you’ll need to pay this upon entering the park.
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