Chole Mjini


Chole Mjini is located on the Chole Island, which is only a short dhow ride from the gorgeous Mafia Island and is situated at the very heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania. Hidden by the tree canopy, the ligneous chalets offer stunning panoramic views and utmost privacy. At Chole Mjini, tailor-made excursions can be organized to cater for your separate requests and these can comprise of an overnight stay on an attractive beach followed by a secluded whale shark trip on the next day, or a four day island-hopping trip to Kilwa to view the glorious ruins of the primeval Shirazi Sultanate.


  • “Pure Lost City jungle stuff” Mark Ottaway, Sunday Times
  • Very rustic – no phones or wifi
  • Just sea breezes,  a jungle, some overgrown ruins & a few treehouses
  • Fresh fish & home-grown vegetables
  • Envision unbleached coral reefs & over 400 species of fish
  • Imagine swimming with whale sharks, watching turtles hatch & sleeping in your own treehouse
  • Fabulous for likeminded couples & families alike

Recent Press

  • Lonely Travel Top 10 Eco Resorts – 2014
  • World Responsible Tourism Awards
  • Gold winner
  • Best for Beach Tourism – 2014
  • Nominated for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – 2015

More Information


Tanzania, Mafia Island, Chole Island

Type of Accommodation


Comfort Level



The commodious communal area of Chole Mjini is situated in the lush garden, amongst the old wrecks of the island. Covered by roofing with open sides, the living room area is scattered with comfy cushions and offers books and board games to spend time relaxing over there. Guests can mount the stairs to the extensive viewing deck with its elegant views over the regal island. There is no electricity power at the Chole Mjini, so the evenings are lit by wavering lanterns and there are no up-to-date appliances to divert you from the grim business of getting away from it all.

General Facilities

  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Bar


The scrumptious cuisine at Chole Mjini more than often comprises of freshly caught seafood and locally developed produce, which is prepared in a customary Swahili style. Meals are mostly served in the thatched eating room, however, you can also get the chance to experience true Tanzania vibe as you dine at the table set up in an old ruin entwined in the roots of a gigantic fig tree, by the lax light of hurricane lanterns or on your secluded deck.



Six of the seven rooms at the Chole Mjini are incredible, bucolic tree houses reached by a flight of woody stairs. Built by native craftsmen using mangrove trees and numerous other local materials, these tree houses sport double beds swaddled in bright materials and parasite nets. The rooms are open from both the sides to let the natural air flow throughout the rooms. Every so often built on different levels, some with additional double and single beds. Every tree house is exclusive, but each sports a wide, wrap around loggia with remarkable views through the tree branches. The long drop toilet and the hot shower are situated on the ground level. There is no electricity on Chole Mjini and lighting is delivered by quixotic kerosene lamps.

Other room types:

The seventh room is situated on the ground level and is perfect for families. It sports a huge double bed, two small beds and a day bed on the expansive porch. There is an en suite bathroomwith an amazing shower, large bath tub and the single flushing toilet present on the island.

Room Amenities


  • Mosquito net
  • Outdoor shower
  • Safe in room

Other Room Types

The 7th room is located on ground level and is ideal for families. It features a large double bed, 2 smaller beds and a day bed on the spacious porch.

There is an en suite bathroom with a shower, large bath tub and the only flushing toilet on the island.


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Boat excursions
  • Day tours
  • Hiking
  • Historical tours
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Dhow cruises
  • Cultural tours
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Sunset cruises

Tour Rates

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Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.