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Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge

Kilole, Kiegani | P.O. Box 29, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Somerset West, South Africa
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215 reviews 215 reviews
214 hotel reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No question about it, this is an awesome place to base yourself on your trip to Mafia Island. All aspects of our stay here were fantastic and we will have fond memories to last a lifetime. Located near the village of Utende in the south of the island, within the marine reserve, it is a great spot for diving, snorkeling,... More

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at the end of over two weeks of traveling/safari and came here to rest up before going the long trip home! The accommodations were perfect and the food superb - just too much of it and sometimes a little too salty. The chef was very accommodating with half portions for supper at least. We left June 25th and... More

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Stockholm
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

With 6 cottages, all individually furnished along with the long time owners Marco and Francesca, I was provided a fantastic stay with warmth, personal attention and amazingly prepared meals. There's a relentlessness to constantly improve and combined with a meticulous focus on details (sweeping off sand from each individual tile and de-seed the lime wedges) this is not only a... More

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Venice,Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This is a great Lodge well run...with efficient and friendly staff .. in a quiet and particularly beautiful area of mafia Island. There is nowhere else I would even consider staying in Mafia and I unhesitatingly recommend it. There is no beach but Marco and Francesca will organize every day an excursion for you or a fantastic dive, but in... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The service, food, activities, location, lodging etc was excellent and the founders Francesca and Marco as well as their staff always a pleasure to interact with. Most of what is excellent and amazing with Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge has already been mentioned in earlier reviews but I would like to mention the extra effort Francesca and Marco arranged for Christmas... More

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birmingham,uk
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140 hotel reviews
456 helpful votes 456 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

One of the great things about staying somewhere like this is being able to see how your tourism helps real people.Staying here you help Marco & Francesca make a living & they employ 39 local people directly plus those that indirectly benefit by supplying them. The staff are really great, helpful, cheerful & smiling. The food is all home cooked... More

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This place scores maximum points on every level – we had a wonderful week here and enjoyed every minute of it. Shamba Kilole (which translates from Swahili as “The farm that can be seen from far away”; presumably because it is sighted on a bluff overlooking both the sea towards the Indian Ocean and a part of Chole Bay) is... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Only eco lodge on Mafia and well worth it. Staff were friendly, helpful, and so professional. Some of the best. Amazing cocktails, lovely pool, food was beyond fantastic (locally sourced seafood and Italian dishes), and the rooms were the most beautiful we stayed in. A week here was the perfect end to our trip. We did not buy stony tangawizi... More

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Milan, Italy
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge is one of the best accomodation that I have ever tested. In Mafia is the best for the location, for the beauty and accurancy of all the structure, for the kindness of all the staff, for the quality of the food, for the organization of all the activities, for the attention to environment and particulary for... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The welcome at Shamba Kilole was warm and friendly and set the mood for our wonderful week on Mafia. Francesca and Marco were the perfect hosts who have created an ideal environment for a few days on the island whether you are there to explore the Marine Park on top or under the water. We were truly spoilt by the... More

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Address: Kilole, Kiegani | P.O. Box 29, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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The relaxing lodge has 6 bungalows facing the sea all surrounded by trees and garden. Swimming pool, private jogging park, dive school, restaurant with conference room, wine cellar, terrace top. All rooms are in different style following Swahili tradition and history. Ideal for sea lovers, honeymooners, bird watchers. ... more   less 
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